And here's another folk art applique quilt by Gwen Marson in LCPQ magazine.
I loved how these articles by Gwen were a description of how she made each quilt. What inspired her to make it, how she cut directly into the fabric by hand, why she chose particular colors. Okay, there were also templates for those too nervous to just try it out themselves, but there was always an option. I can't think of any "patterns" that are written this way in magazines anymore. Very unfortunate. I find it much more inspiring than just a picture, templates and straight old directions.
I believe that Gwen Marston's Lively Little Folk Art Quilts has some of the little LCPQ quilts in it, though I believe it's written as a pattern book, not as a series of stories. I've heard varying reviews of this one, so look it over before buying it.
An advantage to keeping notebooks is that you can see all the quilts (or whatever) you love together. For instance, you can tell from just these examples that I love quilts that are very personal, colorful and goofy. The applique is imprecise, irregular, and some of the pieces are quite chunky. Not much symmetry going on.
Would anyone be interested in taking a class with me? I've been thinking about teaching and how I might actually enjoy doing it. The question is, would anyone want to be a student. I don't know the details yet, but it would be along the lines of helping everyone develop a very personal quilt of their own, either doing free-piecing or applique or both. I get too many comments that say "I could never do that, I'm not creative" but you are and you can. You really can. And that's what we'd explore.
I'm thinking of wall-hangings/doll-quilt size quilts but you can do whatever you'd like. I'm willing to coach you through the hand quilting as well, for anyone who wants to try something new there.
We'd have a Blogger classroom. Start a blog and all the class members could post to it. You wouldn't have to have a blog of your own, just a Blogger account, which isn't hard and I'll walk you through every step of the way, if you need it. I'd post the exercises etc and you all could post what you're working on. But everyone could do it at their own pace.
The class admission would be a donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Say, a minimum of 45 dollars. [Hey, even if you don't want to take a class, but have enjoyed some of my tutorials on Quiltville, please consider making a donation through Bonnie. See her post here.]
If you guys are paying to take a class, you are likely to actually do the exercises and make a quilt. Plus you'd be donating to a worthy cause. That's assuming anyone is actually interested. I'm thinking of starting mid-September.
I'd love to hear any thoughts or concerns or questions you might have about this possible class. Feel free to comment or send it in an email. No worries, if this isn't your thing. I don't like taking classes myself, so no one will hurt my feelings if they're not interested.