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Becoming a creative art quilter does not always happen overnight. So why not take advantage of the lessons learned from an expert. Here are six great tips to guide you along the way from TQS Quilting Legend 2016, Katie Pasquini Masopust's (Show 1913) book, Design Explorations For The Creative Quilter. 

  • Use different kinds of music for different stages of quiltmaking.  Music with no lyrics for the design portion...just pleasing rhythms that allow the right side of the brain (the creative side) to function. 
  • Store fabric in open bins by primary and secondary colors (yellow, orange, red, violet, blue, green).  You can go even a step further by then separating the colors into seven value steps from light to dark.
  • Use an L-shaped cropping tool to search for the perfect spot on a drawing or painting. Using a cropping tool allows you to tighten up a composition. It also allows you to stop worrying about a particular area of a painting that you don't like. Katie finds that she is most successful in finding a good composition when the L-shaped cropping tool opens only 3"-6".
  • Use a proportional scale to enlarge your design. This handy tool takes all of the guesswork out of determining the size for your finished project.
  • Keep a record of your work in a file. The file should include notes on inspiration, technique, and the date you completed the piece.  This will make it easy to fill out forms and answer requests when entering your work in shows or for publications.



#3 mascanlon 2016-12-23 23:34
Such an interesting and inspiring show with Katie and Another wonderful choice as Quilt Show legend.
#2 garnerb 2016-12-18 09:09
Totally awesome to have this 'visit with Katie' after all the years since my last class with her... she remains the grounded and focused artist I have always seen as a mentor and inspiration. Knowing that her life continues to be grounded in her practice and yet devoted to family and making a forever home in a place she loves is wonderful. Thank you!
#1 durstgirls 2016-12-18 07:28
Regarding the last point of journaling the process of a quilt from fabric selection to the end, I don't keep a formal journal but I do write up an explanation of all of the major thoughts I had in designing, sewing, and quilting a project and give this along with the quilt when I give it away. I generally give most of my projects away and I find the recipient enjoys reading about the project.
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