I just returned home form teaching last weekend at the Vermont Quilt Festival. I taught three classes. It is always fun to see all the different variations being created in my classes. Many students used some of our collections of ribbons by Renaissance Ribbons for the stems on my Pomegranate Table Rug. We learn about wool, cotton and velvet appliqué along with adding texture to our backgrounds.
I was not able to meet Deborah Dunnell from Buxton, Maine but I was delighted that one of her friends brought her Flowerbed Quilt to share with me. Her use of fabrics was wonderful. Great job Deborah!
I also taught my Greta Needle Roll where we played with Makta Silk, Velvet and Dupioni Silk backgrounds which added great texture. We then worked on the front appliqué adding ribbons for stems and many embellishment stitches.
I loved the use of our star ribbon form our new line.
I also taught how to make hand made roving balls which we used as zipper pulls.
The show was wonderful and a few quilts caught my eye. Sampling the Silk Road by Christine Wickert of Penfield New York won best of show. Her stunning quilt was made 100% out of silk fabric. All needle turned and hand quilted. It was outstanding!
Rooflines#4 by Colleen Kole of Grand Rapids, MI inspired by barn rooftops
Gliding the Arbor by Bethany Nemish of Allentown, PA – Inspired by her garden
Dandelions by Kathleen McLaughlin of Noank, CT
Cheddar Feathers by Ruth Ohol of Lockport, NY
It was also great to see a children’s category and I think about 17 kids exhibited quilts. The best part about it all was each child was given a Janome sewing machine for entering. What a way to inspire young sewers!