Road to California, 2007-Part I

Last week I attended Road to California, a quilting conference with exhibits, vendors and classes. I took a class from Gabrielle Swain, an applique-er who uses paint crayons, and watercolor pencils to shade and enhance her work. Below are some shots of the class.

This is a quilt of the teacher’s, an appliqued leaf with shading produced not only by the choice of fabric, but by application of highlights and darks through pencil/crayon media.

Student example (not mine–mine was hideous even though they all said nice things. Women are a funny lot–highly competitive, yet encouraging at all times.)

I expected to enjoy the class, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the class. I learned techniques that I know I will use, and my class samples (though hideous) are good examples of what I learned. I purchased more oil-based paint sticks at the show, as well as set of oil-based crayons at Office Max afterwards. Now to find the time.