Friday, April 5, 2013

Join me in Texas, June 3-6, with Quilting Adventures

Deep Woods Retreat 

I’m teaching this summer at an amazing retreat center in Texas with Quilting Adventures. There are still spots available, so please come and join me! This is a great way to get an in-depth experience with wholecloth painting and thread sketching. 

Here are the details:

Quilting Adventures Summer Retreat 
Monday, June 3 – Thursday, June 6, 2013
at Deep Woods Retreat in Smithville Texas
Intermediate to advanced skill level
$595 per student includes quad-occupancy accommodations

Part 1: Paint & Stitch
Learn the basics of painting on fabric using my peacock feather design, then stitch the details with black thread – this design was featured on the cover of “Quilting Arts” magazine in 2010. We will cover transferring a design onto your background fabric, basic techniques of painting on fabric with acrylics, thread sketching your piece with black thread to bring your design to life, and quilting considerations.

Part 2: Wholecloth Painting
Next, students will select a botanical or still-life subject and learn the basics of creating wholecloth painted quilts from a photo, including: selecting the right photo for great results, which paints and fabrics to use and why, painting and blending techniques and quilting considerations.

Part 3: Thread Sketching Snowflakes
Finally, you will learn to gain control and improve accuracy in your free-motion thread sketching using my gorgeous, realistic looking snowflakes.  You’ll learn how to stabilize your piece to prevent draw-up, improve control while you’re stitching,  and how to regulate your stitches for perfect tension.

Here are some photos of the retreat center:

Deep Woods Retreat


 Deep Woods Workroom

I’m in “Machine Quilting Unlimited”

Exciting news! My work will be featured in the May/June 2013 issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited. This issue features work by Ruth Powers, Helen Goddard, Charlotte Warr Anderson, and Barbara Hollinger, among others. My work is included in their “In the Studio” feature. It will be available in late April at select independent quilt shops, Barnes & Noble and Jo-Ann’s Fabric & Craft Stores nationwide.

Machine Quilting Unlimited is a fabulous magazine with in-depth articles on machine quilting techniques. If you haven’t seen or read it before, you are in for a treat! 

They have a special deal going between now and April 10: if you live in the U.S. or Canada and subscribe or renew a one-year print subscription, you get a 20% discount on the subscription price. (That’s a 42% savings over the subscription price.) The promotion code is SPRINGBREAK.