Friday, March 25, 2011

Quilt Camp 2011, Part Two--Phillippa Naylor

The three other teachers at Quilting Adventures during the week I was there were Rose Hughes, Phillippa Naylor, and Kim Diehl.  All of these, like Carlson and Stein, were gifted and creative quilters and teachers.  Not only that, but all three (like fellow-teachers Carlson and Stein, too) were wonderful public speakers and each had a great sense of humor.  Because I have so many photos, this posting will feature Phillippa Naylor.

Phillippa is, first of all, a master machine quilter (having won awards at the International Quilt Festival in Houston for "Machine Artistry" and "Merit Machine Quilting") but also her designs are most unique.  It's difficult to describe her work precisely, so I'll quote from her website a statement of how she herself describes her own work:  "I consider myself to be a 'contemporary' quilter rather than an 'art' quilter, and by that I mean that my quilts are very much a modern interpretation of traditional quilts of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Inspiration often comes directly from a traditional quilt, the design being updated by the use bright hand dyed fabrics, by curving all the seams and then stitching the three layers of the quilt (the top, batting and backing) together, by machine, with free flowing patterns."

Phillippa is a beautiful woman who dresses like a model in clothes we all suspected were her own designs.  AND she gave a make-up lesson in the application of lipstick that lasts all day to her students! She could pass for a woman in her early 30s, but given the age of her son, we all figured she HAD to be in her 40s!

In addition to the awards mentioned, Naylor has won three other "big" prizes in Houston.  Her work is breath-taking, and you have to see it up close to appreciate it fully.  I'd urge you to go to her website to see more of her wonderful quilts and to check out the many awards that have been presented to her.  Below are some quilts she brought for us to see at Quilting Adventures:

This quilt illustrates the "skewed" nature of Naylor's quilt blocks.

One of Naylor's quilts

This shows the entire quilt from the close-up above.  AND you can see how
lovely Phillippa is and how stylishly she dresses!

Here Naylor is showing the "whole cloth" quilt for which she won a major award.
It is quilted extremely closely and intricately, and the thread she used on
this white quilt varied in pale colors.

No, this isn't a quilt!  This is a photo of a slide taken from Naylor's Power Point Presentation.
It shows one of the many unique Halloween costumes that she and her son have together concocted over the years!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Quilt Camp 2011, Part One

My fourth time at Quilting Adventures in New Braunfels turned out to be as delightful and productive as the other three sessions were.  This time I was in teacher Marcia Stein's class.  We worked from photos, which we first traced, then enlarged, and then used our enlarged drawing to make templates.  Marcia taught us her method of machine applique, but most of us chose to use the faster method of fusing.  I hope we didn't disappoint her!  If we did, she never let us know, and she was wonderfully helpful to each of us as we worked.

One of Marcia Stein's quilts.  Yes, the man
portrayed really DID have on a shirt
that looked just like this!
The appliqueing on my quilt is now done, but it hasn't yet been sandwiched and quilted.  Once that is done, I'll no doubt post again to show it.  Meanwhile, here are some of Marcia's quilts, as well as the quilts of one of the other teachers, Susan Carlson.  I bought a book from Susan, and I hope one day to try her marvelously innovative approach to quilting!  I plan a Part Two to show some of the other teachers' works, as well as some of the quilts constructed by fellow students.
Marcia often portrays
people from the back in her quilts, and she
encouraged us to bring similar photos!

Susan Carlson's rhino, inspired by one of
16th century artist Durer's black and white woodcuts.

Another of Carlson's--demonstrating
how beautiful and fanciful a
beetle can be!

Carlson's son--when he was in
his John Lennon-look-alike stage!
Having all grandchildren currently playing soccer, I
particularly loved this one!

With my passion for blue and white
china, I loved this one by teacher Stein!