It doesn’t matter your age, the first day of school feels special. Here we are, Sievers School, at 37, excited to greet new and returning students and experiencing it again as fresh as ever. The same newness is around us in the apple and crabapple blossoms, lilacs and forget-me-not now at their peak. For a long time now, we’ve been waiting to have this space transformed… …by our first group of nine quilters, into a studio filled with color and creativity! Welcome to the 2015 season of classes at Sievers School of Fiber Arts!
Our quilting week continued with a three-day class taught by Julie Lambert titled Machine Quilting. Students started by drawing designs on practice pieces and learning the steps of machine quilting. Some brought quilts from home to mark and sew as well. Julie shared so many beautiful samples and offered an added treat with a trunk show of many more of her quilts. Basketry class with Jeanette Biederman is in session until Wednesday and after the holiday weekend, the looms will go up for weaving Friendship Coverlets with Rita Hagenbruch from July 7-12.
We’re transitioning today from a week of Open Quilt Studio where 18 quilters worked in both studios and took advantage of their unstructured time to explore the Island’s back roads, restaurants and shops to a three day class in Machine Quilting with Julie Lambert. Here’s a patchwork quilt of images from this week. If “q” is for quilting this week, what do you think “b” stands for starting tomorrow?
While Karen Tembreull’s Patchwork Birch Bark Basket class continues, another great week of quilting with Ellen Graf came to a close this morning. Students brought several different quilts in progress or ideas to the class and Ellen imparted her quilt design and technique expertise in order to help move the quilts on to completion. In the basket studio, beautifully stitched and embossed birch bark is gracefully formed into these cylindrical, lidded baskets. This week, patchwork was the word!