For several weeks I’ve been using the drawing app Procreate to explore pattern and repetition in graphic design, which might sound weird since I don’t use patterns in my quilting but this is different because if you are trying to draw something that can be used to print fabric or paper, you may want it to repeat to be able to adjust it to a variety of sizes and to do so in a way that it joins together without being out of alignment. All of which is best illustrated using my design, “On The Corner” as an example:
The first picture is On The Corner, a simple graphic design. The second shows what happens if you repeat it four time (with orientation adjustments), and the third shows what happens when you repeat it four times again, suddenly it looks like tile! And what does it look like on a laptop sleeve or a rug?
And I am totally down with spending the summer sitting on the beach in this chair!
To see these and more possibilities, check out my work on Society6!
Modular Improv Quilting is an exciting (and easy!) technique that I’ve been developing over the last few months. Using modular sizing allows quilt blocks to be arranged in a variety of ways with the added plus of being a technique that can be used for any size quilt. The simple design of individual blocks allows focus on overall composition. This technique can be used with any colorway. So far I’ve been using solid fabrics, but prints are also an option, stay tuned for more variations.
I am planning to teach this technique this spring. It is perfect for beginning and experienced quilters and a great way to dip your toes into improv piecing and design or to learn a different technique. Leave a comment if you are interested in taking the class or if your guild might like to host a class.
The quilt tops shown here two examples of modular improv piecing. As usual I’m behind on my quilting, but didn’t want to wait to show you a bit of what is possible with this exciting and fun technique!
Last month I downloaded a graphic design app on my ipad to give myself something fun to play with on a couple of overseas flights, and sort of like a kid with a Gameboy or Play Station, I couldn’t put it down. Better yet, it turns out you can turn those doodles and designs into tables and water bottles and tshirts and water bottles and phone cases and on and on.
So I decided to give it a whirl. I am still learning, but my first few attempts are now adorning the above products and a lot more in my gallery at Society 6. I decided to call it Art Mama Gallery which was the name of the little arts business I ran many moons ago. All I can say is wow has online art retailing changed a lot since then! So check it out, some great gift ideas are waiting for you there!
Here are a couple of the designs I’ve put up so far, and a few examples of what they look like on products. I’m working on some more so check back often and if you see a design you like but would prefer it in different colors, let me know, many of these can be adjusted to different colors.
I have finally added a section to this website about my quilts and quilting practice, including a section where you will find quilts for sale. The section will be updated periodically with information about new quilts for sale when available. The quilt tab above will lead you there!
Last week I had a wonderful time making a presentation to the Friendship Star Quilters in Gaithersburg, MD. I shared some of my poems about quilting (ask me about the demise of Sunbonnet Sue!) and talked about my quilt design process (with lots of quilts as illustrations). I also got a chance to do a brief demonstration of my modular improv quilt design technique with the help of a few intrepid members of the guild. I plan to teach a workshop on using that design method this winter. If you are interested in knowing more or would like to bring the workshop to your guild (by Zoom or in person), please let me know. Here are a few pictures from my presentations, many thanks to Michele Barnard for the photos.
I’m looking forward to sharing some poems from Inheritance Of Aging Selfas well as some newer work at the September 1rst Diverse Gaithersburg Poetry Reading at the Casey Center (810 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877) at 7 pm. CL will be the other featured reader and there is an open mic as well. Great thanks to Kristin Kowalski Ferragut for inviting me to read! I’ll have copies of my book with me if you would like to buy a copy, autograph and quilted bookmark included!
The schedule for the Gaithersburg Book Festival is now online and you can find both the adult and children’s schedules here! I will be talking about Inheritance Of Aging Self at 11:15 at the Edgar Allen Poe Tent on a panel with Jay Hall Carpenter and Lisa Tice, moderated by Shaquetta Nelson and I’ll be signing books (available for purchase at the book festival) right after the panel concludes. This is an amazing book festival with something for people of all ages and interests and this year there is a full day of poetry panels for the first time! The festival is at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg, MD.
I had so much fun participating in the Quilt Improv Studio’s Primary Colors quilt challenge which asked participants to make a quilt using primary colors plus black and white fabrics and to use the line as its primary element. It quickly became obvious to everyone participating that every choice of color and shape was important because there is no such thing as subtle in a quilt using that color palette and many of us intentionally drew on the work of artists such as Mondrian for inspiration, and a few of us thought of Lego creations. I was more in camp Lego with a bit of influence from Maria Shell’s amazing quilts that use lines as their primary element. It was a lot of fun seeing the work of other participants and chatting with some of them about our efforts. There is a blog post about the challenge here that includes several snippets from me (@stitches_and_stanzas) and here is a picture of my entry, “Primary Considerations”:
Lucinda Marshall is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Inheritance Of Aging Self (Finishing Line Press,2021) and is the Founder of the DiVerse Gaithersburg (MD) Poetry Reading. In addition to being a writer, she is also an artist, quilter, and digital graphic designer.