Back to Making Art Quilts- The Perfect Indoor Sport!

March 1, 2015
"June Blooms" art quilt, Karen Gillis Taylor

“June Blooms” art quilt, Karen Gillis Taylor

My friend Erin encouraged me to go ahead and provide the pattern for my small quilt here, (18 x 18″), so I think it’s time to do just that. I love making these small art quilts, because they are done quickly and made mostly from favorite colorful scraps already on hand. (Unlike the BIG cityscape quilt I made last November, which took me a month to make!) See here.

Creating the pattern involves many steps, including the making of diagrams in Adobe Illustrator, shooting photos, and page design with Adobe InDesign. I feel like I’m back at my old job at McCall’s Quilting magazine again!

My fellow designer Erin Russek encouraged me to go ahead and create some art quilt patterns. She’s a traditional applique’ quilt designer/maker. Here’s a sample of her work:

Erin Russek's quilt block design

Erin Russek’s quilt block design

Isn’t it pretty? I love her color sense, and oh, by the way, she does “turned edge” applique’, which is not exactly a quickie method!

But on days when a person would like to stay inside, quilt making is a great indoor sport, where going slower is actually the way to win.

What are you working on these days? Please give a comment to share!


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