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Speaking Engagements Fall 2016

Well, we are off and quilting new stories and sharing them hither thither and yon...gotta love spell check.  I do try to limit my lectures...

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.


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Speaking Engagements Fall 2016

Well, we are off and quilting new stories and sharing them hither thither and yon...gotta love spell check. I do try to limit my lectures to four times a year, but lately a few others have squeezed under the door.

That gave me time to participate in my guild activities, travel to see my offspring and theirs, rest, sew, rest, sew, oh and eat and exercise, did I mention sketch, stop-sew-buy-fabric-sew, and the most important part, finding stashed fabric in the most unlikely places at home?

Booked November 8, 2016 - update soon

Booked November 17, 2016 - update soon


October 25, 2016

7:00 pm 
Rising Star Quilt Guild , Lexington, MA
Lecture, trunk show, slide show

October 19, 2015

Farmington Valley Quilt Guild, Simsbury, CT

Lecture: How to Promote Your Work Without Appologizing

September 14, 16, 2015

Monday 9:00 am 09/14/2015     

Hanna Dustin Quilt Guild


http://hannahdustinqg.org

Program: “Promote Your Work Without Apologizing” 

Meetings are held at the Hudson Community Building (formerly the Lions Hall) on Lions Avenue in Hudson, NH.

From Route 93, Exit 3 – West on Route 111 approximately 8.5 miles. Turn right at the light just past Burger King. Turn left after the Dairy Queen onto Adelaide St. Turn right onto Lions Avenue.
From Route 3, Exit 5 – East on Route 111 to Hudson. Continue straight on 111 and turn right at the Dairy Queen onto Adelaide St. Turn right onto Lions Avenue.
 If you’d like to get directions: click here!
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Wednesday, 7:30 pm  09/16/2015  

RHODODENDRON NEEDLE QUILTERS GUILD

http://www.rnqg.org

Program:  Ms. V’s Solo Act:  A Quilter’s Life, a rib tickling informative trunk show, and performance.

RNQG "guild members hail from 37 towns in southeastern Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island. Experience levels range from beginner to professional." 

New Location:  

Walpole VFW Hall108 Robbins Road, less than a mile NW of their former site.


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October 13, 2015

Tuesday, doors open at 6:30, 10/13/2015

Cocheco Quilters Guild

http://www.cochecoquilters.com

Program:  New Work, Collections, & Skit

Located at the McConnell Center, 61 Locust Street, Dover, NH.  
  • Park behind the library and enter through the door marked #2 (handicapped entrance: door #7).  
  • Doors open at 6:30 pm, meeting begins at 6:45 pm
  • Included in the business portion of the meeting are officer and committee reports, Show & Tell, and a fat quarter and door prize drawing.Each meeting features an interesting program, often with nationally recognized quilt teachers and artists offering lectures and trunk shows of their work.
Each meeting features an interesting program, often with nationally recognized quilt teachers and artists offering lectures and trunk shows of their work.

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December 8, 2015

Social time 6:30, Meeting 7:00-9:00

Tewksbury Piecemakers Guild 

Tewksbury, MA 01876



*Please note: members only, not open to the general public*
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December 8, 2015

Social time 6:30, Meeting 7:00-9:00

Tewksbury Piecemakers Guild 

Tewksbury, MA 01876

*Please note: members only, not open to the general public*



Speaking Engagements Fall 2015

Well, we are off and quilting new stories and sharing them hither thither and yon...gotta love spell check. I do try to limit my lectures to four times a year, but lately a few others have squeezed under the door.

That gave me time to participate in my guild activities, travel to see my offspring and theirs, rest, sew, rest, sew, oh and eat and exercise, did I mention sketch, stop-sew-buy-fabric-sew, and the most important part, finding stashed fabric in the most unlikely places at home?



October 25, 2016

7:00 pm 
Rising Star Quilt Guild , Lexington, MA

October 19, 2015

Farmington Valley Quilt Guild, Simsbury, CT

Lecture: How to Promote Your Work Without Appologizing

September 14, 16, 2015

Monday 9:00 am 09/14/2015     

Hanna Dustin Quilt Guild


http://hannahdustinqg.org

Program: “Promote Your Work Without Apologizing” 

Meetings are held at the Hudson Community Building (formerly the Lions Hall) on Lions Avenue in Hudson, NH.

From Route 93, Exit 3 – West on Route 111 approximately 8.5 miles. Turn right at the light just past Burger King. Turn left after the Dairy Queen onto Adelaide St. Turn right onto Lions Avenue.
From Route 3, Exit 5 – East on Route 111 to Hudson. Continue straight on 111 and turn right at the Dairy Queen onto Adelaide St. Turn right onto Lions Avenue.
 If you’d like to get directions: click here!
~~~~~~~~~

Wednesday, 7:30 pm  09/16/2015  

RHODODENDRON NEEDLE QUILTERS GUILD

http://www.rnqg.org

Program:  Ms. V’s Solo Act:  A Quilter’s Life, a rib tickling informative trunk show, and performance.

RNQG "guild members hail from 37 towns in southeastern Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island. Experience levels range from beginner to professional." 

New Location:  

Walpole VFW Hall108 Robbins Road, less than a mile NW of their former site.


~~~~~~~~~~


October 13, 2015

Tuesday, doors open at 6:30, 10/13/2015

Cocheco Quilters Guild

http://www.cochecoquilters.com

Program:  New Work, Collections, & Skit

Located at the McConnell Center, 61 Locust Street, Dover, NH.  
  • Park behind the library and enter through the door marked #2 (handicapped entrance: door #7).  
  • Doors open at 6:30 pm, meeting begins at 6:45 pm
  • Included in the business portion of the meeting are officer and committee reports, Show & Tell, and a fat quarter and door prize drawing.Each meeting features an interesting program, often with nationally recognized quilt teachers and artists offering lectures and trunk shows of their work.
Each meeting features an interesting program, often with nationally recognized quilt teachers and artists offering lectures and trunk shows of their work.

~~~~~~~

December 8, 2015

Social time 6:30, Meeting 7:00-9:00

Tewksbury Piecemakers Guild 

Tewksbury, MA 01876



*Please note: members only, not open to the general public*
~~~~~~~

December 8, 2015

Social time 6:30, Meeting 7:00-9:00

Tewksbury Piecemakers Guild 

Tewksbury, MA 01876

*Please note: members only, not open to the general public*



Strips torn, zigzag stitched, pieces from scratch and scraps.

Wall Street: 240 Million African Slaves Ago

2013 Cincinnati, Ohio - after the opening and panel discussion.





Then it went to the history museum in Florida its 2014 exhibit. 



Exhibit at the Bullock Museum in Austin, Texas closed on August 30, 2015.

The quilt will be heading off to its new location...


Below is an in progress shot of the quilted faces a few moments after I visualized individuals and knew I could add the details of hair and profiles, which you see on the upper right to left at the top of the wall.















2 Traveling Quilts - eight stops then home.

Mandela Quilt: 
Johannesburg, So Africa





Second and third Location Schedule

The Kentucky Museum, Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY
September 8, 2015 - January 31, 2016

National Afro American Museum and Cultural Center
Wilberforce, OH
April 7 - October 7, 2016

Monday, January 12, 2015

Cleaning My Studio? UFOs? One day some day.

What am I crazy?

I will never find thirty percent of my gee gobs again.  I love seeing everything, and I mean everything. If it is away I forget about it until I need something like it.  Eventually I remember but that is usually after I figure out how to do it another way.

So I challenged myself. First of the year, clean it up.  I have thought a lot about it and the challenge of completing projects.

Here's what occurred to me.  UFO's have stages and need to be categorized, librarian's kid...
Unfinished projects
1. Those you have selected the materials, tools, cut, started to sew, skreeched to a halt, put away or boxed, bagged, placed other "more urgent" projects on top of...type.
2. Then there is the one day some day type.
3. The when I get a long arm type.
4. When I get the space type. 
5. Loss of interest fifty percent or more into it.
6. Maybe I can repurpose this.

So here are the first three actual UFOS that I am working on...
1. Binding finishing and label on the Virginia Speigle 100 Quilts Fund Raiser.* Yeah-done!
2, Mazloomi Landscape quilt- still working.
3. Large blue face quilt. Still in the bag...ahhh
4. Organize Scrap collection - 85% complete..*happy* dance
5. Mop up leak from storm damage...on going. Will fix after last snow, gutter still frozen.
6. Studio more chaotic during this cleanup.  History for me, it gets worse before it gets better, hope to see table tops soon.
7. Less sewing done, *plus side* I am finding all my tools and sorting out giveaways.
All most figured out where it all should be...20% there.

Second quarter - goals

Find all African literature and place in one bookshelf. Include small artifacts, sculptures, small quilts. 
Make something to hold rulers in, wall hanging or pegboard thing.
All things yarn, looms, string, related books, magazines, and tools boxed for move.






Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Orlando History Museum and 240 Million Slaves Ago...



This Quilt has moved to its next stop on it's 5 year tour.

My Quilt Below is On Display at the Bullock Museum:

06/19/2015 - 08/30/2015
1800 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701 • Map it



Update

Exhibit is now on display at the Orlando History Museum until May 3, 2015

http://thehistorycenter.org

Link to the article about the next museum my tribute to African American history in quilt form. http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=063bf7ed7fede722d0387fe34&id=1a5bd9030a&e=2f563d8759

First Stop, National Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinatti, Ohio. Mother and husband joined me on the trip and was there to see me in action on the panel.