A collage quilting class!

Several years ago I purchased a quilt pattern at the International Quilt Festival for a collage quilt by Laura Heine of Fiberworks. I’ve never made a collage quilt in my life but absolutely LOVED this quilt! The quilt’s name is Lulu the elephant and the sample quilt was a sassy hot pink elephant. I had to have it!

When I noticed Painted Pony ‘n Quilts in La Porte was offering a collage quilting class, I jumped right on it. The class was taught by the awesome Jo Lynn O’Neil. She teaches and runs a quilt retreat house west of Fort Worth named Rock House Retreat in Santo, Texas. Her rooster collage quilt is named Doodle-Doo Rooster and is fabulous! Two long, creative days were spent in a classroom. I was one of a dozen ladies laboring over our creations. The technique is nothing like I expected. In a peanut shell, large pieces of all kinds of fabric are fused and then cut out into smaller pieces. Karen K Buckley makes awesome scissors for precisely cutting these pieces. The smaller fused pieces are pinned down on the quilt pattern. After the pieces are where you like them, the fusible paper is removed and placed a little more permanently onto the pattern. Heck, it is a little more complicated than that but you kinda get how to get started. No sewing machine involved until the quilt is actually quilted.

I was the only one making the elephant and it was, of course, the largest pattern. You know me … go big or go home! We had two ladies making the pincushion and two creating the Cora the owl. The two ladies working on Purrfect Cat had two completely different takes on their creations and both turned out amazing! The dress form (entitled “Perfect Form”) was made entirely with Victorian fabric and stunning. I was sorry I didn’t take more photos of The Guardian Angel (made with narrow little strips) and The Dress collage quilts. Both were turning out awesome!

My Lulu the Elephant all started with her floppy ears. Nearly all my fabric is Kaffe Fassett with some Tula Pink. Personally, I didn’t know where to start. But I had these large pieces of elephant ear fabric cut out. I guess the teacher could see my hesitation on where to begin. Jo Lynn picked up the elephant ear fabric pieces and placed them where they now reside. I was up and running! I took Lulu home probably with most of the fabric pieces placed. Now I am working on getting the fusible off all the pinned pieces. I was amazed how quickly this kind of quilt comes together. In about a week, I should be able to take it to be machine quilted!

Below is a taste on how Lulu is progressing!

16 thoughts on “A collage quilting class!

  1. Great job, Dixie!! You got this! I think YOU should do the quilting on Lulu, time to jump in and take the next step, make her yours!

  2. How wonderful! I took a class at the Stitchin’ Post in Sister, Oregon, to make Emerson, the dog. I have enjoyed the process so much–it is entirely different from traditional quilting. I LOVE your selection of Kaffe fabrics for your Lulu, and thanks so much for all the photos! It has to be truly exquisite. My class had a range of different collages going on: the rabbit, several deer, the pigs and so many more. I was unable to take the second day of class, so I didn’t see any of the finished projects. Can you post your finished Lulu???? THANKS!

    • Hi Connie – Thanks so much! Glad you like Lulu! If you go to my blog and look for the post dated May 17, you will find Lulu all finished! I think it turned out awesome! My class also had many different collages going on. It was fun to see all the different styles. Regards, Dixie

  3. Did you just fuse your flowers or motifs to the non shiny side of the freezer paper to make your LuLu, then audition background fabrics.

    • I used Lite Steam-A-Seam2. It is a fusible product that has paper on two sides. I took off one of the paper sides and laid pieces of fabric (wrong side against the stick side). After it is fused then I cut out my flowers and motifs. It is a process. I auditioned the background fabric once Lulu was all finished and cut out. 🙂

  4. She is lovely! I used many of the same fabrics in my seahorse collage. I couldn’t find a place for my fish but I spotted at least three in lulu. Great job.

  5. Thanks so much for the kind words! Lulu was my first collage and so fun. Since then I have designed 3 of my own patterns. I love Kaffe Fassett fabrics! They really work well in collage quilting!

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