I am finally getting some shots of this fabric group. I have a new quilt pattern I am working on and this is the fabric I was able to use on of my print designs as well as the commercial fabrics. The yellow is not a color I use that often, but I do like it with the black, cream, and grey. I have a couple of yards of the “Round and Round” print left and will have it available in my shop soon.
I also have a class coming May.
I love this designer Gudrun Sjoden, so colorful, comfortable and stylish. She uses models of all types and ages and her company in “green.” I have been working in black/white with pops of color so I love the tunic look in the top photo.The jacket below is a perfect example of Kantha style quilting. My students are working on a piece using this technique. I am looking at making a light coat jacket this year, this one is a great inspiration.
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New York Fashion Week, brings a lot of interesting things in Fashion. The things that we as regular people will see in the future, but much more cheaply made in quality and price. I find a lot of inspiration in the images online, even though it is almost impossible to actually go to any of the events. Being a independent designer, I market my work in a different way, but I feel I need to bring a little more of the show stuff into my promotion.
A trend this fall is related to collage, mixed fabrics. I have always love mixing prints, I guess my quilting background. Here are two of my favorite designers Dries Van Noten and Etro. I think I need to mix it up a little.
I have many collage/mixed media artist friends, what do you think of fashions version of collage?
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Pottery and ceramics are always inspiring. I so appreciate what artist that work in clay create. I cannot do anything in that media, I have tried a few times but it is not me. My work in in textiles so I will keep to it. I met this artist at a show in February and love the texture and color she conveys in her work. It does remind me of piecing and quilting that I do in some of my work.
Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi
In preparing for my teen sewing workshops this week, I realized I am using several quilting techniques to teach the sewing skills. I have more of a beginner group this session and I have noticed that cutting and sewing straight and seam allowance can be tricky to get right and can make all the difference in fitting and putting final projects together. We are going to piece together some fabric and turn it into a large tote.
I am also putting together some pattern/templates to offer here. I have some fun ideas and hope you will enjoy.
This photo is and in process shot from a joint project I did with my friend Anne Baxter a while back. The final art quilt was damaged in the studio fire, but some good friends still purchased it for their baby room.
I have been planning my class for this fall as well as the final session of the summer workshops. I am going to use some piecing and quilting techniques for the student. It really helps them focus on cutting straight and even, and sewing seam allowances straight. From the last few years of teaching this seems to be the most needed skills for students and they are very important in making that are interesting and fit.
I teach in a very open free form way and it has been working well for several years. It is so exciting to have the teens interested in sewing again (thanks Project Runway), it keeps me on my toes trying to come up with creative unique projects.
Some lovely examples of quilts from Flickr.
1. Simple Modern Baby Quilt, 2. Neutral quilt, 3. Quilt, 4. Improvisational Split Log Cabin Quilt