October is the annual trek to Cedar Lakes in Ripley WV. Quilt camp is the gathering of about 275 avid quilters from all over the country. This is my 6th years to offer classes, and it is always enjoyable to spend 4 days with wonderful women, and a few men, exploring new directions in quilt making. My class this year was "Transfer paint with botanical elements". This is a very fun techinque, where you first paint papers with the paint/dye, and transfer the colors onto the fabric with a very hot iron. You can layer and cut shapes from the paper as well as using anything flat as a resist. Pressed leaves gives great images, and are very durable, so they are great for this technique. The women in the class got very experimental and were not afraid of drying new things. Now I cannot wait to try some of these in my new works.
Karen Auer from Ohio added paintsticks to her transfers, very graphic and colorful.
Cheryl Davies from Ohio designed a beautiful quilt as a memorial to her mother, who had passed this year. Cheryl used special dried flowers and a bird in the right corner to represent the spirit of her mother. Machine stitching added to the shapes.
Carol Cutlip from West Virginia worked with a variety of leaves and ferns in a wonderful fall setting. She added textures from papers and machine quilting as well as trupunto.