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Ok, I took Paula Nadelstern’s class so that I could further develop my own art quilt design techniques and enhance my “technical skills’.

There were 14 people jammed into this small room at a NYC quilt store and she started off with 3-4 hours going over her design concepts. At first I was put off
by this, but it turned out to be the smartest way to teach. She had
great design boards that showed the templates and how the fabric was cut
to bring out the smallest details.

She sharpened my eyes in order to detect the “prima donas” (those fabrics with bilateral symmetry), allovers, pseudo prima donas and more. I will never look at
fabric the same way again.

The second half of the day was spent learning how to cut accurate templates and applying them to fabric design elements. Whew. I was brain dead by 6:30 but prepared
for the next day.

The next day we tackled cutting fabric and layout. It wasn’t an easy process, but then I never would have taken the class if I thought it was going to be easy.. I knew from seeing her exhibit at the
American Folk Art Museum that it was not going to be easy. Her work is

It was a wonderful experience – frustrating at times and joyful at others times – when it all came together. I will enjoy using her techniques and concepts in my
art quilts. After the class I felt like I had been fine tuned !


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