Thursday, March 9, 2017

Jane Sassaman

We were fortunate last weekend to be able to attend a lecture by Jane Sassaman at The Quilters Studio in Fairfax, VA.  Jane is a long-time art quilter and fabric designer for Free Spirit.  Her nature-inspired art quilts have been in many national and international exhibits and have won numerous awards.  Jane talked about her evolution as a fabric designer and shared some of her quilts.  This is her most recently finished work.
Though her quilts usually feature flowers, bugs and butterflies, she also enjoys adding things a bit more "subversive" as she says (like spiders and sometimes skulls or skeletons).  Most of the quilts Jane showed were 2-sided quilts.
The red and white one shows Scandinavian influence.
She prefers making applique art quilts, but has learned to design fabrics that mimic her art quilt style, and actually make dynamic quilts with fairly simple piecing.
The quilts above are made with her fabrics; those below are some of her art quilts.
These are some samples of quilts that students could choose from to make in a class she taught Sunday.
And a bag made from Jane's fabric.
And another quilt, more bags, and a pillow from her fabric lines.  Many of the fabric lines play well with each other because the color palettes are similar.
Kathye carries all of Jane's fabric line at the Quilters Studio, as well as ribbons and patterns.  Check it out if you are looking for Jane's fabrics!

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