International Quilt Festival at Chicago - here I come!

I will be demoing, teaching, talking, laughing and sharing my quilts at IQF in one week, June 19-21!!!!! Can you tell I am a little bit excited? Three days at an international quilt show with nearly 500 shopping booths, more than 1,000 quilts and art pieces on display, classes, lectures, events and did I mention shopping?!  Can you tell I am a little bit excited? The average attendance at previous shows in Chicago was 20,000 people. That's double the population of the island I live on! 
I will be in Open Studios on the main show floor where anyone can stop by to watch me work and ask questions. I will be teaching 2 classes. Free Motion Quilting - the freedom to play will be about following the fabric lines and design, adding details to a fish or waves in the water with the quilting process without worry, just FUN. The second class, Naturescapes - fabric choices and design goes hand in hand with the first, showing how unusual fabric choices can add interest, depth and amazing color to a nature quilt. I will be taking a few finished pieces for reference as well as these three to work on while I am there. 
Here is a sneak peek.....
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Clowning Around
This piece will live up to it's name. A simple but playful art quilt to demo how easy it is to get started with free motion machine quilting when you can follow the lines and mistakes become a beautiful part of the quilting design. 

No worry - Just fun


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Island Blues
This demo piece showcases the water and how choosing the right fabrics can give depth and tone to the water and make it very easy to quilt with a follow the lines pattern. 

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Bahama Barrier Reef

This more detailed piece will show how to get into the "details" of choosing successful fabrics for naturescapes. How to look at fabrics for what they can become not just what they seem. 
Color, texture and tone.

I will share more on these soon and hopefully updates about my trip. 
Happy Quilting
Maureen