I’m super excited to announce that I have a new workshop to offer to guilds and groups, called Experiments in Dimensional Sewing! After teaching myself lots of these techniques, I’m super exited to share them with you. It’s customizable to a half, full or multi day class, which is perfect for any of your group’s needs. If you are looking for a speaker/teacher for your guild or group, I hope you would consider me!
By the time you read this, I’ll be in Memphis TN for the comic book industry job I have. Be there through Sunday. Missing my brother’s birthday and my sister’s candle party…
My back is not fully recovered so no sewing has happened in the studio. Lots of reading and crocheting, but little sewing. The ideas are building up, and the big IQA show in Chicago is looming with all kinds of ideas and classes to take and money to spend there…
I am teaching my Fiber Art Divas group how to make the Yo Yo Flowers (sorry for those of you still waiting on the pattern). I’ll let you know how it goes. This is just coming off of teaching it as a half hour demo at the Riverwalk Quilt Guild’s Gathering show.
I have a project to take with me on the plane, but we’ll see how much gets done. I may just nap instead.
I’m super excited about going to the big IQF show in Chicago this year! I usually take all the days off of work, plan out every minutia of my time there. I take lots and lots and LOTS of classes, at least one class every day of the show. I also spend inordinate amounts of money, usually bringing several hundred dollars of my saved “allowance” of our household budget. I may have friends coming to stay with me who plan to attend the show this year, and my quilt friends locally are all taking classes too.
But… (and you knew something was coming, right?)
I got the show catalog this year, and wow… what a downer. The classes are just not that exciting. I was hoping for a repeat of some of the classes I didn’t take last year, no such luck. The dyeing classes, gone. The foiling and tyvek classes, gone. There is ONE class listing for Sunday, and it’s one of the “samplers” in which you get to sample a demo from about 10-15 teachers. In fact, I have the Houston 2008 catalog on my desk, and putting the Chicago catalog next to it… it’s downright anorexic.
Is this the state of the quilt show in Chicago? Were there not enough people last year? Every class I took was very full. I don’t get it. I’m so disappointed that I didn’t even fill out my class form online until this week, and I checked the Quilts.com website EVERY DAY until the class list was posted.
What will the show floor look like? Will it also be similarly reduced? Is it the economy?
I did eventually sign up for the Thermofax class and the Embellish it sampler class, but I really didn’t have the same giddy feeling I did last year. I’m still looking forward to the show, and buying new supplies, and seeing the lovely quilts.
One of my Art Quilt Workbook exercises, finally done.
The project from the workshop presented by Rosalie Dace, called “Close Up”. This is some bacteria magnified a bazillion times.
My version of “close up” was Pomegranate seeds.
And the Cloth, Paper, Scissors article on making these snowmen was just too cute to pass up. The bottles are small plastic shampoo bottles from all of the hotels I went to and used up this year. I pulled these bottles out of the trash thinking they would be good for beads or pins, and found a better use for them. I recycled!
I am extremely fortunate to be in Judy Coates Perez’s new online Color Theory class. I won’t show you the whole exercise so as to preserve what I paid for and to not give Judy’s work away, but I am having a buch of fun learning. It’s my first online art class.
I am also in a group studying the chapters from the Art Quilt Workbook by Jane Davila and Elin Waterston. I finished my chapter 1 exercises a bit late, but they will have to do.