Monday, May 19, 2008

Postcards 101

Time flies - both when you're having fun and when you're not. Awhile back I agreed to conduct 3 classes in creating art quilt postcards for The Wallkill River School, our local arts center. http://http://www.wallkillriverschool.com/Page_1.html

Apparently this is going to be advertised as a class for teenagers and adults so the mix of attendees might prove interesting. This class begins in 2 short weeks and I have quite a bit of prep to get ready - I would like to appear at least semi-prepared and qualified to lead!

I need a bunch of simple, even-a-beginner-would-be-motivated-to-try-it, sample of 4x6 art quilts. I think I'm going to do a few showing a range of different type of techniques that - hopefully - will prove inspirational to people in the class. The strip pieced piece above is my first sample and was quite simple to do although I suspect the free motion quilting might prove challenging to a new art quilter. But inspiration is about stretching too, isn't it?....encouraging us to reach for something outside our comfort zone....right?

7 comments:

orangefrute88 said...

right! comfort shmomfort, i always say

i like this one a LOT denise! x

Mary Ann Littlejohn said...

When I've done postcard demos, I just use straight line stitching, changing angles when I hit an edge. Anybody can do that. I think free motion scares somebody who isn't familiar with it and they may think they can't finish even a postcard.

my croft said...

much can be accompished in these small pieces by slowing the machine down enough so that you can think half-an-inch ahead of the needle.

Exuberant Color said...

Having taught many classes where the participants weren't necessarily quilters, or even sewers for that matter, I have found that they are much more ready to jump into free motion quilting after I demonstrate it. They have no fears like the quilters who think they are going to be judged by others.

Exuberant Color said...

I want to add that as I am demonstrating I am also talking about the set up of the machine to make it work. Then when they are ready to do it I explain it once more with a demonstration so they feel comfortable with the machine.

stacey maddock said...

you'll do great denise! wish i could come too :) lovely piece and i adore "underneath"!

MORNA said...

Wow - fantastic work! I especially am enamored of the Stone House Window.