Last summer at a MQA Gathering, Therese learned the technique for Twisted Branches from Jackie Watkins. Students learned to create their own one-of-a-kind art quilt of tree branches by twisting fabric together. As with any new technique, a student is limited only by her imagination!
• A quilted background of sky fabric only just slightly larger than you want for your finished creation....just enough extra so you can square up your picture when finished. For class I suggest it be about 9 x 12. A simple meandering is all that is necessary.
• Strong quilt pins (at least a 100 or more)• Styrofoam board larger than your background (The June Tailor Cut n Press works well.)• Strips of one-inch wide pre-washed (very important) batiks. Can be all different lengths; 6 inches is not too short. All colors of browns, some dark greens, even oranges anddark purples (if you so choose) (the more shades of colors, the more interesting the results). Five or six fat quarters should be enough. We can trade strips with other participants if you’d like. You will not use a full fat quarter of each fabric.
• Sewing machine and extension cord• Several machine needles at least size 70/10
• Machine thread in a color (probably a brown) to blend with most of your fabrics.
• Needle and thread if you prefer to attach ends of branches by hand instead of machine
• Chunky beads (browns, beiges, greens) for embellishment. Wal-Mart has fashion naturals #34834-04 and BD51392 as a suggestion. These can be small chip-like almost rock looking
• FireLine in smoke color or any appropriate "thread" to use for applying beads (Therese used her sewing thread.)
• Rotary cutter
• Ruler 24" long
• Mat (at least bigger than your quilt sandwich)