Home again! Helen, Lisa, E and I , all went up to QBL Sunday-Tuesday to take Kathy Doughty's Fractured class(her Book: Making Quilts is out now!) and well, honestly, it was the only time I'd get to have with my friend! (Without going all the way back to AU!) Besides, my NY gal pals needed some girl time too, so we grabbed our goodies and set off thinking we'd just whip up a quick quilt... (We NYC gals were determined to come home with a quilt top, and joked about who would get done first.) Let's see how that turned out!
It was a fantastic class. First off, Kathy is of course, super lovely... The quilt is rather genius, and what we at first thought might be a easy quilt, was a bit of a mind bender to begin... I personally have never made a "pattern" quilt. (my patterns come from quilts I have already made, I work completely backwards) My brain does not work, example: step one -step 10 etc... But rather, I need to visually start in the middle and work out, So, I did not look at the cutting instructions. Kathy gave a great how to for making the blocks, and we all set about working in our own process to proceed. I'm completely visual, so I looked directly at the finished quilt for my instruction. My only goal I had was to make an ORANGE quilt... and I ended up with a radiating palette, which I'm quite happy with it! Other's made "A", blocks, then "B" blocks etc... depending on their style, and built according to plan. Some just made any of the blocks as they decided colors... etc. It was very interesting to see how everyone tackled this quilt. We all have out special processes when we work, and it was exciting to see it all unfold.
Kathy had tons of beautiful quilts to share with us, and was a fabulous teacher.
The space at QBL was great. (QBL is associated with the Schweinfurth Art center in Auburn, NY) The QBL classes are held at the Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY. You stay in dorms, and it's all very social! Perfect! AND... I'm excited to add, that I am teaching there next year! So be sure to go sign up for classes! I'll have a two day 15 Minutes Play Improv class, and a three day, LeMoyne Star Improv class.(July 2014) Sign up for their newsletter to get connected!
The classes fill fast, and they use a lottery system, so you have to get your sign ups in, and hope you get the class you want... Although, any of the classes are fantastic! A super wide variety of talent! Why the lottery system? Because as I said, many of the classes fill very quickly, AND, many of the people who go have been going to QBL for 10-15-20 years... Keep coming back, so if a class fills fast, they use that lottery system so the same people are not always filling certain classes... If a class does not fill way past the size, then everyone gets in... When you meet people (people from coast to coast), you talk to them, you can not assume this is their first time, you have to say, "So how many years have you been coming here?" ;-)http://www.quiltingbythelake.com
Helen, Lisa, and Encyclopedia all sat in the back and, of course we were trouble makers... but it was all in good fun! ;-)
So just how far did we get on our quilts? You can see I'm strolling right along with mine here...
Lisa, I think, got nearly all her blocks done..... and nearly got it to a finished quilt top....
But it was E, who actually got ALL HER BLOCKS MADE!
I did get mine into a quilt top but, I did not have all my blocks made. Way to go E!!! I can't wait to see what her quilt will look like when the blocks are sewn together.... Fun, scrappy, goodness!
It was so fun to see how every one's stash looked being made into this quilt...Marjorie had mostly reproductions and well, her quilt is going to be SO SNUGLY! I was hovering over her fabulous stash, hoping she would throw some scraps my way. ;-) She did too. Thanks Marjorie!!!
Check out the video to see more of how each of the quilts are all so different... SO MUCH FUN!!!
Any FUN things planned with your sewing pals this year?