I had a chance this week to take a class with fabulous quilter Jane Sassaman. I’ve admired her work for a long time, she has a strong graphic sensibility, and she likes bold color. I decided to do this at the last minute because I wasn’t sure how she would be as a teacher. I needn’t have worried, she was wonderful.
This wasn’t a sewing class with a pattern provided, it was a design class. So we brought in images that we liked on the first day and had a discussion of selecting shapes to abstract into our images. The next day we worked on developing the shapes into a quilt. I wasn’t quite ready to commit to an idea, so I brought in some quilts that I’ve made over the years and we looked at the images that connect them. She was complimentary about my most recent piece about words and said I should continue on with this series.
The trouble with doing something in a workshop is that you never have the right stuff, especially if you change your mind. I started with a giant box of solid color fabrics, and decided that this was not the way I wanted to go. I had used the image of sky birds in a two older pieces, so I went back to this idea. It’s just another ufo (un-finished object) at this point, but I’m excited about continuing to work on this.
Maybe it will look something like this, maybe not.