Thursday, July 11, 2019

Flower Garden - The Quilt

The Lattice quilt top that I made earlier this year 
as a class sample has been quilted and finished.

The quilt is currently being laundered so
it can be sent tomorrow to one of my former attorneys
who is in hospice care due to an aggressive cancer.

This is the center of the quilt's scrappy backing.

Quilted with liberated free motion (unmarked) 
Baptist Fans using Glide's Mocha thread.

Bound in a medium blue stripe.

I hope Flower Garden brings him and his family comfort.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Summer Breeze - The Flimsy

double click to supersize for fabric details

Summer Breeze is now a quilt top
filled with memories of Michigan summers
and their leafy greens with blue skies/lakes.

I opted to stop at fourteen blocks
and came up with this variation 
of Sujata's Sunset layout.

39" x 39"

Now I need to think about how I want to quilt it.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Summer Breeze - An Update

One or two seams at a time,
I've managed to make a few more blocks
for Summer Breeze.

(Sunset design from Cultural Fusion Quilts by Sujata Shah)

I added a few of the side setting triangles
just to see what it was going to look like.

I like it!

Now there are 13 completed blocks
with 11 more to be made.

I would rather that this become a rectangle
so it can be used as a lap quilt.

I have an idea but don't know if it will work.

One seam at a time -- time will tell.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Crazy Heart

This Heart Crazy Quilt was began a long time ago. Its a special quilt and has remained being worked on over a decade.

I knew all along that this quilt would have an additional crazy border!

I just love the Hourglass Block done in Sujata Shah's style.

Its delivered and loved.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Lattice Class - Part Two

Three versions of Sujata's Lattice design
are now hanging in the quilt shop.

So interesting to listen to peoples' reactions.

Miss Patty spent our second class squaring 
the first half of her 100 blocks.

She's using a consistent background
and three (soon to be four) different fabrics
for her straight cut insets.

Her goal is a queen size quilt.

Miss Alice also spent her afternoon squaring blocks.

She has made 93 and her goal is also 100 blocks.

Miss Patty is squaring to 7.5" while
Miss Alice is squaring hers to 9 inches.

Those are some of Miss Alice's untrimmed blocks at the top
and the first four of Miss Jeanne's on the bottom.

Miss Geri will have a quilt 8 squares by 8 squares
when she is finished.

We all like her randomly curved lattice insets.

Miss Marie opted for this striking alternate layout.

Miss Geri, Miss Jeanne, and Miss Marie hard at work.

In the evening class,
Miss Connie is creating a table runner
using larger blocks that will square to 10" or 10.5"

Her layout will be 3 blocks wide by 10 blocks long.

Miss Denise's blocks feature contemporary prints, 
Civil War reproductions,
vintage/retro vibe fabrics,
and a lot of other uber-scrappy goodness.

Her blocks square to 7.5" and her goal 
is a layout 13 wide x 14 long.

You will definitely want to double click on the photo
to savor this scrappy Square in a Square
from Sujata's book - done Miss Connie's free-spirited way.

(she did this on her own over our holiday break)

Such an awesome book


such awesome students!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Lattice Class - Part One

These are the first few blocks
made by one of my evening students -
her first ever project from Sujata's book.

Her array of fabrics includes a mix of reds, yellows,
blues, and oranges in addition to these greens.

She was nervous at the beginning
but has taken to the process
and is now excited about her
quirky and super scrappy approach.

Miss Marie started with these colors
along with several greens and purples
and then added a few more during class
including a golden yellow and two different pinks.

Miss Patty is making her version
with this floral in every block.

She'll use the three colors on the plate
as her inserts to make a modified version
of Sujata's lattice with straight-ish cut inserts.

The darker colors under the plate
will eventually become her borders.

Miss Jeanne is going B-O-L-D with her version.

Miss Alice is also going to do a modified version because
she wants all of her inserts to be the print named "Figgy."

She added one more color to her squares during class,
a warm rich orange like one of the leaves in the print.

Miss Geri started with a layer cake 
and added a few more colors to her mix -
her first blocks look wonderful.

I didn't get photos of Miss Linda's fabrics
but she is going with clear brights
from the Hungry Caterpillar line
alternated with white on whites.

I had used a layer cake to make step outs
and a few sample blocks.

After class, I sewed up the rest of the blocks
to create this 48" x 72" layout.

I'll get the top sewn together and
piece a scrappy back with the leftover blocks
and share the results with the students 
during our second class.

Then the top and back will be donated
to one of our local quilt guilds
for their hospice quilt project.

It is so much fun to watch
how different students approach
the designs in Sujata's book
and then help them make
their ideas come to life!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Two Shop Samples for Upcoming Class

In January, I'll be teaching another class
from Cultural Fusion Quilts at our LQS.

This time we'll be making LATTICE.

This sample top started with a layer cake
in wintery grays, creams, and whites.

We added burgundy, brown, hunter green, 
and a couple of prints to the mix.

It has been well-received by shop visitors so far.

And because so many of the shop's regulars
are color-lovers, I made a second sample
using wild brights and a different layout.

(that's my No Ugly Flowers quilt on the left 
from our October Peppermint Pinwheels class)

The best news is that Fabric for the Flock
is also selling copies of the book 
to customers who are not taking the classes just because
they are excited about the samples hanging in the shop.

(they can't get over how different the designs are
and how uniquely cool each one is -
and all from one book)