|I made these six blocks in the workshop.|
There was much less teaching time and more sewing time that in the Janet Fogg workshop, but I didn't really mind as I was eager to get to sewing right away when the ideas started to flow. But I try to make a point of remembering in classes that I paid to be there hearing from the instructor, and learning from the other students' works and ideas, not to sit in a corner and sew, which I can (theoretically) do anytime.
|I also made 16 partial mini-blocks - One seems to be MIA|
There were a few familiar faces from past classes and the guild, and it's nice to feel like I'm finally starting to get to know some other local quilters. There was also a fair contingent of "in the box" people trying to figure out how to get out. They all should get an A+ for effort because there was a whole wall full of really great blocks posted by the end of the day. I'm off to get started on the weekend chores, then I'll be back to post photos.
Much as I want to jump back into my log cabin or my piece from the earlier workshop, I think I will buckle down and finish the placements first today. I need to get that project cleaned up and off the table.
Later: Place mat piecing is finished. I need to decide how to bind. I don't think I can face 6 mats x 4 sides x 14" each = 336 inches of strip binding, so I will probably use a pillowcase type, with top stitching.
So as promised, here are some shots from the workshop: First, some of Gwen's samples:
|This is the one that made me want to try the small "half-cabins." It's about 18 x 24, maybe less.|
|Another earlier piece. |
I think the big border helps calm the "wonkiness."
|This one used a whole bunch of prints, many of them with stars.|
|Here's one of her single block pieces, surrounded by some of the student work.|
|This student did a good job with the "giant block" theme.|
|One of the nicest student projects|
Some of the quilts in the book worked with very minimal color palettes, which I really admired, but couldn't see myself doing - at least not at this workshop... Here's a very nice example.
|Really nice compositions and effective use of color.|