Category Archives: Classes

Coloring fabric with colored pencils

Last fall I took a Craftsy class from Lola Jenkins on making portrait quilts using colored pencils.  Lola has a wonderful relaxed approach to her art and it was a fun class.  I recommend it if you are interested in this subject.

I used an assortment of colored pencils for the project, mostly Prismacolor pencils but also some Crayola pencils, and occasionally a Derwent Inktense pencil (I have a limited range of colors in those but they have a lot of pigment so you can get a stronger color with them).

The process used is to print a line drawing on paper and then trace it onto fabric using a light table or a convenient window.  Lola likes to add interest to her portraits by adding shapes in front of the portrait.  For the class, I used her example, which is Vermier’s “Lady With A Pearl Earring”.

After the drawing is traced on the fabric, the fabric is fused to an interfacing.  The traced drawing is stitched with black thread.  Then the colored pencils are used to make the portrait.

In the image below, you can see the result.  Since this was a class project, I haven’t completed the background.  This allows you to see what the original fabric looked like.  I was impressed with how vibrant the colors were  and how little the fabric color showed through.

girl with pearl earring quiltAfter the pencil work was completed, the fabric is painted with textile medium to set the color.  This is supposed to make it permanent, although I haven’t conducted a test yet.

More recently I was working with a photo of a cute wild rabbit I took in the local park. where I was photographing flowers and he/she hopped by to look at me.

Here is the rabbit photo.

wild rabbit

And here is the small quilt I made based on the photo, again with colored pencils.  Remembering Lola’s approach, I added the daffodils in front and behind the rabbit to add some more interest.  I stitched the outlines of the rabbit and flowers, then quilted the background completely before coloring with pencils.

bunny rabbit quilt

I call this one “Daffy Bunny”.  I think it’s kind of cute — although it certainly isn’t my usual style!

 

Class Supply Lists and Free Patterns now available here on my blog

I have learned that I can make files available for download here on my blog.  It is so simple I should have done it earlier!

To make things more convenient for the shops I teach at and the students in my classes, I am making the class supply lists available.  They are provided at the bottom of the CLASSES page.  Just click on the link.  As long as you have Adobe Reader on your computer, you should be able to open the file and print it.

I did the same thing with the fourteen free quilt patterns that were previously available only at my Patternspot.com store.  They are available on my PATTERNS page.  Scroll down past the three “for sale” patterns  and you will see the pictures of each free pattern with a file link you can click on to get the free pattern.

Meet the Author event August 7

Yesterday was my “Meet the Author” event at the Silverdale Quality Sewing and Vacuum store.  It was terrific fun.  The 35 or 40 ladies in attendance were so enthusiastic and asked lots of great questions.  The staff at Silverdale QS&V were terrific hosts, providing savings coupons for attendees, door prizes, refreshments, and demonstrations of some of their products.  The three hours just flew by.  I signed lots of books and a few patterns.

This was my first trunk show, and went pretty well.  I did a lot of prep ahead of time, preparing a big notebook of  information about each quilt and samples of various techniques that could be handed around.  Now I have it all ready I hope there will be other opportunities to use the material.

After the event, the store manager (Jim) suggested they would be happy to do another book signing event “when my next book comes out”.  I told him first I have to think up a good idea for a book!  Since the binding book took several years to produce, even once the idea comes – if it does – the book signing won’t be any time soon.

Now this event is over, I hope to get back to some serious quilting and post here about some interesting quilting progress!

Trunk Show and “Meet the Author” event August 7

As previously announced, I am doing a book signing/trunk show/demonstration event next week at Silverdale Quality Sewing and Vacuum.  This is a first time for me so I have spent a lot of time in the last few weeks gathering quilts, getting organized, etc.  This week the store put out a very nice promotional email, which I have reproduced below.  Contact the store directly via their website (www.QualitySewing.com)  or phone (360-692-2992) to sign up for the show.

Trunk Show and Signing Event Coming to Silverdale!

Would you like to learn how to free-motion quilt? How about doing a Prairie Point binding?
Come meet Shirley Sandoz, local author, quilt designer, and educator. Author of “Fast Fabulous Bindings” and “Super Swift Quilts,” plus numerous quilt design patterns.

We are fortunate to have Shirley in our Silverdale store August 7th to sign her book and give a demonstration, along with bringing a trunk show full of all her fabulous quilt designs.
Sign up early and receive a $5 shopping spree to use the day of the show.

Shirley Sandoz: Trunk Show & Signing Event Silverdale: Wednesday, 8/7, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Quilt University teachers moving to Academy of Quilting in 2014

My favorite online quilting school,  www.quiltuniversity.com will be closing at the end of the year due to the death earlier this year of its founder Carol Miller.  Carol’s husband Roger has just announced that many of the excellent teachers at Quilt University will be offering their classes through another website:  www.academyofquilting.com starting in 2014.  This new site is run by Ruth Blanchet, one of the long time QU teachers.  I don’t have experience with this website, but there are classes available now and we can expect many more next year from  the QU teachers who join the site.

“Meet the Author” event at Silverdale Quality Sew and Vac

I am pleased to announce that the Quality Sewing and Vacuum store in Silverdale, in addition to offering several of my classes this fall, has asked me to present a “Meet the Author” event at the store August 7, 2013 from 10:00 am to 12 noon.   I will present a trunk show of quilts and talk about the inspiration behind the quilts, plus briefly demonstrate some binding and quilting techniques that are included in my classes.  If you are curious about the classes but not sure they are right for you, this is a good opportunity to get more information.

There will be lots of time to ask questions, and to sign books for those who are interested.  I will be offering several books and patterns as door prizes, and the store will offer refreshments.  Contact the store directly to reserve a spot or ask any questions about the event.

Quality Sewing and Vacuum  10876 Myhre Place NW, Silverdale 98383

Phone: 360-692-2992.  web site:  www.qualitysewing.com

New classes added and one rescheduled

I have just scheduled several new class sessions for the fall at Karen’s Sequim Sewing Center and at Quality Sewing & Vacuum in Silverdale.  Check out the calendar page for the dates and times.

Due to a personal scheduling conflict,  I have had to reschedule the Pieceless Applique class at Sleepy Valley Quilt Company in Port Angeles.  The class is now scheduled for November 9th.