Even though I have many, many works-in-progress which are waiting for quilting, piecing, finding just the right border fabric, figuring out what comes next in a puzzling design I have created, or some other lame excuse that I have concocted, it’s always fun to start something new!!!
I had the opportunity to do this over the past weekend, by taking a class taught by the wonderful Freddy Moran at ThimbleCreek Quilt Shop. I was inspired to take this class after having recently taken a course from the retired Roberta Horton. This made me realize that these fabulous teachers may not be teaching forever, and I should learn from them before they retire. I think I get this attitude of being open to new ideas, techniques, etc. because I am a member of East Bay Heritage Quilters, a local guild for quilters. I recognize the value of the “heritage” part of this group; I have learned so much from other quilters that I know I owe much of my current work to the many great teachers with whom I have studied. I will try to acknowledge more of these folks in these postings when appropriate.
For this class, I made piles and piles of “parts”, using Freddy’s book Collaborative Quilting as our guideline. It was difficult for me to make these parts ahead of time, since I did not know what I was going to make or how I would be putting these pieces together. Here’s some of what I made, strata or piano keys.
I also made 16 wacky Churn Dash blocks, a billion sawtooth borders in two different sizes, and some simple appliqued circles, in addition to taking along a huge pile of completed 4-patches that I had originally intended for another project and four boxes of bright colored and black and white fabrics.
The end result, in the Freddy style, still remains true Susan’s style as well. It’s up on the design wall, so I’m finishing it by working on attaching all these borders, and that will be the end. It grew into a large piece, and got pretty wild, in comparison to the quite controlled pieces I have been doing recently. Sooooo fun just to play with fabric, and not be too fussy about the end result. If I had fun doing it, then my mission has been accomplished.
The whole class worked incredibly hard during this 2-day class, and made seriously creative pieces. The calm and jovial Freddy presided masterfully over all of us.
Here’s Freddy, posing in front of only one of the pile of her quilts that she brought to the class to share with us.
Take classes, people!! It changes you, in a good way.