Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Rosalie Dace Class

I was fortunate to be able to attend a four-day quilting class given at our guild by Rosalie Dace.  She lives in South Africa and travels almost half of each year teaching classes.  The class she taught was in abstract quilting, and she has been greatly inspired by Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944).  The first day we saw slides of his  abstract paintings.  I tried to get inspired, but I really don't really like modern art very much so it was hard for me to find inspiration.  Finally I found a painting of his that I decided I could use as a jumping off place.

Photo from WassilyKandinsky.net

The painting I was looking at was basically concentric circles one on top of the other one.  (Always liked this idea.)  The colors in the painting were very bright.  (Like the bright colors.)  

The photo below shows my beginning fabric choices for the circle pieces.  I added some more fabrics as I went along, tweaking things a little bit here and there.

I chose to use a black silk/cotton fabric for the background.  So I pinned all of my little selected stacks onto the black on my design wall.  I pinned them all as they appear in the above photo, rearranging here and there as needed.  Looking at it, I saw the three rows of four and decided that I wanted to cut my black fabric into three pieces and make a triptyque.

And then Rosalie suggested that I make my backgrounds a little more interesting by inserting some deep purple wavy lines.  Here are portions of two of my fabric strips, which have had the curved inserts added.  I can tell you that I was not a very happy quilter making the first curve.  Fortunately, that happened at the end of the second day, so I got to go home and re-group.  The next day dawned brighter (metaphorically!) and I finished the rest of the curvy strips quite easily.

This is my "finished sketch," for my wall hanging.  Shall I tell you about the circle that isn't a circle?  If you look at the top photograph where I had just decided on the fabrics to use you will see that this square cross block is just as it appeared at the beginning.  When I came to this set of fabrics to cut into circles, I looked at it and thought, "I like that one just the way it is."  So I am leaving that one as a rectangle.

The circles have tear-away stabilizer on the back.  I've been sewing the circles together.  After they are all secured I will sew them to the black pieces and do some more decorative stitching on them.  Then I will layer and quilt the three pieces, making more circular patterns on them.

I have to end by saying how great it was to learn from Rosalie.  She is a great teacher.  She didn't teach us a technique; she taught us about art and design.


  1. I think the purple strips really add a lot to the overall design. And I like the rectangles, too. What would you think of putting a little bullseye right in the middle of them? Really going outside your box on this one!

  2. What a great technique and, I love Kandinsky! :)

  3. I will consider adding a small circle to the rectangular one. I had thought of large buttons, maybe, too. Thanks Pam and Teresa, for the nice comments.