Turn your favorite photographs into fabric works of art with this class from Leni Wiener. Using a still life photograph, work alongside Leni to break the picture into sections, make a pattern, and choose just the right fabrics for each of the sections and the background. Leni shows many of her own quilts and examples of why some fabrics work while others do not. Use her freezer paper method and see how your piece comes together like a puzzle with all the pieces fitting together. See options for constructing your project with or without batting. You can finish it as a quilt or as an art piece with her special pillowcase treatment that allows for easy turning once the stitching is complete. Leni shows how to use her technique with portraits and more complicated images also so you can select photographs you love and use them to make stunning art quilts of your own.
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- A selection of small cuts of fabric or fat quarters
- Batting: low loft, traditional loft, or Warm & Natural® cotton
- Backing fabric: The amount will depend on the quilt size.
- Note: If you wish to use batting in your art quilt, cotton for the back is fine. If you prefer to have no batting, you will need cotton canvas so the art quilt is stable enough to hang properly. Cotton canvas, also called cotton duck, is available at most fabric stores.
- Clear monofilament
- Smoke monofilament
- Bobbin wound with black
- Bobbin wound with white
Pins & Needles
- 70 or 80 microtex or universal needles
Sewing Machine Foot
- Darning foot
- Paper scissors
- Freezer paper
- Light box or window
- Mechanical pencil
- Straight pins
- Tracing paper
- Foam core board