“Creating Captivating Colors In Our Quilts”— April Lecture by Wendy Butler Burns
Wander with Wendy as she guides you through an eclectic collection of traditional and contemporary quilts, all with a common thread - captivating color. She will offer ways of taking a few small steps or multiple bold ones in experimenting with color. Wendy will then explore ways of approaching the color challenge using a tried and true tool - the color wheel.
Wendy Butler Berns is a quilt artist, teacher, and lecturer from Lake Mills in southern Wisconsin. Fabric and sewing have been a part of Wendy’s life for 50 years, ever since fourth grade 4-H.
As a published, award winning quilt artist and teacher who found her passion for quilting in 1993, Wendy presents at guilds, retreats, conferences, and on-line nationally and internationally. Her work appears regularly in juried shows and galleries as well as private collections across the country.
Wendy’s quilts are noted for their bold use of color, unusual fabrics, and a combination of unconventional techniques. Quilt designs are original and they fluctuate between traditional with a twist and contemporary art quilts.. They are inspired by her desire to capture the colorful yet changing world around her-whether it be a garden landscape, an endearing family member or a statement of how we must act as role models for our children to cultivate greater compassion and preserve our natural world’s future.
Wendy is the 2009 recipient of the Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship for quilting teachers awarded annually by International Quilt Market. In October, 2009, she spent 10 days at the International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston as a student taking classes. In November of 2010, she curated an exhibit of 12 quilts - 3 of her own and 9 of her students that reflect inspirations she had during her studies as a student. The Theme for the exhibit is "Out on a Limb." It débuted at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. During 2011, the exhibition traveled to the Spring Festival in Cincinnati and the Summer Festival in Long Beach then to the Wisconsin Quilt Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.
Creating Captivating Colors In Our Quilts - Workshop - April 20
Begin to take the mystery out of confusing fabric choices. Develop confidence in choosing fabrics and understanding more about color dynamics. This is a technique and project based class suitable for all levels.
Enthusiastic, encouraging, entertaining and knowledgeable describe Wendy Butler Berns as a teacher and lecturer. Common threads found in her work and classes are strong use of color, twisting the traditional to focus on original design, an una-bashed free motion quilting style, and the versatility to work with a wide range of quilting techniques and student abilities. Her passion and energy are contagious.
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