Teaching at QBL...Here's the classroom at the start of the week. It was perfect for what we wanted to do...
which was get BUSY making Fractured in the first group. This quilt is in my Making Quilts book which is now available in the USA and on Amazon!!! Same book sans le francaise and full of projects that will work your fabric selection skills. Fractured attracted an enthusiastic group of individuals ready to make their mark on the pattern. They just got to it and before I knew it there were blocks up everywhere!
Earamichia put hers up as she finished them and in fact it looks like it might be an idea for another pattern for this quilt.
Helen chose to do hers in sophisticated blues that in no uncommon manner, matched her pants!
Robin had an intriguing stash full of fabrics from far away places that told her story of a fractured world.
One of my favourite parts of this trip was meeting people that I had only previously known by email. Sally
is one of them. She had a huge stash of Kaffe's fabrics that make this quilt look easy to put together..but we know there were mini struggles of what should go with what and where!
Marjorie had a stash full of reproduction fabrics and was looking to bring a bit of newer fabrics into it which she was doing really well and particularly after we got it all out on the table for a look!
Lisa used one fabric for her background which is a great alternative as you can see since it looks so GOOD!
Liz was there for the whole week exploring her fabrics and pushing herself out of the box a bit. I loved hearing her tell me at the end of the week that she felt a renewed interest in her stash after playing with it in these patterns. It isn't always about buying new fabric as much as it is about learning what we have collected.
First one done? The one that powered through it...concentrated and put in the late hours? Victoria It was no surprise, particularly as we noted "that corner" had a bit of a competition going on! Stay tuned to see what Victoria does to the border. She, like me, has a need to personalise all her projects by adding her own style to every quilt. Can't wait to see how it transforms!
Matching clothes and quilts are common but matching shoes???? kinda fun!
Fabric, technique and imagination were in demand for the duration of the class...this one became known as Monet's pond..
Seems like yesterday. This group moved over and Soul Searching took center stage...Doris was another "new" quilter. What a great way to start out...working with colour and understanding fabric! She and her sister Joy spent the week working their stashes together in harmony and helping me keep track of the room key!
Mary Jo is another familiar name from our Block of the Month programs. Always on top of what is going on at MO even from afar it was heartwarming to meet Mary Jo and spend the week with her. She did a fantastic job on her Soul Searching quilt and although I wanted to help her...she didn't need me at all!
This was a familiar site throughout the week as Diane sat and contemplated her every move! Each step was considered and taken with care so as to make her individual statement!
Liz was full of colour and Diane was full of restraint but they worked side by side all week each in their own way making great results. How good does Kaffe's Millifiore look as a shirt!
I love teaching this class...it isn't about me at all but rather about what everyone else brings to the table. It is always fascinating to hear people as they discover their own style and expand on what they think is possible when working with fabrics.
At the end of the week we did a few demo exercises for the left over strips of fabric. Everyone got out their IT devices and recorded the ideas so I expect to see lots of work done post workshop!
So...that was the wrap up. Quilting by the Lake is a wonderful venue for workshops. If you can, put it on your calendar for next year or the year after or the year after that...We had so much fun working together, sharing stories and bonding in fabric...By the end of the week I was spent but happy. Life is such a combination of happy sad moments...it was a wonderful trip full of songs on the radio that made me sing and people that made me smile...thanks for making it home away from home...or is it the other way around? k