On Friday, my DSH (Dear Sweet Husband) drove my bucking bronco Subaru to the dealership for repair of the misfiring cylinder so I could get to my workshop on time in his car. I was there in plenty of time to get to my class with Joyce Becker on Quick Little Landscape Quilts. I was the second person there! Here is a shout-out to one of my peeps, Kathleen from Oak Island, who walked in the door and exclaimed, "It's Jeanne!" like I was a celebrity. Kathleen said she reads my blog every day. What a doll! I also met a quilter from Australia via Cary, NC, who was in both of my classes, and a fellow quilter from Wake Forest whom I had never met. It is fun to make connections!
Joyce Becker was an interesting and very down-to-earth teacher with lots of ideas for making landscape quilts using printed fabrics with landscape features such as grass, rocks, flowers, mountains, and animals. Actually, I already had one of her books, but did not realize it until I saw them on display at the workshop. Joyce had lots of quilts to show us, and it is amazing how much more beautiful they are in person than in the book photographs. She utilizes lots of intricate threadwork to enhance the scenes in her quilts. Joyce does not fuse her fabrics, but starches them heavily and either uses a repositionable spray glue, or glue stick to anchor them down before stitching.