My first class was on Thursday, and was a long-arm quilting class with Krista Withers. This is the set-up of the room - I guess there were about a dozen long-arm quilting machines in there with two students to each machine. Krista taught her compositional quilting technique and I learned heaps!
|Me with Krista Withers|
I don't want to share too much about the content of the classes here. As a teacher myself, I know how much hard work goes into preparing for a class and I think it's respectful to allow the teacher to chose how and when to share their work. However, Krista's ideas about how to divide up the space in your quilt top, and make it look like different motifs were sitting in front of or behind each other were brilliant. I also feel like this class gave me permission to free motion quilt straight lines, and not worry about whether they are perfectly straight.
Above is the sample I worked on in class. I brought it home and I think I'll throw some binding on it to keep as a reminder. I have a quilt coming up later this week which I quilted using some of the ideas from Krista's class, and I find myself excited about the quilting part of creating a quilt again. Krista was a really awesome teacher - she had clearly planned the class well, and we moved between receiving instruction, planning, working and receiving more instruction in a really nice way.
My next class was Anna Maria Horner's Mod Corsage class. This class included elements of fussy cutting, piecing, appliqué and broderie perse to create a modern corsage block or quilt. I am a huge fan of Anna Maria Horner's fabrics so I was super excited to take a class with her.
The class was great, and it was awesome to see the broderie perse quilt above which is from Denyse Schmidt's book Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration. Anna Maria had just bought it from Denyse which was pretty awesome. Also awesome was the fact that Denyse Schmidt herself was a student in the class (clearly she and Anna Maria are good friends and she got a bit of a ribbing from Anna Maria about how it was good she was finally learning patchwork).
It's a bit hard to see, but Anna Maria's quilt is hanging behind us.
I was lucky enough to sit next to Ashley from Wasn't Quilt in Day. She is so lovely and the piece she was working on was amazing. I thought about stealing it during the break but resisted temptation!
This is what I worked on. I was feeling a bit more is more in the class! This will mostly be needled turned appliqué, so don't hold your breath for a finish any time soon!
My second to last class was with Yoshiko Jinzenji. I've been a fan of Yoshiko's work since before I was quilting myself (my mum has a couple of her books), so I definitely had to do a class with her. I enjoyed this class, which involved quilting a layered panel consisting of a shiny fabric, a few shapes and then a sheer fabric over the top. Working with the sheer fabric wasn't as hard or scary as I thought it might be, and it's definitely something I would like to experiment with more.
My last class for the trip was with the quilters of Gee's Bend. Anne and I decided to do a collaborative piece, which you can see above. One of our local guild members who often works with shirts curated a bundle of old shirt fabrics for Anne, and we both added a few fabrics from stash (and a few bits and pieces from the scrap bin in the classroom). This was a really enjoyable class and a chance to just sew.
The Gee's Bend quilters mostly wandered round disbursing little bits of advice, but they also shared a few songs with us - very beautiful.
So there we go, my QuiltCon learning experience. The classes were uniformly inspiring and had me excited to get back to my sewing machine.