While I've done some fused quilts over the years, I've never been entirely happy with the results. So imagine how happy I was to discover Melody Johnson's blog Fibermania. As one of the founding member of the Chicago School of Fusing, her blog is packed with information on making successful fused quilts, as well as knitting, gardening, cooking and life in Tennessee. Check it out - it's AMAZING!!
And how does that affect me - since I have a few pieced quilts incubating in the design stage, I am going to play with some small fused art quilts. Starting at the very beginning and following Melody's process step by step - not deviating, not thinking I know better (cause I DON'T) and not trying to reinvent the wheel. It starts with hand dyed fabric. Hmmm, I have Cherrywood FQs and oh yeah, I almost forgot about the 6" squares of HD fabric that I bought back in September at the Northwest Suburban Quilters Guild show. For the life of me, I can't remember the gal I bought these from but as soon as it comes to me, I'll share. I'll start with these.
Great bright colors that will go well with the Cherrywoods I have in mind - Blue Lagoon group.
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To begin, all the squares are fused to regular Wonder Under 805. I got mine at Wal-Mart, 3 yards @ $1.66/yd. = $4.98. I'll do some of the Blue Lagoon fabrics later today. This will be an exercise in letting go of control and playing with color, so stay tuned.