Monday, May 2, 2016

Gwennie Inspired Medallion Quilt Group- Please join us!

Here's a collaboration you can join!
We are making a medallion quilt inspired by Gwen Marston.

Wendy -http://theconstantquilter.blogspot.com/
Cynthia-http://wabisabiquilts.blogspot.com/
Cathy- http://wwwbiglakequilter.blogspot.com/
Katy- http://katyquilts.wordpress.com/
Lori- http://humblequilts.blogspot.com/

Each one of us will choose a theme and we will add a border in whatever way we interpret the theme. Keep reading to find out the center block theme. (be sure and check out the other blogs and bookmark them for future reference)

 I made this applique block in Gwen's 4 block applique class. She challenged us  to make our own templates so each quilt would be unique and have its maker's hand on it.
 Her Medallion quilt book should guide me along for this challenge. 

 And these books as well. Tonye Phillips is heavily influenced by Gwen, so I added hers to the mix for a refresher course.
 I'll be referring to this one for my medallion center.
 And here's some of the fabric I'll be using for the center.

 My most recent Gwen inspired quilt- Liberated Baskets. (That reminds me, I think I have one of her books that is called liberated quiltmaking- I better go find it!)

And these wonderful strings. I think this is my favorite of the quilts I've made after taking a class with Gwen.

The center theme of our medallion is...................

Basket (s) . On your mark, get set, CREATE and LIBERATE!

We will do show and tell on June 6th.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday!

I've been doing a few things here and there this week, but not as much as I'd like. 

 Wool applique on Cheri's sampler. I'm doing a whipstitch so it's going pretty fast.
 Here's block one on a collaboration. It will be revealed soon. 
This weeks instagram feed if you missed it.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Christmas in April

My commissioned quilt will be winging its way back to Michigan today!  So happy to have it done. 
I had to use creative license as the drawings/pattern was very small to applique everything. I did quite a bit of embroidery. 






I put the last section together this morning!
The fabrics are new from Diamond Textiles and were a pleasure to work with. They are called Farmhouse Brushed cotton.

Back to my regularly scheduled quilting........

Friday, April 22, 2016

An Evening With Gwen

Gwen Marston has been teaching quilting and have touched so many people with her fun and varied classes for so long. She is ending her teaching career in 2016 so I didn't want to pass up a chance to see her.  I've taken numerous classes with her and she was the featured speaker at the Sisters guild last night. Thanks to my friend Phyllis, she signed me up as her guest. (thank you again Phyllis!)
Here's a recap.
The night started with guild members sharing their Gwennie inspired quilts:


Jean Wells. owner of the Stitchin' Post, shared a little of her long friendship with Gwen  then introduced her. 

 Gwen's "37" sketches were hanging and she referred to these throughout the night.


Several of these small ones inspired larger quilts.



 I think this one was one of my favorites of the abstract solids.






How many of you readers have taken a class from Gwen? I  think next week I'll share my "Gwennie" quilts.

And if you missed it, here's my Instagram feed for this week.

Make it a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Front Porch

Here's a fun summery quilt designed by Jan Patek that I am going to start soon. Anybody interested in sewing along? It looks like it is on sale for $28.00 HERE.
I found mine on Ebay. You may want to check there too.

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