Saturday, January 23, 2010


Playing with half square triangles (HST's) is just plain lots of fun!!! Unbelievable what you can do with these identical units to change the look with just a few squares rearranged. Several methods of HST's will be demonstrated. A supply list will be emailed to those who are interested in taking the class. Classes will be held the week of February 1st and will be the usual $15.00 per class and $3.00 for the instructions which will include photos of variations for inspiration. There will also be some kits available for sale. As soon as I have them together and priced, I will add the information to the blog.

Here are a few photos of the variations that I've come up with. The sky's the limit! Here was the first one on the design wall using some perfect fabrics for a Valentine's table topper:

Check out the different look just by changing the orientation of four squares!

A star variation:

Very symmetrical variation:

Totally funky variation:

....and a rectangular version

These designs were made with smaller HST's which will result in many more variations, using some pretty Moda fat quarters. The first few are for a rectangular table runner (borders would be added):

A more symmetric layout:

Just a few squares turned around:

Same squares, arranged for a square table topper:

The HST's could also be made even larger and a lap quilt or even a bed quilt made from them :-). Simply make lots and lots of these units and keep designing.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Machine Quilting classes

In November, we held a machine quilting class in free motion techniques. We had a great time doodling all over scrap fabric and batting sandwiches. Another class date has tentatively been set for Wednesday, January 27th @ 7:00 p.m. An additional class will be held at 1:00 p.m. on the same day. Cost for the class will be $15.00 and practice sandwiches are available for $1.00 each. You can also bring your own scrap fabrics and batting pieces. Email if you are interested in taking this class and I will let you know if there is room and what you need to bring. Here are some samples of the work done at the class.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Joan's I spy quilt finished

Joan sent me a photo of her totally completed quilt. It looks great with the lime green binding on it Joan! Great job.

Lydia has her quilt top finished!

Lydia finished her quilt top and came over last night to pin baste it and hopes to get quilting this weekend. Just love the red sashings and border! Lydia added a few more blocks that she found on the internet to complete her quilt top to make 12 different blocks. Awesome quilt Lydia...I'm sure Stephanie will love it.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Productive catch up class

Yesterday several students came for catching up on class projects and to use my Bernina sewing machine for free motion quilting their quilts. We got a lot accomplished! Here is Cathy's baby quilt which she quilted all over with loops. This is her very first attempt at free motion quilting. Great job Cathy!

Here is Cathy holding up the finished quilt:

Erica made this quilt during the summer and quilted in the ditch in both directions last night. Aren't the colours just awesome? We also got the binding cut out which will be the same purple as the inner border:

Tracy got her quilt for her son Michael back from the Amish who handquilted it for her. She got the binding prepared and attached by machine yesterday. Here is Tracy trimming the edges of the quilt:

Border quilting:

Lovely dresden flower quilting in the blocks. Awesome quilt Tracy! You did a beautiful job sewing this quilt:


Check out Erica's beautiful bed quilt top!! This is a queen sized quilt top made by Erica, who is all of 15 years old (!!) and her Mom. All the blocks were made in the Star block of the Month sampler class. Erica and Sandra each made a block of the 10 different stars we covered in the classes. Erica chose the lovely fabrics. We brainstormed the setting and came up with a dark chocolate brown for the sashings and they added a border made up of 2" squares and an outer border of 2" x 6" rectangles. The binding will eventually be chocolate brown. Great job ladies! This was the first quilting project Erica and Sandra started, but both have been starting lots of other projects in between :-). Addicted? Me thinks so!