Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Quilt class

It’s been a few years since I took a quilt class.  I was in the LQS a few weeks ago and they had a lovely purple French Braid quilt on the wall as a sample for the quilt class.  I don’t know what got into me that day, but I immediately signed up for the class and bought this book.

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In reading the book, it looks pretty easy, and I probably could have done this without the class.  BUT. . .sometimes I need the structure and deadlines that classes bring to motivate me to stay on task to finish the quilt.  Plus, it’s kind of fun to take a class with other quilters.  We have one quilter in the class who has already made this quilt 8 times.  The teacher asked him if he wanted to teach the class! (he said no)

I decided that I was going to make this with as much fabric as I can from my stash.  So, I spent one evening pulling out this and that fabric from my stash.  I realized that my stash consists of mostly batiks!  And although this quilt seems to be perfect for batiks, I didn’t want to make another batik quilt.  Instead, I decided to use the floral fabrics I bought a few months ago when I went on the Shipshewana shop hop.  That’s my quilter’s ADD kicking in. . . buying fabric for one project and using for something totally different.  This is the fabric I decided to use.

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Of course, when I went to the “pre-class” to select the fabrics, I still had to buy a few more yards to get the run of 10 fabrics I needed for the braid. I have a feeling that I’m not done buying fabrics to “finish” this quilt.

Rather than rush home after work to get to the class, I decided to take the day off to get all of my supplies and fabric ready to go.  I’m excited to start this new quilt.  Guess I better get going.  Don’t want to be late for class.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Grand Haven Quilt Show

Can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted.  No excuse.  Just feeling kinda lazy this summer with this heat and all.  I did manage to go to a few quilt shows in the past month.  The weather finally broke a week ago, and I pulled one of those “I’m taking tomorrow off” vacation days.  DH and I took a drive on a beautiful sunshine day to Grand Haven, which is on the coast of Lake Michigan.  They were having their Coast Guard Festival, but unfortunately, the Coast Guard ships were not due in til Monday.  It would have been fun to see all the ships.  The Grand Haven Lighthouse Guild held their show called “Sand, Surf and Sunsets”.  This is the first sight I saw when I entered the lobby of the building.

She’s kind of cute…
 Grand Have quilt show

I like nature quilts
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I like this log cabin layout
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Love these old blocks.
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This house quilt was charming.
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Quilt shop.  The quilt between the windows was 3-D.
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I love the secondary diamond pattern on this quilt.
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Hope you enjoyed the show!