Sunday, 11 May 2014

Burgundy Buck a Block by Cyndy Anderson


Cyndy’s quilt was a part of a block of the month program at a local quilt shop.  Cyndy decided to finish this quilt and give it as a gift to a male family friend whose health was failing.  Such a lovely gift.

This first picture shows the colour of the quilt more accurately.
Buck a Block Quilt

This next image shows the quilting better.
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Cyndy wanted custom quilting, so I put a motif in each square with some straight line quilting in the cornerstones and sashing and loops in the border.
Close-up of quilting
As quilters make quilts with someone in mind, caring thoughts are sent with each stitch.

Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness. ~ Harold Kushner

Monday, 5 May 2014

from start to finish: a quilting primer

Last weekend I taught the quilting primer class at Out of Hand (a quilt shop and more). We had eight graduates either learning all the steps of quilting for the first time, learning tricks and techniques to add to what they already know, or revisiting beginner quilting to reaffirm their skills.

Here they are with their beautiful quilts:
January & Tara - friends
Kelly & Ruth

Paula & Cathy - sisters
Penny & Helle

Thank you all for taking A Quilt Primer, I love turning people on to quilting, and hope to see you in a future class.

Quilt Primer is a comprehensive introduction to the art of quilting, where you come for an evening prep class to discuss colour theory and choose fabrics, then over the course of the two day workshop, you will learn quilting terminology, rotary cutting, strip piecing, machine quilting and binding. After a weekend of fun and learning you will complete a crib size quilt and most likely be planning your next project.

Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting. ~ Edward de Bono