Well, here I am in Columbus, Ohio attending the Quilt Surface Design Symposium (QSDS). I am taking a master class with Elizabeth Busch, and am loving it! I will have another 6 days of class, starting pretty soon, so here is a really quick post….
The class I am taking is a master class, where we bring our own pieces to work on as well as learn new techniques and get input on our work from the teacher and classmates. Last year, I was able to come because of a scholarship that I received. One way of funding these scholarships is auctioning off small quilts that have been donated by students and faculty. Yesterday, I finally finished my little quilt for donation…. "Mountain Laurel on the Rocks" uses "rocky bits" from a chunk I constructed last year in my class with Rosalie Dace. I added Painted canvas that I did during my Elizabeth Busch class at QBL last year, and photos of the Mountain Laurel growing along Water road. Last year just before coming to Columbus, I discovered them blooming and took my first photos of this PA native. That may have had something to do with the rocks surfacing in my work, so I thought combining all these elements would be very appropriate for me to donate, because without my scholarship I would never have found myself working with new colors and more textures.
Here is a closeup shot showing some of the beading I did in the rocky sections and the tiny ruby beads added to the flowers.