About

Mary Boalt

mary-boaltMy mother taught me to sew as a young girl and, after receiving a sewing machine as a wedding gift, I have never stopped sewing.  My interest turned to wearable art about twenty five years ago. I enjoyed creating one-of-a-kind vests and jackets for boutiques in Northern California for ten years. I also taught classes including ribbon weaving, projects using soluble stabilizers and painting on Steam-a-Seam. Every kind of hand applied embellishment captures my attention and imagination.  Recently I have begun painting on canvas in a modern and abstract way using stencils, stamps, screen prints and whatever else I can get my hands on.  Like fabric embellishment, the possibilities with painting are endless.
Email:  squeakypieces@gmail.com
Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/maryboalt

Christine Barnes

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I love thinking about, working with, and teaching color! Degrees in design and journalism led to a career as a free-lance writer of decorating and remodeling books for Sunset. I wrote about color for the home then, but my real passion has always been color and design in quilts. Join me at Zephyr to learn all about color–and how it can help you to create quilts you love!

I’m the author of The Quilter’s Color Club (C&T) and articles for McCall’s Quilting, American Patchwork & Quilting, American Quilter, and Modern Patchwork. I live in Grass Valley, CA, where I sew in a light-filled room, surrounded by fabrics I love.

Sandra Bruce

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I have combined my 30+ years as an illustrator and letterer with my passion for quilting, wearable art, and polymer clay. Being predominantly left-handed and right-brained makes for a different take on combining tools, mediums, and design to make something unique. I teach both quilt and polymer clay workshops, they are equally fun and expressive! See the links below for more information and photos.

Heidi Emmett

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As a young girl it was simple Barbie clothes and fashion shows with blankets for gowns. As a teenager I began a 25-year career in all things fabric, with 16 years as the owner of a full-service fabric store. I have come full circle and feel blessed to be able to create clothing patterns, re-purposed garments, and accessories that are easy to sew and fun to wear. Piece them, quilt them, bead them, felt them—the possibilities are endless.I’m always working on my next pattern as well as projects for quilting and crafting magazines.

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Another Zany, Zowie, Zingy, Zesty Zephyr Retreat

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…has zipped on by. And what an awesome, inspirational time we all had. Some participants dove into their fabric stashes and completed garments. Others went out of their comfort zones and tried a new medium to express their artistic voice, whether polymer or paint. And still others expanded their education in the ever fascinating world of color. In the end, we all came away with some new talents, knowledge, garments or way of expressing ourselves. Isn’t that what we love about the creative process?  And we meet the most interesting people too!

My students are especially brave. Many have not played with paint since grammar school. This is an opportunity to engage with new toys like stencils, stamps, screen prints and Gelli plates. These women continue to amaze me with their abundance of ideas. Let me introduce you to them and show you some of their work.

Here’s Kari, a returning student who’s extremely helpful and creative, and Beachy Pat discussing design ideas. Everyone is so generous in bouncing ideas around. Beachy Pat was one of our brave souls jumping right in and putting paint to canvas.

This is Pat number two!  She is an amazing seamstress with a great design eye. She’s the most pleasant person to meet and to have in class.

Terry really took advantage of all the tools in the toy box. She can screen print like a pro! And she went to work right away, not wasting any time.

Gracie and Victoria were both “noses to the grindstone” and turned out some beautiful pieces. Gracie had some home dec projects in mind. And you could see a quilters hand in Victoria’s designs.

This is Patty a few weeks later showing off some of the finishing touches on one of her three canvasses.

And this is my hard working sister, Patty, who helps me out by washing all the stamps, stencils and screens for the students.  She also helps me set up and tear down. I don’t know what I’d do without her. Last year she completed the steam-a-seam project. This year she was able to complete a canvas.

…in desert colors where she now lives.

After only a few days these very ambitious women made all these canvasses.

A few years ago I gave my sister a painted canvas. I just love the bag she made from it.

We all had such a good time getting to know each other, watch one another’s creative abilities blossom and applaud their successes. What a great group of supportive women! We hope this inspires you to join us next year at beautiful, peaceful Zephyr Point, the place where creative breakthroughs are achieved.

 

 

 

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