Thursday, November 15, 2007

Winter Break

Well, I've finally finished with all my classes, which is a good thing since work is crazy again (still?). I wasn't particularly happy with any of the pieces from the Elements class from Quilt U, but I learned how to use a lot of those crazy supplies I've been collecting: angelina fibers & tintzl, foils, puff paint (I love it!) etc., and it was fun.

Here are the finished pieces (I say finished, but not really--none of the pieces are actually quilted, with one exception).

"Water" was the first piece; I thought I would lose my mind creating this piece.

"Fire" was the 2nd, and "Air" (or clouds, in this case) was the 3rd. I'm not happy with the air piece either.

The 4th piece should have been "Earth," but I hated it so much I cut the entire bottom section off and saved only the top. I'm going to use it to make a little journal. This is the only piece I had actually quilted. You can't see the amazing tree trunk that was made with puff paint, since it's in the bottom, discarded section, but believe me, puff paint makes great tree trunks.

Not only were these pieces hard to create, they are hard to photograph because of all the "shininess" in them.

More in a future post about the other class I've been taking (and the unsuccessful projects from it), wet felting.


Michele Matucheski said...

Dear Michele--
I just discovered your blog about 1 week ago.

Your Elements pieces look quite nice from what I can see ... I sympathize with you, though. It was a tough class. I took it last spring through QU. I made pretty good progress on water and fire, but got really stuck in air and earth. I never even got to a point where I felt I could post them to my own blog (Sweet Leaf Notebook).

One way to look at classwork is that it is a vehicle for learning techniques. You don't have to create a masterpiece on your first try. You don't even have to finish the classwork pieces if you don't want to--if you'd rather spend your time perfecting the techniwhe in the piece you really do want to finish.

I'd be interested to see your tree trunk, even if you did cut it off the earth piece. Might be worth a posting of it's own.

Cheers from another 1-led Michele

The Carolina Quilter said...

These are beautiful. I'd love to learn these techniques.

clevelandgirlie said...

I think you did a wonderful job in your experimentation with all of these "crazy" supplies. I find it hard experimenting at times because of the $$$ of the supplies - I'm afraid to waste them. Your Fire piece is really wonderful as is the water piece. Bottom line - you jumped in, and learned from the experience.

Eve said...

I love the elements art you made! Super.