Sunday, June 3, 2012

Ghost Quilting Workshop Class at MQA

We had a great time at the MQA Workshop Gathering, and the Ghost Quilting class was a great learning experience. The participants came with their "focus fabric" square or rectangle fused to the background and layered with batting and backing. I demonstrated the use of the Caran d'Ache water soluble wax pastels for those who wanted to add color to their pieces. Some did this, and some drew a few guidelines out in the background to help know where to quilt. We identified what were tension problems and what were speed problems and we found the right speed and sound for their machine to be stitching best. Quilting gloves helped move the fabric for smooth stitches. We got right to the quilting and by the end of class everyone had a nearly finished piece.
Myra Hester Cook
Dianne Force
Chris Baker
Barbara Saulters
Sheila Pierre
Julia Graber
Jean Tincher
Julie Hendrick
Cindy Pannier
Connie Moore
The group showing their work

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

It looks like everyone had fun! Missed aeeing everyone!
Shirley Wiltshire
Poplarville

Julia said...

I loved your class, Martha. Now I want to make a bunch of these art quilts. It was great seeing you again.

Martha said...

It really was a great weekend. The Ghost Quilting went well and even those who said "I can't machine-quilt" found out they could. I enjoyed the class as much or more than the students.

norma said...

It looks like it was a great class. I would love to see some of the work up close.

Martha said...

Thanks, Norma. One of the students wrote me an email: "I so much enjoyed your class and when I visited one vendor immediately after our class they had an oriental quilt on display. Do you know I stood there and explored where I would use the focus of the fabric and how I would extend it to the borders.
At that time I realized that you have opened up a hugh new qulting window for me to explore. My biggest battle now is I want to cancel all my appts and house cleaning so I can ghost quilt more.
Thank you for helping me open that new Quilting Window!"