classes making star gaze quilt and photos

Star Gaze quilt classes started in October and nearly all participant have their quilt tops finished or are now working on the quilt sandwich. I am proud to show you in this post some of the patchwork tops and the different color combinations. Remember, mine was in reds and blues with a beige background – see here.

star gaze by anne

star gaze by anne

star gaze quilt by trisha

star gaze quilt by trisha

star gaze by jenny

star gaze by jenny

I have also got a new stash from Prague, this time only with the wonderful Kona Solids. I opted my favorite colors : the cools are in aqua, turquoise, dark blue, the warm colors are fuchsia, pink and orange. As I came back with a bad cold, I didn’t take any photos yet.

The design for my next quilt is nearly finished, I want to start cutting and piecing this afternoon so that I can check the pattern.

Happy quilting to all of you, Barbora

looking back the years and starting something new (2x)

Looking back the years :

A friend of mine gave me  a couple of weeks ago some quilting books. I’ve looked through them and thought how much has changed in patchwork and quilting over the last 40 years .

My favourite one is “The Perfect Patchwork Primer” by Beth Gutcheon. It was first published in 1973. The issue is in black and white, includes a few photos and many block illustrations, designs or quilt assembly instructions. The author is a devotee of hand quilting. Machine piecing is OK, but machine or free-motion quilting is unthinkable. The other thing that surprised me, is that in those days there were no cutting mats, cutters or rulers. Only “home-made” templates were available and for cutting there were just scissors. Today we are very spoilt with all our sophisticated tools and various helpers.

Starting something new :

# One : From next week on I shall give classes in machine piecing and quilting. So last week I sew an easy sampler quilt top for beginners. At the same time I made tutorials about basic cutting and piecing of square and triangle units, blocks with flying geese units as well as sashing and borders, quilting and binding. I enjoyed preparing all information and I am looking forward to start with the classes!!!

# Two : While working on the computer I got an idea for a new quilt. A simple design with all the solids I love. It is based on the ideal proportion of the sides of a rectangle : golden ratio. As the top has also a “golden” solid fabric I named it Golden Ratio . Changed my mind, the name is Floating Colors  This one shall be quilted in straight lines in vertical and horizontal. The goal for next week (but more probably weekend) is to finish the quilt.

Happy quilting, B.