My workshops started on Monday. I've been taking Abstracting from Nature from Jane Sassaman for the past 3 days. It's been a wonderful class! She has very patiently guided us through the process of designing our own quilts. This is what I've been working on:
|Abstracting from Nature - Coneflower|
It isn't anywhere near finished in this picture. In fact, nothing is stitched. And the white "stems" are just paper place holders. But I did manange to get a little tiny bit of stitching done after taking this photo, and I'm very happy with how it's going.
Tomorrow I will take Altered Photo Artistry from Beth Wheeler (who has written 2 books on the subject). We were to email her a photo of a flower before the class, and then she will have altered it and printed it on fabric for us. We'll use thread painting and free motion quilting techniques on it. I had chosen a coneflower photo to work on, which is one reason I've been doing coneflowers in Jane Sassaman's class too - I thought it would be really interesting to do 2 quilts on the same subject matter in very different styles.
Then on Friday I will take Out on a Limb from Wendy Butler Berns, where we'll be doing a little tree quilt and learning several texturing techniques. I'll try to post more pictures in the next couple of days. We're leaving on Saturday and will be home on Sunday. It's been a fun time so far.