Went to the Camarillo Quilt Guild monthly meeting yesterday - I guess I never get tired of quilts!
Our speaker at the quilt meeting was magnificent. I'm not particularly fond of portrait quilts, or landscape quilts for that matter. But once I heard Nancy S. Brown speak, I was absolutely in awe of her passion, and her ability to make an entire group of 300 tired quilters laugh for 30 minutes straight!
Of course her artistry, and her techniques are truly inspsiring. She is in love with animals, of all kinds, and she hand appliques all of her animals. Layer upon layer of fabrics of unusual colors - like an Andy Warhol style dog quilt.
Who would have the ability to make green and yellow dogs look so natural except this amazing quilt artist? Every dog had a different expression - even the chihuahua looks cute. (Sorry, I'm just not a fan of little yippy dogs - but more power to you if you love one!)
And then, there was the Baltimore Album style quilt - a very traditional pattern. But when Nancy does one - the flower blocks are all animals!
One of Nancy's favorite animals is penguins. Her first quilt, and many many others, have penguins. Her advice - if you have a quilt that isn't working, or lacking in some way, or you're just not happy with the way it's turning out (we've all been there) - add a penguin!
There is a great retrospective of some of her work at The Quilt Show
How I wish I had signed up for her applique workshop today! But the class filled quickly - so I'll have to keep looking for her at local quilt guilds and workshops.