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Sew Crafty Classes
of the Arts - Bar Harbor, ME - July 2005
summer, I again had the pleasure of teaching quilting at an arts
program for kids. The Summer Festival of the Arts (SFOA) is an
intensive three-week program which offers classes in the visual
arts, music, dance, creative writing, and theater- all taught
by professional artists and teachers. I had three classes, with
8 to 12 students in each class, ages 10-16.
The Adventure Quilt I class
made 3-D star quilts, a design adapted from Ami
Simms. The students
picked their block centers from a large stash of novelty prints
and had them cut by Bethany or the class assistant, Robbin. The
background pieces were pre-cut for the students from light ground
prints. They could choose choice of pink, blue or green for the
folded star points. The students hand-tied their quilts.
The Adventure Quilt II
class made "Dancing Square" quilts. They chose novelty
prints for the centers, and picked the block frames from a selection
of texture prints. They chose the on-point or straight setting
depending on the number of blocks they had. Several of the students
did some machine quilting (zig-zag stitching over the ditch).
MANY THANKS to the Pine Tree
of Maine for helping to fund these classes, and to Hobbs Fibers
for donating batting!
The Sew Crafty class made a number of short
projects during the three-week session. Unfortunately I didn't
get photos of most of the projects before the girls whisked them
away home! Here are some of their "No Time Flat Packs." They used several
methods to decorate the pockets, including texture-rubbing with
oil paint sticks, cording over decorative threads, and sewing
on embroidered trims.
Bethany S. Reynolds