I finished my to-do list much sooner today than I expected. Yeah!! And not without some blood, sweat, & tears! 😉
(I thought I’d put a 1 1/2″ flange on mom’s pillow but there wasn’t enough fabric. She’ll have to do with a smaller one. Beggars can’t be choosers, right? 🙂 But the book is done and will be in the mail tomorrow! )
So back to Monday….
Quilt Guild had an all day workshop – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. by Linda Halpin. I left here about 8:10 so I could get moved in and settled before 9. I had my sewing machine in its cart, a suitcase of fabric stash (as per the class supply list), a large tote of odds & ends for class, my big cutting mat, my big pressing surface, a 13 x 9″ pan of noodle-less lasagna, a 13 x 9″ pan of sugar-free raspberry cheesecake, my lunch, a snack, a water bottle, my hot cocoa, and a pillow for my chair. WHEW!
After I got moved in to the church basement, I helped set up tables. There were 20 of us for the class and then a table for Linda to use — made for 21 tables out of the back dungeon! We were exhausted before the class started!
When I packed on Sunday, I bemoaned packing MY stash as my stash is old. Back in the 80’s & 90’s, I shopped and it got put in the stash. These last few years, I only buy what I need for the current project (and some of those aren’t done yet!) so there isn’t much that goes in the stash. I thought I’d learn what I needed to learn and at least have fun.
Linda's example quilt
The first part of the workshop, Linda showed us how she builds her modified scrap quilt with her stash. It was STUNNING to watch her! (She doesn’t make a scrap quilt by just pulling something out of the brown bag and sewing it. This is more planned and more pleasing. ) She went to 3 tables and using that person’s stash taught us how to find our fabrics for the project. We were in awe!!
She gave us 10 minutes to choose 4 background fabrics, 2 greens for leaves & stems, and 4 lily fabrics each out of 2 different colors (I used blue & rust). Then she went around to all our tables, and we students followed to watch, as she helped with sorting what we had started. Knowing her help was coming, I had probably 8 or 10 in each pile that only needed 4. But that was OK, I was at least sorted to the right departments. She quickly talked through my choices and why or why not each fabric would work. It was so fun to watch this and it all made sense!
(I should have taken a picture of this before & after sorting…. go ahead throw something at me….)
Next she told us how to cut our fabrics. Not ALL of them for a whole quilt, but just enough to get started. Our handouts had the total cutting and the “get started” cutting amounts. Smart!
We had our pieces cut to make 2 lilies by the time for our lunch break.
Nancy & Pat were my table mates.
Then she gave us our sewing instructions. All the pages in the hand-outs had very detailed illustrations and instructions for sewing. It could have been easy to sew the wrong diagonal line but when we followed her diagrams it was all so slick.
We were also to have a flannel piece for a design wall so we could arrange our blocks and put the fabrics in various arrangements until we found the way we liked it. I had my 4 blocks done by 2 or so.
My first 4 blocks; the stems & leaves are added after the blocks are sewn together. I won't put both blue and both rust blocks together.
Then Linda went over the instructions that are included in our packet for the bonus quilt we get. When we sewed our flying geese units, she had us sew another seam so all our cut-offs are already sewn into tiny half-square triangles! 🙂
Linda had packets for us of finishing tools & templates for the leaves & stems. Did you know that cable ties make great bias pressing bars? LOL!! Cheap & plastic so they don’t get hot!
She gave instruction on hand appliqué and I was pleased to know she does it the same way I do!! 🙂 🙂 So I didn’t stay there and practice that part.
appliqué instruction | the small bonus quilt is on the table
Bunny W was working behind me on these batik lilies.
Susan's blocks ready to sew together.
A lot of people quit at that point. I wanted to choose fabrics for a few more blocks so that I was ready to jump back into this at home. Linda agreed with the 6 or 8 pink fabrics I had chosen so I cut out enough for several more flowers, not just 2.
After packing up all our stuff, we hung out until our potluck at 5:30. Several other members came to join us for the potluck. It was such fun!! We were all tired but still stayed for the program and meeting. I’ll fill you in on that later. 🙂
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