After weeks of anticipation 25 eager quilters arrived promptly before 9:00 AM Monday at the Lodge at Beechwood, quickly setting up their sewing stations preparing for a full day of quilting. Everyone was super excited to learn new techniques from Frankfort Michigan native Ann Loveless, two time award winning ArtPrize quilter.
Ann skillfully demonstrated her cutting techniques making ‘confetti’ for what she calls her “impressionistic art quilts”. Batik fabrics are cut and layered under a layer of polyester tulle which is then free motion machine quilted. The confetti colors act like a painters color palette, inspired by trillium woodland photos taken by Ann’s husband Steve Loveless.
Later in the day the entire guild including 3 new members and more than 40 guests gathered at Beechwood Church for Ann’s presentation and trunk show.
Guests who paid $5 tonight were reminded they may join the guild for $10 for membership which runs thru September.
Program Chair Kathy Mueller gave information on upcoming programs, including the Red and White Challenge, plans for a hands-on wool project at our November sew-in meeting and no December meeting.
Pat Navis announced preliminary plans for a bus trip October 22 to Shipshewana, and a charity quilt project for Holland police department, which people will have an opportunity to work on next month at our sew-in. More details will follow on these in the upcoming weeks.
At the end of the program members shared their “show and tell” quilts, including those who attended Ann’s workshop showing their wooded landscape projects completed so far.
Big Red Quilters Guild members can enjoy a RARE workshop opportunity taught by world renown quilt artist Nancy Crow, in nearby Muskegon in conjunction with an exhibit the same week.
WORKSHOP – Improvisational Exercises 5 days, August 22-26, 2016
Instructor: Nancy Crow
Level: Intermediate to Advanced (sewing machine used)
Class Fee: $675 ($500 is non-refundable)
Location: Century Club Ballroom (a block from the museum in downtown Muskegon
This brand new 5-day class has been specifically developed for students desirous of being far more experimental using machine-piecing techniques. Students will be expected to work spontaneously and intuitively with nontraditional quilt-making techniques as they explore design exercises that promote improvisational approaches to composition without benefit of “pre-planning” and “intellectualizing.”
If students want to learn to work more effectively, more efficiently from “instincts” and “intuition” they must come with an open mind and no agendas, ready for growth and for risk-taking!
NOTE: This workshop runs during the same week as the opening (Thursday, Aug 25) of Circular Abstractions: Bull’s Eye Quilts, an exhibit curated by Nancy Crow. The exhibition will have an accompanying catalog that will be for sale. The museum is near Lake Michigan and within a short drive of both Muskegon and Gerald Ford International Airports (Grand Rapids).
To secure your spot the museum is asking for the full payment of $675 (credit card or check payment). Please call 231-720-2587 to register or ask questions.
Muskegon Museum of Art
296 W. Webster Ave
Muskegon, MI 49440