Two classes and a quilt

Last Friday I took a class at the Naperville Fine Art Center, Elements of Art, Design and Post-Modern Principles by Heidi Parkes. I have to admit I was a little intimidated by the title, but my friends from the Fiber Art Divas had signed up, and what’s the point of taking classes about subjects you already know all about?

It proved to be an excellent day. Heidi was a high school art teacher for several years, and was well prepared and very knowledgeable. I particularly enjoyed the discussion of “post-modern principles”, just don’t expect me to answer a pop quiz…

And then there were the quilts!

Heidi has definitely worked out her own aesthetic and I liked it!
Heidi works in an improvisational style and hand quilts her quilts.This one includes a vintage table cloth.Her entry for the Threads of Resistance exhibit sparked some discussion.This last quilt, a whole cloth with extensive hand stitching gave me an idea…I returned home after a long day, full of ideas…

but no time to sit around!

I finished packing my bags, Steve came home from work and we got on the road to Decatur.

The members of the Decatur Quilters Guild made me feel very welcome for a day of Folk Art Stitching on Saturday. I had so much fun that I forgot to take any pictures. Everyone was packing up when somebody suggested we take a picture for the guild newsletter…

The one I have with me in it does not flatter me so I am choosing not to show it πŸ™‚ but here’s one with seven of the students!!
Tired but happy?


Yesterday I had another of those days when I just needed to make something.

I sewed and stitched and had my “something” finished by the evening. Ready to take pictures this morning.Called Beyond the Surface, inspired by Friday’s class, it’s only little, 16″ x 20″. A whole cloth quilt with two pieces of grey fabric placed between the top and the batting so as to shadow through, machine quilted with the walking foot and then embellished with hand stitching.

Rows of cross stitching in 12 weight thread on the bottom section,and running stitch on the top section.

From an angle…I’m hoping it will be the first of a series of small quilts finding what happens when I add shadow layers and experiment with some different surface stitching designs. No deadlines, no purpose, just a “what if ?”

We’ll see. I really do need to get back to the sewing for my deadline tomorrow…


  1. I love the class you took and wish I had been there to see her quilt for Threads of resistance. Your new quilt is a delight!

    June 20, 2017
  2. margiestitcher said:

    liking the use of hand and machine quilting here, I do quite a bit of hand quilting but struggle to get the stitches even, I use perle thread but maybe will try some machine work with it now. Sounds like you had some fun times

    June 21, 2017
  3. Heidi Parkes said:

    I am SO excited to see how my class is already influencing your work! I see how this combines the ideas in my wholecloth & Threads of Resistance quilts with layering & geometry.
    So many thoughtfully used principles! It’s like a soft Rothko or an Agnes Martin painting. Really beautiful!!!!! πŸ™‚

    June 21, 2017
  4. homewixard said:

    It’s always lovely to have one’s brain fill up with new!

    June 21, 2017
  5. Anita Marsh said:

    I love your ‘what if’ quilt — it will be interesting to see them.

    June 21, 2017
  6. Linda said:

    Now you have my “wheels” turning too! LOL. Thank you for sharing—I think! πŸ˜‰

    June 21, 2017

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