Sunday, April 8, 2018

Pathways Class

Four weeks after my injury I am working diligently in PT to get my shoulders functioning again. If I didn't have to turn the steering wheel, I'd be a happy camper! But I am happy I am able to present a program and Pathways workshop in Mobile. It is one of my favorite techniques to teach and I'm looking forward to the class. It is using Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry's Applipiecing technique I learned at her workshop in Paducah in 2009. My all-time favorite quilt is Caryl's Corona II: Solar Eclipse, which won a $10,000 purchase award in 1989 and is in the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY.

Corona II: Solar Eclipse, by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry
Of course, this is an extreme example of what Caryl can do with her technique. We will start quite simply with a background and three "ribbons" or "pathways."  I call a "pathway" a series of flying geese, a row of piano keys, a series of spikes, or even a solid piece of contrasting fabric. When I was in her workshop in 2009, I began the piece I call Galaxy, which has one pieced and twisted pathway of gradated strips of hand-dyes from dark blue to medium blue to light blue to yellow to green and two pathways of other hand-dyed fabric (orange one and blue-green-blue one).
Galaxy

There are untold variations with this technique, and students can learn to draw their own designs.
Pathways in Stone
What a pattern looks like

Ribbons
 
Twisted Ribbons

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