I've got some great books and dvd's in my studio and I'll try to get around to reviewing them for you. I've seen Jane Lafazio's dvd here and about, but just got around to watching it. Jane has a really fun approach to teaching which made me feel immediately comfortable. The concept of a small art quilt is so simple, yet many of us are intimidated by the process. I felt incredibly confident after watching the Small Art Quilt because there were so many neat ideas presented. I don't recommend watching too late in the evening because your head will be bursting with ideas!
I chose to try the wool felt quilt because it looked so easy. I love the idea of working with small size because as Jane shows, you can finish a small quilt in a day or so (depending on how much handwork you want to do on it). This quilt is about 8.5" x 11". I gathered up a bunch of felt and sketched out at basic plan---window in the background and a bunch of tulips in the foreground. From there it was just a matter of cutting out some simple tulips and playing with them, adding layers and stitching.
I look forward to trying some of Jane's other ideas, like a watercolor quilt and ripped fabric quilt. I came away feeling that I want to make more time for these small jewels. Thanks Jane for making it so easy! This is an excellent dvd workshop for anyone wondering how to get started or looking for some fresh ideas for mini art quilts. BTW--I didn't thread a single needle in this whole process. I'm hooked on the spiral eye needle...see my earlier post.