Monday, October 02, 2017

MQX Recap

I spent 5 days in Springfield, IL teaching 7 classes...6 hand's on and one lecture last week.  While it is always tiring to be on the constant go, it is also always a great experience to be able to connect with other quilters. I love seeing the light bulbs go off.

Here are a few shots of some of the classes I taught.

A is for Applique is a 7 hr (all day) class in which I talk for a couple hours about techniques for quilt design as well as the nuances of quilting an applique quilt. The students plan a design for a simple top, and then get 4 hours to execute it. The pieces are all a bit different, as is their work. This is one of my favorites, and will be taught again in April 2018 at MQX East.
Narrow Border...Big Design teaches border designs for widths from 1/2" up to 3-4". It starts easier, and builds to more complex multi-step borders. They all did great!
I have no photos from my Dense & Dainty Freehand fills class, but it and it's lecture companion class went well.

The next 2 photos are from Beautiful Backgrounds...Grid-Based Fills. I had 3 mostly full classes of this! THREE.  It has been immensely popular the past 2 years.  My quilters did super at these fills.

 Shots from the backside always show gorgeous texture!

The last 3 classes all have a companion book which I sell on my website (see the blog sidebar). These books contain 4 to 5 times the content that I can possibly introduce in a 4-hr class.  I brought LOTS of my books to MQX, and sold out by the middle of the 3rd day! I really underestimated how popular they'd be. So if you did not get one there, or want to order one...they are on my website.  

Unbeknownst to me, a client of mine entered a quilt which I had quilted earlier this year.  And...> it won 1st place!  It's got a lovely selection of fabrics and embroideries. The added plus was getting to meet Tracy at the awards as the winning quilt was announced! 
 I had 19 quilts on display at MQX in a retrospective exhibit. Except for Bouquet Royale which looks wretchedly wrinkled, they all looked great. This had to be shipped last minute, and looks like an elephant pressed the box.

If by some fluke you are interested in purchasing one, please contact me directly. I am at the point where I am ready to entertain selling some.  They will be also on display at the MQX East next April.

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