October is in full swing here in Ohio. Temperatures are plunging and it makes me shiver just thinking about the upcoming winter. Where did my wonderful 80 degree weather go? The past several years October has also been a busy teaching month for me, and this year will be no different.
Last Saturday I drove out to QuiltTrends in Columbus, Ohio. The owner, Sue Sandritter, had invited me to come out to teach a Making Faces workshop to her customers.
If you live in the area and haven’t had a chance to visit this little independent quilt shop, you need to schedule a visit some time soon. Sue has created a very friendly quilt shop complete with a good selection of fabric, a long arm quilt machine right in the store (which you can rent by the hour), Friday sew-ins, colorful quilts at every turn, and loads of great classes. Sue even provided lunch for the students who took my full-day class. This gave us the freedom for everyone to work at their own pace and enjoy the process. And just look at the results!
I was impressed by how well everyone did with their portraits. I was also excited that someone has now used my technique to make a giraffe and a mandrill (the striped-faced monkey). People often ask me if my process can be used to create a portrait of their pet or their favorite animal, and I always say, “Of course!” This easy technique adapts very well to many different subjects. If you’d like to take one of my workshops, I’d love to talk to your local quilt guild about teaching a class. Or, you can always purchase my DVD.