Friday, October 14, 2016

Assignment: Think Big, Work Small


Debbie R. made these two compositions and I feel that they both are lacking a focal point. However, they are good design ideas and would work well as a repeated pattern for fabric or gift wrap or wall paper. 


 Susan sent this wip and a continuation of last week's assignment. How different the one below looks with figures inserted. I can imagine this one HUGE.

Apparently this assignment stumped many of you, and all I can imagine is that you feel squeamish about having your work critiqued in public. I can totally understand that. There is a lecture lurking in me, which I will not employ, only to say that I have come to a decision to end this series, and believe I have presented you all with the necessary information and techniques about fusing, and encourage you to come up with your own ideas from here forward.
Thank you all for participating, taking risks, and trying out new ideas. 

18 comments:

  1. We really appreciate you putting in the time to pull this all together.

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  2. This has been an extremely valuable experience for me and I want to thank you so much for sharing your tips, tricks and knowledge with us. I have been admiring your work for so long and feel grateful and privileged to have connected with you. There will be much fusing in my future and I hope to share some pieces with you in the future that I am proud of.

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  3. Thank you Melody for everything, I now understand the principle of fusing and the challenges have inspired me.
    I like your work and now I like fusing!

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  4. Can't thank you enough for this series, Melody - I learned a great deal about so many aspects of art quilt making. I found your critiques especially valuable! Life unfortunately got in the way of my participating but I am very grateful for your generosity of time and talent.

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  5. I have printed every lesson and bought the dyed fabric.... so now that garden time is over (had our first Wyoming snow that did the flowers in) I plan on diligently doing each lesson! Oh, this will be a great thing to take to retreat in a few weeks! Thanks for taking us into "your world" and teaching us the steps to make some beautiful work. I like critic but understand it is touchy with only the written word and no 2+ way dialogue. Thanks again for the time and effort you took to move us all along on our individual creative path!!

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  6. Thank you very much for sharing this wealth of information and inspiration! It's a treat to get such a detailed look at your creative process and to see how others have used your ideas. I look forward to working through the lessons and assignments over the coming months. Thanks for setting out a path for getting started with fusing, and for encouraging your readers to "think like artists".

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  7. I really LOVED your lessons and had so much fun doing the assignments. I didn't trust fusing because we live in a very humid tropical climate and I was afraid of peeling. Found out that I didn't read the instructions very good. With your good guidance I made a couple of pieces that are now hanging on my wall to prove that fusing is possible. Thank you so much for teaching all the steps to create and all the good advice. Fusing will now definitely be part of my creative process. els http://kunamola.blogspot. com

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  8. Melody, thank you very much for your generosity in sharing your process and design exercises. I've admired your work for years and am very thrilled to have had a peek into your world. I fell by the wayside early on with life's intrusions but when things calm down I will be doing all the exercises at a pace I can handle. Thank you again.

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  9. I, for one, would love to hear your lecture. Although I love art in its many forms, I have no formal training and have learned so much over the years of following your blogs. This class alone has been so educational and fun and your comments have opened my eyes to things I've never thought of before. I live in a 55+ community that offers so many activities and although I take part in just a few of them I feel somewhat overextended and feel like I don't have enough time to devote to the really special activities like quilting. But I also don't know what I would drop so I putter along. I will continue with what you taught us, though, because I bought a whole lot of fabric and most of it is fused and ready! Thank you again for a wonderful time!

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  10. Thank you for sharing this class with us, Melody. I am really behind in the lessons and am waiting for fabric to be shipped to continue. I will definitely be going forward with fusing and am so appreciative of what you have shared with us. It's been invaluable. As I finish pieces in the future, will this site still be active for reference and to post homework? I definitely need the weekly lessons to refer back to. And I'm also curious about the lecture. I know I for one am a big chicken when it comes to posting work for critique online.

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  11. Thank you for the excellent guidance . . . I have the fabrics from Anthony and the Wonder Under. Unfortunately, hubby's surgery and recuperation, then searching for new digs, then another trip, then moving and now unpacking . . . well, you get the picture! Can't wait to get my studio set back up and go through the lessons! Sorry about the "Anonymous" thing. Janet

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  12. Thanks Melody for the time and effort you put into the instruction of this series. I also have fabric and wonder under but with work that did not slow down in August as usually does or September but increased and then buying a second home for retirement and traveling back and forth to Oregon has put a huge crimp in my quilting and fusing time. I do appreciate your expertise and have followed along each Friday and have found it very valuable. Thanks so much,
    LauraT

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  13. Thank you. I too got all the fabric ready but had to delay participating for various reasons. Looking forward to trying the lessons now. Just love the art you produce and hope to find my own style using your techniques and tips. Carol

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  14. I echo the comments above. It seems like one lesson/assignment a week only requiring a small size and a pretty quick technique should be doable, but as testified above, life happens. I will go back to the first lessons and spend more time doing multiple projects for each, and begin collecting inspirational ideas more systematically. I also agree that the lecture would be welcome. I hope you aren't disappointed in us--either those who posted work for you to see and those who did--or will do--work you'll never know about. You have taught us how to go on and challenged us. Thank you.

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  15. PS. Thanks also to Donaleen for creating the "homework" site. I hope both these sites will stay active and folks will continue to post their work...especially as opportunity arises for others to participate. There are lots more visiting the site than posting. Join in!

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  16. I want to echo both of maryl's comments ... I haven't posted anything, but am continuing to (slowly) work on the exercises and have learned a great deal from you, Melody. I'll try to post as soon as I have something to show for my efforts. Thank you for everything you have so generously shared with us!

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  17. Thank you so very much for this special class of interested quilt artists! I, too, am behind, having had several major art shows to contend with. But I have my fabric Wonder Under-ed and ready to go. My studio is ready. I expect to have my should replaced in January, so after recouping from THAT, I'll be back to quilting and enjoying my creative time. You lessons are printed out and in a special booklet. I'll be working! Thanks for the lessons, the critiques, and for the opportunity to meet the others in this class!

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