My interest in making art quilts was jump-started by seeing my dear friend Sara take a variety of patterned fabrics, cut them into pieces and combine them in such an artistic way. As a life-long ...
My interest in making art quilts was jump-started by seeing my dear friend Sara take a variety of patterned fabrics, cut them into pieces and combine them in such an artistic way. As a life-long sewer (having experienced my first sewing triumph with a skating skirt I made in Girl Scouts), I took to quilting quickly. One of the great thrills with this art form is that my options are as infinite as those of a painter working on canvas – landscapes, portraits, geometric patterns, abstract impressions, etc. I enjoy both the deep American roots of traditional quilting and the unlimited possibilities today's art quilts present. Combining elements of both extremes is great fun, as I often use contemporary fabrics in century-old traditional quilt patterns.
My art quilts have been on display in multiple art shows and quilt shows as well as more than a dozen times in national quilt magazines ("Quilters Newsletter" magazine and "Quiltmaker") and in one book (Ricky Tims' "Kool Kaleidoscopes").
While I have no formal art training, I have taken some wonderful classes over the years. However I know my greatest learning has come in the estimated 10,000+ hours I’ve spent making more than 100 art quilts to date. And it’s exciting to realize that there seems to be no end to this learning curve.
To see more of my work, please visit www.tinacurran.com and/or tinacurran.etsy.com.
This pattern is for a very cheerful quilt that gets raves wherever I show it. I like the mix of the styles of the flowers I used in this composition -- with some more realistic, some quite cartoonish, and the rest somewhere in between. And the rays of sun coming in from the corner is reminiscent of children's drawings. Please know that this pattern is instructions how to make a similar quilt/fabric collage. The look of the quilt will vary given the flower fabrics you already own or can obtain and how you fussy cut the flower heads. This is not a kit nor a finished quilt, but instructions on how to make a quilt that looks like this one using your own floral fabrics. There are no templates.
In case you are interested, a larger version of this quilt juried into the 2011 Road to California quilt show, won the Best Use of Color cash prize at the 2011 Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild quilt show, was featured in the April/May 2011 issue of "Quilters Newsletter" magazine and then went on a year-long national tour, including stops at the International Quilt Festivals in Houston, Cincinnati and Long Beach, CA before it was sold to a collector who lives outside of Perth, Australia. I wrote the pattern to teach some of my fellow Glendale Quilt Guild members how to make the quilt and now am offering it more widely as others have asked for it. I hope you enjoy both the process and the end result.