• Another Successful Workshop

    Hello dear readers. It’s been too long since my last post but better late than never. I have a friend who swears it only takes 15 minutes to do a post. Maybe I am just inept when it comes to blog posts (and in all truth – I prefer designing and creating to blogging) but it took me several hours just to select, crop and optimize the photos for this post not to mention assembling them into a gallery template.

    Enough about my computer skills (or lack thereof); what I want to talk about is my workshops in Las Vegas last month. It’s always a challenge picking a class that will appeal to the greatest number of students and that is exactly what a guild and an instructor want – a good enrollment in the workshop. In this case, the Desert Quilters of Nevada chose very well. Not only did the classes fill but they filled so well that they had to ask me to add an extra class to accommodate all the students. I, of course, was thrilled to do so.

    The two workshops chosen were my Bella Vista Mini-Landscapes/Postcards From Japan and Confetti Trees. In both classes, students worked from patterns of my own design though a couple of mavericks created their own unique designs with great success.

    Often, when I teach I get so wrapped up in that process that I completely forget to pause and take pictures and it was no different in this case. By the time I thought of pictures, many students had gathered their equipment and were headed out the door but I did ask students to send me pictures of their quilts if they were so inclined and I’m happy to say the pictures have been arriving in my inbox on a fairly regular basis along with notes of how much they enjoyed the class.

    Though I will not deny that teaching is most definitely a source of income for me, it is this enthusiasm and pride on the part of my students that keeps me enthralled with the process of sharing my skills and knowledge. My thanks go out to the Desert Quilters of Nevada for a wonderful, successful teaching engagement and for sharing the pictures of their accomplishments with me to share with you.

     


  • Good News and Upcoming Events

    Finally! I have bought a gallery and am in the process of preparing my photos to load into it and build my gallery. It will probably be a slow process but at least I’m one step closer to having something up on the site. Stay tuned for further updates.

    Onto upcoming events. I have a Totems class scheduled at A Common Thread This coming Sunday April 10. I LOVE this project and have created a virtual menagerie of animal totems for the class though I’ve only had the opportunity to make a few samples. The two¬† shown are the latest ones I finished and I have another two in progress.

    Deer Totem embellished with turquoise beads and copper pennies
    Deer Totem embellished with turquoise beads and copper pennies
    Lizard Totem with a Bold Over Batik insert fabric
    Lizard Totem with a Bold Over Batik insert fabric

    Next week I fly to Nevada to teach and lecture for the Desert Quilters, I will be presenting a trunk show and several classes on Landscape Quilts.

    Windswept Trees with Confetti Embellishments
    Windswept Trees with Confetti Embellishments

  • Color Talk

    Nothing like waiting for the eleventh hour to announce something but I still haven’t gotten a good handle on this Social Media stuff. Let’s blame it on tax time – yeah – that’s as good an excuse as any.

    Tomorrow I will be at the Milwaukie Airing of the Quilts and will be giving a demo/presentation in the library from 1pm – 2:30 pm. The presentation is on Color Theory and if you have ever felt intimidated by working with color or made a quilt out of colors you love but then did not like the finished quilt, this is the lecture for you.

    Extended color wheel of fabric
    Extended color wheel of fabric

    Learn what ‘value’ means and why it is perhaps the most critical factor in your quilt and how to troubleshoot your color choices BEFORE you sew them into your quilt – let’s face it – nobody LIKES to use a seam ripper. Learn the importance of color proportion and distribution and how you can control color to make your quilts spectacular.

    Included will be a variety of of ways to create color palettes beyond just working with formulas from a color wheel.

    The presentation will include a trunk show of my quilts where some of these methods were used.

    I hope to see some of you there.

    Picasso
    Picasso