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)


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


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It is driving me crazy!