First, a shout-out to the Pixeladies, Kris Sazaki and Deb Cashatt, two art quilters who have made a great day job out of their computer knowledge. They conduct online classes in Photoshop Elements and I am taking class 1, the total beginners' program. I may write more about the classes later but for now just let me say they're great teachers.
Yesterday I tackled the lesson on how to make quiltlike designs by copying a fabric swatch, cutting "squares" out of it, and arranging them into patterns. Sure, I could have googled "fabric designs" or gone to any one of the prominent fabric manufacturers' sites, but only minutes before I had looked at my email and found a call for entries from SAQA.
It seems that last year SAQA paired up with Andover Fabrics to put out a collection called Urban Textures, six different fabrics designed by six SAQA members. Now the fabrics are in the stores, and there's a challenge to make quilts from the fabrics, which will be shown online and in the SAQA Journal.
Longtime readers of this blog may recall my ambivalence about challenges; they're a temptation I try to resist except in closely defined circumstances. But now I needed some "fabric samples" to practice my Photoshopping, so I got them from the Andover site.
After most of the day I think I have pretty much mastered the art of making nine-patch "quilts" on my computer. I can even make twelve-patch quilts! But what I realized about the SAQA collection is that it's not really a collection, it's a bunch of unrelated designs. Each of the designs is attractive by itself, and if you were to combine all three of its colorways you could probably make an interesting quilt.
I particularly like this first pattern below, "Urban Gesture," designed by Elizabeth Brandt. I can't tell from the website how big the designs are on the fabric, but I hope this one is REALLY BOLD.
Unfortunately, the six patterns don't play well together.