Saturday, October 18, 2014

Intro to Free-motion Quilting classes

Good morning, Glories! This is a close-up of my quilt, "Sidewalk Surprise." It's free-motion quilted. Did you know YOU CAN DO THIS on your HOME SEWING MACHINE? Yep, you absolutely can!
Intro to Free-Motion Quilting class.
You can do this on your home sewing machine!
When I show people this quilt, they are amazed that the quilting was done on a home sewing machine and not a big, long-arm, computerized quilting machine. Believe it. It was. Really… on a domestic sewing machine. [I use a Janome 6500.]

Wanna learn how? I've got three "Intro to Free-motion Quilting" classes [using your home sewing machine] coming up in October and November.
Dimensional appliqué and free-motion quilting: leaves and background fills
October 23-24, I'll be in Knoxville, TN at MidSouth Sewing. The "Intro to Free-motion Quilting on your home sewing machine" is on Thursday and on Friday, we'll be working on the Celebration Tree in my "Intro to Paper Piecing" class. Call [865] 249-6381 to register for these classes.

On Saturday, October 25, I'll be teaching "Intro to Free-motion Quilting on your home sewing machine" at Pins and Needles Quilt Shop in Chattanooga, TN. Call [423] 668-8734.

On Saturday, November 1, I'll be at Chattanooga Sewing for an "Intro to Free-motion Quilting on your home sewing machine" class. Call [423] 899-3664.

Below (left) is a close-up of the free-motion quilting on the back of Sidewalk Surprise. On the right is the Celebration Tree, the project in the Intro to Paper Piecing class. 

Both of these classes are geared for the BEGINNER! No prior free-motion quilting experience or paper piecing experience is necessary. In the free-motion class, I take you from Step 1 down this exciting and liberating path to getting your quilt tops quilted using your home sewing machine. I know you have a holiday project or two you need to get finished. 
Left: detail of free-motion quilting
Right: "Celebration Tree," Intro to Paper Piecing class
Please join me! I would like to meet you, spend time with you in class, and inspire you to finish those holiday projects and gifts. Call one of these great shops TODAY and sign up for a class.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Art at the RISD Museum

Another facet of our September Rhode Island trip was time spent (though not enough) at the RISD Museum. Works of awe-inspiring art from ancient times to the contemporaries of the 20th and 21st centuries were on exhibit. Students, teachers, scholars, and visitors can get practically nose-to-nose with these pieces… to examine and admire. Here is a small sampling of what this museum has to offer.
A Corner of the Park at Bellevue, Autumn Sunset
Henri Rousseau, oil on canvas
The Basin at Argenteuil
Claude Monet, oil on canvas
The Acrobat
Marc Chagall, etching and drypoint on paper
Dale Chihuly chandelier
Pair of colorless and stained glass windows
from Darwin D. Martin house, Buffalo
Frank Lloyd Wright
At the Circus: Bareback
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
crayon, ink and pastel on paper
Eva Stricker, glazed earthenware breakfast set
Top: "The Fifth Anniversary of the Red Army" plate,
Mikhail Mikhailovich Adamovich; porcelain with overglaze decoration
Bottom: Suprematist platter, Kazimir Malevich;
porcelain with overglaze decoration
Babylonia, Lion Relief
terracotta brick, glazed
Rafting on the Missouri
Roy De Forest, pastel, colored pencil and graphite on paper
Oh, had we the time to sit, study and while away the hours with these artists… if only.
Spending time with Pablo Picasso's "The Diners"
oil on cardboard

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Second annual Art's Meow art show and sale

The second annual Art's Meow art show and sale is this Sunday, October 12. I've contributed these two quilted "kitty art" pieces. Both pieces are improvisationally pieced, raw-edge appliquéd, and free-motion quilted with a small hanging sleeve on the back.
Quilted Kitty Art
18" x 18"
The Art's Meow Art Show and Sale celebrates our area's community cats as well as the 6th anniversary of the Cat Clinic of Chattanooga. Sales of the cat art goes to Wally's Friends to support low-cost spay and neuter services for the cats at local shelters and clinics.
"Did I hear the can opener?"
Quilted Kitty Art
15.5" x 18"
I spoke with Dr. Marcia Toumayan, the owner of the Cat Clinic, today and she said there is a wonderful variety of mediums and price points in the art that will be at this year's event. Last year, I contributed this piece. Here are close-ups of this year's quilts.
Kitty Art for "The Art's Meow," detail of free-motion quilting.
Kitty Art for "The Art's Meow", detail of free-motion quilting.
Thread: Wonderfil 50 wt. variegated cotton.
Kitty Art for "The Art's Meow", detail of free-motion quilting.
Thread: 40 wt. variegated cotton by YLI.
The Art's Meow takes place at Uptown Art, Cherokee Blvd. and North Market, from noon to 4 pm on Sunday. Come out and celebrate, purchase feline-themed artwork made by area artists, and support the local community kitties! There will be cake and ice cream, and staff members from the Cat Clinic will be available with educational information and handouts about feral cats. A painting party will immediately follow the celebration with step-by-step guidance from Uptown Art personnel so you can create your own special painting of a modernistic cat. No painting experience is required.

Sounds purr-fect! Hope to see you there.
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