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Monday, September 16, 2019

2019-2022 Lectures, Workshops, Quilts on Tour


Greetings,


Here are is my line up for the next few years...Keep in mind these lectures and workshops can be tweaked to fit your guild, art alliance, conference, or gathering.  My goal is to be informative and entertaining, while sharing meaningful techniques for life and art! Some of the listings can be either a workshop or a lecture to large or small groups. Photo in Gallery Section. Have suitcase packed and love to travel!

Lectures


Judging, Jurying, & Curating.

If you want to submit your work to Juried exhibits, Judged exhibits here are a few clues. Why didn’t my work get selected for the exhibit? What was the criteria for selecting the work? 


Lecture with Trunk Show, With or W/O Slide Presentation.


Owning Your Process, a Journey

Where are you in your process? Whose work is it anyway? Using finished and unfinished projects, this lecture offers members an opportunity to build confidence and self-approval.  Lecture, Includes Trunk Show. 


When Thought and Thread Collide, I mean Join!

Using thoughts, sketches, and research to pattern creation 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 a few galleries.  Lecture, Slide Show, Trunk Show with samples of each step.




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


You will leave, 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.



Hanging in Harmony—Interactive.

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 similar work, color, size, & topics that can draw the viewer in.  You will learn how to get the Oooh’s! and Ahhh’s *Lecture for guild using my work and about 20 members wall hanging sized work. *Workshop full or half day: for those who plan and execute the hanging of the show. 

*Lecture for guild using my work and about 20 members wall hanging sized work. 

Show and Tell!

Rib tickling interactive Lecture. Includes a selection from my trunk show & member quilts.  We combine our stories and audience participation. Get ready to have fun while we brush up our presentation skills.

Workshops


Strip Piecing to the Max!

Let’s take this beyond beginner level piecing. It’s easy and the results are fabulous! We make the fabric, cut out the appliques, and a make a 9”x12” takeaway


Hanging in Harmony—Interactive


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 similar work, color, size, & topics that can draw the viewer in.  You will learn how to get the Oooh’s! and Ahhh’s 



*Workshop full or half day: for those who plan and execute the hanging of the show. 



Strip Piecing to the Max!



Let’s take this beyond beginner level piecing. It’s easy and the results are fabulous! We make the fabric, cut out the appliques, and a make a 9”x12” takeaway.  Workshop price per person.  Up to 20 people if space allows. Bring basic quilting supplies and strips or scraps.




Simple Process Dramatic Results!


Face/Portrait, an applique you have, a Bird or Landscape

Finished- Fat Quarter Size. Machine or hand basted, use a fusible or fusible interfacing, & how to use zig zag/satin stitches.  Workshop, water base fabric paint.  Create you own background. Easy Peasy! Bring basic quilting supplies.

Owning Your Process, a Journey


Where are you in your process? Whose work is it anyway? Using finished and unfinished projects, this lecture offers members an opportunity to build confidence and self-approval.  Workshop includes slideshow, very interactive process, multiple take aways. 2 hours of hands on creating time.


All the Best!
Ms. V

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Dear Facebook friends,

Dear Facebook friends,

I am taking a tech break. I will post quilt related info only. I will not be reading posts. I don’t agree with the data collection bit that’s going on. And there is just too much negative chatter.  I’m off messenger too. If you want to connect My blog is a place. That will be updated once a week or more.

Keeping you lifted in my prayers. Praying All the best for you and yours. Be awake! And please Vote!


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.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Can't stand the heat on FB, I will peek from time to time.

For the most part my 'friends and family' on Facebook keep it real and positive but the reposting of something awful is, well awful. So I will miss a lot in the coming months.

Remember whatever you post or repost stays in your account and as we have seen a lot can come back to bite you, so consider the ramifications. That job you want...gone, that affiliation you were counting on, gone.  Posting under a fake name, no protection because your friends will dine you out. So family and dear ones just stop. Or looking you up on the internet will show who you are.

By the way...People did not wake up when our president elect started running and decide to be what you see. They were always that way, in plain site.

And most minorities and families who have chosen to be inclusive, or have adopted children, or, well just or...have had to spend years protecting and teaching each other how to be safe, and to be alert, and watch out for one another.  It hurts when you thought you were safe and these thing happen.  Other side of the % equation, now it's your turn to do the same.  Teach your children and love ones to be safe.

Be the blessing you want to see in the world, there are enough of us to make the change we want to see happen in our life time. I will be expressing my take on things in my writings and art works...and posting to valariepoitier.com, not FB.

Keeping you lifted in my prayers.
Ms. V

Can't stand the heat on FB, I will peek from time to time.

For the most part my 'friends and family' on Facebook keep it real and positive but the reposting of something awful is, well awful. So I will miss a lot in the coming months.

Remember what ever you post or repost stays in your account and as we have seen a lot can come back to bite you, so consider the ramifications. That job you want...gone, that affiliation you were counting on, gone.  Posting under a fake name, no protection because your friends will dine you out. So family and dear ones just stop.

By the way...People did not wake up when our president elect started running and decide to be what you see. They were always that way, in plain site.

And most minorities and families who have chosen to be inclusive, or have adopted children, or, well just or...have had to spend years protecting and teaching each other how to be safe, and to be alert, and watch out for one another.  It hurts when you thought you were safe and these thing happen.  Other side of the % equation, now it's your turn to do the same.  Teach your children and love ones to be safe.

Be the blessing you want to see in the world, there are enough of us to make the change we want to see happen in our life time. I will be expressing my take on things in my writings and art works...and posting to valariepoitier.com, not FB.

Keeping you lifted in my prayers.
Ms. V

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!