student spotlights: quilt nebraska 2018

August 6, 2018

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days playing with the fabulous women at Quilt Nebraska in Omaha. It was the first time I’ve been to that part of Nebraska and I must say I was charmed. I’ll post a few photos of my adventures later but for now I’d love to spotlight the wonderful creations of my fabulous students. 

Playful Portraiture

This is a relatively new class and involves a lot of “head learning” as well as functional lessons in fusible appliqué. 

Students learn how to use digital technology (apps on our phones and tablets) to aid us in seeing the contours and shadows of the human face.

We learn that it is VALUE that makes the faces work, even  more than color. So you can get away with making a funny green or blue and orange face, as long as you get the VALUE contrast right.

We also learned about proportion and the easy mathematical formulas that help beginners to draw a reasonable looking human face. Really, it’s super easy to get all the parts in the right place!

I loved seeing the faces in progress and coming together. I taught students my personal preference, which i stocks use minimal contours to delineate features. I feel that too many value variations tend to make a face in fabric just look wrinkly. It’s really just a personal preference. You have perfect freedom to choose otherwise.

And….. it isn’t a class with Lyric if we don’t get a little silly at some point! Thanks for putting up with my shenanigans ladies!

Not to leave out an entire classroom full of women willing to explore and create and play with abstract design…


These ladies spend a wonderful day working through a whole morning of what i call “brain spill!” Concrete and simple exercises designed to spill out lots and lots of ideas that can then be explored as jumping points for abstract designs. They worked hard and came up with some beautiful designs. It didn’t matter if they were confident designers or had never deviated from the instructions on a pattern. Every single student came up with wonderful designs!

If you would like to take this class with me but can’t get to where I will be, the fall session of Abstract-A-Licious opens at the end of August online. I’d love to see you join me there! 

Registration is open now.

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  • Reply
    August 25, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Are the downloadable cards printable? Thanks.

    • Reply
      Lyric Kinard
      August 25, 2018 at 4:25 pm

      They are meant for viewing on your devise. I do have just a few prototype hard copies available right now. A large print run will happen and be ready in October.

    • Reply
      Lyric Kinard
      August 25, 2018 at 4:25 pm

      In other words – you could print them but I can’t guarantee the quality. They might be pixelated.

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