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Lectures and Trunk Shows
|Lecture and Trunk Show – “Finding Your Artistic Voice”
– 45-minutes presentation and 15 minutes Q&A
– In this presentation, I explain the meaning of ‘artistic voice’, how to find it and how to develop it. I truly believe that any creative person – a chef, a gardener, or a quilter – has an artistic voice and that our work will be stronger once we identify it. To illustrate an ‘artistic voice’, I will share my development and show my own latest art quilts which focus on the visual interpretation of resilience.
As with all my presentations, there will be a combination of information, motivational messages, a good dose of humor in addition to original art quilts as well as digital images of my work.
|Lecture and Trunk Show – “What happened to the ruler? The Journey of an Art Quilter”
– 45-minutes presentation and 15 minutes Q&A
– I moved to the US in pursuit of my career as a scientist in HIV research. Until then, I had not been exposed to quilting. Here in the States, I saw quilts, lots of them, and I was fascinated. Of course, it didn’t take long until I was making my first quilt. I was in for a surprise…
In my presentation I tell my journey of becoming a full-time art quilter (yes, I did quit my job as scientist), from my first attempts to having my work in international art collections and commissions in large US hospitals. I share the lessons I have learned while following my passion and starting a small business, and I show original art quilts as well as digital images of my work.
“Christine visited the Southern Wake Quilters Guild to share her knowledge on Art Quilts. Her information was clearly presented and the information flowed smoothly from topic to topic. She supported her talk with marvelous slides and had many quilts on hand for us to examine closely. Of major interest were the dimensional pieces, and her use of color to create an emotion or sense of presence. Several members of our guild were inspired to branch out from traditional patchwork into more expressive quilting, thanks to Christine’s sharing.”
– Carol Reightler, Program Chair Southern Wake Quilters Guild
After visiting the Burlington Carousel Quilt Guild, B. Taylor wrote a post for the guild’s blog:
“For our August meeting, we welcomed Christine Hager-Braun, an art quilter who was born in Germany and moved to Durham, NC with her husband to continue their careers as research scientists. Twenty years later, she is still here and has transitioned to being a professional fiber artist.”
Read the full-length blog post here
“Quilting with a Walking Foot”
I really did enjoy your class. It is the best class that I have taken. I love how you went into detail for understanding how things work. I left class with the confidence that I could complete small quilting projects myself.
Thank again for your awesome class.”
– Leigh A.
“Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners”
I absolutely had fun and learned a lot yesterday in your FMQ quilting.
The FMQ class was a great balance of education about a way of quilting and the”learning by doing” technique. The PowerPoint videos and handouts gave us great references as we attempted the techniques. You interacted with every student at their machine to provide instruction as we practiced. FMQ can seem daunting to learn at first. I appreciated how you walked us through each aspect step by step. You have a great sense of humor and are very encouraging with students. I learned to appreciate the importance of thread and needle choices. That was very enlightening to this novice quilter. Thank you for all the little tips, resources, and giving us opportunities to try the different “gadgets” (gloves, sliders, etc) to see what worked for us.
I heard a staff describe your teaching perfectly; she said you teach “the why’s” and not just “the how’s”. That fits my experience of class exactly.
I will be at the advanced class for sure! Thanks again.”
– Catherine B.
“Advanced Free Motion Quilting”
“Creating Journal Covers with Improvisational Piecing”
“It is a great class with a great teacher!!!!! I use my finished notebook cover everyday and am making more for some friends! Highly recommend it!”
– Nancy K.
“I took this class, too, and learned so much! It’s a great technique to use with scraps to make quick gifts. You’ll love working with Christine!
– Cindy M.
“Fabric Postcards and Mini Quilts for Birthdays”
Thank you so much for such an enjoyable class and the postcards will certainly be so useful for family and friends birthdays and other occasions. I have to complement you on being such an organized, proficient and knowledgeable instructor. Your supplies list was detailed and complete and all instructions were clear and precise. This is the third class I have taken with you and I look forward to more in the future. Your calm and reassuring teaching style makes class enjoyable and stress free from worrying about making mistakes. Your instructions prepare us for any possible mishaps or for troubleshooting situations that might occur when sewing. Thank you again for all your assistance with me as well!
– Susan S.
“Fabric Postcards and Mini Art Quilts for Winter and Christmas”
“Strictly Striped Tablerunner”