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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Class with the fabulous Jane Sassaman


I'm so fortunate to live near enough to Lowell Massachusetts that I can drive up and take classes there during the annual Lowell Quilt Festival. This year, my friend Debbie and I decided to take the two day class being offered by Jane Sassaman.

I've admired Jane's work for years, and although her style is totally different from mine, I was eager to take the class Abstracting From Nature. Or maybe it's because her style is so totally different from mine. What's the point of learning something you already know?

This line caught my eye in the class description: "This class is especially beneficial for the drawing impaired and the tragically literal." Well, that fits me and Debbie to a tee: I'm drawing impaired and Debbie is tragically literal. And we struggled with these shortcomings throughout the class!

Jane's gorgeous quilts

But a miracle happened. By the end of the first day, I realized that I had been drawing pretty much all day long, and I didn't even mind it! Jane is one of those amazing teachers that you end up thanking for making you do what you never thought you wanted to do. Not that she forced us...she just broke it down so it was doable and fun.

I'll be sharing the progress of my quilt with you over the next little while. I don't know how long exactly, but we'll see!

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4 comments:

Eileen Bergen said...

Wow ... Jane's quilts are gorgeous! I'll be interested to see how yours turns out and hear how long it takes. They look so intricate!

Cyndi L said...

Hers are amazing in person, Eileen. Mine will me considerable smaller and take *considerably* less time ;-)

But I plan to make more...

Linda Augsburg said...

SO envious! I'm not a drawer either, so that's just the kind of class I'd need. And I'm with you--why take a class at something you can already do or figure out when there are classes out there that are TOTALLY out of your comfort zone! Sounds like a great experience!

Cyndi L said...

I know we can accomplish a lot without needing to draw at all, but some of the things I want to do only require a minimum of skill...this class helped a lot!

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