I was happy to be able to leisurely enjoy the show on Preview Night because once the workshops began, this is as close as I got to the show. These photos were taken from the balcony right outside my classroom. As much as I liked seeing all the quilts in the show, I had a blast with all the ladies and gents who graciously took one or more of my classes.
On the second day of workshops I taught my favorite class, Fused Applique Portraits. I enjoy this workshop because the projects always turn out great! Everyone gets so excited when they finally recognize their loved one, and usually they want to make more portraits. Again, this was only a half-day class instead of a full-day class, so it was a bit rushed, but many people were able to finish or get very close to finishing.
Two of the ladies in my class, Laura S. and Jeanne V. came all the way from the Netherlands with a group of quilters. They were such a joy to have in my classes. Laura blogged about the show and also about taking two of my workshops, so if you’re interested in seeing a visitor’s viewpoint, please visit Laura’s blog.
In the afternoon, I taught Quilting Your Portrait. I was excited that I had several ladies from one or both of my previous portrait classes. I gave them a little PowerPoint trunk show of some of my quilts to give them ideas of ways they might approach quilting a portrait, and then I supplied them with two images that they could practice on. By giving them a photo of someone they didn’t know, I thought it might make them feel less afraid to make mistakes.
In the end, I thought everyone felt a little more at ease with quilting a portrait, and I hope they will try more of them.