Workshops/Classes by Gail E.Thomas

 Important news! http://www.quilts.com/mediapage/fqmf15/Fac_fqf15.html Teaching at the IQA World of Beauty Quilt Festival, Houston TX, Fall 2016

Class description, kit fee, and supplies mentioned for TKDAA Rockwall TX. February 2018 in listing 1 and 2. 

Listed below are the art classes I am offering right now.  New ones are added regularly. Categories vary; oil and soft pastels, drawing, watercolours, portraiture, painting on fabric and quilting. Classes can be custom designed to go with the festival, retreat or event. I also give private instruction. Have been a practicing artist and teacher for 47 years. All my fees are negotiable.

1. Image in the Window Pattern is 14″ x 20″ Class for TKDAA Feb.2018

This art applique quilt class explores Tsukineko inks and Angel Paint. Both are excellent for putting your own twist onto white or any coloured fabric. That is right! You will be making your own fabric designs. There is also the opportunity to place a portrait of anyone of would like as the image in the window. Using a Fabrico fabric ink pen and a VersaCraft ink pad with applicators, Angel Paint with a brush we will apply the colours onto white cotton fabric. We will piece, applique then ink and paint. I will bring a set of Angel Paint for everyone to have a go with my favorite fabric paint. 

I have been asked to teach at The Kathy Dunigan Applique Academy in Rockwall TX February 2018. Image in the Window and SHhh… are the two-2 day classes I am offering. 

Kit: will contain VersaCraft Chiffon ink pad, applicators, black fabrico ink pen, white cotton fabric 15″ x 20″, pattern, carbon paper, pencil, paint/water tray and brushes. There is a handout with the class that takes the project quilt from the start to the finish.

Kit fee- $38.00 

Supplies to bring: needles sharps, thread, this quilt top can be hand or machine sewn.  Your sewing machine will be required to do a small zig zag stitch. At least one pressing board. 14″ x 16″ Scissors for both fabric and paper. Roll of freezer paper. 1 zip lock bag. Elmer’s school glue (washable). A yard of washed white or off white of good cotton fabric. Ruler, straight pins, safety pins, liquid starch, container for starch, a small sealed jar works great. Water container ( an washed yogurt container with lid works well). Paper towel or old rags. Iron. An 8″ by 10″ photo of you or someone you would like to put on the quilt. Scotch tape and felt pen.

If you think you will be inspired and complete the top part of Image in the Window or SHhh… Bring along your choice of batting. Size 19″ x 23″ for Image in the Window and 28″ x 24″ for SHhh… With the extra fabric I have asked you to bring, I will show you how to dye the fabric for the back of your quilt. Once you have completed dying your back fabric iron it, wash and iron again. Place layers together pin and start quilting.

2. SHhh…… Class for TKDAA Rockwall TX. Feb. 2018

The puppies sleep while Mom and her Fairy friend keep watch. They have been painted using only three colours, red, blue and yellow. White has also been used with the red to get different pinks and the blue for contrast. Their are 12 applique pieces in this quilt panel yet you could add or take away as many as you would like. The pattern is designed so that one can piece and applique the whole design if one chooses. Once the applique is complete then we start to paint. You can paint the pieces before you applique them on as well. Found there was no real difference except if hand sewing use a sharp needle. For sewing or free motion quilting SCHMETZ Embroidery Needles if painted before appliqued.

Kit: Angel Paint- red, blue, yellow, white and extender, black Fabrico ink pen, 26″ x 22″ of white or off white cotton fabric, pencil, brushes, paint tray, pattern and a handout that will take you from the beginning of the project until its completion. Kit fee:$43.00 

 

Supplies: Needles- sharps are good, SCHMETZ Embroidery needles if using a machine, thread of your choice, roll of freezer paper, 1 yard of good washed white cotton fabric, liquid spray starch, small sealed jar for starch, paper towels, big garbage bag, scotch tape, scissors for both paper and fabric, plastic clean yogurt container with lid, iron, pressing board at least 14″ x 16″, 1 zip lock bag, washable Elmer’s School glue, and sharpie permanent felt pen. 

 

3. Peace on Earth Workshop 

This is a class that I have wanted to share for awhile. A dear friend gave me the beautiful batik cotton fabric that inspired Peace on Earth. 21″ X 17″Peace on Earth 2

Would you like to join me when I give a class. This quilt is hand painted, raw edge applique, hand quilted using Superior Metallic Threads. It is fun and easy to do. I chose to hand quilt it although you may use your machine to quilt Peace on Earth as well.

In the workshop you will transfer the dove design onto your batik fabric.  With white Angel Paint, paint inside the transfer lines to create the white doves. The holly and berries are raw edge applique using steam a seam 2 lite, this is used to hold the small pieces onto the quilt until you can get to the sewing part.

Peace on Earth Kit : The full size pattern for the quilt will be supplied in the kit along with the red and green cotton fabric for the holly leaves and berries, one spool of metallic thread by Superior Threads, 2 x 8″ X 10 ” sheet of steam a seam 2 lite, 1 sheet of transfer paper, 1 white Angel Paint, and a brush.

$70.00 US  35.00 UK

Supplies to bring: Your choice of batik cotton about 1 & 1/2 yards will be used for the front and back of the quilt. Sewing machine OR your hand sewing kit with thread and needles. Batting of your choice, several sheets of white paper 8 1/2″ x 10″, tracing paper, a plastic holder for water (yogurt container works well). A rag or paper towel, large plastic garbage bag, scotch tape, ball point pen, pencil, kneaded eraser, sketch book, camera.

All of us in our hearts have requested peace on the earth, come and join me and we will  create the spirit of Peace on Earth together.

Contact, Questions, Bookings// tyderw@shaw.ca

If you would like to see more of Gail’s Art www.gailthomasart.com

Gail’s fee per day: 350.00 US  175.00 UK

All fees are negotiable.

4. The Little Red and White Quilt Class

Harry’s Star quilt was inspired by the red and white quilts in the IQA Festival Houston 2014.

Come and join me to create your own miniature red and white quilt.Harry's Star

This is Harry’s Star 13″ X 13″

After transferring Harry’s Star Pattern onto the white cotton, there is just a bit of painting to do using red fabric paint.

Then hand quilting with metallic thread to create Harry’s Star.

Beginner to Intermediate

Harry’s Star Kit Contains: 1 container of red Angel Paint, paint brushes, #25 Superior Metallic thread, Harry’s Star pattern, carbon paper and a ball point pen.

Kit fee: 35.00 US  17.00 UK

Students Supply List: Hand sewing kit, quilting needles, scissors, thimble ( if that is what you use when hand sewing ) safety pins, neutral sewing thread, pencil, kneaded eraser, paper, pencil sharpener, tracing paper, sketchbook, small trash bag, scotch tape, fine-tip black Sharpie pen, paper towels or rags, and wear apron or old clothes.

Contact, Questions, Bookings,// tyderw@shaw.ca

If you would like to see more of Gail’s Art www.gailthomasart.com

Gail’s fee per day: 350.00 US  175.00 UK

All fees are negotiable.

5. The Class of Daffy Tulips

Fabric markers are a great tool for all textile artists.

Thought this design and project would be a great way to play with the fabric markers.

This is Daffy Tulips quilt 9″ X 9″Daffy Tulips 1

 

First transfer the Duffy Pattern onto white cotton using carbon paper.

Now it is the fabric markers turn to enhance the design.

Once that is complete place the three layers of the quilt together and begin hand quilting.

Daffy Kit Contains: Fabric Pen Set, #2007 Magnifico Superior Thread, carbon paper, Daffy Tulip pattern, ballpoint pen.

Kit Fee: 50.00 US  25.oo UK

Supplies For Students To Bring: hand sewing needles, quilting needles, neutral sewing thread, scissors ( for fabric and paper), thimble (if that is what you use to), safety pins, kneaded eraser, a few sheets of paper, pencil, sharpener, tracing paper, sketchbook, small trash bag, scotch tape, fine-tip black Sharpie pen.

Contact, Questions, Booking// tyderw@shaw.ca

If you would like to see more of Gail’s Art www.gailthomasart.com

Gail’s fee per day: 350.00 US  175.00 UK

All fees are negotiable.

6. The Art of Painting on Fabric Class/Lecture

The Art of Painting on Fabric using Angel Paints. http://www.angelpaint.com/ With these paints you can create your own fabric designs.Fabulous paint, smooth to work with, iron to set, washes beautifully and the painted fabric remains pliable and soft to sew.

The Art of painting on Fabric KIT: 

Two tote bag patterns large/small, a book of some of Gail’s Decorative Design Patterns, a set of ANGEL PAINTS & brushes.

$125.00 US  62.00 UK

Whether beginner to advanced, Gail will guide you through transferring your choice of  decorative designs onto your pattern pieces. She will show you how to apply the Angel Paints onto your fabric. In this class Gail will be sharing her painting techniques. Once the painting is complete and the tote patterns have been cut out, you may hand sew or machine sew all the painted pieces together to make a versatile laptop and quilt carrying tote.

If you are the type of person who likes to go out on their own and paint something from a photo, a drawing or have an idea that you would like to paint on fabric bring that along as well.

Supply list for The Art of Painting on Fabric:
2 1/2 yds. 2 meters white to cream cotton fabric (pre-washed)
2 1/2 yds. 2 meters very dark cotton fabric (pre-washed)
2 1/2 yds. 2 meters of 1/2″ velvet ribbon (any colour) (or fancy cord)
2 large buttons
Water container(at least 6 small emptied yogurt containers with lids), paint tray(with lots of compartments) for your mixed paint, plastic wrap, a flat tray (11″X 14″or larger)(an old cookie bake tray is wonderful), black or white garbage bags, sponges, plastic gloves, masking tape, a retractable sharp blade, scissors, rotary cutter, cutting mat, paper towels or cloth rags if you rather, pencil, pen, fabric markers, sketch book or journal, your preferred hand-sewing gear * bring what you are used to and a kneaded eraser. Plus your camera.

Come join her, Gail enjoys sharing her knowledge, and her passion for painting on fabric.

Gail E. Thomas has been painting for 55 years, sewing for 51, teaching for 36, and quilting for 15 years. Gail has won National and International awards for her Art Quilts.

Her work can be seen in private and corporate collections in Canada, The United States, England, Wales and Australia.

Contact, Questions, Bookings// tyderw@shaw.ca

If you would like to see more of Gail Art www.gailthomasart.com

 Gail’s fee per day $350.00 US  175.00 UK

All fees are negotiable

Lecture “When in Doubt Use Turquoise” and Trunk Show $260.00 US  130.00 UK

7.  Drawing From The Beginning

Where can the creative juices take us when we explore the world of drawing for the absolute pleasure of it?
To draw or sketch is the beginning of quite a lot of projects.
A doodle is a drawing.
When you design something or draw out a sketch before cutting, painting or just colouring with a pencil, crayon, pastel on paper or fabric that is drawing.
There is a theory going around these days that everyone is an artist. That statement has been proven to be true many times.

There are just a few techniques to learn. The idea is to draw what you see not what you think you see.
Everyone on this earth can see colour and shapes differently, think of the possibilities!

Supply Kit: $40.00 US  20.00 UK

List of supplies that you can bring:
Drawing board, paper towels or cotton rags, masking tape, pencil sharpener, large plastic garbage bag and gloves ( if required)

Once the techniques are acquired and drawn out, all it takes is a little patience and a bit of practice.
Come and join Drawing From the Beginning Group and discover your inner artist.

Gail loves to share her connection with drawing. She finds it is a wonderful beginning to many things. She has been a professional practicing artist for 34 years.

Gail’s drawings and paintings can be seen in private and corporate collections in Canada, USA, England, Wales and Australia.

8. Drawing With Colour

Move over graphite, cont’e and charcoal, coloured pencils are circling the drawing community.

When you look at black and white photos or old movies do you find yourself trying to imagine or figure out what the original colours are or were? Do you create your own interpretations from the grays?

We are going to take all that is a little flat in the grays and enhance, combine and smudge them with colour to add a spectrum of variety to the black and white drawing world.

“Early Morning Shadows” 14″ X 12″ in Beacon Hill Park BC Victoria Canada

Supply Kit:  Watercolour pencil set & paper.

$80.00 US  40.00 UK

List of supplies that you can bring:
Drawing board, pencil sharpener, masking tape, kneaded eraser, if you want to work from photos bring those along and gloves (if required)

Discover a hidden desire for drawing, experience coming out of the grays into colour. Draw what you see not what you think you see. Everyone looks at colour and shapes differently. Lets expand our knowledge and open up our eyes to see all the colourful drawing possibilities that are out there.

Gail carries a set of watercolour pencils wherever she travels. She loves to bring out her  pencils and head to a park or to the ocean, find a comfortable spot to settle in and draw. Water and snacks are welcome too.

Gail E. Thomas has her drawings and paintings in private and corporate art collections in Canada, USA, England, Wales and Australia.

9. Watercolours on Fabric

Have you ever stood really close to an original painting? You can see all the brush strokes, the texture, the paint with one colour on top of another coming together to create a masterpiece. When the same painting is viewed at a distance, one can see what the artist is expressing with colour and shapes, she is painting what she sees. When painting in the watercolour style on fabric after the sketch on the fabric is complete, light washes are applied then left alone to dry. Only to be reapplied again with another wash. Watch the colours build and give life to the fabric which in turn displays beauty to the viewer.

“The Dusty Trail”62″X 38”

The paint that is used in my fabric classes is Angel Paint http://www.angelpaints.com/ , with these amazing paints you will find painting on fabric a dream.

Detail of “The Dusty Trail ” Watercolour Art Quilt 2010

Supply Kit:   Angel Paint set & brushes.

$110.00 US  55.00 UK

List of supplies you can bring:
2 yards or more of white cotton washed and ironed
Kneaded eraser
Masking tape
Large plastic garbage bag
Gloves ( if required)
Scissors ( for paper and fabric)
Paper for drawing your pattern
Pencils
Pencil sharpener
Paper towels or cotton rags

As you may pay attention in life to the changing light during the four seasons. The different shapes and vast variety of colour that surrounds you. Do you ever question the why and how of it all, do you realize how blessed we all are. Do you ever feel as though you would like to capture a scene in front of you or recreate something from a photograph with paint on paper and fabric.
Just one step at a time, one layer after another and you will start to see images that you have painted emerging from a piece of fabric.

Gail E. Thomas has been painting since the age of seven ( 55 years). She has her work in private and corporate art collections in Canada, USA, England, Wales and Australia.

Come and join her, she enjoys sharing her knowledge and her love of painting.

10. Portraits on Fabric

This class is about finding ourselves in our portraits.
When one draws and paints a portrait of someone else, they get this incredible chance to see inside someones  heart, in some ways it is a very personal thing.

When we draw what we see in each person, that is our interpretation of how we see them. Everyone on this whole wonderful earth see colour and shapes differently.
When given the chance to do a self-portrait we find answers to questions we have thought to ask ourselves yet never allow the time to do so.
Every square inch on our face tells a tale, what really tells the portrait’s story are the eyes. Our wonderful beautiful eyes, each pair uniquely different!

This is a detail of ” Beeing With Devra and Starbuck” 27″x 34″ Art Quilt  2005

“I have been painting portraits for many years and have loved all that I have done.”
The photo above is of Alex Anderson at three years old, detail from “Grandmother’s Legacy” 2009 Art Quilt 43″X 56″

“Although I really enjoy working with humans when someone asks me to to paint their dog or cat, well what occurs is absolute joyful pleasure.”
The same techniques apply when drawing and painting animals.

 
 

Angel paint works wonderful well on fabric, when painting a portrait on fabric I would not use anything else.

 
Supplies Kit:  Angel Paint set & brushes.
 
$110.00 US  55.00 UK
 
This class is a fantastic way to get to know yourself again and be able to express the inner you .
Gail Has been painting and drawing people and animal portraits for 44 years and counting.
 
 
 
11. Vibrant Oil Pastels
 
 
 
We are blessed to see, feel and touch colour. Drawing with oil pastels is fun and colour vibrant.
Creating your own interpretation of what you see is an exciting added bonus.
 
There are no rules. You can be part of the joy of placing pastels to paper and seeing images emerge from the page before your very eyes.
 

Oil pastel on paper called “Dad’s Rhododendron” 20″X 30″

Oil Pastel on hand pressed paper ” Just Around the Bend” 34″X 22″

Supplies Kit:  oil pastels, and paper.

$80.00 US  40.00 UK

List of supplies for you to bring:
Drawing board, paper towels or cotton rags, masking tape, pencils, kneaded
eraser, if you have oil pastels bring them along ( I will be bringing sets of oil pastels and paper),
large plastic garbage bag and gloves ( if required)

Gail is a professional practicing artist, whose love of colour is evident in her work. Gail has found oil pastels to be a great tool to open up artistic blocks, allowing the creative juices to flow.

12. Painting With Watercolours

When standing close to an original painting one can see all the brush strokes. Painting one colour on top of another having them blend together to create a masterpiece. The same painting viewed from a distance shows another story of the artists expression.

Painting with watercolours involves a pencil sketch and many light washes of colour on watercolour paper. One of the most important things to remember, let the paper dry between washes. This is dry brush technique class.

The pencil lines probably will show through as one paints each layer adding more movement to the painting.

There is a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment as you watch the colours build. Each giving life to the paper, which in turn gives a gift of beauty to the viewer.

Painting With Watercolours require a desire to give it all a try, the openness to listen to a few techniques and the patience to let the paper dry.

Do you ever feel as though you would like to capture a scene in front of you or recreate something from a photograph with paint on paper? Just one step at a time, one layer after another and you will start to see something emerging from a piece of paper.

Painting Kit – includes watercolour paint set, brushes and paper.

$90.00 US  45.00 UK

Supply list: Drawing board, pencils, pencil sharpener, kneaded eraser, two plastic garbage bags, if working with a photo bring photos, camera, small cotton rag, paper towels, gloves if required.

Gail has been painting with watercolours since the age of seven.

She has her work in private and corporate collections in Canada, USA, England, Wales and Australia.

Come join her, she enjoys sharing her knowledge and her love of painting.

Red Oak in Beacon Hill Park

“Red Oak in Beacon Hill Park ” 20″ X 30″

“The Way Home” 30″ x 20″

The Road Home

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Exciting News About Seasonal Sisters

The Three Sisters quilt Seasonal Sisters won in Canberra Australia Quilter’s Inc 2011 Annual Exhibition, First in Group Quilt and Best in Embellishment a Chiatanya Designs Embellishment Award.

Yea, Us!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Starting a new quilt that I am in a little bit in awe of at the moment …so ,when that happens it takes me awhile to get geared up.
When I arrived home from CA in May after teaching at Quilters Retreat in Fortuna with Dixie McBride and have been drawing ever since. I would say the trip, the area and the wonderful people and friends I met inspired this next quilt called Believe, Intuition, Faith. I will post something about it soon!

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Someone Found is Going to Houston

Oh my, it has been a colourful ride….
I can almost say that Someone Found is complete.
What a wonderful quilt to work on , I , at times called her the Monster …months and then a year passed… and I was still sewing …yet now I can say that she looks pretty good, soon I will send SF on her first trip to Houston.
Grandmother’s Legacy is taking a trip to Pacific West Quilt Show in August …

I have a new quilt developing using Ricky Tims wonderful fabric ……
With the help of friends my teaching class of The Art of Painting on Fabric is getting an exciting up-grade …
Sending joy…colour…light …love

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It Feels Good To Be Back

Someone Found has been a great journey , I enjoyed everything about this quilt.
She started because I wanted to paint a semi nude again , luckily I have this beautiful inside and out Daughter that is willing to pose for me .
I began by designing block squares with different motifs … I then tranferred the designs on to different types of cotton fabric … and began painting the blocks, 10 in all. One of the peices of cotton is from Ricky Tims collection. The center piece of fabric is a piece of Ricky’s as well. I then pieced everything together in the sequence I wanted . With a pastil pencil I drew in my Daughter’s figure , then painted her image…
The IQA Quilt Show in Houston TX this year has a theme ( 175th year of Independence), I happened to show a friend in Houston 2010 a photo of what I had done so far , she mentioned kidnapped children in Texas by the Comanche…I went and did some research and was captivated by Cynthia Ann Parker’s story .
I printed up what I had done on a 8 1/2 X11″ piece of paper in colour, the image of what I had done so far…placed a piece of tracing paper over top and drew in the additions to the quilt where I wanted them . I then took the tracing paper drawing and used that to draw with pastel pencil again the additional story data.

 I showed my quilt to my Sister Helen Godden and she gave me some excellent suggestions to bring the quilt together alittle better, which I added and completed the painting… ironed everything really well on the back side … threw both the top and dyed and stencilled back in the washing machine then dryer ………….I LOVE ANGEL PAINTS, ironed them both again …then came the tuscany wool batting. Pinned the three layers and began quilting 3 1/2 months later I have resurfaced. The binding is again Ricky Tims fabric…probably the label too………
Cynthia Ann Parker from Scottish/Irish decent …came from Illinois to Texas in 1833 the Parker family and friends built a 12′ pole fort on Comanche land . In 1836 Cynthia and others were kidnapped by Indians. Cynthia was adopted by the Comanche and was renamed Naduah ( Someone Found). She had three children, her eldest Quanah Parker is called The Great Chief of the Comanche. Naduah lived with her Indian family for 24 years …

The quilt is about the blending and contrast of two traditional cultures…

Oh, a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to teach in Fortuna CA at Dixie McBride’s Quilter’s Retreat … One of the best weeks of my life and I have been saying that alot lately ………AWESOME time FABULOUS friends and WONDERFUL Sisters found and rediscovered…sharing my space with Sharon Schamber FANTASTIC…miss her every day…
Magical place …. Magical space … thank you
So now it is to get some yardwork done …in-between the rain… housework and say Hi to all my friends …illustrating and designing is calling

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The Sun is Shining…

I am on my own this weekend and getting some work done . I am so excited about teaching at Quilter’s Escape in Eureka CA in May . The ideas are just swimming around in my head . The kit I am putting together I think will be fun , I would enjoy receiving it . I have got the projects complete for the class , yet I want to cut up some more fabric just as fabric without the paint and have that as an example of my project patterns. Helen gave me a great idea from her DVD she sent me. I want to create a book with some of my designs, I can print the pages myself then put them all together with a nice cover. I hope to sell my DVD’s , my Swan Lake pattern… and my designs… plus maybe painted block panels??? Dixie told me that I can sell what I like there……….
Someone Found (Naduah) , is in the quilting proseess and she has been a dream to quilt , I am attempting quite alot of threadwork with Superior Thread.
Love the varigated thread…

Just a little tease of Someone Found this is Alex’s Love panel of the quilt…

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Someone Found Naduah

                                                 Rainbow Ladder                                                      I think I have completed one part of my new quilt Someone Found , I sent photos to both Annette and Helen of my new quilt asking them to be honest. Helen responded and suggested that I expand the inside story and try not to have too many hard edges around the inside. I have soften the edges and done a  little extra work on it as well, I am going to finish writing this and take a photo…then part parts of SF
I dyed and stenciled the back of Someone Found fabric started with white fabric , wet it,  used a small roller and rolled on the paint then crunched it in a ball then flattened and added some star stencils to the bunch ( from Grandmother’s Legacy). Let dry over night then added more star stencils, let dry for 24 hours ironed it then machine washed then ironed again.
Olivia is here with me today … wonderful … so I am also spending time with her ……..
My new facebook page is up with my etsy store … I think I require help getting the like button though …
I have over 700 friends now on facebook who would have thought ???
I believe I have really finished all the hand quilting on Rainbow Ladder …I hope Paducah lets me enter it …

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I’m Back in the Saddle Again

So much to say where should I begin…
The Dusty Trail is in Road to California I think this weekend .
I am waiting to hear whether The Rainbow Ladder has been accepted to Paducah…
My on-line store http://www.gailthomasart.etsy.com/ is coming along , I have listed 27 items so far and there is quite  a few pieces of art to list on the site yet…  I am just about finished a new pastel to place in my store . An oil pastel of a Begonia on hand pressed paper.
I have a new Gribble purse to download as well. I have not come up with a name for her … maybe Miss Rassy Tafair Gribble …could be?

Ms. So Wool Gribble top is a purse I designed for my Mom to give to my Sister-in law as a Birthday gift. The second photo is Mr. Sowarm Gribble, that was a gift to my Brother for his Birthday. I am really enjoying working with the Gribbles again.  My Mom commissioned me to create a few Gribble Christmas presents. I was able to try out some new designs and to discover new branches of the Gribble family. The extended family……
I am working on my new quilt this one is quite large it is trying to overwhelm me yet I am maintaining…
I really like her so far … she is different then I have done before … I sort of am tweeking the past …

    This is Ms. Cherry Float Gribble, I sent this her to Calgary to see whether she will be accepted to be one of the auctioned off items in a fund raiser silent auction. The proceeds go to one of the Calgary Adult Choirs…

I miss my love ones this year and I send them love always and hope that they are happy …my Dear Aunt Rose , my Dear Uncle Harry and My Dear Aunt Dot… blessings to you always … I carry you all in my heart and my memories

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Houston Was Wonderful

Once a year I go to Houston for the IQA Fall Quilt Festival. It is a fabulous show… beautiful quilts up and down the aisles. Thousands of other quilters with the same passion and love of quilts.
Hopefully I got to see everyone! I met quite a few new friends as well …

Oh , we laughed until our faces were sore… Oh, and we cried too. Here we are at a Chinese Restaurant very close to where the festival is held. Dear Friends…Patricia, Mariya, Sarah and Annette miss you!!!
The show is huge, we have heard it called The Academy Awards of Quilting.

This is some of the show floor . The building that holds the quilts , venders and food area is the equivalate of 11 football fields stacked length-ways together. There are 2 other levels as well to the George R. Brown Convention Center where classes are held.

Together again with my sisters Helen Godden and Annette M. Hendricks and very dear family and friends 

Helen’s beautiful” Freedom ” quilt. The freedom she feels when she is  working with fabric, colour and thread. I believe Helen Godden Teacher has started her own Australian Quilting Retreat Program.

Annette M. Hendricks with her award winning beautiful quilt The Solace of Persephone. The story of Persephone’s life that was chosen for her. Annette Lectures throughout the USA.
My dear sisters I love you so much…I am so blessed to know you … I hold you both in my heart always
I hope 3S can come together once again to create the amazing things we do when we work together!
Miss everyone very much…

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A Store on Etsy

I finally did it, opened a store on etsy.com
For a few years now I have thought of opening a small store 
I was showing The Dusty Trail quilt around some of the business’ downtown one day, when Natalie Tkach at Nature’s Fare told me about etsy an on-line store.
So far I have posted 10 items and realize that I have quite a few… more to put on display in my store
There is some wonderful stores on etsy , a lot… of handmade art, beautiful creations…
There has been quite a few hits , people going in and looking at the art in the store. I like that
www.etsy.com/store/GailThomasArt

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To Paint Or Not To Paint

The paint has been flying lately
I have been painting fabric panels for my next quilt
The idea I have is very different again for me
This new one will involve alot of painting before I can get to the sewing stage

The quilting of The Dusty Trail is complete, I am tucking all the threads back in . The label is ready to go on . The sleeve has some machine sewing then it will be ready to be sewn on . I am excited, I hope to send TDT to Houston soon

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