"My Journey into Quilting"... is a very open and inspiring talk about how Joyce started in quilting, leading into Art Quilts with Thread Painting, and finishing with ideas to use with Panels as Art Quilts.
Join the many people who leave this lecture very excited to try something new with their quilting. Joyce's main subject matter will be working with fabric panels, showing many Before and After Art Quilts, and exploring how panels can be used for your personal projects. Many panels are looked at and passed over with people questioning, "What do you do with this? It's so big, the colors are full, etc." With a little embellishment and/or thread painting, it soon becomes a piece of art!
Learn about the preparation of the panel for a project, the freedom of using thread painting, and showing that layering thread lets you achieve different effects of the quilts. Then add embellishments of ribbon, markers, paint, crystals, etc. to create a panel that is now unique and one-of-a-kind!
Joyce Hughes, from Kintnersville, PA, is an award-winning, self-taught quilter, fiber artist, and author. Her first quilt was a tee-shirt quilt, which she enjoyed making, but felt limited in the ability to express her artistic capabilities. Within several months, she began to design pictorial landscape quilts using raw edge applique, thread painting, and a variety of embellishments. Never knowing the "rules", she broke a lot of them, but with exciting results!
Amazingly, her first art quilt, "Mother's Day", was entered into a national show and won a blue ribbon. This has led to numerous awards, recognitions, and opportunities in the quilting world. Several proud accomplishments for Joyce are: "McCall's Quilt Designer 2012 - Professional Category" for McCall's Quilting Magazine; and also an endorser and sample maker for Northcott and Timeless Treasures fabrics, and Ambassador for Mettler Threads and Brother Sewing.
Currently, Joyce's second book, Thread Painting a Garden Quilt (released October, 2020) focuses on raw edge applique and thread painting to add shading, highlighting, and definition. Joyce's first book, Creating Art Quilts with Panels is focused on working with fabric panels to create dimension and texture with threads and embellishments, and creating a style of of her own! Joyce loves to teach and share her tips. One of her greatest accomplishments is when a student creates their own art work following Joyce's Dimensional Thread Painting!
More of Joyce's works can be found on her website - Joyce Hughes Originals