Quilt Festival 2012 Recap (Part 1): Open Studios!

What just happened?! Did Quilt Festival come and go already? Really?!

Faster than Roadrunner can outrun a rocket, my two weeks of Hilton livin’ and Houston Quilt Show lovin’ feel like they zoomed by at warp speed, and in the blink of an eye, I’m already back at Quilts headquarters, sitting still, feeling exhilarated, inspired, and yes, also a little tired.

What an incredible and whirlwind of a time this year’s International Quilt Festival/Houston experience was for me, and for the tens of thousands who attended, I hope for you as well!

I’ll be posting a few blog entries recapping Festival over this next week, and in this first edition wanted to share some pictures of our brand new Open Studios sponsored by Craftsy, fine purveyors of quality online classes from some of the best quilters in the business. We are very appreciative of their sponsorship, and I know I was among many who felt dazzled watching approximately 40 quilt artists over the course of the four days of Festival share their art as well as tips, tricks, and techniques for better quilting.

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Open Studios was located close to the entrance of the Food Court, and it was exciting watching it come together!

After Ray from TexExpo and his team rolled out the floor, they began erecting the wall panels that would create the four distinct open studios rooms for artists to quilt, stitch, embellish, and paint.

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Here my coworker Belén Timmins is sporting a classic pose in one of the windows of Open Studios just after one of the walls was completed. Problem was, we knew beforehand that these rooms needed propping…and propping quickly since the show was opening in less than 24 hours.

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After making a few trips home to grab some things from my studio, and with the help and eye of Leslie Jenison and Jamie Fingal, we decorated all of the rooms with props and hanging mechanisms for each artist to display their art for their sessions. I thought the Craftsy sign looked pretty striking!

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I especially loved the paint room with Leslie Jenison’s art cloth billowing out of paint cans.

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Some highlights…

Cheryl Sleboda was one of our debut artists to launch Open Studios this year, and demonstrated how she embellishes her quilts with LED lights. Clever girl, that Cheryl…

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Nancy Goldsworthy divulged her secrets for how to couch chunky and challenging threads to a packed audience of quilters.

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Marlene Glickman demonstrated nifty surface design techniques using simple, everyday items such as sticks, clamps, and stamps.

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Joyce Hughes amazed attendees with her beautiful quilts featuring raw edge appliqué and thread painting.

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Leslie Jenison showed how easy and fun it can be to create one-of-a-kind art cloth with monoprinting.

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I got to play in Open Studios, too, demo’ing some surface design techniques, and as an admirer of Lynn Krawczyk’s art, it was great fun having her as a neighbor during our sessions!

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All in all a lively time was had in this new area on the show floor, and I want to thank all of the artists for being so generous with their expertise, and to thank Craftsy for sponsoring this fun event!

In the next post I will share some very exciting news we have about the funds raised for Friends For Life with our Festival Pet Project, but in the meantime, I hope that many of us can keep those in the Northeast in our hearts and prayers as they cope with the aftermath of Sandy. If you want to help, there are a couple of quilt drives that I have been made aware of: Luana Rubin is coordinating Hurricane Sandy- 5000 Quilts and  quilter Victoria Findlay Wolfe whose neighborhood was devastated by the storm, is coordinating a quilt drive on her blog.

Hope everyone has a restful and stitch-filled weekend,
Pokey

Open Studios at Quilt Festival Brought to You By Craftsy!

New this year! Watch well-known artists working right before your eyes in this special area brought you by Craftsy.com! In this specially constructed area —located near “Main Street” in the food court—, four artists will be demonstrating simultaneously under the categories of “Embellish,” “Stitch,” “Quilt,” and “Paint,” showing everything from free-motion quilting and innovative piecing to monoprinting and beading.

Stop by for a little creative inspiration, and print the full schedule below so you wont miss out on seeing some of your favorite artists at work!

Open Studios Artists’ work from left to right: Carol Ann Waugh, Ana Buzzalino, Timna Tarr

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Thursday, November 1

10:00 a.m.-Noon
Lynn Roddy Brown, Piecing Triangle Units
Nancy Goldsworthy, Couching Chunky & Challenging Threads
Cheryl Sleboda, Light Up Your Quilts!
Barb Forrister, 3D Flowers

12:00-2:00 p.m.
Joyce Hughes, Thread Painting
Jamie Fingal, Rebel Quilting
Leslie Jenison, Monoprinting on Fabric
Marlene Glickman, Surface Design with Sticks, Clamps, and Stamps

2:00-4:00 p.m.
Sarah Ann Smith, Thread Painting
Teri Lucas, Fusible Appliqué Cards
Sara Hochhauser, Dye It, Sew It, Wear It
Michele Muska, Making Felted Fabric

4:00-6:00 p.m.
Martha DeLeonardis, Twister Designs
Cyndi Souder, Curved Piecing with Tiny Seams and Persuasive Pressing
Christen Brown, Ribbon Work and Hand Embroidery
Ana Buzzalino, Stitched & Painted Landscapes

Friday, November 2

10:00 a.m.-Noon
Christine Adams, Stitched & Collaged Fabric Books
Cathy Franks, Couching with Yarns to Create Leaves and Flower Shapes
Mary Anne Griffin, Painting Fabric
Judi Hurwitt, Gelatin Monoprinting

Noon-2:00 p.m.
Ana Buzzalino, Stitched & Painted Landscapes
Joyce Hughes, Raw-Edge Appliqué
Barb Forrister, 3D Flowers
Helen Gibb, Silk Ribbon Embellishments

2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Petersen, Beyond Basic Machine Quilting
Leslie Jenison, Free-motion Quilting for Art Quilts
Lynn Roddy Brown, Piecing Triangle Units
Jamie Fingal, Mixed-Media Quilting

4:00-6:00 p.m.
Peggy Martin, Paper Piecing
Timna Tarr, How to Appliqué Circles
Marlene Glickman, Foiling Fun with Sheers for Collages
Susie Monday, Stamp Carving for Art Quilts & Mixed Media

Saturday, November 3

10:00 a.m.-Noon
Ann Petersen, Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine
Carol Ann Waugh, Stitch & Slash
Lynn Krawczyk, Shadow Printing
Pokey Bolton, Monoprint, Screen, & Stamp

Noon-2:00 p.m.
Karen Linduska, Creative Uses for Decorative Stitches
Jamie Mueller, Cathedral Windows
Marlene Glickman, Surface Design with Sticks, Clamps, & Stamps
Christine Adams, Stitched & Collaged Fabric Books

2:00-4:00 p.m.
Susie Monday, Drawing with Stitch
Pokey Bolton, Mixed-Media Postcards
Esterita Austin, Creating Quilt Portraits
Judy Murrah, Collage Greeting Cards

4:00-6:00 p.m.
Patt Blair, Painted Quilt Art
Ann Petersen, Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine
Liz Kettle, Beading on Fabric
June Colburn, Artful Collage Appliqué

Sunday, November 4

10:00 a.m.-Noon
Nancy Goldsworthy, Couching Chunky & Challenging Threads
Liz Kettle, Machine Stitching Tips & Tricks
Christen Brown, Ribbon Work and Hand Embroidery
Martha DeLeonardis, Twister Designs

Noon-2:00 p.m.
Pokey Bolton, Mixed-Media Postcards
Ruth Chandler, Modern Hand Stitch
Judi Hurwitt, Cut Stacked Journaling
Cheryl Sleboda, Light Up Your Quilts!

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