Paintstiks class

29 10 2014

My first class at Houston was on using Shiva Paintstiks. These are basically oil paints in a crayon form. Our teacher taught us several techniques (rubbing,  stencilling,  direct drawing, shading, torn edge,  masking, etc.) We had lots of time to play and experiment.

My aim in taking classes at Houston is to try lots of things I’ve never tried before to see if they are techniques I’d like to include in my repertoire. Or to spend time perfecting some techniques I struggle with.

The Paintstiks class was one of the things I’d never tried before. It probably won’t be something I pursue,  but it was good to learn how to use them in case I have a need for the effect they create some time in the future.

Here are the play pieces I created using the various techniques we learned:

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Photos from the classes I attended: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondamadeit/sets/72157646687403214/





I am SOOOOOO unworthy

29 10 2014

I attended Winners Circle at the Houston International Quilt Festival last night. This is where the winners of each category are announced,  along with the major prize winners and Best of Show. After the presentations,  we could wander among the quilts.  They were all truly amazing works of art.

The winner was a 19th century snow scene,  which was spectacular,  but my favourite of all those beautiful pieces was the horses. I took some photos  of some of the quilts and they are on my Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondamadeit/sets/72157648927348846/

But photos cannot do these quilts justice. They are just STUNNING. I think I’ll hang up my needle and thread right now…

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Some facts about the Houston International Quilt Festival

29 10 2014

The George R Brown Convention  Center is enormous. The views from the circle windows upstairs show just a tiny section of the wholesale market stalls. When the exhibition opens to the public tomorrow (class attendees get a preview tonight) it takes up half the ground floor of the convention centre with the vendor mall taking the other half. The wholesale vendors loaded out after 3 days yesterday and the retail vendors load in today.

Just to give you some idea of the size:
* 65,000 attendees
* 5,000 class attendees
* 415 classes
* approx. 50 quilt exhibitions in the exhibition hall with I don’t know how many quilts on display
* more than 550 vendor booths
* this is the only event that takes up the three full floors of the massive convention centre – ground floor is the quilt exhibitions and vendor mall (retailers selling fabrics,  notions,  machines etc); second floor is admin (registration,  enrolment,  class info,  Starbucks,  FedEx office etc),  and third floor is classes (seems to be hundreds of rooms!)
* one person I know who attended last year walked 32,000 steps at Festival in one day alone!

This is why it’s the ‘holy grail’ for quilters.

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