Wednesday, June 13, 2018

You Are Creative! by Anne Sullivan

On Monday, June 11, after the workshop, these members from the executive committee, and coordinators gathered to take Anne to dinner. 
L-R: Bette, Dee, Anne, Gwen, Beth, Kathy, Karen, Debbie, and Linda 
By 6 pm we were back at the church, setting up for Anne's presentation, "You Are Creative!" and trunk show. We had a very nice turnout of 48 people, including some members of Amazing Grace Lutheran Church. Thank you to all our guest for coming!

Anne shared a little of her background, followed by what she's learned about creating, including the fact that many of us have "fear" of trying new things. And that if we try and think we've failed we have negative self-talk and consciously begin to believe what our subconscious tells us.

It's important to move beyond that, even making mistakes because that's how we learn. Twenty minutes a day spent creatively will improve your skills to make creativity easier.

Nearly every quilt Anne shared has a story. This one, "Phoenix," is a free pattern of the month through the Modern Quilt Guild. (For members only.)

Anne made this quilt as a result of what she thinks about apartment-living.

This is Anne's statement quilt about the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando with 49 yellow squares representing the 49 victims.

"Reflection" is a quilt made following a year of several life challenges. It appears in Episode 204 of Fresh Quilting TV. 

Everyone enjoyed Anne's message about creativity, and found it applicable to not only quilting, but other hobbies and activities as well.

Our sincere thanks to Anne for sharing her skills with us, and to Amazing Grace Lutheran Church for use of their facility.

Our Monday, July 9 meeting returns to North Lake Presbyterian Church. We will have a demonstration of new rulers; share our members' completed Inspiration Challenge Quilts; and talk with members about long-range planning for our chapter.

On the upper right, click to open the Google calendar - make it full screen. Then click dates for detailed information. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Design As You Go by Anne Sullivan

Monday afternoon, June 11, found 18 members and guest instructor Anne Sullivan at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church. 

Workshop: "Design As You Go"

Anne explained that "Design As You Go" isn't a techniques workshop, but a way to approach improvisational piecing using design elements and principles.

Some quilters most often use color as a tool for designing a quilt, but many other elements can be utilized: lines, shapes, space, and texture.

In this example, Anne showed how a cool color palette looks... 

... and how it changes with the use of warm colors.

Dark colors add weight. A new shape (upper right) introduces a completely different look, even while using the same colors.

Since design is also about experimenting, a combination of shapes creates another design.

Every quilter in the room dug into scraps and began experimenting.
L-R: Ardie, Rosemary, and Alice
L-R: Lynn, Linda W. (back to camera), and Gwen
Table by table, Anne went around the room to consult with everyone about the improv they were designing.

L-R: Jane, Dee, and Karen
Susan concentrating on her fabric choices

The workshop concluded with a big clean-up, and everyone left with a different perspective on improv and how they can experiment and play.

Next blog post... Anne's presentation "You Are Creative!"

Friday, June 8, 2018

Special Guest Speaker

Monday, June 11 at 6:30 pm is the evening we've been anticipating for months! Our guest speaker, Anne Sullivan (Playcrafts), is coming to help each of us become more creative.

Anne gave this You Are Creative! inspirational lecture at 2017 QuiltCon in Savannah, so we're happy to get to hear her message again, and share it as new information for our members and guests.

Anne will give you ideas and tips to help you become your most creative self.

Following her presentation, she will share modern quilts made from her own original designs. Three of the quilts she will show are free patterns available to members of the Modern Quilt Guild!

Anne's program and trunk show will begin at 6:30 pm, at:

Amazing Grace Lutheran Church
4886 County Road 472 (Rainey Trail from The Villages)
Oxford, Florida 

The church is located between highway 301 and Buena Vista Boulevard (2 miles west of Buena Vista).

Only $5 at the door for visitors. Free to members of the Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild. 

You won't want to miss this!