Saturday night I got back from speaking and teaching at Berrien Towne and Country Quilt Guild. They meet at a lovely retreat center in Bridgman, Michigan. I felt instantly at home because everyone was so friendly.
On Thursday night they had their guild meeting. I showed a PowerPoint presentation of a number of quilt artists who have made quilts with people. I wanted to show some of the wide variety of techniques that have been used to create portrats. Then I did a trunk show of just my people quilts. At the end they had a show-and-tell time, which is always my favorite part of any meeting. It’s fun to see what everyone makes. I admit I was a bit jealous of the 59 people in the guild who were participating in a friendship triangle exchange. It was great fun watching all the activity!
On Friday, eight brave ladies took my drawn and painted portrait workshop. We took time to just play with various media to see what each person liked best. We started with dry media like Pigma pens, crayons, and colored pencils. In the afternoon, we played with wet media like fabric paint, acrylic paint, ink, and watercolor pencils. Since everyone was new at this, I encouraged them to pick just one non-skin color so they could just concentrate on learning how to use the media and how to shade an object so it looks three dimensional. I can’t believe I forgot my camera on Friday (arg!), but here are some of end results from people who also took Saturday’s workshop. I think they turned out terrific!
On Saturday, we had eighteen ladies who took my fused portrait workshop. This is a fun workshop and there is always a lot more cheerful chatter going on. Here are a few of those results. A few ladies decided to spend time cutting theirs with lots of details, so they didn’t quite get finished, but you can definitely see that they’re going to end up great. Somehow, despite my best intentions, I didn’t get pictures of everyone’s quilt. Sorry! (If you have pictures of the missing quilts or a picture of yours finished, please email me.)
What a group of talented ladies! I can’t wait to see what they do next 🙂