I have been having a ball the last five weeks and I want to tell you all about it. I've been teaching beginner's appliqué classes at Mended Hearts Quilting and Boutique just east of Ellsworth, Iowa.
Angela Wirth purchased the Gingerbread House in Webster City and moved it to a beautiful new building at 3212 - 330th Street. If you are in the central Iowa area or if you are traveling on Interstate 35 through central Iowa, you will want to explore Angela's lovely shop. She is in the process of greatly expanding her inventory. I love batiks and she shared with me that she had over 350 new bolts on order. I was there shortly after the first batch arrived. They were gorgeous and yes I found and bought the background fabric for my next free BOM.
But back to my classes. I actually had two with a total of 17 students. Each class was 2 hours long. Each week we concentrated on one of the 4 elements of appliqué.
Week 1: Outer curves
Week 2: Inner curves
Week 3: Outer points
Week 4: Inner points.
I designed a wall hanging that allowed each student to practice each element. Block 1 had only outer curves. Block 2 added inner curves. Blocks 3 and 4 each added their focus. Week 5 we met for show and tell. The students showed there project and I shared my quilts with them.
I'm so proud of them. Let me show you what they did. As would be expected some folks were only able to devote a few hours each week to their project. Others completed a block a week. Here is a sample from one of the classes.
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Dawna Coleman's Jennifer's Hillside
Playful! Sparkling! Unbelievably beautiful.
If asked, I would have said it wouldn't work. I couldn't imagine this quilt made with various backgrounds. Would I have been wrong or what?
Dawna made this scrap quilt work on every level. It's almost enough to make me want to make this quilt again.
Jennifer and I have been quilting together in a small group of five for over 20 years. For Jennifer, quilting is all about the competition. I hope I'm remembering this correctly. Jennifer entered 7 quilted items in the Des Moines Area Quilter's Guild held in conjunction with the AQS show in Des Moines. She received 6 ribbons for her efforts.
One of those ribbons was for a table runner she made based on my Buttons "N" Blooms pattern. Great job, Jennifer.
I received photos of 2 blocks this month made from the first block of Linda's Flutters and Flowers. Both names were dropped into a hat and Shirley's name was pulled out. She will be receiving a free pattern from Apple Blossom Quilts.
Shirley Bauge of Huxley, Iowa
Yvonne Morman of Princeton, Illinois
I would love to have you send me a photo of your blocks made from this month's pattern. All photos of block #2 - the sunflower - will be eligible for the next drawing. E-mail your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Free BOM: Linda's Flutters and Flowers
This month we pay homage to the sunflower. It is one of my favorite flowers. There are a lot of petals but they are large and easy to stitch.
You will have noticed that I added some embroidery to define the butterfly. I think it adds so much. So I went back and outlined the first one.
For the experienced appliquer, you can challenge yourself to "decorate" or add detail to the butterflies. Embroidery can add that detail as can beads or fabric paint. Maybe even some lace. Let your imagination run free.
Free patterns and free 2-volume "Quick Prep Applique" DVD set
No matter how you make your blocks or decorate them, I would love to see all of them. Won't you take a photo of your finished block and send it to me at email@example.com? For everyone who sends me a photo, I will put your name into two hats. I will draw from the first hat for a free pattern each month. I'll then throw away the names from that hat and start fresh for the next month. I will put your name in the second hat each time you send me a photo. That means if you send 9 photos (one of each block) your name would be in the second hat 9 times. At the end of the BOM, I'll draw one name out of the second hat. That winner will receive my 2-volume DVD set on Quick Prep Applique. Already own the DVD's? I'll let you substitute a pattern of your choice. Once you have won a free pattern, I will still publish your photos but I won't put your name in the first hat again, only the second hat. That way we will pass the "wins" around. Winners of the monthly drawings will still be eligible to win the DVD set. I would love to fill up this newsletter with photos of your interpretation of this block. I need your help to do that.
Fabric requirements for blocks 1 1/4 yards background fabric - Cut 9 - 12 1/2" squares OR 9 - 12 1/2" squares of different background fabrics Lots of scraps for the actual applique patches
Scraps are great for this quilt. I'm making it entirely from fabric from my stash and my scrap bag. If you do the same, you can start today.