At the NQA show last weekend, I took a class called Painting for Illusion with Esterita Austin. The class combined two of my favorite things, playing with fabric and painting.
If you have never taken a class with a nationally known quilter, you are missing out on a great opportunity to learn with the best and pick up some new skills. I’ve never regretted a single dollar I’ve spent on one of these classes. I’ve used what I learned in future projects, and I’ve met some interesting quilters from all over the country.
That’s enough gushing over great classes at major shows. But seriously, you should try it.
This is the first thing Esterita passed out:
Right then I knew I was going to love this class.
For the class project, we each took a single piece of multi-colored batik and used it to create a still life. Then we used fabric paint to add the highlights that give the quilt depth.
I finished painting the cup (left), but I still want to do more work on the other two pieces. Since I have all the paints I didn’t worry about finishing in class. I do need to buy some artist brushed though. Those are about the only brushes I don’t already own.
It was a real eye-opener to see how a little bit of paint made such a big difference. She also described how she sets up her photos. She didn’t spend much time on that, but I know exactly what she does and I’m comfortable I can reproduce it.
My only regret is that I didn’t take her portrait class too. With everything from Billy Joel to Pachelbel playing in the background, how could anyone not have a good time?
The class also helped me get over my love/hate relationship with fusible. It pays to take a class with the inventor of Misty-fuse.
This was one of the best classes I’ve ever taken, and I’m grateful I got the very last opening. Esterita is a fantastic teacher and a very talented quilter. Seeing what she does with fabric and paint gives me something to strive for.