Here’s an overdue post to let you know that I hope to teach at Quilt Symposium Christchurch 2017 in October. As some of you know, my teaching engagements are few and far between at the moment (due mostly to my prioritising family time here at home), so this is a rare opportunity!
I’m listed to teach two workshops.
The first is ‘Designing Your Own Pieced Botanical Quilt’, with more details available here. This is the workshop where you come armed with a bunch of photos of a plant that you like, and you create your own quilt design based on those. We also work through the basics of beginning to piece your beautiful botanical art quilt. This includes fabric selection; creating a working pattern from your quilt designing, cutting out the quilt, and making a start at piecing the bits together. Phew! That’s a whole lot to cover in two days. I’m going to work you hard!! This a crash course designed especially for all of you who have asked many times for a workshop to cover my quiltmaking process.
The second is ‘Enriching Your Quilt with Hidden Imagery‘. In this two-day workshop, we work through ways to enhance your free-motion quilting. I love to use the quilting process to add another ‘layer of interest’ to my art quilts. I like the quilting to help in telling the ‘story’ of the quilt. Together we’ll work through a number of ways to do that. In the workshop, we work through a bunch of samples, to equip you to apply fantastic quilting to your future quilt projects!
If you’re going to Quilt Symposium Christchurch, I look forward to seeing you there!
Blossom Joy 1
© Ruth de Vos 2016
Size: 77cm by 77cm
Hand-dyed, machine-pieced, hand- and machine-quiltedFibre reactive dye, cotton homespun, cotton linen blend, cotton threads
© Ruth de Vos 2016
REMINDER: Don’t forget that you can currently get 30% off all my artquilts by using the code ARTQUILT30 when checking out! Code expires Monday 12 Dec.
90cm high by 90cm wide
Fabric paint, cotton fabric, cotton batting.
Screen-printed, hand painted, machine-pieced, machine-quilted.
This artworks has a sleeve stitched onto the back for hanging purposes, and can be hung using a gallery-style hanging system, or with two screws in the wall. More info including pictures here: http://ruthdevos.com/blog/how-to-hang-an-art-quilt/
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Thanks so much for your interest in, and support for this artistic journey!
Did you follow the Tour de France? If you've read along here for a long time you probably know that the tour features in our annual calendar here at our house. Phil loves cycling. A lot. So we've developed a bit of a tradition where we take time out from our regular schedules to enjoy the tour for three weeks every winter. The timing here in Perth is quite perfect – from 8 or 9 pm until somewhere between 11pm and midnight. It's the only TV we watch all year. (No, not kidding). So we stay up far too late and enjoy a glass of red wine and some chocolate along with it. All together, it feels like a bit of a winter getway without actually getting away – and it doesn't use up any annual leave!
I should clarify: Phil watches the tour, while I spend the time sewing furiously. I love the fact that for three weeks I get to sew long into the night for nights on end. I always make sure I have plenty of art projects lined up to keep my busy. The TV is set up in the studio, along with a comfy couch, so I still catch a fair bit of the commentary too. Hurray for cosy studio nights!
This time I spent the three weeks piecing. So now at the end of the tour, I have a stack of pieced artworks waiting to be quilted.