Quilting is two-dimensional medium, but I like to play with the illusion of three. My quilts have a sense of depth that goes beyond the surface. Elements seem to float above the surface or recede into the depths of the quilt. Leaves float, balls bounce, satellites orbit planets. My goal is to encourage the viewer to look into the quilt, rather than just at it.
I’m inspired by walking through old cemeteries and studying the architecture of the headstones and the play of light on the granite. I tend to pull leaves off trees. I’m fascinated by the stars and planets, and I never miss an opportunity to look through a telescope. I love geometry but not necessarily symmetry. These themes and more end up in my work.
I create illusion by casting shadows, and by doing so: I create light.
Colleen is the author of Casting Shadows: Creating Visual Dimension in Your Quilts (C&T Publishing, 2005).
In this book, Colleen shares her techniques for creating 3-D illusions on quilts.
- Six different techniques from piecing to discharge
- Five different projects, all of them easy enough for beginners
Learn how to harness the fundamentals of quilting (color, value, piecing, applique) to create a sense of depth in your quilts. Colleen will walk you through her techniques one by one. You will be amazed at the results!
This book is currently printed on demand. Contact Colleen if you would like a signed copy.