Tuesday, July 25, 2017

2017 QSDS Scholarship Auctions

Many thanks to all of those who donated and /or bid on mini quilts at our Friday night Reception & Auctions!
Each Friday night at QSDS we had wine, hors d oeuvres, and lots of laughs with all of the new and old friends that we had made during the week.
Cindy Brendzel and Susan Stevenson both donated mini quilts to the auction.  They ended up bidding on, and winning, each others quilts!!

The funds raised will provide scholarships to QSDS students in 2018!
Would you like to apply for a 2018 scholarship? Check out the application here:

Saturday, July 1, 2017

What We Did at QSDS 2017

Another QSDS is behind us.  What did you miss if you weren't there?

The students in Rosalie Dace's class learned the importance of both line and shape in a composition.

Sue Benner's class painted and printed with thickened dye - and discovered that it takes at least two people to move a really large monoprint!

The Wednesday bus trip went first to the Ohio Craft Museum (where quilts by Shelley Baird and Mary Ann Tipple were among those on display) and then on to Athens, Ohio to see Quilt National 2017.

Registration for QSDS 2018 is now open, so go to qsds.com and check out our new and exciting classes!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

QSDS Teacher Spotlight: Kevin Womack

If you have ever come to shop at the Tuesday evening Mini Bazaar that is held each week at QSDS, you know that there will be a crush of eager shoppers looking for the perfect length of fabric or T shirt. They all know that Kevin is a master dyer who knows all the ins and outs of surface design. Kevin’s quilts have been juried into many shows, including Quilt National and Visions. During the final weekend of QSDS, Kevin will share some of his tips and techniques when he teaches “Playing with Fabric Paints.”  This is a perfect time to experiment with silkscreens, Gelli plates, found objects and lots more. This class will be fun and freeing. You are sure to go home with some wonderful, very personal fabrics as well as a new set of skills.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Teacher Spotlight: Esterita Austin

Do you love pictorial art quilts but don't quite have confidence in your drawing and painting skills? Then Esterita's classes may be just right for you!
She has developed a unique method that  will allow you to create a beautiful painted image on sheer fabric. You may know Esterita from her earlier series of amazingly realistic and colorful portraits of people.  She definitely knows a thing or two about light and shading.  Why not try a landscape, a still life, or a favorite building and see where Esterita's guidance takes you?
Check out her Session 3 and Session 4 classes:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tools of the Trade Tuesday: Cutting Tools

Everyone needs scissors, but, if you are doing lots and lots of strip piecing, a rotary cutter is your best friend!
The art of improvisational quilt piecing may not have developed if the rotary cutter hadn't been invented!
What kind do you prefer? A small one for cutting curves, a big one for slicing through several layers of cotton at a time, or an ergonomically friendly one with a safety feature, like the one shown here?
Bring your cutting tools to QSDS and use them in classes such as the ones taught by Rosale Dace and Judy Hooworth.  Pat Pauly's classes even have the word "improv" in the titles!
Check the classes out here: http://www.qsds.com/classesbysession2017.html

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Teacher Spotlight: Susan Shie

Drawing is a fundamental tool of any artist. Do you draw regularly? Do you WISH you did?
Susan Shie can take care of that! Bring a sketchbook and a few simple art supplies and you will be ready to spend five days or a weekend discovering how simple and freeing it can be to draw without worrying if you are doing it "the right way."
Susan has an MFA in painting and is known for her drawn and painted quilts. Her students love her freewheeling, encouraging approach. She stresses that everyone will find their own style, which will not necessarily be like her style of drawing.

Art journaling can be a great way to record the happenings in your life, as well as a way to develop ideas for your art.  Susan is a master of this.  Here she is working on a drawing about the DC Women's March in January:
And here are the finished pages:

This isn't just a way to learn a skill you'll use for the rest of your life, it's FUN!! Check our Susan's classes here:

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Tools of the Trade: Brushes!

Who doesn't love using brushes?  We use them for paint or thickened dye, to do shading. You can draw curving graceful lines, stencil, daub and splatter!
Do you keep your brushes clean or do you forget and then find them, rock-hard, on your work table?  
Are your brushes standing in containers, ready to go, or are they scattered somewhere under piles of papers and fabrics? 
You and your brushes would have a fine time at QSDS this summer in classes with Esterita Austin, Betty Busby or Kevin Womack! Check out their classes here:http://www.qsds.com/classesbysession2017.html