I love the work of Susan Carlson, a remarkable fabric collagist. I took her eworkshop on making a spiral collage, which is a wonderful introduction to her methods, with many very useful tips on choosing fabric, preparing the surface, adhering pieces, quilting the final work and binding an art quilt.

I used scraps of reds and blues, trying to create the illusion of directional lighting on the spiral. As I added more fabric, especially some of Kaffe Fassett’s florals, I realized that it wasn’t just a spiral, it was a friendly tentacle! I can’t wait to use these techniques on other projects as I explore art quilting.

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