Monday, November 11, 2013

My Fall Tour, 2013, JC Campbell Class

My class this fall at JC Campbell Folk School  <www.FolkSchool.org> was worthy of bragging rights. With the pedal to the metal these ladies designed their own Crazy Patch blocks, pressed the coded templates out of varied fabrics and stitched away. This what I call predictable crazy patch rather than the 'ol sew and flip variety. Check out my class next April on the Folk School web site.

 Mine is called Splashes with a burst of color in each block.
 Elder made a baby quilt. She surprised herself by finishing, well except for the quilting.
 It is wonderful what that touch of yellow does for black and white. Sheryl should be very proud.
 Jane found that shades of red in the blocks and border was the perfect accent .
 Note how Janice decided to set each repeated block in the same position for each row, while the fabrics are juggled in various places. The printed border pulled it all together.
 Waynette's quilt was just glorious in color with the cornerstones repeating the inside accents. Then her border of black and white will complete this fabulous quilt.
 Betsy will win the heart of all young boys with a collection of bat man and other wild zoom, bam, fabrics.
 Then Sharon used her collection of cat fabrics in every rectangular block. So much fun to study.
 Here is my assistant, Kathy, with a proud student, Karen, showing off her gray batik block. She made much progress with blocks stacked up on the great felt, gridded design wall seen in the above pictures.
I also taught using up those necktie fabrics in purses and this special men's vest with pieced initials.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

My Fall Tour, 2013

Off to the Lake Norman Quilters Guild in Mooresville, NC when around the corner was this beautiful cotton field in bloom. This translates to more fabric and quilts, yes, yes.

The lesson was my Strip Picture Piecing for landscapes. The equilateral Grid Grip works perfectly here for one small mountain scene, but multiples could be cut from one template with layers underneath. The tip of the day: once the pattern is drawn and coded, use your I phone or I pad to capture the design before cutting apart and pressing onto fabric. Really works well here.

 Nothing better than to finish in class. Now on to borders, setting and quilting...whatever!
Of course, the other option is for those interrupted rectangles that come together for curves.

My Fall tour, 2013

With an invite from the Mt Vernon Quilt Guild,  <http://mvquilters.blogspot.com/> I took the opportunity to tour Mt Vernon. So many updates since I had been there years before but the flowers and trees just keep on growing and blooming. Of course, George and Martha were there to greet us.



 My class was a new rendition of a favorite, the Interlock quilt, from my Bright Ideas book. Many over achievers in the class with great progress. Then to receive a picture just a few weeks later brightened my day. This is the same project I will teach in April, 2014 at The JC Campbell Folk School. Check out their web site and all the amazing craft classes to take: www.FolkSchool.org

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Fall, 2013

                                                       "KOZY  COTTAGE"
What happens when a Cover Lover member moves away? Well, we make her a special wall hanging
for her new quilt studio. Barb's love of Kaffe Fassett fabrics is depicted in a traditional block from each of the members. Carry on, Barb.