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Thread: Fractured Quilt???

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    Super Member rexie's Avatar
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    Anyone ever heard of a fractured quilt top? I went to my LQS today and they had a wall hanging in there that really caught my eye. I saw their book laying under the table and it was Fractured something or something Fractured. It looked like they took the piece of fabric and cut it entirely into 2 " squares and then like a puzzle, sewed it all back up again.

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    Too bad you don't have a picture, that sounds pretty cool.

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    Definition of Quilt Fracture Painting
    By Ruth Eshbaugh, eHow Contributor .
    Definition of Quilt Fracture PaintingRuthieonartFractured quilts are appliquéd quilts or quilt paintings that have an extra step added to the design. Typically, an appliqué quilt is a reproduction of a picture or shape that has been cut out and sewn on top of a background fabric. There are fabric wall art pieces that look like paintings. A fractured quilt is an appliqué quilt that, during the design process, is divided into blocks or unnatural lines and then pieced together. The result of fracturing the design can be as simple as dividing the design into quadrants, fracturing it like a broken window pane, or as complex as distorting it like a cubist painting. The results depend on how much the design has been broken up and how it is arranged.
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    BargelloFractured quilts come from several traditional quilt processes; appliqué quilts, Bargello quilts and crazy quilts. Fractured quilt paintings have a modern twist. A Bargello quilt forms an optical pattern by using strips of fabric pieced in varying width and depth. The pieced fabric is cut again into strips of varying widths and then pieced together. The strips are shifted up and down to create a chevron pattern. The colors are harmonious, typically increasing from dark to light.
    Fractured quilts are also similar to crazy quilts when they are divided into irregular sections. The main difference between the 2 is that fractured quilts use a picture as a reference. The fractured quilt is representational while a crazy quilt forms random designs from scraps of fabric.
    Supplies You Need
    To make a fractured quilt you will need a reference photo, paper to make patterns from, a pencil, access to a copier to make patterns, scissors, fabric and thread to match and a sewing machine.
    Considerations
    Choose a reference photo or drawing. Keep it simple. Large florals and landscapes are good choices. Avoid using the human face because of the distortion. Enlarge the photo or drawing to the size you want the quilt square.
    Process
    Make 2 copies of the reference drawing or enlarged photo. Cut both copies in quarters or in more pieces at random angles, depending on how you chose to fracture the design. One copy will become the pattern for the shapes that form the background fabric pieces. The other copy will become the pattern for the picture pieces. Make the background pattern by tracing the shapes and adding ¼ inch all around the shapes. To make the picture pieces, cut the picture out of the background. Trace each piece of the picture, adding a ¼-inch border around the whole picture piece.
    Cut the fabric using the patterns. Appliqué the picture pieces to the background fabric. When you have the fractured pieces complete, sew the finished pieces together.
    Use the quilt blocks as a quilted wall hanging or as part of a bigger quilt.
    Collaboration
    Some quilt artists use a collaborative process to make a fractured quilt square. Each quilter makes a quilt square fractured in quarters but does not piece the finished quarters together. The quarter pieces are given to 1 of the members of the quilting group. She combines the quarter pieces together randomly and then gives the member 4 finished quarter pieces. The quilter receives a mix of quarter pieces made from different fabrics and with different techniques. The quilt group member then pieces her quadrants together.
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    Read more: Definition of Quilt Fracture Painting | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5105668_de...#ixzz1AryE3fpV

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    Here's a short tutorial that I got off a site somewhere, unfortunately I don't know what site. Hope it helps.
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    That's what it looked like. Kind of like your eyes are on the fritz. I did break the rule and looked at the back of it and it was just little blocks sewed back together. It was a big pink mum flower on a black background with bright green leaves. I wish I could remember the name of the book I saw.

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    Was this the book?

    http://www.amazon.com/Fabulous-Fract.../dp/B0026XRCXW

    I know a few people on the board have made these quilts, they do look very cool!

    Rachel

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    Yes, that's the one. Isn't that neat?

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    Kinda makes my eyes hurt. LOL :)

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    I've got that book on sale right now.....

    http://www.charmpacksplus.com/fabulo...esslinger.html

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    Just got the book Fabulous Fractures. Did you do a block??
    I am trying.
    Karen

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