Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Small Art Quilts

I took my first class with Jane LaFazio during the summer of 2007.  The class was for 6 weeks and we worked on small art quilts.
Our first lesson was making a scenic quilt.  I used batik fabrics, hand stitching, buttons and beads.  The quilt measures 11" x 9".

The colorful background on this quilt is actually dyed paper towels.  After dipping the towels in liquid watercolors, I tore them into small pieces and machine stitched them onto a wool backing.  The bird is handstitched on.  This quilt is 8" x 11".

We learned how to photo transfer using acryic medium gel.  I used a print of plumerias and added my daughter's boarding pass in the corner.  The edges are blanket stitched with beads.  The size is 7" x 7".

This little quilt is only 6" x 7".  It is a copy of a quilt by Judith Reilly.  I transfered it with transparency gel directly onto muslin.  Embellishments include tiny, tiny buttons, hand dyed silk ribbons and cording.

This class was my first experience in art quilting and now I'm hooked.  I've already signed up for more lessons from Jane this coming spring.


  1. Ellen, I love these tiny quilts! I did some a couple of years ago--I like them, but now I'm ready to take things to the next level--really let go and EMBELLISH!!! These are wonderful, a true inspiration!

  2. Oh, I forgot to say, I don't know if you have seen the pics of the one I'm currently working on? I am almost finished and will post the sequence of photo's. I would love to hear your opinion/advice!

  3. 2007.......great to see these beautiful little quilts! I've got a pile of dyed paper towels in my studio right now.