Appliqué Academy

In February 2013, I made what has become an annual journey to Williamsburg, Virginia for The Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy.  The experience has always been special to me but has been even more so in my past two years as a teacher there.  The students make it an amazing time with their interest and enthusiasm for Baltimore Album appliqué.  We learn and stitch, tell stories, laugh and cry, and generally have an amazing time.  Strangers and friends come together for one magical week of sharing a passion for appliqué and the energy that generates is inspiring. So, here are the wonderful women from my classes this year.

"Miss Lucy's Garden"
Main Conference Class 2013
Using a prepared edge technique and off block or unit construction, we made leaves, stems, and roses.  One of the roses was constructed from wire edged ribbon and padded to take advantage of the gorgeous colors available.  The highlight of the class was weaving and stitching down the center basket, and I think it's safe to say that everyone was very excited to see it all come together.  This was a happy group: kind and helpful, sharing everything, and very productive in 3 short days.  Bravo!!

"Nature's Gifts"
Add-a-Day Class 2013
In this two-day add on class, we covered many techniques: prepared edge appliqué, off block or unit construction, making a padded rose with wire edged ribbon, shading fabric with Derwent Inktense pencils, creating gnarly branches, and using a variety of fibers to create the little bird's nest.  We concentrated on getting the cornucopia stitched down and our bird's nest made and we reached our goals.  This was another group of exceptional women and we had a great time!  

Thank you, Ladies, for the happy memories!