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Amazing Students, Amazing Day

Dana teaching "Demystifying Design for Foundation Paper Piecing" at International Quilt Festival in Houston November 1, 2022. Photo by Janet Messanelli Bozzone.

Thank you to the 12 women who signed up for the first of the three classes I'm teaching here in Houston. They were so much fun, and they were a talented group.

There's a lot to learn in the first few hours of this class. It can overwhelming. I try to let folks know they may be confused for an hour, an hour and a half, even two hours but then they are likely to have a light-bulb moment. My day was made today when one of the students, Carolyn, about two hours in said, "I'm clicking with this now." Nothing feels better to a teacher than knowing those who paid their money and showed up are learning what they came for.

I enjoy teaching, and teaching drains my energy. So this will be another short blog post. I will teach two more classes here in Houston. If you're in the area, there are still openings.

I'll teach "Geese Over Manhattan" from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, 3, 2022.

I'll teach "Peace Cranes Over Hiroshima" from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, November 4, 2022. (See picture at top of blog.)

"Geese Over Manhattan" designed and pieced

by Dana Jones. Quilted by ZJ Humbach.

Tomorrow I'll deliver the first of two lectures here at Quilt Festival: "The International Honor Quilt: Women Remembering Women." This community art project, which includes more than 500 2' x 2' x 2' triangles honoring individual women, women's groups and women's issues, was created in conjunction with exhibitions of Judy Chicago's iconic feminist art installation, "The Dinner Party." It is a wonderful story of women across political, religious and national divides coming together to celebrate women, known and unknown.

Kuroha Shizuko works with vintage indigos. Yoko Saito designs taupe fabrics.

I'll present my lecture "Indigo, Taupe and More: Japanese Fabrics from Vintage to Contemporary" from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, November 5.

Another Winning Quilt

"Born to Be Wild" by Susan de Vanny of Australia

"Born to Be Wild" by Susan de Vanny won the top award for Innovative Artistry sponsored by Janome. She says of the piece: "Wild dogs or painted wolves are my favorite animals out of Africa. Here, three young pups are walking ahead of the adult dog in the background in a landscape of a changing enviroment. Diminishing in numbers rapidly from disease, it is crucial to look after the numbers before they reach a crisis point, like so many African animals. The webbed holes represent climate change and the effects it has on nature's wonderful creatures."

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Love reading your blogs! That quilt looks 3D. I know what you mean when a student “gets it”. Rewarding! Keep on keeping on, Dana!

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