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    Question landscape and art quilt lessons

    Any ideas on how to locate local lessons for learning to landscape or art quilt ?

    I have checked out the local fabric - quilt stores, no luck.

    I got a dvd and plan to watch it, along with youtube videos - but would love to take a class with a real person .

    Thanks so much -

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    are you a member of a guild? perhaps someone there is knowledgeable and willing to share/help in your learning. maybe the education planner of the guild would want to use your theme as a lesson for the group?
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    Here is the website of a member of our guild. She is amazing! Im pretty sure she can be hired for lessons at a guild.

    Gilgenart.com

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    Hope you find help from someone in your area. I would also like to take a class. It is just not the same watching online when getting the experience in person.

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    Local Lessons on Art Quilting:
    I've been art quilting for 10+ yrs and have had the same issue. I show my quilts at the guild to get other people to know what I do. People have asked me to join their art group. When I moved 4 1/2 yrs ago, I lost my group and it's taken 3 1/2 yrs to reconnect. We get together every 2 months and someone teaches a technique. Each 2 mo we make a part of a quilt for someone in the group. I think they do a loose show n tell, but I've been late to the meetings, so missed it.
    Another method is to attend any art workshops the guild offers and even volunteer for the program/workshop committee.
    It does seem that there's very little locally. I've joined the fine arts group in the area. They've been very encouraging and even want me to do a demo at the Sept meeting. Taking art classes at the local community college is another source. Most artists are encouraging to be creative and think outside the box. They welcome art quilts. Right now I'm straddling the fence: art quilt/fine art.

    The best lessons I've gotten are at 4-5 day retreats like Empty Spools; www.emptyspoolsseminars.com in Asilmar, Ca on the Monterey Penninsula. Another is "Quilt Tahoe" at Zephir Point in Nevada. Since I live in Ca, I don't know much about other places in the States. I'll take 1/2 day classes at major Quilt Shows. That way I get a feel for the teacher and committing 4-5 days ($1200+) to a teacher. And if she's someone to invite to a local guild program.

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    Contact the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) group in your region. They could either suggest a member who could instruct you or help you find another solution. The Massachusetts/Rhode Island group's blog is http://saqa-ma-ri.blogspot.com/ and the NH/VT/ME group is at http://saqanhvtme.blogspot.com/ . As with most everything here in New England, the borders are very friendly.

    Also, if you're in the eastern part of the state, The Lowell Quilt Festival coming up in August (8/8-8/10) has an amazing showing of art quilts in several of the venues each year (The Brush Gallery is a must see), in addition to amazing quilts of every type, of course. You might see a quilt whose style you admire and find contact info for the artist. You'll find a wealth of information there, I'm sure, and have a wonderful time to boot.

    As has been mentioned, a good, solid background in the principles and elements of design is never wasted. They need not be taught by fiber artists. Contact the local juried art guild or craftsmen league for leads. Ours here in NH offers all kinds of classes taught by their members. Part of their mission is education, as it is with all similar groups.

    Finding a class/workshop/instructor is not as simple as looking in the yellow pages, but it's not impossible either. And the potential reward is huge! Happy hunting!!
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    Craftsy.com has some pretty good classes - and there is a landscape class on there. I've taken a few of their classes, and they are usually quite good. the best part - you get to go back and revisit the material when ever you want :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    Contact the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) group in your region. They could either suggest a member who could instruct you or help you find another solution. The Massachusetts/Rhode Island group's blog is http://saqa-ma-ri.blogspot.com/ and the NH/VT/ME group is at http://saqanhvtme.blogspot.com/ . As with most everything here in New England, the borders are very friendly.


    Also, if you're in the eastern part of the state, The Lowell Quilt Festival coming up in August (8/8-8/10) has an amazing showing of art quilts in several of the venues each year (The Brush Gallery is a must see), in addition to amazing quilts of every type, of course. You might see a quilt whose style you admire and find contact info for the artist. You'll find a wealth of information there, I'm sure, and have a wonderful time to boot.

    As has been mentioned, a good, solid background in the principles and elements of design is never wasted. They need not be taught by fiber artists. Contact the local juried art guild or craftsmen league for leads. Ours here in NH offers all kinds of classes taught by their members. Part of their mission is education, as it is with all similar groups.

    Finding a class/workshop/instructor is not as simple as looking in the yellow pages, but it's not impossible either. And the potential reward is huge! Happy hunting!!


    I worked at the museum and a couple years ago did a "demo" - lecture at Images which was a huge success. Lately I've been making quilts from photos which is really quite easy. You enlarge the photo, trace the elements onto a sheet of plastic which will be your pattern. Tons of fun!
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    Debbie, what did you use for the clouds? Organza? I have seen some use old dryer sheets. Does that effect the materials by using dryer sheets?

    beautiful work! Hope to see and hear more about this!

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    I can't help with classes but there is one person, Ruth B. McDowell. Her books are fabulous and I would suggest you look into them as a source for learning and techniques. One of her books, 'Piecing, Expanding the Basics', is page by page full of techniques and creativity. She is way out of the box creative in her perspective and if her style may not be to your taste, her teaching and techniques can help anyone become a better landscape quilt artist.

    Give her work a look and see for yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Delegal View Post
    Debbie, what did you use for the clouds? Organza? I have seen some use old dryer sheets. Does that effect the materials by using dryer sheets?

    beautiful work! Hope to see and hear more about this!

    I used wool roving with a few strands of angelina (sp?) fiber and qulted it down. Tons of fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ube quilting View Post
    I can't help with classes but there is one person, Ruth B. McDowell. Her books are fabulous and I would suggest you look into them as a source for learning and techniques. One of her books, 'Piecing, Expanding the Basics', is page by page full of techniques and creativity. She is way out of the box creative in her perspective and if her style may not be to your taste, her teaching and techniques can help anyone become a better landscape quilt artist.
    Give her work a look and see for yourself.
    peace


    She is a fantastic quilter and lives in western MA. I would use her pattern as applique before she made into piecing!!
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    I also just got a notice that there's a live online seminar (aka, webinar) coming up titled Principles of Design in Arts and Crafts: Basic Skills for Every Artist with Lyric Kinard. http://www.interweavestore.com/princ...-crafts-ep7850 It's on July 18th, this coming Thursday.

    I've taken classes from her and have her book, Art + Quilt. She's a great instructor, very personable, and really, really knows her stuff.
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    you are all so helpful !!!!!!!!!!!! great ideas and resources --- thank you all so much !

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