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Monday, September 16, 2019

2020-2022 Lectures, Workshops, On line, In Person...

Welcome to my sandbox!
Here are are my On-line lectures and workshops. The fun for me is to chat with you then tweak the program to fit your small group, large guild, art alliance, or webinar.  My goal is to be informative and entertaining, while sharing meaningful techniques for life and art!

Your Process, Claiming Your Artistic Voice. Workshop or Lecture

Where are you in your process? Let’s explore. We can work together in a single day, half days, Or in-person (when safe) workshops. Using finished and unfinished projects, I will share my hard won victories. Oh you will recognize some of your own favorite techniques, starts and stops, and those ready to toss it moments.  We all have them.

During this time together we laugh, we get our mojos back, we move ahead, and some will stay right where they are, and be ok with that, while others will finish up projects!
It’s personal and we get to choose for ourselves.
It’s our process after all.
I will share where and when I get stuck. 
Then how I get unstuck and motivated.  
There are jewels of knowledge to be found in this lecture and workshop.

When Thought and Thread Collide, I mean Join!

Using thoughts, sketches, and research to tell the story. It all unfolds in this lecture and trunk show including my most exhibited pieces.  Between them they have graced 17 museums and quite a few galleries.  Lecture, Slide Show, with samples of each step

How to Promote Your work and Yourself—without apologizing! Interactive Lecture/Workshop.

When we conclude the workshop or lecture you will be, energized, informed, rethinking how you speak about yourself and your work.

…Awesome response from participants! Was even selected as one of the best workshops and rebooked for the 25th anniversary National Conference of SAQA. (Studio Art Quilt Associates)

Hanging in Harmony—Interactive Workshop or Lecture.

Have you ever wondered how to get your exhibit to flow in such a way that the viewers are in Awe?  
-There is a process that allows you to align or alternate similar work, color, size, and topics that can draw the viewer in.  
-You will learn how to get the Oooh’s! and Ahhh’s. Great for On-line or in person exhibits. We go beyond just showing the picture. Once you have seen the picture you usually want more info. Now there’s a quick lesson on how add information and labels to the slide or picture for best impact.
-Lecture can be Tweaked for the guild or those who hang quilt shows. 
-The Workshop can be 45-90 minutes or half day for those who have an interest on how to plan and execute the hanging of a quilt show. Because this will happen online for now size is not an issue. Remember it’s interactive and you get to add feedback as we work through the process.

Show and Tell!  Fun Lessons on Best Practices When Presenting!

Rib tickling interactive Lecture. Includes a selection from my trunk show and member quilts.  We combine our stories and audience participation. Get ready to have fun while we brush up our presentation skills. It’s fast pace and we end on a very high note!

Strip Piecing to the Max workshop only!

Let’s take this beyond beginner level piecing. It’s easy and the results are fabulous! We create the fabric, cut out the appliqués, Ending with  a 9”x12” takeaway.  Workshop priced per person, guild pricing available. Gather basic quilting supplies, machine or iron and your precut strips or scraps, kits available.

Simple Process Dramatic Results!

Face/Portrait, an applique you have, an animal or Landscape picture to use as a focus.

Finished- Fat Quarter Size. Machine or hand basted, use a fusible or fusible interfacing. Learn how to use zig zag/satin stitches.  
Water base fabric paint
Cup of water
Medium size watercolor brush
Makeup sponge
basic quilting supplies
Kits available.

Contact me and we will plan an event for your guild, group, or a few close friends!

All the Best! Ms. V

Sunday, September 17, 2017

90th Birthday Today for our Mother!

Great Morning. Today is my mother's 90th birthday! Family and friends are gathering from all over the East coast to join herin celebration.  Through out the day I will post pictures of our time together. Let's start with Mothers grand mother and her fathers sister. In Philadelphia walking pass Lit Brothers on Market Street. When those clothes were fashionable.

The second picture is at the opening of the traveling exhibit And Still We Rise, in Ohio in the fall of 2012 or 2013...gotta look that up. I was part of a panel who spoke about their work and our quilts in the exhibit.  Mother and my husband were there to see the opening and to here me speak at the National Underground Railroad Museum.

Have a blessed day!

To the right is a picture of my great grand mother Willie Cratic Finch and great aunt E. Finch Morris.

Elton, Valarie, jo Pratt leaving the auditorium.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Be the blessing.

Everyday I strive, I pray I work and rest to be what I want existing in the world.

Be the blessing you want to see.
Be the blessing you want to have.
Be the blessing you want to hear.
I make quilts that asks questions of the viewer.
Be the blessing that solves the problem.
Be the blessing that heals.
Be the blessing that feeds a hungry soul.
Be the blessing that cares for living things.
Be the blessing you want in the world.
Be the blessing that leads to joy.
Be the blessings that needs not apologize.
Be the blessing others emulate.
Be the change that causes the blessing.
Be the blessing. Just stand up and Be.
Be the little you that 'is' larger, wiser, closer to the real truth, than the bigger you has become.
Be That, that which your little self, knew to be true.
Be the blessing and joy you were, are, before your first hurt, undaunted.
Be that blessing to all, all of your life.
(Let your light shine till it blinds.)
You can be that blessing in my life.
I can Be that blessing in your life.
Choose, I choose to
Be the blessing.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Ninigret Quilt Guild - March 2016 Lecture

"Quilter and motivational speaker, Valarie Poitier gave a slide and trunk show. 
Her topic was "Promote Your Work Without Apologizing" and was fabulous.
She was energetic, educational and very entertaining."

What a wonderful guild!
tI met my match...Ms. Barbara and she is an amazing personality, wonderful quilter and a guild treasure and favorite.  

I thought she was perfect!  Ms. Barbara my hat is off to you, what a gem!

This concludes my winter Lectures. What a fabulous time I have had traveling and meeting new people, sharing, learning and growing in spirit and lessons learned.  I am proud to represent the quilters in Massachusets where ever I go.  Many of you and our sister states have helped me develop my current programs.

If your guild is looking for a lecturer or workshop teacher contact me and let's see what we can arrange.
All the best!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

March 2016 Lectures, Skits, quilters Journey Presentations

Presenting: an Off the Wall, rib tickling, event.

Quilts, dyed Fabrics, lecture, skits, stream of quilters consciousness, oh dear.
Get ready to be entertained, educated, wowed, and terribly impressed when Ms. V lets loose, and not her quilting seams.

March 5, 2016
Greater Hartford Quilt Guild
Scout Hall Youth Center
28 Abbe Rd, East Windsor, CT 06088

Presenting: A Quilter's Journey

A Lecture and a Trunkshow.

44 years in the making. No really there are at least two sewing projects scraps She will one day put in a quilt.  How does one go from bed quilts to art hanging in museums across the country. And still keep her sense of humor, find her sharp scissors, create a layout for one hundred and fifty quilts, serve on the board of a museum, teach, and represent 100 Massachusetts Art Quilter's. 

March 17, 2016
Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild
Goss Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Church at 13 Maple Street, Mendon, MA (click here for directions).


March 29, 2016 
Nimble Thimbler’s Guild  
Reading, MA

Sunday, January 17, 2016

And Still We Rise...the quilt exhibit has left Connecticut.

"240 Million African Slaves Ago" is now in Winchester, VA at The Museum of Shenandoah Valley. This is its fifth museum stop on this journey. I attended the opening, feeling so proud and thrilled. I saw some of the other artists and the curator. I participated in the filming done by a local news station. That clip is available on my Facebook page. Val Quilting Poitier. As soon as I figure out how to post it here I will.  The link to the museum is below the picture. All the best!

"240 Million African Slaves Ago" was on exhibit at the Bruce Museum on Friday 1/15/16.  I attended the Opening Reception.  I am so thrilled to have been a part of this exhibit.  Lots of wonderful art enthusiast, museum members, staff, and the local news. I had an opportunity to 

Here I am so pleased to see my quilt. It's on a 5 year tour.
answer lots of questions about my quilt, the story behind it, and the techniques.  What a honor.  Thank you 

Here is another thrill, I experienced.  Watch this recording often interview about the exhibit.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Workshops and classroom instruction, sewing, surface designing

Quilting Workshops, seminars and Classes 2016-2017, 2017-2018

Design using regular 1/4 seam, Raw Edge or Needle Turn

  • Strip Piecing Choices a Scene, Landscape, a Room, an Animal, make a small Quilt Top
  • Learn to add Perspective, shadows, highlight central motif.
  • Techniques and Notions: Bring all those things you bought and rarely or never used again to a workshop. Let's use then in a project and on sample sandwiches.
  • Surface Design, dyeing, stamping, silk screening, mark making.
  • Good Solid Basic Sewing and Quilt Techniques.
  • Trapunto, add stuffing. 
  • Faces, masks, appliqué!

Professional Development Workshops for guilds, artists, speakers

Teach the teachers/Train the trainer - do you want to improve your presentation skills, pair down, expand or tighten up your trunk show, workshop, finish the lesson on time? Get some advice and learn how to get/give a great result? Create a solid presentation, get some advice, see what others are doing right, learn to put your best foot forward? 

Training for Speakers and Lecturers. Are you interested in lecturing or giving a trunk show that will leave the audience on the edge of their seat.  Want to Take a class or seminar with like minded others, preferable at the same skill level? I  have a workshop for you!

For groups, guilds or a one hour motivational presentation for your guild; How to Promote Your Work Without Apologizing! 

Here's How I Work - Pick a level, schedule several workshops in one contract.

If you are like me you want the most out of a class and want like skilled members to work with. So let's do a one day or three day session grouping like skilled members together. Yes an opportunity to learn in your own skill level. No more beginners in an advance class or super quilters breathing over your shoulder if you are a beginner, finishing before you get half way done.

Basic Class Room Style and a few Techniques that are taught in each class.
Raw edge or needle turn are possible to do for each type of lesson.
Note the lessons will enhance your skill level if you are a beginner or advanced Quilter.

In class 101-1 

1. You will learn a solid design, placement, and composition technique while making a few 6" X 8"quilted.  Choose either a Landscape or Perspective Design, or both. Final piece can be framed as a top or loosely quilted and finished using a raw edge or binding. (One Day Class)

In class 102-2 

2. You will build on lesson 101-1 using a photo you will learn how to lay your colors and fussy cut shapes to enhance the perspective and depth of the scene.  Finished quilt top size between 8" X 10" and a Fat Quarter. Finished work can be matted or framed. (Not necessarily 2 consecutive Days, )

In class 103-3-5 - Days, over a Weekend, once a week,  or Five Consecutive Days, mix it up and add a Saturday or Sunday Book at the middle, start or end of the week.

3. Continuing to build on previous lessons or for our quilters who want to start adding surface designs...You will use permanent and no permanent pencils and markers or other permanent inks, paints, oils sticks to scribble and shade in details. Followed by stitching either by machine or hand. Finished work size up to a fat quarter and can be framed or quilted.

General Materials

  1. General sewing tools - thread, needles, adhesive either paper backed or not, scissors for fussy cutting, cutting board, ruler, pins and needles, machine optional for one and two day classes or a needle turn class can be taught as an add on day or separately.
  2. camera or phone with camera
  3. Variety of small fabric Scraps, precut trips or fat quarters, even fat eights in sky colors, ground colors, greens for grasses and bushes, creamy beiges and yellows in various shads, greys, Browns, think earth tones.
  4. Inexpensive glue stick made for children's craft, and paper.
  5. Permanent pens in your collection, "like" Sharpies, pentel, Farber Castelle.
  6. Watercolor paints, watercolor crayons or watercolor pencils
  7. Oil sticks, shiva or oil pastels.
  8. spiral note book.
Detailed Materials List for each class will be given.
Patterns or examples are available as part of a kit, separately, or included in cost of class
Materials listed in #3 will be available to purchase in a kit.
If we are working and the group wants to add a day, lets see if our calendars mesh and we will add a day.