Sidnee's technique, which she calls foundation applique, is based on a photograph, usually digitally manipulated, then broken down into a sort of paint-by-numbers pattern, but in this case, it's more like applique-by-numbers. She gave us each a still-life photo featuring a cup and saucer with a spoon, and the corresponding pattern enlarged to about 16" x 20". We each began constructing our own version of the still life, using our own fabrics along with Sidnee's enormous pile of hand-dyed fabrics, which she brought specifically for us to use. (I've never met a more generous instructor!)
Here's the photo we worked from:
|Photo courtesy of Sidnee Snell|
|Cup & saucer, not yet quilted|
But I have to put this project aside for now and finish up some other things. I'll update this post with a photo of the quilted and finished cup & saucer when it's done. I was really fortunate to get to take this class, as I later learned that Sidnee doesn't usually teach. Lucky for me to catch her after this guild was able to convince her to come to Ashland and share her techniques. And to make the weekend even better, we stayed with long-time friends Louise (Louie) and Rob in Ashland, whom we don't see often enough.