|My Sample Quilt hanging in HQH Quilt Show 2015|
|Barbara Chainey's blocks that got me started|
I developed a way to organize the 72 pieces for each block that really helps and created a handout for students to assist them. Over time, new ideas for machine piecing this 60 degree angle have been explained and now I incorporate those new ideas too. It is always my goal in all my classes that each student learns more than they expected to and learns tips and tricks that will improve all their quiltmaking.
After my quilt was done I discovered the quilt pattern in the book Material Obsession 2, by Kathy Doughty of the shop in Australia. It shows this block with two different layouts and there are additional layouts I also explain to my students. The layout I used was a bit difficult because I sewed the blocks completely together while making them. If left in two halves, assembly of the quilt top can be much easier than I did mine. More lessons to teach students.
|Dianne's block in two halves|
There are 72 "kite" shapes in each block. It can be assembled with several techniques:
hand-piecing with a running stitch, needle and thread
machine piecing, all by machine, or both hand and machine piecing in the same block
English Paper Piecing--cut or buy paper shapes and wrap fabric around the shapes, then whipstitch the pieces together.
You can use Reproduction fabrics, Modern fabrics, 30's fabrics, Batiks, whatever you like will look fabulous in this pattern. There are now templates available in several sizes, making it easier than ever to get started on this quilt.
I have taught this class at least a dozen times locally and am now teaching it nationally--it's one of my classes at Road to California 2018--there are still a few spots left in it. This is one of those classes I am known for and love to teach. The wonderful women of the Needle Chasers Guild in Iuka, MS brought me in to teach this to them, as a pre-retreat class. I've been with them 4 times in the last 12 years and truly enjoy my time with them. And the location they retreat to: J P Coleman State Park on Pickwick Lake--absolutely a fantastic location and a huge room for classes.
The 18 students had a good time and everyone made excellent progress. Here are a few shots:
|Spectacular Views of Pickwick Lake|
|I saw water birds and boats throughout the day--a beautiful spot!|
|Nelda thought she'd hand piece but was intrigued by my machine piecing instructions|
|Nelda--her half block done|
|Rita with her half block|
|Madge has a half block|
|Connie made great progress|
|Sharon use a collection of charm packs to make her first block|
|Adrienne, the only one who hand pieced hers, cutting out and staying organized|
|Miss Mississippi (I think), bright and happy|
|Diane, likes to be very organized so she carefully cut most of the day|
|Barbara, her second block of the retreat|
|President Doris, getting her wedges together|
|Polly?, I think, soft and lovely block, two halves|
|Nancy did some fussy cutting and has a great plan in mind for her quilt|
I would LOVE to teach this to you or your group. If you are local, it will be on the Spring 2018 schedule at Patches & Stitches. If you aren't local, we can make a plan. It is just one of those "Dorito quilts"--hard to make only one. I am working on my second, using very bright fabrics.