Sunday, February 23, 2014

Class with Kate Themel Part II

After the post from our first session in Kate Themel's class, I thought I'd share some pictures from yesterday's workshop. We all improved our free-motion quilting skills. In fact, it was a new skill to some.

Kate explaining the process for the day.

 Kate demonstrating the method.

 MaryLyn doing her first free-motion quilting.
Very impressive indeed.

 Diane totally engrossed in her work.

 Carol hard at work stitching.

 Alice working on a practice piece in order to hone her skills.

 Barb contemplating the next step.

 Betty Warner doing a smaller piece before tackling a large one with many magnolias.

 Gina, Janine, and Robin.

Ruth Anne trying to work around the tension issues of her machine.

It was fun to be working together on a lovely project. We all jumped at the chance to take a class with Kate. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Magnolia Workshop

Yesterday members of our group & some friends participated in a workshop taught by Kate Themel.  We learned how to create our magnolias using Kate's layering technique. A great time was had by all.  We are definitely looking forward to the second part next week - how to use machine quilting to enhance the appearance of our magnolias.

Here is a picture of Kate's class sample

Some of our work....

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Oh, what a night!

The Sisters did it again!  We had a wonderful time sponsoring the opening of Local Color at the Guilford Art Center.  It is the finale for this traveling exhibit...we will be welcoming home 'our' Hartford's Colt Dome at our next SAQA/CT meeting at the end of March.  Several of our members have pieces included:  Barb Adams, Ruth Anne Olson, Linda Zimmerman, Robin Wolek, Yvette Howard, Gail Kotowski, Carol Ludington and Diane Wright (me)

Six of us used one of my photos of the Hartford icon to create 20" pieces. All the same and all very different.

Each venue that Local Color has visited has been different (Western State CT U in Danbury, Legislative Office Bldg in Hartford and Slater Museum of Art in Norwich) and each time the work relates to each other differently.  Very interesting how that is.  Truth be told:  this was my personal favorite.  GAC's gallery is very intimate...and the pieces sing under their lights.
Hartford's Colt Dome

Rita Hannafin with Storm Tossed Memories