Monday, March 28, 2016


The quilting is done on two samples--they will be delivered to the shop this week:

Smitten--simply loopy swirly motifs

Smitten top

Strippy Stars

Very simple straight lines with free-form cables in the border.

I did some of the straight lines with rulers, some free hand.  The lines vary a bit but over-all it's OK.  Someday this may be a baby quilt and it's fine for that.

I'm keeping up with The Splendid Sampler.  Here is Block #13:

This week I'm working on some 4" sampler blocks and preparing for the demos I'll be teaching at Quilt Festival Chicago--have to pack all the supplies I need plus samples and still try to keep myself to one large suitcase.  We'll see how that goes.

I also start a new Quiltmaking 101 class for beginners tomorrow night--I love teaching beginners and am eager to get back in front of them.  Here is the class sample they learn to make in 5 weeks:

Mix N Match Stars by Glad Creations
They make the top, approximately 48" x 60" in the class.  Many of the students choose to have a longarm quilter do the quilting, quite a change from years ago when everyone hand quilted their first quilt.  Some choose to machine quilt their quilt themselves.  I can't remember the last time a student handquilted this project.  I wish more people handquilted but for now, just getting students excited about the process and eager to make another quilt after this one is my goal.  We have fun in class and most of the students are amazed at what they learn to do--especially if this is their "first quilt ever".

Let's Quilt!



  1. Congrats on your two finishes!
    Love the class project--beautiful colors.
    Hand quilting doesn't get things done fast enough anymore. My Mom handquilted all of her quilts, but she only made one a year. She truly didn't feel she could call it a quilt unless it was hand quilted. Made her last one last year.

    1. Glad I handquilted as much as I did when my hands were younger. It's harder now with arthritis. My sons will cherish my hand quilting when I'm gone.

  2. Great to see a couple of finishes! I machine quilted my first class sampler and hand quilted my second class quilt, star sampler. So many options. New quilters are so eager to learn!

    1. I love seeing the lightbulb come on when a student gets it and is excited and eager to keep learning and creating.

  3. Glad you enjoy teaching the class & starting people on the path to quilting. I would sign up to make that for a class--great pattern design!! I taught home Ec classes & know the prep work you go through to get a class project ready. We need people to learn the art of quilt making, it feeds the creative soul!!