Teaching at International Quilt Festival is always a whirlwind of a week with lots of hard work and lots of good fun. I love catching up with so many friends all in one place.
My week at festival started with awards night, where my Pink Bird quilt won an honorable mention and I got to hang out in the winners section with my friends Kathy York and Sue Bleiweiss, who also won awards for their quilts in the Whimsical category.
These are my 3 quilts that hung in the show; Pink bird in painted quilts, Crepuscular Flash in the Dinner@8 special exhibit Affinity, and Little Blue Tea Bird in Art Miniature.
On preview night, I ran into my ol’ Chicago friends Laura Wasilowski and Frieda Anderson, as well as Leslie Tucker Jenison and Pokey Bolton, when we all converged in the Chicago School of Fusing booth in the vendor area.
Also on the vendor floor, I saw my Austin pal Andrea Brokenshire, demoing free motion quilting on mid-arm machines, and while on my way to class I ran into the adorable Cheryl Sleboda all dressed up in costume on Halloween morning. My Halloween costume was tired old painting teacher, lol.
FYI, the photo of the trio with blue hair was not taken on Halloween, that’s just something you might see when you walk around during festival.
The first class I taught was, the ever popular, painting with Tsukineko inks. These are a wonderful medium if you want to paint images with clear, bright, translucent color that doesn’t change the hand of the fabric.
The next morning at 8, I gave my lecture, It’s All in the Process, making an award winning quilt and everything that can go wrong along the way. I was so surprised and honored to see at least 30 people already in their seats when I walked in at 7:30 am to set up!
In the afternoon, I participated in Mixed Media Miscellany. In that event, 200 people make the rounds to 15 different demo tables over a 2 hour period. It’s a great event but after about the 4th demo, you start getting a bit punchy and by the 7th or 8th time, it’s kind of hard to keep track of what you’ve said to who.
And on Saturday, I taught 10+ Techniques with Acrylic Inks. These inks are different than the Tsukineko inks because they behave more like paint, changing the hand of the fabric a bit and have both transparency and opacity. I like working big with acrylic inks and I love the beautiful variety of textures and colors that you can achieve.
I only got photos from the first half of class since the afternoon went at too fast a pace to stop to take photos, but aren’t these some lovely samples? I’m so looking forward to teaching this class over 2 days at Craft Napa in January!
When I got back from Houston, I was surprised to find a copy of International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene in the stack of mail with a full page photo of my quilt Crepuscular Flash in it. I had no idea until I came home that it was in the magazine. This quilt was also painted with acrylic inks.
What a sweet finish to a great week spent with all my students and friends!
January 7-10 Craft Napa 2-day Acrylic Inks Adventure
April 12-14 Focus on Fiber New Smyrna Beach, FL 3 day retreat Acrylic Inks Adventure
April 25-May 1 Smiling Turtle Art Spot, Omaha, NE 2 day- Tea & Ephemera, Heavy Metal Play day & 3 day- Acrylic Inks Adventure