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)


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Super Students

Lani brought in her completed top 
from our August Rail Fence class.

I really like the way she combined two different 
alternate layouts to create this "greek key" version.

And she had four extra blocks,
so they will be worked into the quilt's backing.

double click to super size

Jean shared this photo of her completed
Rail Fence quilt top - taken just before
it was taken to the long arm-er for quilting.

Her piano key border was a great choice.

Now to the just-completed Peppermint Pinwheels class.

Geri is using Kona Spring with an assortment
of red and white prints for her Christmas-y version.

Marie is also doing a Christmas version
using a consistent green with a mix of holiday prints.

Martha is using newsprint with lots of colors.

She'll be adding these three to the nine blocks 
she has already sewn together.

Tori went with a striking black/white and brights layout.

(look at the clear cup directly behind her sewing machine -
she puts her spool of thread inside and feeds it up through
the straw hole - and she uses the lidded cup to transport
her thread plus small scissors, seam ripper, etc.)

Alice is using a Paris-themed neutral with multiple brights.

(be sure to see her block collage below)

In the evening class, Connie went for her
favorite super-saturated colors.

SO many interesting prints and textures.

After last week's class,
Linda completely changed her game plan.

Her new Halloween version is fabulous.

Kathy's Ink and Arrow prints are mixed with
a tone-on-tone cream.

In person, this one has a gorgeous stained-glass feel.

Lani went with a mix of patriotic and wintry fabrics,
most with glitter and sparkle.

This collage will enlarge if double-clicked
so you can see Alice's mixed fabric blocks.

They definitely add interest in her quilt top
without being overly-obvious.

And this was an "accident" that could easily
 inspire another layout of this block.

I love moments like this.

* * *

Two terrific classes.

Thank you ladies 
for having so much fun
with Sujata's design.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Student Work

I am half way through the teaching of four classes
from Sujata's book at one of our local quilt shops.

Geri brought in her finished Rail Fence for show and tell.

(many of the students in that class opted for the pinwheel layout)

This second class features the Peppermint Pinwheel design.

This evening student is using a consistent light background
with multiple bright colors for the alternate blocks.

This evening student LOVES wild saturated colors.

Three of her blocks feature this dark feather design -
I can't wait to see what she brings in next week.

One of the daytime students is making a Christmas version -
her fabrics are fabulous (she's working from fat quarters).

And this daytime student added her own twist on the design.

She's using a consistent background
with one block in the darker blue,
one block in the print blue,
and one using both blues.

She's planning to use this approach throughout 
her 25 block quilt top.

I'm looking forward to our next classes
just to see what else these ladies come up with!


Sunday, September 30, 2018


Can someone tell me why I am not able to comment?
It is driving me crazy!


Sunday, August 19, 2018

Variations on a Theme

With Sujata's permission,
I have been teaching from her Cultural Fusion Quilts book
at the newest of our local quilt shops.

Epicenter (above and below) is my recent sample quilt
that helped promote the freeform rail fence class.

Instead of a regular binding, I used facing for this one,
my fifth free form rail fence quilt.

You can read the story behind the facing decision HERE.

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But as all of us who have made Sujata's quilts before know,
there's more than one way to work with her blocks.

Hence the title of this post . . . 

Using the block samples in the book,
I made one version that reminds me of a coins quilt.

32" x 32" - bound with a soft yellow solid.

That same block could be rotated 90 degrees
and become a vertical coins/column-style quilt.

Same layout but quite a different look.

I quilted this one with Buttercup Yellow 
using my wavy window blind shadow design.

Another set of step out blocks were laid out
in the quarter log cabin style.

I really like this design and wonder 
how it would evolve with even more blocks.

One day I may even make another one 
just so I can play with the idea.

Backed with a soft floral and bound with a solid.

32" x 32" and quilted along the seam lines 
with an organic wavy line
using Buttercup yellow Glide thread.

Inspired by LeeAnn's quilt in the book,
I took the pinwheel idea a step further.

Instead of keeping the four quadrants together,
I split them up to create this layout.

32" x 32"

Backed with a Tula Pink print and 
bound with a soft purple Moda Marble.

I quilted this one in a wiggly concentric spiral 
from the center out to the edges
using Eggplant Glide thread.

Hopefully these example quilts
demonstrate to the students
that there is more than one way
to work with Sujata's freeform rail fence blocks!


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Spotted Winkel Quilt is Finished!

My Spotted Winkel quilt is DONE!!

Come enjoy LOTS more photos
along with the quilt's creation story

Thanks, Sujata -- your book continues to rock!!