Monday, July 29, 2013

IQCA - Newsletter Number 3

We have now hit the "40 days" mark and everything seems to be moving faster!
 The clock hands are spinning, the printing is stacking up and the emails are
arriving non-stop. Full pre-IQCAfrica 2013 mode.
This week we focus on Patti Hempen's workshops. Patti hails from Texas and specialises
 in Kaleidoscope techniques. She will be offering these three one-day workshops at IQCAfrica 2013:
Free-form Symmetry (Fri 6 Sept). Free-Form Symmetry is a new concept that lends itself to
beautiful self-design. It takes away the “fear factor” of creating an original piece and is
 time-efficient, uncomplicated and simple enough that anyone can do it with beautiful,
pleasing, self-gratifying results. The photo shown below is the premise for the class;
 however, each student's work will be unique. Great fun for the beginner to experienced quilters.
Join author of the book "Free-Form Symmetry" as she shows you how to create your own
 quilt using her fun method.
Floral Kaleidoscopes (Sat 7 Sept). Let Patti teach you to design, cut out, stitch, fuse, and machine
appliqué your OWN kaleidoscopic flower garden. Every “bloom” will be a wonderfully random
explosion of colour and surprise! There will be no two flowers alike!  You will also see other
 samples of her quilts and discuss the possibilities of using this technique for other sized quilts
if desired.  The ultimate goal of this workshop is for all students to have fun, enjoy the process
 and take home a wonderful piece of fabric art.
Serendipity Wedges (Sun 8 Sept). Indulge yourself in a fascinating learning experience which
will result in a maze of beautifully-collected octagonal kaleidoscopes. You will learn to turn a
 piece of fabric into this stunning and most colourful quilt. Patti also will show other examples
 to inspire you. The results are dazzling and addictive!
Then, in the Exhibition Hall we will have "Yesterday, today, tomorrow" - a collection of 35
competition quilts (32 entries plus 1 from each the judges) coming to us from the 18th European
Patchwork Meeting in Alsace, France. This international collection represents the work of some
 of the finest art quilters in the world, including Libby Lehman, Linda Colsch, and Linda Kemshall.
We have had many requests for directions to IQCAfrica. Here are all the possibilities:
  • AIR: Fly in to OR Tambo Airport. Walk through to the International Arrivals Hall,
         then cross the road and follow the directions to the BUS terminus. Catch a free       
         Emperors Palace shuttle bus which runs every 20 minutes.
  • GAUTRAIN: Change at Marlboro Station for the Rhodesfield line. Get off at Rhodesfield,
          then catch the RF2 bus to Emperors Palace.
  • ROAD: Take the R21 highway and exit at the Griffiths Rd off-ramp. Turn left into
          Jones Rd and then left again into Emperors Palace. 
  • GPS co-ordinates: S: 26° 08' 55.10" E: 28° 13' 20.17"
For more information about workshops and Ricky Tims seminars and also to book your seat, go to
We'll chat again next week about more things to do and see at IQCAfrica 2013!

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