It’s been a busy tour so far, and it’s high time for me to let YOU know what fun we’ve been having!
We visited a very close friend in Fort Worth on our way to Houston, and she had a surprise waiting for me. Last time we visited Martha, I had my “fractured mock mola” quilt with me (I called it “Shattered” and it was in the gallery show in Victoria).
I made it with four fat quarter sized Mock Mola pieces, using hand dyed fabrics, then I sliced them up and interspersed them using a technique I learned about in the book Fabulous Fractures by Brenda Esslinger. I’m thinking that this might be a new class, and was happy that Martha loved this quilt and wanted to try the technique with her group. I wrote out the instructions and they gave it a go. The day we were there was the Reveal Day!
Not all of the quilts turned out, I must say. I will be re-doing the writeup to provide pictures of the work in progress, but one of them was terrific!
I think there’s a future 2-day class for this, just working on it (and of course I’ll need permission from Brenda Esslinger)! What do you think?
From Fort Worth, we headed down the track to Houston and a concert and class. Before we arrived, Barbara had gotten in touch to talk about her molas from Panama, which she had collected many years ago. I was most interested in seeing them. She’s made a couple into pillows, and framed another couple. They were gorgeous, and in perfect condition! I’ll be teaching a couple of hand mola classes on this trip (in Wellsboro PA and Plaistow NH).
Our performance at the West Houston Quilt Guild was great – they gave us an enthusiastic standing ovation! We are selling lots of songbooks on this tour – so many that we’ve run out until we get to Ontario. I guess we underestimated….
The next day we drove up to Cypress (we sang at that guild a few years ago), and I taught a class at Quiltworks for the guild. It was the first time I’ve been in the shop, and I’d recommend it if you’re in the area. As a teacher, it was a great space to work in – especially the fact that it easily fit the 20 students, and there were twice as many comfy rolly chairs as we needed. That meant that the teacher got to sit down when she was consulting with each student!!! A rare and wonderful thing.
I am teaching this class a lot during this tour, but I’m never bored with it because everyone has such different ideas. Here are a few of the beautiful pieces made that day.
It was a great visit to Houston. We’ll be back, y’all!
Now, onward to Florida.