Did you know you only have one week before International Quilter Weekend Begins? Do you have any big plans?
I made BIG PLANS several months ago and I'm so excited my toes are even tickled! I'm headed to an Empty Spools Seminar at the Asilomar Conference Center in California....yep, leaving the snow behind for awhile!
I'm going with a dear friend and I'll be celebrating my 50th birthday while I'm there. This trip has been in the works for months and it is intended to nourish my creative soul. I have never taken a 5 day quilting class and I'm really venturing into scary territory....I'm taking an art quilting class with Patt Blair, Textile Artist and Quilter. I'm going to learn how to take a photo and turn it into an amazing art quilt. I love art quilts and have several of Susan Brubaker Knapp's pieces.
This is Vanity, a Susan Brubaker Knapp work of art that I own and absolutely love. You've probably seen it on the cover of Quilting Arts Magazine a few years back. I have dreamed of taking a class with Susan but my schedule and her's has not worked out as of yet so I'm tickled pink to be taking an art class with Patt Blair.
Fear? Oh yes...tons of it...and it got so bad I actually e-mailed Patt a few times. She is so sweet and has answered every question with wonderful detail. I'm not an artist...and when I say that....I really mean it. I draw primitive stick figures and houses....never had a class in art in my entire ...almost 50 years! This is a huge step for me and I have not chosen my photo yet. A few weeks ago I surfed the internet for all sorts of images that might inspire me and I found this one:
Isn't it absolutely amazing? I fell in love instantly. Naturally I can't take her photo and make an art quilt without her written permission...guess what???? I have her permission!!! She was so kind in granting me permission to use it as an inspiration and I'm really considering using it too....except I'm still scared. Do you think I can do it? Make an art quilt that looks something like a real elephant?
Do you know about the Empty Spools Seminars ? Just in case this is the first time you are hearing about their seminars I'll give you a quick bit of information. They have five 5 day seminars and there are 11 teachers and you get to take a 5 day class with one of them. Click on the link above and check it out for yourself.
So...what do you think? Do you have any recommendations for me? Have you taken a class with Patt Blair before and what did you think? I hear she is a great teacher so that helps me relax somewhat. I'll be honest with you...my fear is having a piece of cloth that looks like I poured ink or pain on it without any form or reason. Perhaps I should take a piece and do that when I get there so my fear is cleansed and I can get on with it...