Under the Big Quilt


The Wanderer/The Dreamer, Susie Monday, 2007 

I just filled in my faculty contract for the Houston International Quilt Festival. For those of you reading who are not in the quilter's world, this is an annual journey to Mecca for many a quilt-hearted soul, from traditional to fringe element. Or bead element. Or doll or wearable or art quilty edgy element.  Acres of quilts, acres of quilt-related items, hundreds of classes and workshops.

I was asked to submit a proposal earlier this year for the Mixed Media room, was accepted as a teacher, and so will join a 147-member faculty for the 2008 International Quilt Festival in Houston, October 27-November 2. I'll be teaching a three-hour workshop that is a short.sweet version of my Artists Journey/Artist's Journal workshop on Monday, 6-9 p.m. -- this is at the VERY START of the conference before many have arrived, but I am thrilled to be on the schedule at all. I also will be demo-ing an Inspiration card deck project in the Mixed Media Miscellany Ampler on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2-4 pm abd again on Saturday, 10-noon. I have also submitted a proposal for another demo of my art quilt artist altars. It will be a full week for me, and, judging from my previous visits to the Quilt Festival, quite an inspirational time.

The catalog comes out in July I believe, and at that time you can register for these (and other!) great workshops. If you've never been to festival and like fiber art of any sort, try to make it part of your travel plans this year. My first visit completely shook my understanding and comprehension of the world of the quilt, and subsequent visits continue to do so.

  • International
    Quilt Festival/Houston

    October 30-November 2, 2008
    Houston, Texas
    George R. Brown Convention Center
    Order the class catalogue

Meanwhile, due to a couple of people changing their plans, I have two openings for the March "Calling All Archetypes" workshop. There is only room left for sleepover participants for one of the studio beds  ($15)  or for the sofa in the living room (free bed), so if you are interested contact me soon. The workshop is March 7,8,9 beginning with a potluck on Friday night. Here's the plan:

Explore the inner team that keeps you going, makes a difference and sometimes holds you back from your best life. Working with exercises inspired by Julia Cameron, Caroline Myss and  the Tarot. Create a unique fiber art quilt altar to one of your personal archetypes, learning fusing techniques, sun-printing with dye and soy milk (weather permitting), photo transfer and machine quilting. Suitable for all levels,  and inspiring for those  beginning an art journey in fiber. Note: Friday night is an optional evening potluck and stayover. $150 if payment is received before March 1, $160 thereafter.

(The photos in the post are examples of a small archetype piece of mine --above-- and participant work in progrss from a recent Archetypes workshop in Arizona.)