A common thread from the Open Quilt Studio week through the Japanese Temari class was…thread! As usual, quite a few quilt projects were started, finished or continued and ideas shared in the studio time. Whether it was finishing an eight-year project or experimenting with a new technique, it’s always inspiring to see the one, two (or more) pieces being worked on by each person during the week.
A magazine photo was the inspiration for the start of this Landscape ‘Painting’ using fabric. The fabric artist and maker, Susan Hoffmann, will be teaching this technique in a class at Sievers in July featuring a scene with birch trees and golden leaves.
Quilts blocks and tops, bright and beautiful! Some of the fabrics used in the piece on the left are from Sievers instructor Donna Kallner and in the photo below on the right, the background fabric of old recipe cards was printed through Spoonflower after learning the technique from, yes, Donna Kallner! It’s not unusual for such “threads in common” to run through many Sievers classes.
Is there anything more satisfying on a plate than a fun quilt block? Or when you’ve arranged the blocks to your liking?
There were threads upon threads in Judith Yamamoto’s Japanese Temari: Complex 10-Division class! Styrofoam balls wrapped completely with fine thread formed the canvas for challenging geometric patterns stitched with embroidery and metallic threads.
We were impressed with the beginner Temari two years ago and beyond impressed with the “second step” Temari last year. This year’s designs eclipsed them all in their intricacy.
One more thread in common. Expect to see Open Quilt Studio and Japanese Temari again in 2019!