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Ruth McDowell
May 10-13,15 2004

Ruth McDowell, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Art and Design, is a former illustrator who began her quilting career in 1972. A full-time professional quilt artist with over 330 quilts to her credit, she specializes in designing pieced art quilts, integrating the background and foreground in the construction process. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and museums and in juried, invitational, and solo shows. She has lectured and taught process-oriented design workshops throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan, New Zealand, and South Africa and is the author of several books.

Ruth will lecture at the Northwest Quilters May meeting, Monday morning, May 10, 2004, with a presentation entitled "New Work." She will teach a three-and-a-half-day workshop beginning that afternoon and continuing all day Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday on "Designing from Nature". She will lecture at Clark County Quilters on Thursday evening, May 13, on the same topic. On Friday she will rest, but on Saturday, May 15, she will teach a full-day workshop, "Designing with Symmetry."

"Designing from Nature" (three-and-a-half-day workshop), Monday, May 10, 1:00-4:00 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May 11-13, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
After slides focusing on the translation of images from nature into quilts, Ruth will discuss her machine piecing methods and techniques. Each student will then be encouraged to begin her own pieced design. Ruth will discuss the design with each student in turn and suggest options and solutions. Students may choose to develop a design within a repeated block format or may work from full size freehand drawings. (Intermediate to advanced.)

"Designing with Symmetry" (full-day workshop), Saturday, May 15, 9:00-3:30 p.m.
Based on her book Symmetry: A Design System for Quiltmakers, this paper and pencil design workshop introduces the 4 types of symmetry and their application to quilt design. Each student will develop her own asymmetrical quilt block on paper and will explore the 17 symmetries of the plane. This is a simple, fascination way to develop original designs which can be the basis for much more complicated future projects. (All levels.)

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