It’s been almost a week since I attended the Ricky Tims Super Seminar in Rochester, NY. Earlier this week, I shared with you about the venue and the topics covered by Ricky. The seminar also features two enormously talented quilters — Libby Lehman and Alex Anderson.
Libby Lehman missed her calling as a standup comic . She is laugh-out-loud funny, in addition to being a talented quilter and well-respected quilt judge. Libby’s mother owned a quilt shop, so Libby learned quilting by taking classes at a young age. Two of the topics Libby covered were thread painting and reverse applique. I have never attempted reverse applique and was very impressed by this demo. She also gave a great demonstration of how to use the circular attachment on your sewing machine. You can see Libby’s work at:
Alex Anderson earned her fame on “Simply Quilts,” a long-running PBS series. She made her first quilt in college, when she discovered she was a credit short for her art degree and asked if piecing together her grandmother’s quilt would allow her to graduate. I really enjoyed Alex’s lecture on fabric selection. She also gave a hand-quilting demo. You can see Alex’s work at:
The final 30 minutes of the program was a prepared slide show answering questions about all three quilters. These questions included:
1. What kind of flooring do you have in your studio?
2. What is the view from your studio window?
3. What do you do while you’re quilting (listen to music, watch TV, etc.)?
Each presenter then showed slides of their studio and answered these questions. It was very interesting to see the environments and methods in which they worked.
I also enjoyed learning that all three quilters are evolving. That’s no surprise for Ricky, who has always been an innovator. Libby Lehman, well known for her thread painting, has moved on to other things. And Alex Anderson, known for hand-quilting, is on a new journey to becoming a machine quilter.
The seminar cost about $200 and included ten, 90-minute instructional sessions, as well as an evening concert (which I did not attend). I’ve taken this seminar twice — as both a novice and fairly seasoned quilter — and would highly recommend it to quilters of all levels.