Barbara’s Art Quilts

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Barbara’s Art Quilts was recently featured on bayartisans.com; a site that recognizes the work of artists local to the Chesapeake Bay area.

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I have been fortunate enough to take several classes that were taught by Barbara Dahlberg, including the leaf bowl project which I featured in an earlier post. I am looking forward to taking more classes and expanding my quilting skills and techniques. Lately, there have been lots of ideas rolling around in my head (now to find the time to execute them all – LOL!). There is no doubt that many of these ideas were inspired by the classes I have taken. To me, there is nothing better then to be able to work with your art medium with other artists and share and collaborate on pieces. What a great way to be inspired by others and to stretch your boundaries!

Take a moment out of your busy day – – especially during this Holiday Season – – and click on the link below to read the article about Barbara’s art works.

Barbara’s Art Quilts.

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Falling Leaves

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Brilliant reds, vibrant yellows, glorious shades of orange all interspersed with some remaining greens. Who doesn’t love the crisp, cool fall weather that brings this change of palette to nature?

I have an affinity for leaves and leaf designs and was quite excited when my local quilt shop offered a class to make a fabric bowl shaped like a leaf. This type of project has been on my mental “to do” list for a number of years. My sister and I both took the class today and had lots of fun sewing, laughing and just spending time together. In fact, we’re planning on attending another class next weekend!

In making the bowl, I used two different batik fat quarters that I had at home and purchased a complementary thread to use with a satin stitch top stitching technique. Already I am imagining different leaf shapes, such as a ginkgo, for using with this process.

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This is the finished product, but look for some in-the-works photos for a different leaf bowl. I’m looking forward to making and sharing more fabric bowls.

Happy crafting, happy life!