Using Fusing To Express Yourself
With: Michele Scott
Skill Level: Beginner
Turn thoughts, emotions or places into small expressive works with fused figures and embellishments
Using fusible web and seamless piecing along with decorator threads and yarns, you will design and create a small quilt. The doors of creativity will open in this fast and fun class as you investigate free form cutting to build collage-type artworks that express you! Michele will show you how raw edge appliqué with fusible web, free motion machine quilting and embellishment can be used to express something important to you: a feeling, a person or a place. Additional focus will be placed on color and line that can translate your feeling. All levels.
Supplies Required for Workshop
We will be making several different small pieces in class. The first will be a simple practice exercise; the second, an abstract and the last, a realistic image.
Batting and Fabric Sandwiches
- for practicing our stitches and thread: two or three muslin/cotton batting sandwiches. Scraps are fine for this.
- for our technique sample: a sandwich approximately 15" x 15". The top fabric should be something colorful, batting is cotton, and the backing is anything you like. You will also need a piece of black cotton muslin at least 12" x 12".
- for your project: Background piece approximately 24" x 30". If you do a light background, your fused pieces should be dark; if you do a dark background, your fused pieces should be light. Cotton batting and backing cut at least 5" larger than your background fabric
Assorted fabrics that will translate your scene. Hand-dyed, painted and batik fabrics are best. Be sure to have at least five different fat quarters on hand.
1/2 - 1 yard (depending on the size of your piece) of contrasting fabric for the border
Lightweight fusible web – 2 yards. I prefer Shade’s Soft Fuse (available at www.ShadesTextiles.com)
- sewing machine and all that sewing machine stuff. Your machine needs the zigzag stitch for this method.
- walking foot
- darning (free motion) foot
- assorted threads, embellishment cords and yarns that both blend and contrast with your background.
- clear monofilament thread. Polyester by Sulky or Superior is usually easier to use than nylon.
- Topstitch 90 needles (optional, but a good idea if you are using decorative threads to stitch down your piece)
- scissors for both paper and fabric
- rotary cutter and mat
- rotary cutter with pinking blade/wavy blade is useful for this method. It is also available for purchase on my Web site.
- drawing paper – 11" x 18"
- pencil with a good eraser
- iron and mat
- OPTIONAL: Michele's book, Bobbin Quilting and Fusin' Fun, available at www.piecefulquilter.com
Lesson One: Trying It Out
- experiment with the fusing technique
- sew down the fused shapes
- quilt the background
- fuse on the binding
Lesson Two: An Abstract Picture
- inspiration, color and shapes
- making the background
- adding border strips with personality
- completing the center composition
- technique tips
- work on your own piece
Lesson Three: Realistic Images
- creating pieced backgrounds
- adding layers to increase realism
- creating a single unit by fusing shapes together off the quilt
- using quilting to create texture
- adding the border
- starting your own design