It’s been a little while since I finished this quilt, but I had a hard time finding a place to take a picture of this full size quilt! So, in the backyard it was! I started this in Jacquie Gering‘s stitch and flip triangle class when she visited the KCMQG over a year ago. I had so much fun with the technique and it’s no secret that I love Jacquie! She is a great teacher and an amazing person. I sure do miss having her in KC! I have to give a shout out to my mom who did a fabulous job quilting this quilt! It’s one of my favorites!
The post wouldn’t be complete without a dog picture!
Penny Layman was our speaker at the KCMQG this month. She brought lots of projects to show, including quilts and curtains. Her paper piecing projects were amazing! You can check out her stuff on her fabulous blog. I took two workshops from her on Friday. The first was an intro to paper piecing and next was freezer paper piecing. I hadn’t done any paper piecing before and I have to say, I LOVED it! I prefer the original method to the freezer paper method, but I’m glad I got to experience both. Penny was a wonderful teacher and really took her time with everyone to make sure we all understood. I couldn’t have asked for a better Friday filled with sewing, friends from the KCMQG, and Penny!
The above jar and pitcher are mine. The jar was done with the traditional paper piecing technique, and the pitcher was done with the freezer paper technique.
The last class I took was a textile printing class with Lotta Jansdotter, who I have loved since her Echo fabric hit stores. First, we cut out a design on a block and printed it on fabric.
Next, we cut out a stencil and put the ink on with a brush and sponge. She brought along some of her new fabric line, Glimma, out in April. She asked us to paint on them! Which was painful at first, but I like the way they turned out!
Mary had the brilliant idea of having her sign one of our blocks!
There I am (on the right) with Mary and Lotta. I just love Lotta more than ever after this class, I want to be her friend!
The second workshop I took was also with Sherri Lynn Wood. It was called “Get Your Curve On.” After seeing examples of this on her blog, long ago, I knew it was something I wanted to learn. Mom, Trisch, and I took this class together along with many others from the KCMQG. The morning of the class consisted of cutting wedges out of fabric, again without any rulers, and sewing them together. She encouraged us to try different color combinations and to even do a “blind” strip, where we did’t look or think abou the colors we were sewing together. This is hard to do! I’m couldn’t sew two of the same wedges together, so I did a modified form of this. This morning was the easy, relaxing part of the class.
There are my wedges on the left and Mom’s on the right. For some reason, I didn’t get pictures of Trisch’s wedge strips. After lunch came the hard part…sewing the curved wedges together. I haven’t really had much experience sewing curves, which was a huge disadvantage. Needless to say, experience was a key factor to being a success at this technique! Here’s what I ended up with after some frustration and much help from Trisch and Sherri…
It still needs some work as soon after I can get the courage to try again!
That’s my mom and I with Sherri. I felt like we needed a picture after spending two full days together! Sherri blogged about this class too, check it out here!
The first workshop I took was Modern Block Improv with Sherri Lynn Wood of daintytime.net. When we got there we discussed what we could change to make a traditional block modern.
Then Sherri showed us some techniques on cutting without rulers and sewing not-exactly-straight edges together. She is all about improv from cutting, sewing, and assembly. It was really an eye opener.
After her demo, she led us in a self-grounding exercise which was followed by 30 minutes of quiet sewing time. I’m not sure if my traditional block has a name, I just liked it.
That’s my mom and Barbara working diligently. Here is there work. Mom’s is on the left, Barbara’s is on the right.
Sherri blogged about our class, too. There are pictures of us over there, check it out! I really enjoyed the process and can’t wait to make more blocks!
At our last guild meeting our speaker was Susan Silvy, a certified Zentangle teacher. Zentangle is kind of like fancy doodling. Here’s what I made at the meeting:
I loved it and the technique so much that I started doing it on Post-it notes at work and on scratch paper while I was watching tv. I even did it on some gift bags for the Mod Squad’s gifts!
Then, last weekend we all took a Zentangle workshop! Here’s what I made there:
I’m so glad the guild introduced me to Zentangle. It’s a great new hobby. Check it out here.
On Saturday, I washed out my dye paintings from the workshop. There was a lot of extra dye in them!
Here’s a before and after the excess dye was washed out of my first one. I like it better after it was washed, the lines between the colors seem to be softer.
Here’s my other one washed out. I can’t wait to quilt this one!
I had the privilege of meeting and actually hanging out with Hollis Chatelain the past three days. Her quilts are AMAZING! So much time, effort and love art put into making each and every one. My friends at the Blue Valley Quilters Guild invited me to come hear her lecture, The Relationship Between Drawing and Quilting, at the guild meeting and go to lunch with her afterward. She is such an inspiring woman. She has lived all over the world and has some great stories to tell. We even got into a conversation at dinner about the “weird” (which are normal in other countries) foods we have eaten. Later that night, we went to dinner before her lecture, The Emotion of Color, at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. The next two days consisted of a two day workshop, Painting Images with Dyes. She makes it look so easy! It is much like painting, but requires more planning because you can’t go over the colors to change them. Once the dye is on the fabric, that’s what color it will be. That part was hard for me to overcome. The first day consisted of learning some dye painting techniques, how to set up our station and how to mix print paste mix and the dyes before lunch. Then after lunch we got started on our first piece. I have to admit, it was intimidating at first, but it really got more fun once I got more comfortable with the techniques. I finished my first piece by the end of the first day and took my next piece of fabric home that night to trace my next drawing. The next morning we mixed a few more dyes and were off to start on our second pieces. I did not quite finish my second piece by the end of the day, so I took it home and finished it along with a few extra pieces with my leftover fabric and dye. The pieces have to remain moist for 24 hours, then we can wash the excess dye out and see what they actually look like! Here’s a sneak peek…
On a side note, my second QuiltCon block was on The Modern Quilt Guild blog Wednesday! Yippee!