Monday, March 27, 2017

A wonderfully busy month of Classes & Activities...


My March schedule certainly came in like a Lion...
Classes, Lectures and Workshops - Oh My!
I taught several classes at Suzzie's - 2 sessions were Crazy Quick Cathedral Windows. The project is completely sewn by machine. (below is a student at work)



Once you get the hang of this technique, you can create a pillow or table topper in under 2 hours. The pillow shown above is using the same technique but reversing the fabrics for a "negative" or orange peel effect. I love to see the diversity of fabrics my students choose - such fun variations. (more work in progress below)


And a few finishes....









I would like to thank the Fairfax Chapter of Quilter's Unlimited for inviting me on Thursday March 23 and Friday March 24th to provide a Lecture presentation and 2 days of applique' workshop classes! This is such an inviting, creative and fun group of quilter's.

One of their members Ann Clare attended my workshop last year at another chapter's meeting and she was kind enough to share a picture of the beautiful quilt she made from her blocks. Ann also added the addition of sweet Yo-yo's to her flower baskets. It turned out beautiful!





Next up will be a Reverse Applique' 101 class.
I'm teaching this at Oh Sew Persnickety on April 10th.
I'm very excited about this beginner friendly "easier" form of needle turn applique.

This is the only class I will be able to teach in April.
I will be off on an amazing adventure with a few of my quilting friends later in the month. (I'll share more on this at a later time)

Still a few more fun events & special projects lined up for this week.
March will remain wonderfully busy with activities right thru the 31st.
I hope you are also enjoying a Happy & Productive month of March!

every quilt tells a story....

Monday, March 13, 2017

Botanical block for March - a modified version

I've strayed a bit from the original block, but I don't think that Esther would have minded. As someone passionate about flowers, natural landscapes etc,I've been concerned for the plight of Bee populations across our country and the world.
So I decided to make a personal statement with this block.

I drew my bees onto a solid taupe background using an archival ink marker. (Micron) Then cut them out with a 1/8" seam allowance. Once I stitched them onto the wings, the little legs and antennae were drawn onto the background fabric also using a Micron pigma pen size 01. The bodies of each little bee measure just under 1" in length. Click HERE to see more SVBAQ blocks for March.

With barely a flake of snow falling in town all winter, we are bracing for a big snowstorm tonight with possible blizzard conditions. Big businesses in our area have already announced closings for tomorrow.
So it looks like Tuesday is going to be a Snow day - Sew day at my house.

If you will be affected by the storm...Stay safe and if possible, Stay home!

every quilt tells a story...

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