Linda Leach: Not Your Grandmother’s Crazy Quilt

Years ago I was fortunate to meet a fiber artist who had spent many years traveling around the world. Her latest work included some of the exotic fabric she had found in her travels which she incorporated into beautiful crazy quilt blocks. She gave me this wonderful quilt block which became my inspiration in learning as many veneer techniques as I could in order to create a polymer crazy quilt.

I have always favored geometric designs over floral, so imagine my delight that mokume gane veneers can be a bit of both. So to start off my polymer quilt blocks I choose colors that make effective mokume gane canes. That’s just the start! 

It’s all about effective use of color for me and I do not use every color of the rainbow in my quilts. Once the first veneer is finished, I then move on to our matched mosaic veneers – both random and gradient. After this I make 6-10 other veneers to choose from in putting together the block, but the colors all have to trace back to the original palette chosen for the mokume gane cane. 

Some quilt blocks are framed  intact while others are cut up (sometimes very hard to do) to make other items such as gift boxes, vases, or jewelry. No two blocks are ever the same even using the same veneers which is delightful for me. Join me in creating wonderful quilt blocks for framing or other projects!

About the Presenter

Linda Leach

For over 25 years I have partnered with Sandy Clement in our business called the Maine Lights Collection. It started with – guess what – paintings of Maine lighthouses. I was fascinated by the polymer face sculptures that Sandy made on shells and in 2003 I took an intensive 3-day class with Maine artist Laura Balombini and the creative beast was born. Membership in the New England Polymer Artist Guild has exposed me to the teachings of many master-class polymer artists, but my goal was to learn technique and then create my own designs. 

In 2019 I started combining many of the veneer techniques learned from workshops or created by experimentation into polymer crazy quilt blocks. I was honored to share the IPCA wearable jewelry award with Christine Dumont for my crazy quilt ensemble. More workshops allowed me to add new veneers which have been turned into art pieces as well as covering items such as gift boxes and jewelry. 

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