This week I want to share with you a quilt made by my friend, Jeanne Lounsbury. She made a strip quilt for her son using the Fibonacci Sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8,…). When she shared it with our local quilt group, I got really excited and thought others would appreciate it, too. She used my favorite hues of blue with a pop of red. Here is the link to the Fibonacci Sequence Strip Quilt video.
I’m currently in the middle of my 2-week winter vacation from school and am thoroughly enjoying the extra time to work in my studio. Next week, I should be ready to share with you my latest piece. Stay tuned.
I’ve done a lot of traveling in the last couple of months: spoke to several guilds, attended quilt shows, and taught a workshop. It has been wonderful to meet and talk with people about their quilting and to share my techniques. In between all of that I’m also hearing from people who have read my book. I love it when they send pictures of what they have accomplished.
Great work, Judy!
One reader, Judy, sent me this photo of her with her friend Jane, and the thread-painted portrait she made of Jane. I was pretty impressed. Thanks for sharing.
Finally, here are photos of some of the ladies in my Thread-Painted Portrait workshop at Quilter’s Station in Lee’s Summit, MO. What a delightful group.
First-time thread-painter, Janet. Go girl!!
Karen building on basic skills
Shirley was the speed demon
Jane adding to an already extensive skill set.
Clara thread-painted landscapes, now faces
Barb drove hours to be with us–what energy.
Now, I’m preparing for a workshop and some lectures that I’ll be giving at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England in August. Will I see you there?
LOOK! A quilt and a prize.
I’ve just returned from the Festival of Quilts inBirmingham, England. It was fabulous. Some of you know that attended last year and arrived expecting to see my quilt, Turkish Bread Boys on display, only to discover that it never arrived. Well, this year it did and the Boys took second place in the Pictorial Quilt category.
Once again, I traveled by myself and that enabled me to stumble into some great experiences. The first night in my hotel I met two quilters from Ireland who knew me from The Quilt Show website. Rita and Janet were warm and friendly and had a great enthusiasm for quilting and more than a few questions related to the topic “What is up with those Americans”. They led me to other TQS people who invited me to dinner. This was a group of people from 5-6 different countries who had only known each other through a
quilt chat room until they came together at the festival. We spent the evening telling stories, laughing, and sharing ideas. I have to ask, “How often does something like that happen?” Not often enough in my life.
The TQS gang
Ah, September, that time of year when I go back to work teaching pubic school and life suddenly gets very hectic. While I’m doing better this year at parceling out some time each day to devote to my art, I must admit that I’m not actually making art, I just do lots of things related to art.
For example, this morning I’m writing a blog about not doing art. Yesterday, I got up and had a lovely phone conversation about my experience at the Surface Design Conference in 2011. That ended with my promise to write a paragraph testimonial of sorts that I did not get around to doing because I had to race to a yoga class. After yoga to de-stress, my husband and I engaged in a little home improvement by finishing the last of the stairs that we are covering with bamboo flooring. Just 4 1/2 hours later, we are in the final phase of our flooring project that is now entering it’s 5th year. Then, the day before that, I drove down to Denver for the regional meeting of SAQA. It was a great time to get together with other art quilters that I don’t see often enough, but the entire trip was 6 hours, not for the purpose of of doing art, but of talking about doing art.
Suddenly, 2 thoughts have come to me. First, wouldn’t it be great if yoga came AFTER home improvement. Second, given the pace of our flooring project, why would I think that art would come any faster.
This coming week, I’ve still got to write that paragraph, pick up a quilt from the photographer, follow up with British customs to try to locate my lost quilt, and attend an open house to encourage folks to sign up for classes I’ll be teaching this fall. After that, I get ready to attend a 3-day workshop with Katie Pasquini Masopust. Thankfully, I had the presence of mind to sign up for this workshop 2 months ago, knowing it would be desperately needed. I believe there is a real chance that I will actually DO some art this week.
Today I returned from the International Quilt Festival in Houston. This was only the second time I have been able to attend and
In front of Orchids w/ my father.
the first year that I have had quilts on display. My quilt, “Orchids” was part of the exhibit In Full Bloom, and “The Mending” was part of the Women, Peace, and Security exhibit. While it was fun to be able to say, “Well, yes, I do have a quilt on display here,” it was more fun to share the experience with family. My sister, mother, and, more recently, my father are all quilters, so we made a family affair of the event.
There were four artists from the UN exhibit and we were able to meet and talk about our quilts. Even now, almost 2 years after the exhibit was formed, I’m still learning new information and gaining more appreciation for the quilts and what they represent.
Quilters for Change
I also found out that Allison and Dick Wilbur have added a new quilt challenge. This one is titled Light Hope, and Opportunity: Empowering Women Through Clean Energy. It will bring attention to the issue of energy poverty and some simple solutions that make big changes in people’s lives. Check it out at quiltforchange.org
This summer, I received two invitations to demo my thread-painting techniques. I accepted both and later
realized that they were on back-to-back days. As often happens in my life, periods of high activity are interrupted by short periods of intense madness.
My first invitation was to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Sampler. This is a room full of tables with a different presentation going on simultaneously at each station. The demos repeat every 15 minutes and go on for 2 hours. Participants are free to
roam and drop in on any presentation that grabs their interest. My presentation was called “Taking Shape with Thread.” Using colored pencils to represent the thread line, I stepped participants through shading in a teacup to make it look 3 dimensional.
My second invitation was to the Front Range Contemporary Quilters’ annual “Desserts and Demos”. Here, I did a similar presentation called “Making Faces,” where I, again, discussed thread painting, but with an emphasis on applying the techniques to portrait quilts.
It took a lot of energy getting prepared, packed up, set up, and put away, but the payoff was terrific. I got face time with over 200 quilters that were present because they are enthusiastic about quilting and being creative. It was a bit like speed dating with quilters. Their questions were thoughtful and insightful. Their feedback was encouraging and complimentary. I can’t wait until next summer when I can do it again.
Make the fabric work for you
Here's how I did it.