The Northern California/Northern Nevada Region of Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA) is mounting its first regional exhibit this April. We had always wanted to organize an exhibit when we were the regional representatives, but it remained our big regret. So, when Franki Kohler organized one in Oakland, we jumped at the change to submit. Titled “Put Your Best Foot Forward,” members were invited to submit 12″ x 12″ quilt art. Now that it’s been a while since we made the piece, it’s kinda hard to remember how we dreamt it up in the first place! In any case, we started riffing about my love for tomatoes and Deb’s loathing of tomatoes, and the rest is history!
Ode to Sacratomato
The exhibit runs April 1 – May 31, 2013 at Creative Framing and Gallery in Oakland, CA. As the time nears, we’ll remind you and tell you a little bit more about the quilt. Here’s Kris’ chance to publicly thank Deb for always letting Kris eat her tomatoes. 🙂
We taught our first batik watercolor quilt class of the year this past Wednesday and can’t stop talking about it! We were so busy consulting with the students that we forgot all about playing our trivia games, and, boy, do we have some great trivia questions about batiks! And, yes, you read correctly–we served as consultants. The participants quickly grabbed the concept of slowly transitioning from one color to another and got to work immediately. They were so interested in understanding how to diminish harsh lines, to create luscious glows, and to use the “muddy” colors that the day came to an end before we knew it. We have to admit that we know most of these ladies–they’re members of the American Sewing Guild-Placerville Chapter–but we think it was the creative energy flowing throughout the room that was the real reason we had so much fun together! Of course, the chocolate didn’t hurt. Take a look at the results of their hard work.
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They learned how much the base fabric will change the entire look of the finished piece – check out the unusual examples above.
Nothing like a group photo to cap off a great day! It’s too bad we missed a few ladies – they were still fusing!