Sunday, April 11, 2010

Are you going to Quilt Festival in Chicago this week?

I am going on friday and saturday and will mostly be in the Make it University area making art with my friends. I will be doing Open Studios on friday 2:30 - 4:30 and again on Saturday 12:30 - 2:30.

On Saturday at 3:00, I will be leading an MIU workshop making an embossed metal cover pop up origami book.

Using aluminum craft metal, simple embossing, alcohol inks and paper we will create a fun little art book, using the fundamentals of origami to create expanding pop up pages. These are so cool, easy to make and they make awesome little gifts.

Kelli Nina Perkins will also be in Make it U, doing open studios and she has two workshops.

Whimsical Cartoon Pins, friday at 10:30 am. Don't these make you smile?

Vintage Poetry Spools, Saturday at 1:30 pm

Kelli will also be doing book signings for her wonderful book Stitch Alchemy.

Check out the Make It U schedule here.

Fantastic Class Opportunities

Melly Testa also has a couple classes at Festival, she has a few spots left in her classes, so you still have a chance to register and get in. Melly does beautiful work with dyes on silk organza creating lovely visual dimension with painted and stitched layers.

Pretty Purse #207 Thursday, April 15, 9 am - 5 pm
Students will learn the resist techniques to make the organza layer of the Pretty Purse as well as construct a gorgeous little pretty purse.

Small Works, Big Impact class #311 Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Working with a bird image students will have fun playing with collage, machine quilting and finishing techniques.

My friend and fellow painter Tracie Lyn Huskamp is going to be all over Festival with classes and workshops.

She paints the most beautiful birds and flowers on collaged paper and fabric.

Thursday, April 15th9 am - 12 noon - Rust, Weather, and Patina your Fabrics Workshop
2 pm - 5 pm - Dyeing in the Kitchen Workshop
5 pm - 7 pm - Demo-ing MAKE IT U- Open Studios

Friday, April 16th (Tracies Birthday!!! be sure to give her a spank!)
9 am - 5 pm - Quilt Block Journaling Workshop
6 pm - 9 pm - 2nd Session of Rust, Weather, and Patina your Fabrics

Saturday, April 17th
6 pm - 8 pm - Saturday Sampler

Sunday, April 18th
9 am - 11:30 am - Sunday Shuffle

So many great classes and workshops!


  1. What a great line up. I'll be waiting for the pictures of all the great art your students create. Have fun!

  2. I wish I was going... I won't be going to MQS this year either. I'm going to Market in Minneapolis instead. I'm excited but disappointed in everything else I will be missing out on.

  3. I wish I was going. I would love to take a class with you someday. I don't think I've ever seen anything you made that I didn't LOVE!! You are just amazing and I'm so happy that you share your work with all of us.

    I have to say that those vintage poetry spools are just about the coolest thing I've seen lately. Very inspiring!

  4. Looking forward to seeing you there, Judy. It'll be great to be in Chicago!

  5. I'll be there on Sunday...hope you don't mind the plug! I'm teaching "Create Texture and Dimension with Gauze" for MIU, Sunday at noon. Our local art walk was the same weekend last year, so I couldn't get in, but am excited about this year! My Open Studios is Sunday also at 10:30 am. - shisha mirror embroidery.

    I know I don't have to tell you to have a blast. Sorry I'll miss seeing you Friday and Saturday...

  6. Have a great time! Looks like loads of fun!

  7. This is torture. I'd love to go, but we are heading off to Hawaii. So that I don't feel so badly, I've packed some Lutrador and Liquitex paints to play with. I think I need to find some more supplies to go with me and then I won't feel so badly about missing your sessions and IQF. Any recommendations for what supplies I should take (not too large or heavy)?


  8. What a great line-up of artists! Have a terrific and fun time at Festival. Say hello to everyone for me. Hope your classes are all full.

  9. woo hoo! what a group!


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