• Upcoming Classes at Pioneer Quilts

    It has come to my attention that Pioneer Quilts is still struggling with the transition between their former website management/design company and the new one that took over the account after Websites For Quilters dissolved. The end result is that they haven’t been able get information on their site updated in a timely fashion and I have a few classes coming up soon that are not even posted on their class list.

    So I’m reaching out to potential students here through my website and I will post on Facebook too.

    On Friday October 30, I have my Animal Totems class from 10:30 – 4:30 (see some project samples below)

    Deer Totem embellished with turquoise beads and copper pennies
    Deer Totem embellished with turquoise beads and copper pennies
    Jaguar Totem
    Jaguar Totem
    Lizard Totem
    Lizard Totem

     

    On Sunday November 2, I have a Hand Applique Master Class from 11:30 – 3:30, students will learn classic needle-turn hand applique and can  use my handout with a couple of quail flanking a tree (see samples below) to make a small wall-hanging or pillow or they can bring a pattern of their choice they are currently working on or would like to start.

    Quail Hollow #1
    Quail Hollow #1

    On Friday October 7, we have our regularly scheduled Art Journal Quilt class from 10:30 – 1:30 (project not yet determined but will be announced in the next few days).

    On Saturdays October 15 & 22, I have my two part Machine Quilting 101 class. This is one of my most popular class, and I get many compliments by students who take it as being one of the best machine quilting classes they’ve ever taken, It is aimed at beginners who have never free motion quilted before but is also complimented by more experienced quilters who find tips and techniques that are new to them. My sample is shown below,

    Machine Quilting 101 sampler - Taupe version
    Machine Quilting 101 sampler – Taupe version

    If you are interested in any of these classes, please call Pioneer Quilts at the number on their website, their interactive enrollment page is not working properly right now.


  • Columbia River Piecemakers Show – Revisited

    Last week I posted a notice about my participation as a guest artist at the Columbia River Piecemakers Show. In this follow-up post I wanted to share a few pictures and say a few things about the show.

    I was very impressed with the show. The guild is not a very large one but they had a wonderful array of quilts exhibited in a variety of styles – traditional as well as contemporary. I was the guest artist and here are some pictures of my display.

    My display at the show.
    My display at the show.
    Yours truly!
    Yours truly!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I was the Guest Artist but they also had one of their members as the Featured Quilter. Her quilts were varied in design and very scrappy (a woman after my own heart!).

    Featured Quilter Cathy Lundberg with her display
    Featured Quilter Cathy Lundberg with her display

    All the quilts at the show were lovely but one in particular caught my eye, it had an Egyptian theme and I  really liked the cat (Bastet –  to those who are familiar with Egyptian mythology). I was fortunate to meet the quilter and when I told her how much I liked her quilt, she told me that she was inspired by my Jaguar Totem quilt. Hers was Egyptian, mine South American – it’s a small world when it comes to cat icons.

    The cat Bastet
    The cat Bastet
    My South American Jaguar
    My South American Jaguar

  • Quilt Show This Saturday

    I have been invited to show a few of my quilts at the Columbia River Piecemakers Quilt Show this Saturday. Click on the link to get the details – time, place, admission fees etc. They are giving me four quilt standards for my quilts and now I have to make the incredibly hard decision of which quilts to choose out of the literally hundreds of quilts large and small I have in my collection.

    I have decided to hang two large quilts and devote the other two stands to panels featuring a collection of smaller quilts, one will be devoted to my landscapes while the other to my ethnic inspired quilts. Still, even with that narrowed down parameter, I have to choose a crosscut of my work that will hang well together and yet provide some visual variety. This will not be easy and I know what I will be doing today and tomorrow.

    One of the quilts that will be on display at the Columbia River Piecemakers Show this Saturday
    One of the quilts that will be on display at the Columbia River Piecemakers Show this Saturday

    On a related note, a friend of mine – Irena Swanson – is having a one woman show of her work at Reed College in the Vollum College Center Lounge. The lounge is used for meetings and is not readily accessible to the public at predictable hours but she is having an artist’s reception this afternoon (I’m sorry, I should have posted this with more warning) from 4-6 pm. She will also have an open house demo of her unique piecing technique a week from today on September 14 from 2:30 – 6:30 pm. If not the reception tonight, perhaps you can attend the demonstration, it is well worth seeing.