with some very talented ladies in Grand Forks - and the best laughers of any group I've come across!!
As a teacher, it's lovely when people listen attentively to information, but even better when they laugh uproariously at one's jokes - such as they are!!!
We spent a couple of days on designing, then one day on completeling value sketches and choosing color schemes...and finally into the sewing...
Here are some of their designs:
What's lovely is how varied they are....nobody's looks like anyone else's at all...and each person can use the construction method with which they are most familiar to create the quilt. I do think that the type of construction method you use should be something you're good at...and that the design should come first, and the method of construction second. Also the quilting pattern should be subservient to the design, rather than a totally irrelevant display of quilting virtuosity!!!
I also like art to Mean Something...to be something that is important and meaningful to the artist - doesn't matter if it's abstract, impressionistic, realistic, hyperrealistic...but it should have the Artist's heart and mind and hand within it.
Here's an image from Grand Forks that I think would make a great watercolor!!! And I'll always remember standing on the spot from which I took this photo with the mild October breeze, the warmth of the sun...and the laughter of all those lovely ladies!!!
And now up to the little quilt museum at La Conner, WA. I had a show there last year but, alas, could not attend...however it will be much more interesting to see someone else's show!!!
If you have been, thanks for reading.........Elizabeth