Rosalie is a longtime teacher at Empty Spools Seminars with always sold-out classes. We are fortunate to have her speak at our guild. Here is the description of the lecture in her own words:
We are all products of history and my quilts come directly from my own life. This lecture traces views and thoughts of people, places, ideas, and objects that have inspired and moved me from my childhood in rural South Africa to the rather crazy traveling I have done over the past 30 years. I show images of my homes and quilts, and the people and places that influenced them. The process of quilt making is enormously important to me and I track various works in progress in my studio, as well as discuss how changes around me have affected and influenced my work. Also included are images of artists whose work I admire from around the world in places I have visited. I think this provides a close look at the working artist and teacher, where it all comes from, what makes me lough, what the challenges are, and where I hope to go with it…. and that always changes, so come and enjoy my journey with me as I reflect on what is means to be an Itinerant Quilter.
Kathy began quilt making over 20 years ago after a move to Australia with her family. She opened a patchwork shop in 2003, and eventually developed the popular Material Obsession shop with her husband/photographer, John. Kathy lives in Sydney with her family. We feel very lucky to have her teach a 2-day workshop and give a lecture. In her lecture “The Accidental Designer” she will talk about the Material Obsession story as a shop owner, author, textile designer and teacher. Wearing so many hats gives her a unique look behind the curtain of the industry. Here is an excerpt from her blog and books in her own words:
I take my role as a quilting storyteller seriously. The process balances the need to create and the need to leave an impactful legacy—that defines my artist direction as well as the time and pace in which I live. When looking at traditional quilts, I often think about the quilters who came before me and imagine their lives. I am sure they would have envy of our fabric options and tools. One of the things I like about designing quilts is using a variety of styles, colours and values in fabrics. Most of the time when I am teaching this is the thing people want to know from me...how do I combine the fabrics?
Born in Yorkshire, England, Philippa discovered a love of sewing and knitting as a child. A second-hand sewing machine for her thirteenth birthday enabled her to progress from making dolls clothes to full sized garments for herself, family and friends. After training to be a clothing designer she worked in industry for five years designing lingerie for Courtaulds Clothing. After this she moved to Dhahran Saudi Arabia with her husband Peter, who at he time was working as an English language teacher. Here she set up a business making bespoke wedding and evening dresses, and had two sons Daniel and Benjamin.
A chance meeting, in Saudi Arabia, in 1996 led to a short quilting course, after which clothing became less interesting and quilting an all-consuming passion. It is only in the last few years the Philippa has been making garments again, other than fancy dress costumes for her sons!
Lecture: “Making Award Winning Quilts. Secrets For Success” Philippa tells you all about her quilt making journey, starting with the tiny hand sewn dolls’ dresses she made as a child through to what is in her sewing machine right now - and everything else in between! Find out about the inspiration, the materials & techniques and the stories behind each piece of work. Everything you wanted to know about making original quilts for exhibition is illustrated, in detail, in this “Quilter Tells All” lecture.
Jane Haworth is an award-winning professional quilter specializing in custom memory quilts made from t-shirts, neckties, and many other types of clothing collected over the years. In addition to quilts, she makes custom functional art items from repurposed materials. Jane also instructs and when she is not creating works of art for her customers, she works on her own quilting projects.
I have been quilting officially since 2003 but did my first experiments in patchwork (hexagons cut out of newspaper), at about the age of 8. I started making art quilts after my first trip to Kauai and came back inspired with colorful images in my head and in photographs that I needed to recreate in fabric. I had previously made a log cabin quilt for my bed which probably was my first official quilt. To learn more I started recording Simply Quilts on TV and watching Alex and her guests explore all kinds of quilting techniques and styles. But it was the modern techniques and art quilts that really caught my attention. I also bought the book 'Quilts, Quilts, Quilts!' and began working on a sampler quilt with 12" squares. Cutting so precisely and sewing with the 1/4" seams was all pretty new to me and quite restricting, as you can imagine and so I still have about 8 squares still waiting to be completed. I have been involved with fabric for all my life. My grandmother taught me to sew at a young age and I would design and make some of my own clothes. At 18 I went to college in Carlisle, England and studied Textile Design majoring in weaving. My first real job was working for Laura Ashley in one of their factories that produced clothing. I was trained there and become proficient and fast on the sewing machine. The best part of this job was the amazing sales on their fabrics. My stash had started!