Saturday, April 19, 2014

Patchwork Math Workshop

Hello Everyone,
As promised, pictures from the Patchwork Math workshop brought to you by the Paradise Ridge Quilters.  The girls were VERY productive!  We had a lot of material to cover, and they dug right in learning the math and making quilting components.

After our delicious lunch provided by the attendees, blocks started appearing on the design wall and at their workspace.

They all made the same components, yet the blocks all look so different! 

The girls now know the formulas to make all of these components, any size they want. 

They can make the components to design their own blocks.  Or they can use them in sashings or borders......they are only limited by their imagination.

The classroom was HUGE!  The girls had large tables with plenty of space, and excellent lighting.

There were cutting stations and 3 large ironing stations.

The girls would gather in front of the screen while I presented the step-outs for each component.

The little grey and white cobra-looking thing on the left is a document camera.  I can place the camera over my workstation and project the imagery on the screen.  The camera allows me to teach to large groups.  Everyone gets the same perspective, and the picture is vivid in a bright room.

It always helps to have an extra set of eyes and ears around the room.  Gail can make the components in her sleep, and her help was invaluable during the class.  She enjoys helping and the girls enjoyed her!

I missed getting pictures of a few of the blocks.....I'm sorry to those that were left out.  I look forward to seeing all of you again for another workshop.  You were so much fun, very creative, and a total joy.  The Paradise Guild treats their teachers like royalty, and we would both return in a heartbeat.  Our hometown is full of good people, and good quilters.  Being able to spend time with you was like coming home, and you made us feel so welcome.  Thank you all.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Another Day in Paradise

Hello Everyone,
I'm back home after spending 3 wonderful days in Paradise with the Ridge Quilters' Guild


The lecture and workshop were both  held in the Senior Center and the facility was perfect!  There was a nice, spacious, well lit room for the lecture.

The last time I was in this room was for my 25th class reunion.  I won't tell you how many decades ago that was!

When I was first contacted by two of the guild members Ann and Ginger, they asked me to speak about growing up in Paradise during the 1950's , that "double dog" dare you time in my life.  I tied the experience of living in Paradise with my career as a cartographer, and transitioned into the similarities between map making and quilting.

The guild members were a very attentive group and they are all saying hello to you!

Many of the members displayed beautiful quilts during the show and tell session.  I was so busy, I didn't get the opportunity to take pictures of more member quilts.  Take my word for it, the ladies are very talented!

Another highlight was meeting beautiful Brandie from A Brandie Creation. I felt an instant bond as we've been reading and commenting on each others blog for years.  I coerced Brandie into being "a human quilt rack" along with Gail throughout the talk.  Brandie also took my workshop the following day. 

There are so many people to thank for making our visit so special.  All of you made Gail and me feel so welcomed.  Many of you offered assistance on set up and take down.  We couldn't have done it without your efficient help.  Both Gail and I were taken with the warmth of your kind words, and hugs.  We loved hearing about some of the people that we knew way back when.  The whole experience was wonderful, and I wouldn't have changed a thing.

I also could not have done the lecture and workshop without Gail's help every step of the way.  The loading, unloading and all of her help and companionship made this little adventure possible and so much fun. Spending time together in our former hometown was very memorable for us.  Sisters are the BEST!

I'll post pictures of the Patchwork Math workshop tomorrow so you can see their work. You will be amazed!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Trunk Show Time

Hello Everyone,
My trunk is sitting in the living room filled to the brim with my quilts for the trunk show in Paradise, California for the Ridge Quilters Guild.

The quilts aren't all going to fit, so I've resorted to Plan B. I have an old tobacco drying rack that I'm going to use to display quilts, along with three hanging quilt display racks.  I want to have an explosion of color around me while I speak at the guild.  Maybe if I get shy, I can hide behind them!

Yesterday my friend Shelley drove up from San Jose and delivered her chicken quilt for me to use in my Patchwork Math workshop.

This is what she started in class last Fall.

She started making her quilting components and displayed them on the design wall during class.

There were cute little chickens everywhere!

Shelley continued to work on her quilt at home and designed some of her own blocks.  This one uses flying geese.

Half-square triangles.

Double flying geese.

More double flying geese.  Shelley did an excellent job incorporating both large and small scale prints into her quilt.

Here is her finished quilt she made using only the components in the Patchwork Math book.

Shelley's quilt was quilted by Debby, the owner of Prairie Queens in San Jose. The chicken wire pattern is the perfect quilting design for this quilt!  Thank you so much Shelley for letting me borrow your quilt!
Today I will be putting the finishing touches on my talk and tying all loose ends that need to be tied.  My to-do list in winding down to just a few items. My sister Gail and I are heading out early tomorrow morning with an SUV full of quilts.   I'll be taking my camera and computer with me so I can post next week, so all of you can virtually attend the lecture and workshop. I wish you could all be there for REAL! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Back to the Double E - Emilie Elizabeth

Hello Everyone,

I put my guild talk aside for a day and worked on the border blocks for Emilie Elizabeth.

My design wall is too small to show you the whole quit so I will have to resort to the floor for the next time I take a picture.

I cut out enough parts and pieces and make two blocks at a time.  Maybe I should just cut all of the blocks out today, and be done with the cutting.  Cutting and applying straight borders are my least favorite quilting task.  I have yet to cut out a whole quilt at one time.  I need to have instant gratification and see a block, or a section.....anything!  I like to work in stages.  Yes, sometimes after a project has been sitting for awhile it's harder to get back into the swing, but I picked up right where I left off with this quilt.  Here is where I left off......

This quilt was a test of my Patchwork Math book by only incorporating components from my book.   This quilt is what I call "planned scrappy."  Now, I'm dreaming of making this one in a totally scrappy version by incorporating every color I have in my stash!  Well shall see......


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sew'n Wild Oaks Class is in Session

Hello Everyone,
Enjoy this basket of flowers that Judy created for her  Harvest of Hope while sipping your coffee, or tea this morning.  My girls have been working hard and, as always, they are doing an outstanding job!

There is so much detail in each and every applique block with just the right amount of embellishment.

Isabelle is tracing her pattern directly on to interfacing.  She lays the interfacing on top of her fabric, then gently positions each prepared applique piece in exactly the right spot.

Suzanne showed us this method, and now we have all adopted this technique.

Bolts and bolts of new blenders just arrived in the shop and they are going to be perfect in Harvest of Hope.

Susan is on her last section of 3D Noughts and Crosses.....almost done!

Kathy has all of her applique blocks completed for Toyland Tree.  She started working on her border yesterday.

Barbara, Gail and Kaye have all become basket cases while they make hundred of little baskets for their For the Love of Baskets quilt.

Gail's pile is growing!

Barbara B. is making pillows for her Butterscotch Baskets quilt.

Stayed tuned for details on how you can become part of the Sew'n Wild Oaks group every month.  I'm still getting my thoughts together on just what I plan to do and how I'm going to do it.  As of right now, it is going to involve a different techniques presented each month, both at the shop and on my blog. I think I will name it Block Academy.  More details to come in future posts.

Enjoy your day everyone.  I'll be working on my guild talk and try to get some more blocks together for my latest project.  I'm always Sew'n my Wild Oaks.