Yikes, it has been almost 2 weeks already. Time to post, right?!
The Swaddled Baby class went really well. There were 15 participants, 2 5-hour days, and beautiful handmade babies at the end.
Babies in progress-
The first day we focused on the hard parts- the face, getting the body stuffed and closed up, basic designing. By the end of the first day, pretty much everyone was ready to move on to the fun part- designing, embellishing, stitching. I didn’t get any pics at all from the first day!
Lots of pieces-
And here are (almost) all the babies at the end of the day. (A few left early.)
They are all different and amazing! Most people didn’t finish but it seemed like everyone was well on their way and had fun getting there. Here are some of the dolls that went home on Sunday afternoon-
Another great class at French General!
I got back from LA a week ago but things have been a bit crazy. There was a bad storm in Boston while we were gone and it damaged our roof. We got back just in time to deal with another storm (Wed. and Thurs) and all the water issues. Plastic and buckets in the attic, moving years of attic accumulation to keep things safe, and trying to find someone to repair the roof before the blizzard today. Yep, I’ve been distracted. But we did find someone to do a temporary fix (new roof ahead), and today was a blizzard-y snow day and the attic seems dry so I can relax. Here is a picture heavy post of quilts that caught my eye at QuiltCon.
I have the names of some of the artists but not all. I don’t know how I messed up with that and I’m very sorry. If I find out the artist, I can add the names.
detail- I found the details in the piecing fascinating.
below- Wholecloth, 4 by Heidi Parks. As someone who can’t stand to throw any little piece of thread away, this appealed to me!
below- detail of Pivoted Plaid by Cassandra Beaver
Get Woke by Chawne Kimber
Counter Weave by Scott Murkin
Ms Conceived by Miriam Coffey
This is the back of
And some details-
There were a lot of amazing quilts; so many it was overwhelming! There were many quilts with political messages and an area that had some of the AIDS quilts. I found those quilts very moving because of the birth dates- so many of the deaths were of people I could have known, gone to school with, been friends with. It brought me back to that time. I am glad I made the effort to go to the show even though quilting isn’t my main interest. I saw people I knew, so many fiber friends, and it is always fun to wander through the vendors and see all the cool
toys I mean tools! Next, I will show pics from the Swaddled Baby class.
And the last one until I get back. Fat little birds and soft cashmere leaves.
Another very bright baby. I love these colors.
All of these babies are coming out to Los Angeles with me as samples for my class. My etsy shop is closed for now (2/22- 3/5) but I will add them to the shop when I get back.
This baby is so bright that I am sure no naps will be happening!
This is a version of the poppy baby that I made last September. This one is muted in tones that I can imagine you’d see in moonlight.
Oh the poor tattooed men, waiting and waiting!
But, I had to get to work on some swaddled babies- I am off to California soon to teach the class so I need to make a few to refresh my memory and help me organize all my tools and supplies. If you are near LA and interested in joining the class, I believe there are a few seats left.
Sweet sleepy baby face-
Eye patch, striped pants with high boots, skeleton tattoos and an awesome belt buckle button. This fabulous lion button come from my mom’s collection/stash so it probably dates from the 70s or 80s.
I had to google the plural of octopus.
The arm fabric looks like seaweed to me.
And I still have some of this absolutely perfect merman hair fabric left so let’s use it!
I thought that trim looked pretty great for a belt- I thought I’d look up what the official name is for that trim but I don’t even know where to start!
A Merman should come after the fish, I am absolutely sure. I am still working through a pile of men that are sewed and stuffed, prepared before Christmas. Little by little, they all come to life.
I made his beard from a quilting batik fabric.
This toile- ships and florals.