The “Out of Africa” quilt festival opened in London, Canada, earlier this week. It features the Patchwork Promises quilts from last year’s Irish quilt festival, work by the Tentmakers of Cairo courtesy of the American Quilter’s Society, some 130 quilts from the Kenya Quilt Guild, a collection of wonderful pieces from the Harare Patchwork and Quilting Guild in Zimbabwe, the Major Minors collection of 10″ square fine art pieces from FibreWorksArt in South Africa and much more.
Some quilts and products sold before the show even opened, and trade has been brisk for the last couple of days. With late evening openings tonight and tomorrow night, we anticipate even larger crowds of visitors. Don’t miss this great chance to see some of the finest patchwork quilting from the Dark Continent. Who knows when you will have such a unique opportunity again?!!
The “Out of Africa” quilt festival in London, Canada, opened this morning. Quiet for about the first half hour, the traffic of visitors to the show soon picked up and weave been busy ever since! Immediate reactions are most favorable. Some quilts and products sold before the show actually opened, and there has been a steady trade ongoing! What fun!!
I’m visiting family in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the moment. The temperatures here are about as high as they get during our Baringo dry season, but here everyone lives in air conditioning. I would rather be out of doors, but that would require a completely new architectural strategy for this city!
Next week I will be heading out to London, Canada (near Toronto), for the London International Quilt Festival. Organized by my good friends Garnet Smalley and Suzanne Agnew, this event promises to be the first ever major festival featuring quilts about and from Africa, and it’s one you will not want to miss!
On tap are more than 150 quilts from the Kenya Quilt Guild, at least ten pieces from the Tentmakers of Cairo exhibition, fifty small works that comprise the South African “Major Minors” exhibition, and several quilts made by a group of men from African Faces Contemporary Arts Studio in Nigeria. Workshops will be offered, taught by Bev Rebelo, Paula Benjaminson, Magie Relph and myself.
Redefinitions IV: Urban Africa by Dena Dale Crain
The Festival will be held at the London Hilton Hotel, 300 King Street, in downtown London, Ontario. Stop in and see us!!
“Tons of material, well presented, thorough:
what I’ve come to expect and receive from Dena Crain.”
The most recent session of Math for Quilters, the one class at Quilt University that EVERYONE should take, has just finished. We all worked hard and had a lot of fun!
I’m sorry if you missed out on this great opportunity to study with me online, but the class will run again soon. Check my class schedule and find more information at Quilt University to find out when the next session of Math for Quilters will be held. Be sure to have a good look at the Quilt U Class Catalog while you’re there. You may find other online quilt classes there that you would enjoy taking.
Math Tools for Quilters
I look forward to meeting you in the next session of Math for Quilters. See you there!
Thanks to Yeong Hao Han for replying to my post yesterday about Blendoku, the fabulous new game for color addicts, in which I was given permission to post screenshots for the game:
Blendoku game in progress
Blendoku game completed
If these don’t convince you, nothing will! Available on GooglePlay and from the Apple App Store!
Feeling a bit under the weather for the last week due to a nasty head cold (now improving rapidly), I took advantage of the opportunity to play with my iPad a bit. Looking for a good crossword puzzle app (see this for what I discovered), I came across a game called Blendoku.
I tell you, I am SOOOO excited about this game!! This has GOT to be one of the best EVER teaching tools for helping ANYONE learn more about the practical aspects of color and value that I have ever seen!
Although the game is intuitive, based on arranging colored tiles correctly in sequence to fill gaps in a predetermined map, the lessons it teaches about how colors shift from one to another will help you comprehend how and why colors work the way they do. Not only must you learn how to work your way around and across the color wheel, but you must cope with the demands of the value scale as well. As one reviewer noted this is a “fun game with real science behind it!”
I teach the importance of color and value and how to use them in all of my international quilt workshops and online quilt classes at Quilt University, except for Math for Quilters where it’s hardly relevant. Questions and answers about color gradations form the backbone of my Darned Quilts classes. I also have a lecture called “World of Color” that I will be presenting at the Taupo Symposium in New Zealand later this year.
I’m going to be telling ALL my students and followers about this fabulous opportunity to play their way into greater color comprehension. Blendoku is simply FABULOUS, by my way of thinking!
Sadly, I fear posting a photo of this game might violate somebody’s copyrights, so the best I can do is to offer one of my Designer Gradation bundles as available from WebFabrics to give you some idea of what to expect from Blendoku:
French Fancy Designer Gradation from WebFabrics
One look at the game’s screenshots will immediately convince you this is a game EVERY quilter ought to play!! Available for some devices from GooglePlay and for all iPads from the App Store, the game is presently FREE!!
Get your copy while it’s HOT!!