Many changes afoot

Hello everyone!  Happy Spring!  Everything is blooming chez moi.  My azaleas are coming at a record early time.  Besides all that, I’m finishing up repairs to the house getting ready for closing.  No, I’ll still be in Raleigh-not moving very far.  I’m really looking forward to having more time to make and market art, now that I won’t have a big house to take care of.  Speaking of which, here is the new desert piece that is emerging.  I am aiming for more abstraction and less realism, which I find hard to do for some reason.

The photo was taken by Tjaart van Staden, who died in a plane crash.  The scene is of Black Mountain in Namibia at sunset.  I love this color scheme of analogous colors.  It has snow dyed silk, hand dyed and shibori dyed cotton and various batiks.  The hand dyes are from my collection and from others I have purchased.

A Quick Tute:

 For those of you who wonder how I make these, here is a shot of the backing fabric folded back to reveal the wool batt with pieces of black Misty Fuse.  This is how I stabilize the back and the front to the batt without pins or spray basting.  The pins being a pain and getting in the way of quilting, and the spray being a mess unless you do it outside- also a pain.  Misty Fuse is so light it doesn’t add any stiffness or bulk to the finished piece.  Just iron with a hot dry iron with your teflon sheet, and everything will stay put while you quilt.

Upcoming classes are:

ThreadUtopia: March 31, 1-4 pm. @ Thimble Pleasures, Chapel Hill

                                 April 2, 10-2 am. @ Bernina World of Sewing, Raleigh

This class trains you to work with all those tricky threads.  It’s fast and fun and you will learn all about tension, threads, needles, etc.

Design Your Own ARt quilt:  June 3, 1-5 pm. and June 9, 10-5 pm. @     Thimble Pleasures, Chapel Hill. You must be there for both days to complete the class.

This class trains you to take a make an art quilt using a photo by making your own pattern and fusing .  If you have a great photo you’ve always wanted to make into an art quilt, this is your class!

That’s it for now, and hope to see you in class!

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