I was inspired by Jane LaFazio's recycled circles and decided to give it a try. Her DVD is very clear and helpful. Jane is a great instructor.
Circle Connections 1
#1 was a "pilot test" and a great provider of lessons. For example, cut more than one square block of each fabric to accommodate enough for the 4 squares. Use a more neutral background. I used machine stitching to connect the background fabric to the batting, but was unsuccessful in creating circles. The resulting lines are distracting. I fused the extra circles before machine stitching, which means I had to remove them and replace them. I did too much machine stitching and didn't have enough room for hand stitching and beading. The biggest lesson was I didn't like the busy patterned fabrics. This piece turned out way to busy for me! But it was a great test piece.
Circle connections 2
Oh, I like this one much better! Most of the fabrics were in a package of fat quarters, so they naturally go together. I added two other fabrics to that stash, making 7 fabrics for the arcs. I hand stitched the background to the batting with circles in a matching thread. That created the neutral background that I wanted. I used some of the embroidery stitches on my machine which added a nice texture. Hand stitching, sequins and beads add the element of "touch-ability" that I so love in art quilts. I really like the shine" from the beads and sequins and gold thread (which do not show up well on the photo). I satin stitched the edge and then couched black yarn as a border. The piece is 9.5 x 9.5 and I'm going to attach it to a 10" square canvas. I already have ideas for variations on this theme. And I'm quite happy to be starting 2014 off with a return to working with fabric, yarn and fibers!
I am a semi-retired university professor (aka Dr. J) who engages in various creative explorations. I love creating and I particularly love sharing my thoughts on creativity with others. I’m hoping readers of this blog will find inspiration and share thoughts to inspire others.