Student's Work from my Portrait Quilts 101 Class in Oshkosh WI

I had the pleasure of teaching my Portrait Quilts 101 using my Angelina Pattern at the Fox Valley Tech. College's Sewing and Quilting Expo in Oshkosh WI last Friday March 14, 2014. I had 7 ladies in my class and 6 hours to teach them my techniques. The first photo is at the end of the day where they posed with their projects. All but one got to the quilting stage of the process. This was a fun group of women-they knew basic quilting information and could concentrate on the artistic process. As you can see the quilts all turned out a bit different!! They told me they are thrilled to see results and go home with a project nearly finished.

I am choosing to not add names to the descriptions so I will refer to each artist as "this woman." This woman stepped outside of my pattern pieces and added a fabric necklace and decorative clothing. She also enlarged the eyes and mouth. Very striking!!

This woman early in the class asked me if I had a pattern for eye glasses. I looked around the room and 6 out of 7 of the students and myself wear glasses. I said no I didn't but I would draw up an applique pattern. Then another woman, who was wearing awesome cat eyewear frames, asked me to draw her glasses also. So through the requests of students I have added glasses to my little portraits!!
This woman chose to do her project as a self portrait and added an asymmetrical blouse in which she will add a decorative button once the quilt is finished. Creativity!!

This woman followed my suggestion to use non-human skin tones and selected two awesome teal/green colors. Also blue hair and purple glasses. Very fun and the woman in the portrait looked like a beautiful reptile!!

This woman used one of my "bonus" hairstyles which I give to only people who take my class. She chose to NOT fuse the end of the ponytail and said she will create a 3D  pony when it is finished!

This woman started a bit unsure of her color scheme but when she pulled this great blue border fabric it all came together. I am so jealous of this fabric of figures of woman-no name on the selvage end to track it. It is subtle but works so well. A great use of primary colors and a triad color scheme!

 This woman selected fabrics that where more subdued and earthy. She felt her skin tone choices where a little too similar. Maybe but it's still lovely and she can quilt it in a darker thread and add "blush" to the cheek to add more color!
This woman also selected earthy colors. She went with a teal batik for the shoulder straps which seemed odd to me at first but the outer border pulled in the teal and it was very lovely and soothing to the eye!!

That's my Show and Tell!! This was such a rewarding time with a group of ladies that were an A+ in my opinion!! I hope they finish their quilts and, if so, I will post them on my blog!