TO those who have entered quilts into quilt show this year.
Check the web site or stop at the quilt show supply table at the meeting this week to get the numbers for your quilt entries. Let’s all arrive at drop off locations or quilt show drop off with our quilts and bags all properly labeled. Remember all entries must be to Middle School by 10am on Thursday 4/29 morning.
Anne Lainhart is well known for her bargello classes. After hearing her lecture on color families you can see why. She has an innate sense of color. Her color board is absolutely fabulous. It is a wonderful way to illustrate the complexities of color families. Yet at the same time make them so simple.
The various ways that Anne mixes and matches her color families result in stunning quilts. She tries something just to see if it works. And for her it generally does. At least in my opinion it does. For instance, her multi-color family bargello, most quilters would have never thought to mix the colors in the way she did, but it works.
Click here for Slide Show of Anne’s Work.
The workshop was to create a Kaleidoscopic purse. Anne also brought kits for ornaments and note cards. I thought it would be a fun class but I didn’t expect to learn so much. Like when not to press. I know we are taught to cut – sew – then press. But there is a point in which you want to press your kaleidoscope, that is when all 6 or 8 pieces are sewn together and not before. That way you don’t accidentally stretch any of your pieces. Who would have thought of that. Not me, that’s for sure. I got caught going ahead of the teacher and pressing my pieces. That’s me, miss smarty pants. Seems I don’t know everything after all.
Anyway, Anne’s kaleidoscopes are not your average stack and wack. You need to make sure your print has symmetry to it. She demonstrated a few tricks on cutting your border prints using that symmetry. And how to match up the prints before you sew the pieces together. She uses pins, lots of pins. But if you really want to make sure your prints line up you need to pin – pin – pin. She also demonstrated how to pin the final seam together while matching the print and the center seams. This takes practice to get it right. Mine came out ok but next time I will do better.
In the workshop we got information on cutting and folding note cards. The best way to insert a loop to hang an ornament from. And how best to attach purse handles. You would think this to be all self explanatory but Anne has a few tricks that make you say “Now why didn’t I think of that?”
I am going to keep my eye out for some neat border prints. I’m also going to keep my eye out for more classes taught by Anne.
Thanks for the great class Anne.
Your humble student,
Click Here for a slide show of more workshop photos.
Sarah Ann Smith is an art quilter. She makes postcards, journal quilts and art wall hangings. She uses fusing, beading, painting, and any other medium that works for her. Her work is beautiful. View a slide show of her work.
Her lecture on beading showed the varying degree of which beading could be used on quilts, from very minimal to encrusted. She considers herself a minimalist when it comes to beading her quilts. She likes to add just enough beads to give a little sparkle.
Sarah has a group of art quilting friends. Her and her friends help each other grow in their respective art forms. They like to use various mediums withing there quilting. This give each in the group a different way of looking at their own artwork. This group had a showing of some of their work. One of which, they each chose a picture. Then they each had to create a postcard/journal size quilt of all the pictures in the group. It was interesting how different yet similar each were.
The workshop was titled “Postcards: An Introduction to Some New Techniques”. The amount of information we received was incredible. From how to assemble the postcards, to painting, to stamping, to finishing, mailing and displaying your postcards. There was such a wealth of information.
Sarah covered which products she preferred. Peltex 70 is her choice for the stiff stuff used in constructing her post cards. Peltex comes 3 ways, no fusible, one side fusible,or 2 side fusible. She prefers the non fusible. That way she can assemble the design first then fuse it to the peltex. This way you can keep fusing items to the card without over stressing the fusible on the peltex.
As far as fusible web she prefers Misty Fuse. It is a light weight fusible medium. If you are going to build up layers on your project, it doesn’t make it to stiff as some other brands might.
Sarah went over the layering process of constructing your card. She showed an example of the layering process of constructing a design. Once she completes a top she quilts it before she attaches the plain backing. She found it easier to address the postcard when the quilting is not through to the plain back.
I can’t even remember how many embellishment ideas Sarah covered. She demonstrated how to use this stuff call Angelina. It reminds me of the grass we put in Easter baskets, but much nicer. It has a metallic-opalescent quality to it. She demonstrated how you can bunch it up then using an iron and a stamp, press a design into it. Then you can trim it and use the resulting piece on you postcard. The stuff is really cool.
The different ideas for using paints was phenomenal. She demonstrated how to create your own stamps using carving tools and either stamping medium or a simple gum eraser. You can also use automotive gasket making material or craft foam. Another technique was using a surface that has a bumpy design of some kind. Using a roller you could paint the item then use it as a stamp to add texture to a design. She talked about creating your own stamping designs with cardboard and hot glue or twine.
You can also create a stencil from freezer paper. By cutting a design from freezer paper, then pressing it on to your fabric, there are no limits to the designs you can create. She showed us how tearing the paper can create a mountain/sky line effect or a natural looking branch. The trick with using the freezer paper is when you apply the paint, you want to brush from the paper toward the fabric. That way you will be less likely to get seepage under the stencil.
She also uses bubble wrap as a stamp. Her message is to just look at what you have. You never know how it will turn out. But she did say to test it out on your fabric first. Until you get the result you want. Then fuse it to your postcard. Because you never know how it will come out, there is no sense in ruining your postcard.
Once you have completed your card, you want to finish off the edges. You can use a satin or zig-zag stitch along the edge. Sarah demonstrated how to apply a decorative yarn to the edge using a three step zig-zag stitch. Sarah had various yarns to show all the possibilities. If the yarn is not heavy/thick enough to show, you can twist it with another yarn to give you enough substance to attach it to the postcard. That way you can use those pretty eyelash yarns.
Sarah also covered some of her ideas of framing/displaying her postcards. She also discussed how to mail your postcards.
Everyone enjoyed the class. There was so much information. Sarah was willing to demonstrate anything we were interested in. Here is a list of her product recommendations.
Click here to see more photos from the workshop.
If you were unable to take the class or wish to take more classes with her, check out her web site. She will be teaching at The Gathering in 2011.
Sewing at the Kelly Library on Tuesday March 16 at 6:00 pm. We will be in the room that is directly in front of the entrance on the lower level. As of this morning Main Street by the Fire Station was closed. The easiest way to get to the library is exit 1 off of 93. Continue to the route 28 intersection and go straight across onto Veterans Memorial Parkway, pass Toys R Us on the right, police station on the left. Turn left onto Geremonty Drive where the Town Hall and High School are. The library is on the left at the corner of Geremonty and Main. Main Street is open from the library to the Methuen line and beyond to 495.
Our upcoming mystery bus trip is a mere 12 days away now. Let’s all pray to the weather gods for good weather that day!
I do have three more open seats so if you know of anyone else in the guild or not, who would like to join our fun filled day please let me know.
Just a reminder to be at Westgate Plaza in Haverhill for an 8:00 am prompt departure so we get to our first shop on time. Please wait for me to get on the bus and share our secret destination with the bus driver and then I will give you the high sign it is ok to board. Bring your lunch as well as morning coffee etc.
Remember if you wish to play games to bring the following:
Any red, white or blue fabrics( does not have to be patriotic themed) and a spool of thread.
Also an item for the bus basket for the penny raffle – it can be notion, fabric, thread or something off the chart but quilt related.
Looking forward to the 13th.
Tonight’s sewing session at the Kelly Library in Salem is cancelled. The next session at this location will be Tuesday, March 16 at 6:00 pm. Please join us then. Contact Carol Sullivan for more information.
Good Morning fellow quilters,
Once again I am blown away by your generosity. I received 6 more quilts last night, which will be sent off to the charities. Thank you for all the support. I hope everyone saw the Thank You notes in the newsletter from both Hospice and The Angel Network.
Due to too much going on and my senior moments last night, I an unable to put a name with all the quilts. If you gave me one would you please send me an email and a brief description of it, so I can put a name with the picture I will be taking for the bulletin board at the quilt show.
Thanks to all.