My schedule is set now for the 2019 Art & Soul Retreat in Portland Oregon and I am very excited to be part of this event.
On Sunday March 10 I will be offering an all day Thread Painting class, on Tuesday March 12, an evening class on making 3-D pebbles from fabric, Wednesday March 13 an evening session on printing paper and fabric with leaves and botanical elements, Thursday evening – Abandoned Bookmarks, Friday – an all day class on three dimensional Stumpwork Sea Anemones, Saturday will start with a full day class on creating embellished Nature Scrolls followed by an evening class on making dimensional fabric leaves. More on each of these classes to come in future posts.
Meanwhile, I’m working on getting my other classes and events posted in my class schedule tab as well as working on finally posting the first images in my student gallery.
This is a double en tender here. it is of course a reference to the recent snowy weather we’ve had but also refers the sprinkling application process in which you add the fabric confetti by the pinch to the quilt surface.
I taught my confetti class at Montavilla Sewing Center in Gresham yesterday, braving the roads that were slowly recovering from our winter weather. I had three students, a fourth who really wanted to attend begged off at the last minute, she had farther to travel than the rest of us and felt it was going to be more challenging than she wanted to tackle.
For the class, I had a handout with two patterns, one was little more than a branch that could be fused and then embellished with confetti foliage, the second option was a simple landscape scene with a tree on the shore of a lake. To my delight, each student came with an idea already in her head or even partially composed. I try to gear my classes to cut across all skill levels from an enthusiastic beginner to an accomplished adventurous stitcher but it always gives me a thrill to see the quilter partially or fully fledged follow their own inspiration.
Here are the projects that came out of yesterday’s class
To all the sweethearts out there, Valentine’s Day is coming in a couple of weeks and what better way to express your affection than with a lovely fabric Valentine that hold concealed pockets to tuck notes, flowers or chocolates into. This will be the project for my upcoming Art Journal Quilt classes at two locations –Pioneer Quilts and Montavilla Sewing Center in Gresham. The class will be at Pioneer Quilts on Friday February 2nd and at Montavilla Wednesday February 7th.
The mini-quilts are decorated with hearts cut from pretty fabrics – some are simply fused on but others are clandestine pockets that you can tuck little treasures into. Those of you who enjoy embellishing will find plenty of options to apply decorative braid, lace, beads, buttons, sequins and/or decorative embroidery or stitching. As this project goes together very quickly, there will be plenty of time to complete your Valentine before Valentine’s Day.
Now for a word on what we consider ‘romantic’ design and color. Growing up and participating in Valentine’s card exchanges at school, the cards were pretty much red, pink and white. Walk into the card section of a store as I did yesterday and you will see a vast ocean of those very same colors but what do YOU think of as romantic? You will see in my two photos that one of my quilts was created in a sort of Victorian style with salmon colored brocade, black velvet and floral prints with black lace and pearls while the other is a Renaissance Fantasy of a vibrant silk brocade, gold silk, exotic embroidered braid with beads and a little golden key (to someone’s heart). The beads on either side of the bottom beaded fringe are the result of one of my last last Journal Quilt classes I had at one shop where we made embellished fabric beads.
I do hope you will consider joining me at one of these two sessions to make your very own Valentine for a sweetheart or just for yourself, after all – you deserve a little love too. Contact the shops for more information or to enroll.