International Quilt Festival/Chicago commences April 16 in Rosemont, IL, and Yours Truly is counting down the days.
If you haven't heard of Make It University!(TM), it's a hands-on area that takes place right on the show floor in the vendor area and is open to everyone who comes to the show. It's a great place to learn about new techniques for art quilting and mixed media, meet artists, ask questions, make new friends, and trade your art with others.
At Make It University!(TM), we have an exciting and diverse line-up of artists teaching workshops and demonstrating techniques in Open Studios, and a variety of vendors offering art quilt and mixed-media supplies. We are also expanding our Artist Trading Card (ATC) exchange to trading fabric postcards, small art quilts, Inchies, mixed-media pendants, collages…virtually any art you’d like to create and trade. Dubbed “The Trading Post,” it’s open during show hours and there is no limit to the number of items you can create and trade. Want to make and trade 30 fabric postcards for other items? Get busy making them and bring them to the show!
One of my fondest memories thus far from Make It University! took place last year in Chicago when for Saturday night's “Surviving the Runway,” we hosted our mixed-media 80’s prom. Thanks to the fact that a number of people were willing to set aside their egos and be utterly silly for 90 minutes, it really was hilarious.
Check out this video, and take note of the innocent bystander who got pulled into a “Footloose” dance:
I am certain the fun will continue for this next “Surviving the Runway” on Saturday night where we’re going back to the 60’s, and I have some incredible prizes to give away: fabric stashes, a box of Auriful threads, containers of fabric paints, quilting books, DVDs, and more.
So come join us.
The Make It University!(TM) schedule can be found here, and we will continue to update it with our Open Studios schedule and images of artwork.
Poetry spools by Kelli Perkins
See you in Chicago!