Quilts and Other Stuff from Frances

Resident artist

They say that the mark of a good blogger is consistency.   Oh well, I never said that I was a good blogger!!!  

I have been pretty much tied to my desk these last 6 weeks, but am happy to announce that tax season is going great!! 

Last week I got to have a break and spent the day at Level Creek Elementary School as their “Artist In Residence”.   My D-I-L, Amber, is the art teacher at the school and invited me to be one of two artists to come in March.

I set up in the main hall, in a place where every student walked passed at least once during the day.  I set up four display areas…..

My working area…….


A display of bed size quilts, both traditional and contemporary…..DSC09111A large frame with smaller wall quilts……


And finally, an area where they could try their hand at designing a patchwork block…..


I had LOTS of short, one on one conversations with the kids as they wandered the halls and also did more formal presentations to 15+ classes.   I enjoyed telling them about how a quilt is made, but had even more fun telling them about the reasons that I make quilts.  

I spent short periods of time piecing blocks and used them to further illustrate how quilts are made….


It was so much fun to just play with the fabric and get to do some sewing!!

At the end of the day, I got to visit Amber’s room…..


By the way, it freaked me out every time a student said “Hi Mrs. Arnold” and it wasn’t directed at me!!!

Amber has a wall hanging that I made for her years ago hanging in her office area…..IMG_1421

….And a great classroom with lots of light and room for creativity……


I particularly like the poster that she had in the room….


In case you cant read it, it says “When you think that you have made a mistake, think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful” ….from the book “Beautiful Oops” by Barney Saltzberg…..

What a great thing to remember, and I am SO happy that Amber teaches this to her students!!!

All in all, it was a fantastic day!!!!  Thank you Amber for including me!!

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