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Thread: Art Quilting Newbie

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    airycat's Avatar
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    I just went through several of the posts I found doing a search for "art quilt." I'm happy to see there are others here -- both experienced and newbie. I love traditional quilts, but it took me 15 years to make the big one I mad --big being a double, not a king!

    I'm a newbie at this and I think what I want to do would be better classified as "fabric art," though I'm not really sure. Below is the only planned piece I've done so far and there is no quilting in it -- though, looking at it now I think I may add some. It's just a small thing, about 5" x 6". It has piecing, embroidery (tree branches), applique and felting. Fiberfill (clouds) and one sequin (the moon) are my only embellishments.

    I'm planning a 3' x 2' piece. If I can do it the way I want to, it will have strong 3D elements to it and probably more of what I did in this little one. I'm starting to get excited about it because I'm beginning to see it clearly in my head. I need to finish up a crazy quilt book cover and an embroidery for my sister before I can get to it, but they should be done by mid April at the latest.

    I'm always looking at things and thinking "That could be used for..." and not always fabric, either. I like to mix things up. I love color and texture. I want to recycle all kinds of things into art, but fabric is most often my base. (Of course, so far it's been only ideas, but I will be following through on whatever I can.)

    First fabric art project
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    Power Poster Lacelady's Avatar
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    A big welcome from Ireland. I'm sure you will find some 'artie' quilters here somewhere.

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    Super Member sewcrafty's Avatar
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    Hi from NH!!! {{{Waving}}} I'm pretty much a traditionalist and haven't done any art quilts. There are many here that do though. Good Luck! :D

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    welcome from Michigan..! I have not done one yet, but i look at them on certain blogs..yours is beautiful!

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    Power Poster MamaBear61's Avatar
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    Milverton, ON, Canada
    Hello and welcome from Ontario

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    Super Member ConnieF's Avatar
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    NW Wa
    Hello airycat from Washington. I lived most of my life in Oregon. I am an artsie person, I love art quilts and garmets. Where in Or are you... pm me back if you'd like.
    Ask your questions...

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    Super Member ghostrider's Avatar
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    I mostly stopped making traditional quilts a few years ago (after 30 years), though I do still make lap quilts for friends. I joined the textile arts and mixed-media movement and couldn't be happier. Welcome to the world beyond the grid!

    There are a lot more resources out there than there were just a few years ago. Quilt University has many classes for techniques and design processes, Quilting Arts magazine and Cloth Paper Scissors magazine both have great groups (and magazines), and there are some really talented artists with blogs that share a wealth of information. Give a yell if you need help finding any of those or others.

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    Airy cat and ghostrider,
    I am also playing with the techniques you mentioned and do smallish Art-y quilts! Have the supplies for others, like Paintstiks and rubbing plates, crystal applicator. Also a big supply of embellishments like beads, trims, etc as well as an Embellisher (machine felting) machine.

    At the moment, working on a more traditional style queen size quilt with original design using Australian Aboriginal fabrics that is a halfway between adventure of sorts. Couldn't resist collecting the fabrics at the big quilt show vendors, lol.

    Nice to see you on the forum.

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    Super Member Oklahoma Suzie's Avatar
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    Home town: Rehoboth, MA Now living in OK
    Hi from Oklahoma, welcome. Nice quilt

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    Moderator Jim's Gem's Avatar
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    Camarillo, California
    Your quilt looks great!!! Welcome!!!

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