Monday, August 13, 2012

New Classes at Gathering Stitches!

Queso, we have a couple of new classes added to the schedule at Gathering Stitches.

First, a one day, quick n easy class on Thursday August 16 from 9 to 1.  This is a technique, not an original pattern, but one that can be used in a wide variety of ways when you need to make a fast quilt.  There are a couple of tricks and things to be aware of that I will show you, but mostly we will just get to creating!

I love being able to edit photos, because this was the source photo for the close-up above.  Why do I look like I am yelling?  Maybe because my quilt has feet!  It's trying to run away!! oh, no, that's just Jane hiding behind.

Messenger Bag class on August 22.  5 to 8 pm.  I have scoured the internet and all my patterns for bags and instead I have decided to make my own pattern!  big surprise, I know. I will share my simple variation on the classic over-the-shoulder messenger style bag.  An alternative to a backpack, diaper bag or purse.  Pictures to follow as soon as I finish the sample.

Sneak Peek! Block 
Sneak Peek! Block
Fall In Stars is an original pattern comprised of 3 simple star blocks.  Strip and chain piecing and the use of a special ruler, the "Tri-Recs" ruler will have you on your way to completing this quilt in no time.  Super fun, high energy class.  Music, food, and extra goodies await!  Friday night, September 28, 7-late.

And we also have the 54-40 or fight quilt that I named "Oregon Stars."  Black and yellow stars; on point.  The special trick here is that we will cut out our quilt using the Accu-quilt dies!  Makes quick work of your cutting!  September 8 from 9 to 1.

Finally, remember our table runner of the month!  September 7 from 3-5 pm, the September runner will be revealed.  HINT:  the flower is morning glory.  HINT: the featured technique is paper piecing.  HINT:  it will be a lot simpler than August!

Here is the August table runner I designed for our flower of the month table runner at Gathering Stitches (the flower of the month is poppies), please ignore the fact that the binding is not finished on the right side.  Also, I intend to add some beads to the center of the open poppies:

Closer view of poppies

QUESO, it felt really cool to walk into the Bosque Farms Fair and see 3 quilts that I quilted for my friend and VVQ quilting buddy Valerie, hanging up with BLUE RIBBONS and A PURPLE BEST IN SHOW RIBBON!!  I love her work, and was honored to have worked on her masterpieces!  She has a great eye for design and color, and her inventive borders have inspired me in my piecing.

Oh, and as for me, I entered a different fair, the Valencia County Expo and got First Place Ribbons in Quilting and garment sewing.  Sew, Yay! for me.  (No pictures - Sweetie has them on his phone)

See ya!  Oh, and ABQ = Always Be Quilting.