Our Guild held a Blooming Nine Patch class on Thursday, taught by the amazing Pam Thorne, one of our members who is a long-arm quilter and heads up our Scrapper Bees group. Her goal was mainly to get us organized and help us plan our color schemes. Pam is a super-organized quilter, so I knew we were in for a treat!
This is what mine looks like on the Design Wall so far....
This is just showing the first 3 fabrics, with the 4th just coming in on the right, and of course none of the blocks are sewn together yet except the nine-patches. The pattern calls for 8 fabrics, but I will be using 9 in my quilt. Of course, you can probably guess that my colors are bold and bright all the way to the end, right?
|I couldn't decide between the first two, but I finally went with the more solid one on the left.|
You should have SEEN all the fabrics in the middle of my studio as I tried to pick and choose the perfect ones for this quilt!!! My husband took one look and turned and left the room without saying a word - yep, he was speechless! It was a lot more difficult than I had anticipated to choose fabrics that would blend into one another in a pleasing way - and then to have enough of each fabric too. I've been scrappy quilting so much lately, so I only buy half yards of something I like. By the 5th fabric, you need more than 1 yard, and about 2 yards of the 8th fabric! I did cut my strips a little smaller (1-1/2" instead of 1-3/4") so I could use my Sizzix machine to cut the strips :) So that allowed me to use slightly smaller yardages.
There were some gorgeous quilts blooming in our class!!! I wish I had thought to take pictures, but I'll try to share some of the finished quilts with you :) This is as far as I got in class, and it hasn't been touched since I got home - because Miss Sara has been sewing!
Remember the pillowcase project we were going to start? Well.....
She sewed .....
|New polish that matches her pillowcase! *sigh*|
And she ironed.....
And she made her first pillowcase!
Yes, she is hooked :*D
Best of all, she has been given a sewing machine - all her own - and she is in heaven!!!
So all afternoon, Sara played with her new machine and we learned all about how to thread it, and clean it, and wind bobbins and ... well, just everything! She said, "I can't wait to go home and show off my new sewing machine and make lots of new things!" Thanks for making her dream come true Pam!!!
|Everyone knows stitching goes better with Ruffles - right?!?|
See the bag hiding there on her lap?
Like Grandma, like granddaughter - LOL!!!
|Showing the cute stitches it will make to Grandpa :)|
Today the girls come to my house for sit-n-sew, so I know it will be a fun day! Sara will be sewing with us - working on her Dolphin pillow.
I hope to get a lot more nine-patches done for my Blooming Nine Patch :) What's on your Design Wall? Share with everyone on Mondays over at Judy's Patchwork Times! Also linking up with Connie's fun Tuesday Linky Party!
And come back tomorrow for a recap of my fun day Saturday at TVQA Assembly Day!!!
Hint - Jenny Doan of Missouri Star was there!!!!
Hugs & Blessings!