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  • San Diego California

    I have to get better about blogging, it does not come easily for me. I have returned from a trip to teach and lecture for the Friendship Quilters in San Diego which was a great trip. I stayed with a wonderful hostess and met many talented and enthusiastic quilters in the guild. The weather – well that was not the greatest, it was hot and muggy and though I was leaving a hot spell in Portland, the weather in San Diego was more oppressive. Never mind, I really enjoyed the trip even with the weather.

    Between lecture and class, I got to see some of the sights including the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. LOVE those tigers but the only glimpse I got of a cheetah was crashed out in the shade, couldn’t see more than a spotted ‘carpet’. I took lots of pictures of animals, inspirations for future designs. I also went to the Visions Gallery where I saw a fabulous exhibit of quilts by Caryl Breyer Fallert. They were all smaller than her work that I have seen in quilt shows and frankly, I think these were the best pieces of hers I’ve seen to date – EXQUISITE!

    Onto the workshop – students made miniature landscapes in a choice of two scenes, a seascape and a marsh. Though students worked from kits I created, they were encouraged to play with the selections and swap any fabric they did not find appealing and several chose to do so. Following the pictures of the students at work are several photos of some of the projects. I would dearly have loved to get a group shot of the students holding up their quilts but one of my failings as a teacher (depending on your point of view) is that I get so immersed in the class that I often forget to stop and take pictures until the class is over and the students have left. Note to self – TAKE MORE PICTURES!

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  • APWQ Symposium

    Time is running out to register for the 2014 APWQ Symposium. There is a wonderful slate of teachers on the faculty including yours truly. I am offering two full-day classes and a third half-day class. On Friday August 1, I am teaching Animal Totems, a lovely blending of reverse applique and either Seminole or Foundation Piecing. There are several animal patterns to choose from – a Salmon, Bear, Wolf, Jaguar, Seal and Bird. I have designed a few new designs as well including a Deer, a Horse and a Turtle so there will be more choices beyond those listed in the brochure. This is a great project for beginners as well as more accomplished quilters. These quilts are beautiful as is but also provide fertile ground for those who enjoy embroidery and embellishment and some of the inset panels can be a good way to use up scraps.

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    My Saturday, August 2, class is a tide pool themed wall hanging that is completely reversible. Hang it one way for a while and when you are ready for a change turn it around for a fresh new look – two quilts for the price (and effort) of one! The process is much easier than you may think and again is suitable for embellishment – particularly beading.

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    My final class on Sunday, August 3, is a Folk Art Embroidery class. I’m a huge fan of ethnic embroidery styles and these were inspired by the heavily embellished stitchery of India and Pakistan. There are two patterns to choose from – a Cat or a Peacock. Once the stitching is completed, the embroidered motif can be cut out and applied to a quilt block or panel or sewn and stuffed to make a holiday tree ornament. The stitches are fairly basic and can be combined as desired to make a unique one-of-a-kind project.

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    At the time of this post, there is still room in all these classes though the hand embroidery class is almost full. Visit the APWQ Symposium webpage for registration information.

     


  • Tillamook Quilt and Fiber Art Show

    Home again after the Tillamook Quilt and Fiber Art Show; and a lovely show it was. While in Tillamook, I stayed with my friend and professional colleague Arlene Sachitano  who writes delightful mystery stories nestled in quilts. She has a brand new book out set in her usual venue with the quilt group making quilts for an animal shelter. I also got a spoiler on the book she is currently working on but mum’s the word – I’m not telling.

    At the show my quilts and lectures were well received but the highlight of the show for me were the other quilts and the various demos. I stopped by the American Heros Quilts booth and made a block to be included in a quilt for a wounded soldier (my son Jesse was a recipient of one such quilt), I bought some honey from a local vendor and watched the other fiber demos. I was particularly taken with the rug hooking display. There was a small collection up at the show and an even larger and more impressive display up at the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center; this display of gorgeous handmade rugs will run through the month of June and is well worth a trip to Tillamook to see.

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