Fabric Art Adventures for the New Year

Here we all are in a fresh New Year!  I hope you had a lovely holiday.  Mine was delightful, lots of family, and full of a lot of planning and thinking about where I want to go from here in my fabric arts, especially while the professional quilting organizations sort out the full impact of the pandemic.  I have a lot of fun planned for the new year that I hope you will find interesting, encouraging, and even join me in some of them.

The new year arrives at an interesting point in my fabric arts.  I have finished my ongoing show quilt (Out of Mom’s Workbasket), and haven’t started a new one. I am close to the end of producing my first three-video series for my refurbished YouTube channel.

Forks in the road

I have put together a plan for the year that includes small fabric art pieces using multiple interesting techniques.  And I am working on some technique workbooks and patterns to sell on my newly updated website.  The show quilt world may take years before it is fully back, and it may be different when it rebuilds, so I am going to focus mostly on small pieces of fabric art for a while to share in videos, books, workbooks, and patterns and possibly for sale.  So here are the main topics for my 2021 focus:

  1. Working with wool (machine applique and embroidery primarily).
  2. Machine embroidery (free motion and in the hoop)
  3. Working with decorative threads, yarns and ribbons
  4. Small landscapes, space scapes, fantasy scapes
  5. Ancient illuminated manuscripts
  6. Heirloom sewing by machine for quilts
  7. Working with fun preprinted panels for fun and presents
  8. Whole cloth pieces (quilting techniques and pictographs)

Sew you can see my creative interests remain the same, it is just how I am hoping to share them that is a little different.   By keeping the pieces small I may actually be able to cover all of the concepts I have for now and you may decide to do similar pieces of your own too.  Smaller pieces are also more saleable I’m told.

Practice painting I did in Corel Painter

Sew happy everyone!  Learn some new skills, refresh some old ones, teach someone to sew or quilt, make some fun projects, and love your studios in this fresh new year.  Have fun in your studio (even if it is the top of your kitchen table)!

 

 

Working On Developing Workshops

I have agreed to present three classes or workshops at G Street Fabrics sometime this fall for a six-hour day for each.  One will be on machine applique two ways, one will be quilting with feed dogs up, and one will be free motion quilting for sit down machines.  So I have been working out what exactly I want to present and how best to present them.

In the past I have done a couple of these classes and found flaws in how I developed them and hope these will  be much better.  One thing I did at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival this year was take  a class from Sue Nickels and carefully observed her methods for presentation. She ran one of the best organized and presented classes.   I have also taken classes from other noted quilters, like Pepper Cory, and will be drawing from all of these teaching methods to improve my own.

One of the things Sue Nickels did, as did Libby Lehman in a class I took from her years ago, was to have a camera on their work at the machine so people could really see what she was doing when demonstrating.  I thought this was extremely helpful when taking these classes.

Between my oldest son and myself, I have everything I need to do this with the single exception of the projector.  G Street has a projector they are going to loan me to see if I can make everything all work together to manage this for those classes.  Eventually, though, I will maybe get my own projector if I teach anywhere else.

So I will now make some samples and determine what I need to do to make a kit.  I decided to use my Go! cutter and precut some fusible shapes for the applique kits so it will save the students a lot of time.  I have designed a fall scene for the applique class.

I also will be putting together small sandwiches for the quilting classes.  I tried with my last class having them bring the sandwich.  Several of them arrived with no sandwich at all, some had all the pieces but had not put them together and I had to spend time telling them how to do it.  Time is like gold at a workshop.  So I decided to make a 20 inch x 20 inch sandwich that I premark.  I am only going to have six to eight students per class, so this will not be a huge burden and make a big difference for the class.

So I will really appreciate any suggestions you may have both from the perspective of classes you have attended and of classes you may have taught.  I don’t yet have the dates for these and I’ll tell you more about it later.

Sew happy everyone!  Add your comments to help me make the best workshops ever!