Friday, January 16, 2015

Lots of Show and Tell - PTA and Others

I've done a lot of teaching over the years and the best part is always the wonderful students you meet and get to work with. It's even more rewarding when they follow up and send you a picture of their finished piece. My Layered Naturescapes is a popular workshop and one I love to teach, for several reasons; there are lots of different techniques to try and each student works on their own idea. You have a room full of creativity pouring into these pieces, each unique and each so wonderful. 
 Phyllis Tarrant took my workshop at NC Symposium this year and sent me a pic;  I love the finished piece.  She started with a base fabric, fused appliqués on base, added another layer of painted organza and more appliqué. Some of the appliques were toned down by the overlay of organza giving the piece a feeling of depth. She added a pop of blue which was a great idea. Congratulations Phyllis, you did a wonderful job and I know you're going to really enjoy this lovely piece of art.
 At PTA yesterday, Barbara show us a collage she had in an 8x10 mat. She found the most perfect frame at Michaels.  I'm always amazed at the effect a frame or some type of framing/mounting can have on our work.
 Leigh Anne was given a big hunk of gorgeous Japanese fabric.
 The back is more beautiful than the front  - what to do with it, maybe a small kimono shape quilt was suggested. It sounds good to me
 Kate does the most amazing things with marbled fabric. She originally didn't like the overall color and took some watered down house paint to brush over the top.
 I think she did this after she quilted it as you can see where the paint caught in and around the very tiny circle stitching giving it a lovely look. It's a brave thing to do and it paid off! Kate also does a lot of framing and mounting of her pieces which she did to this one - such a nice presentation.
 My daughter recently bought a kit to make a quilt. Mind you, she doesn't sew, or own a machine so you know what she REALLY meant when she said she wanted to make this quilt. I also made throw pillows to go with it and think I need to finish this for her before the pillows wear out. This is the top and will post more when I quilt it.
The prints are darling and someone at our PTA meeting commented that it looked like vintage apron material and I thought - Yes, I could see my Nana wearing something made out of one of these prints.
It's always fun to see what others are up to.


  1. That is a very nice quilt top you made for your daughter, I bet she will love it.

  2. Thanks for sharing. I love the framed collage. The painting technique is interesting, too.