Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tessellation quilts by my students - Rerun

One of the most popular posts on my blog is my students tessellation quilts. I am rerunning it in case you missed it.

I came up with a way of doing interesting tessellations. The students didn't sew them together, they fused them to a background. This allowed them the freedom to create shapes that would be next to impossible to piece.
I am showing you several without names. When I am teaching it is difficult to get time to take photos, much less get the names recorded. If anyone sees your work please let me know and I'll add your name to it.

These are all works in progress. The students get enough information to finish their work and also to be able to repeat the technique again with different shapes, colors and sizes.

This particular tessellation looks like birds. Generally I suggest just cutting and playing and eventually you will come up with something you like.

The artist who used tessellations most was Escher. One famous tessellation by him consists of birds that change to fish as the design progresses across the surface.
The shape doesn't change - just the details he has drawn/painted on them.

I hope you can see how interesting this piece is in spite of my poor photography. When rushing to get things photographed I don't have the skills nor time to get the best photos but I still like to record students work when possible.

This work is by Suzie McCormack and she has already chosen a background/border fabric.

Tessellations are a very interesting process, fun and so much easier than they look. I have also seen some instructions to do them that make them super difficult and something I think that most people would avoid at all costs!

There are several pieces in my The Colors Of My Life series that are tessellations designed simply with squares.

The choice of a puzzle tonight was easy - birds and with a bird cut!
Click to Mix and Solve


Kathie said...

great quilts I have always wanted to make a clamshell quilt
never thought about fusing it!

Juanita Yeager said...

I took a class in tessellations long years ago and couldn't see how I could work with the technique. Never thought of just using the process for moving color across the surface of the work until I looked at some you have done and the light bulb went on.