I spent today in our large side room we use for classes and workshops. We lug our sewing machines & supplies, set up our work areas, and work on projects for our Quilt Faire Boutique. Today was a free-for-all, meaning that whoever had “kits” to share brought them.
Linda made several “chicken kits” and one was on each table. “Everyone must make a chicken first thing this morning! It will take 5 minutes,” she said. Reading the instruction sheet caused several of us to panic. The instructions and diagrams were so complicated. The chickens were not complicated at all, and Linda walked us through the entire process. My chicken took 10 minutes to make, and I am the slowest one here. It was amazing.
When you finished a chicken, you passed it on to Karen. Karen was filling the chicks with crushed walnut shells to complete the pin-cushion chickens. Some gals kept making chickens. I chose to try a new thing this time – a table runner. I brought bunny kits to share because I was tired of making those. Two of our newest members (Liz and Lori) took kits and made some bunnies. I am so thrilled! Like I said, I am tired of making them.
The left front of the table has a few un-stuffed chickens. On the right side sit the smiling bunnies. Below them is a bin filled with bunny kits. The Bunnies sit at the table, showing off their cuteness, trying to entice more quilters to take a kit.
Candy makes table runners look easy.
They are not. She has made a bazillion of them.
Things go much slower when you have made zero.
The Next Workshop May 16th –> Cord Bowls and Project Keepers
What a fun-packed time at IHQ today!
A short Quarterly Business Meeting, then on to a special trunk show by Sandra Mollon, an International professional instructor, and author.
Sandra lives in our own Calaveras County and is not a stranger to our guild. We look forward to her teaching a class in May on her art quilt technique. Students in her class will be working on photographic images transformed into art quilts.
We will be working on an appliqued Lily similar to this one:
The walls of the main room were covered with gorgeous artwork At first glance, many looked like photographs. Until you took a closer look and could see the intricate piecing and quilting.
Since Sandra was here today we were able to book a different class for 2021. She will teach her Thread Painting technique that she used while making this artwork:
Thank you so much for sharing your art, Sandra! We will see you back in May.
♥ TTFN ♥
Photos of Sandra Mollon’s art were taken with her expressed permission.
Yes, these are the wonderful women of IHQ. Today they are taking a class. So, why are there no sewing machines, or fabrics around?
Quilters learn new techniques every year, from professional teachers and talented members. Monday’s class is both professional & member taught. Our scheduled instructor, Terrie Kygar, fell ill and could not travel last year. Candy Gutierrez was taught by Terrie Kygar and became qualified to teach the technique.
The technique? Crayon Applique. Ms. Kygar, and now our Candy, does a no-iron version called “Brush & Blend”. I haven’t been able to take either class, but I have seen these breathtaking images created by everyone.
Aren’t they luscious with color?
Candy stands, supervising the coloring. I wonder if she ever taught Kindergarten?
Concentration and focus this class is commanding. Not the usual banter or giggles are heard in the room. Yet, each student I spoke with assured me they were having a lot of fun. Some were even smiling as they colored – like Kindergarteners’ do.
Summer weather (100+ degrees), and summer break are here! Independence Hall will be converted into a Flea Market for the next 6 weeks, and IH Quilters will be helping out on the Tues and Thurs work days.
The last Row by Row Class (until Fall) was small in numbers but big in fun! Rows 7 & 8 are not paper piecing, so the grumbling was at a minimum. At least about paper piecing, Ha!
Although we all worked hard on our projects, we chatted, giggled, and enjoyed ourselves. Nothing unusual about that – our classes have that in common, no matter what we are trying to learn.
Because the photographer sculked around, quietly snapping pix, you can’t see that we all had smiles on our faces!