Overview Quilting is a very old form of folk art. Read the background information before beginning this project. Because it is not possible to actually make a quilt in class, we are going to pay homage to the quilt by creating one quilt block design.
All videos for this lesson can be found in Schoologgy under Art Room Videos and then Pierced Paper Quilts.
Planning (YOU CAN NOT SKIP THIS STEP AND BE SUCCESSFUL WITH THIS PROJECT) 1. Study the online quilt block samples to get ideas for your design. Create a Pages document. Drag and drop 7 of your favorite quilt blocks. Answer the following questions on the pages document. Save it as last name.first name.Quilt Research and export it as a PDF. Upload your PDF to Schoology.
Study your choices. Name the top 3 most commonly found colors in your choices in order of " appearance.
What is your favorite pattern? Why?
Is there an element that shows up in a lot of your design choices (a shape, design, etc.)? What is it " and can you think of way to incorporate that element into your final design?
2. Go to Schoology and watch the video "Measuring a 9 Square Grid" found in the Art Video File inside of the Pierced Paper Quilt File. After you have viewed the video, get a 6" paper square and draw a 9 section grid on the square. Directions are given in the video. Save the grid to use as part of your test pattern.
3. Plan and try out designs on practice paper. Use smaller paper to try out different designs. Most quilts are based on a grid. Our demonstration is based on a 9 patch grid. Use a grid when creating your design. Using your 6' practice grid, draw out a design. Practice punching holes on your pencil lines. Save this practice square to use as part of your final test pattern.
4. When you are ready, draw your final design on the back of your final paper. Choose a design with care. The design should be mid-range in complexity. It will not look interesting if it is too simple and you will struggle with your hole punching if it is too complex. You may choose an existing pattern or create one of your own. Remember your design should translate well with a dotted outline so it can not be too simple or extremely complex. Below is some helpful information about designing using a grid.
Before beginning to design your block follow the two steps below.
Go to Schoology and watch the video "Complex Quilt Design" found in the Art Video File inside of the Pierced Paper Quilt File.
Read this before beginning your design.
Final Project Materials List 1. 12” x 12” white paper 4. Ruler 7. Cup of Water 2. Thumbtacks 5. Pencil 8. Paintbrush 3. Planning paper 6. Water Soluble Pastels 9. Paper Towel
1. Lightly draw your design on the back of your paper. Use a ruler to for straight lines.
2. Go to Schoology and watch Pierced Paper Quilt Instructional Video 1 to see a demonstration on how to punch holes in the paper. Practice the punching technique on your 6" square first. Once you feel confident, you may begin punching your final piece. Place your final paper face up on a piece of foam. The foam is smaller than the paper, so you will need to move it around to keep it under the area you are punching. Begin at one corner of your design. You will use a thumbtack to punch through leaving a tiny hole right on the corner of your design. You will continue to punch holes all along your pencil lines. Be careful not to get too close to your previous dot. This will cause your paper to rip. Spacing between dots should be about 1/8”. If the dots are spaced out too much, your design will be hard too see. All of your design lines need to be punched. Be cautious and don’t rush. It is very easy to tear you paper. Watch areas on your designs where several lines come together, because multiple punches in one area will cause the paper to weaken and rip.
4. When the piece is totally punched, flip over the paper. Your design will be viewed from the other side so you pencil lines will not show. If you would like, small sections can be punched multiple times to fill in the space. An example of this can be seen in Instructional Video 1 on the Crazy Quilt pattern. Be cautious not to rip the paper by punching holes too close together. Also keep in mind that you will not be able to add color on top of the punched holes. If you would like color in that section, color it first then come back and punch your holes once the color is dry.
5. Go to Schoology and watch Using Water-soluble Pastels to learn how to apply and blend your colors.. The next step is to add color. We are going to use water soluble pastels. They look like big crayons. You will color the sections created by the punched lines, but not the hole punches.
6. Go to Schoology and watch Quilt Block Applying Colors & Patterns Video 1. On your 6" test square, try the color techniques seen on the video to create a Color and Pattern Square. Follow up by watching Quilt Block Applying Colors & Patterns Video 2. Add those techniques to your practice square. Photograph and upload your practice Color and Pattern Square to Schoology.
7. Plan out both the colors and patterns. If you study a real quilt, you will notice that colors repeat in patterns. Your quilt should be planned as well. Do not just put colors in random places. Once the squares are colored, use water and a paint brush to spread the color out like paint. Do not use a lot of water. It only takes a little to make the colors blend. Have a paper towel ready to wipe color off the brush as you go. Start blending in the lighter area and work your way out to the darker. The darker color will cover up the lighter if you brush it into the lighter color.
Remember . . . -Color Lightly -Dark colors on the outside - Light colors on the inside - Layer multiple colors (test to make sure colors look good blended) Each shape should have a minimum of 3 colors - Use a paint brush with very little water to blend colors (pat wet paintbrush on a paper towel to remove access water). - Start with light colors and blend with water working out to the dark colors (dark colors will overtake the light colors if pushed into them) - Wipe your paint brush off often as you move from color to color to avoid transferring the color
Oil Pastels Maintenance 1. Take a set of colors for each table & share. There will not be enough for every person to have a full set. 2. The tips of the pastels break off easily. Don't put a lot of pressure on them when you are coloring. 3. You can use an X-acto knife to resharpen the points. Don't shave off too much. It should just be used to sharpen the tip. 4. Put the colors back into the proper sections.
Photograph your finished quilt block and turn in to Schoology.
Reflection Fill out a self-assessment and turn it into Schoology.