Sunday, July 25, 2010

Nebraska State Quilt Guild 2010

I just eturned from teaching in Nebraska at the State Quilt Guild. I taught two very fun classes. The first was a needle case. We had a small group so we had the time to be able to personalize each piece with many wonderful textures and stitches which made each one unique.
We played with hand dyed silk velvet, beads and different stitches.
The second class was my Peony Bloom. What a fun day and such great students! It was so good to have nearly finished projects.
On my return to Lincoln I had the opportunity to go to the International Quilt Study Center. There is a very inspiring show South Asian Seams - Quilts from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. I covers the textural traditions of the people who made them and the culturally rich regions.
If you are in Lincoln in the near future please take some time out to view them as they are very colorful and inspiring.
Creative Stitching

Friday, July 23, 2010

Teaching in Juneau, Alaska

I sometimes have to pinch myself to make sure that I am really in these wonderful places I have been so fortunate to teach at especially this year. Alaska was fabulous! I taught for three days for Jan at Changing Tides and Annette at Raintree Quilts in Juneau. The students were so enthusiastic and I got to meet many who are on my BOM program. We worked on a block from my Magnolia Quilt, a block from Red Clover and on the flower basket from my Altered Texture series.
They all had fun with embellishing with beads, couching, embroidery and velvet.
I had a little time to do some sight seeing and went to the Gardens where there were these amazing upside down flower trees. What you see at the top are the roots of the tree. These were all pulled up in a mud slide and the owner designed all the trees which they plant with amazing cascading flowers each summer.
I stayed with Fabienne at her home over looking the water. What a view! I was really taken with these 8 foot Delphiniums in her garden. She explained that they are so tall because of the long days of sunlight.
She also took me out on her boat and what a great evening of sight seeing. This is the glacier form the water.
We also saw whale and they performed for us breaching many times. It was hard to capture it on camera.
The sea lions where also sunning it up in the bay.
The Altered texture class was great we embossed on velvet making very textural flowers.
Used Chenille and ribbons for different techniques and textures.
Thanks to everyone for making me feel so welcome. It was a wonderful trip and I can't wait to return.
Creative Stitching

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Student Work from Sisters, OR

I have been to Alaska and now in Nebraska. I am hoping to get some time tomorrow to blog about my great Alaska trip but in the meantime I thought you amy like to see these wonderful student projects.
Keep Stitching
Joanne Coppin - Bountiful, UT - Uniontown Square Quilt from my Folk Art Dreams CD
Mauna Wagner, CA - Duffel Bag from my Urban Sacs book
Joan Connelly - Duffel bag from my Urban Sacs Book
Christie Frey - Duffel Bag from my Urban Sacs Book
Red Clover quilt pattern

Monday, July 19, 2010

Quilters Affair Quilt Show, Sisters OR

The quilt show was fabulous as usual. We got up really early to help hang the quilts and get a good look at them before all the streets were filled with people.
The quilts made by the staff at the Stitchin' Post are always hung on the store building many were inspired by classes Jean Wells had taught over the years. This year was the 35th anniversary of the show and there were many celebrations. It is amazing to me that it has been going so long and so successfully. Well done Jean and Valori!
As usual a little shopping was done by all. Cathy, Wendy and Susan had fun buying baskets to hold all of their sewing and knitting supplies.
Here are a few of the teachers quilts.
Judith Baker Montano
Sue Nickels Jeannette DeNicolis Meyers
Barbara Shapel Katie Pasquini Masopust
Denyse Schmidt
Denyse Schmidt
Hilde Morin Tonye Belinda Phillips Tonye Belinda Phillips
These quilts were great. I would love to take some classes from many of these instructors.
Take care