Earlier this month I was honored to be one of nine teachers presenting at the Northern California Quilt Council All-Star Review. This is the same organization that hosted the Northern California Meet the Teachers event I presented at last year.
All-Star Review fell the day after I taught in Tehachapi. It was a whirlwind week to go from teaching in the mountains of Southern California to multiple presentations the next day in Northern California. A fun, exciting whirlwind!
I had such a great time at All-Star Review. Each of nine teachers had a presentation space with room for attendees to sit for a demonstration. I shared my Planned Improv: All About Angles technique for seven 13-minute presentations. In case you've never given the same presentation many times in a row, about four presentations in I no longer knew what I'd said or what I hadn't said. It was reminiscent of Back to School night when I was teaching middle school and had to give my teacher spiel six times in a row.
Naturally I started a new project for the demonstration. I chose this beautiful bundle of Meadow from Cherrywood Fabric, plus yardage of Cherrywood Indigo.
The presentation was a chance for guild representatives to get a glimpse of my workshop and get to know my personality and presentation style. There was even time for a little Q&A during the presentation. Here's a peak at one of the units I put together during my demo. I look forward to pulling this project back out and working on it.
I'm currently traveling throughout California (and happy to travel beyond) to lecture and teach 6-hour technique-based workshops on Planned Improv. You can read more about what I have to offer on my Teaching page.
The finished variations of my All About Angles technique that you can see in the photos above are:
Wonder Full #1 and #2
Pantone Ultra Violet All About Angles
All About Angles and Animals
All About Angles, Island Batik Style
A great big thank you to Mel Beach for taking photos of me during my presentations and to NCQC for organizing this well run event.
Welcome to my stop on the Turnabout Patchwork Book Tour Blog Hop! I made up the quick and easy Sun Dunes pattern from the Quarter Snowball Block section of the book.
I liked the look of solids that Teresa used in the illustration of Sun Dunes in the book and ordered Kona Ash for my background. In the end, I opted to use the remnants from Woven Waves: Kona Lime, Grass Green, Glacier, Ruby, and Watermelon.
This quilt went together very quickly. It has so much potential for different looks with solids, prints, a variety of background colors... the possibilities are endless! And it wasn't super fussy about points lining up. If constructed in rows, you'd only need to focus on the points of the triangles matching. I opted to leave off the border, so my quilt top finished at 36 1/2" x 45 1/2". I love that the negative space in the background gives is a modern look and leaves a lot of room for interesting quilting.
Overall, Turnabout Patchwork is a beginner friendly book with a variety of interesting twists on common quilt blocks. Each of six chapters shows step-by-step photos of how to make the block and an initial pattern featuring the block, followed by two or three illustrated patterns using some variation of block layout or fabric placement within the block. Numerous quilts are modern in design with expansive negative space. Turnabout Patchwork is available on Amazon.
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Turnabout Patchwork author Teresa Mairal Barreu can be found at her blog Sewn Up.
Enjoy the continuation of the blog hop by following along at the following blogs:
January 28 - Blog Hop Kickoff Post
January 30 - Quarter Snow Ball
February 1 - Modern Shoofly
February 2 - Half Square Triangles (HSTs) and squares
Rose Garden Star
February 4 - Striped Fabric Block
Xs and Os
February 6 - Coordinated Strips
Diamond and Crosses
Knots and Crosses
February 8 - Double Disappearing Nine-Patch
Two for One
It's been a busy week of sewing. Curves and Swoon blocks and Project QUILTING, oh my! I mentioned this week's Project QUILTING challenge to my daughter and she made a quilt for the challenge, too! I'm so proud of her and really enjoyed her excitement. This week's challenge was to make a quilt with only red, white, and blue (though we didn't have to use all three). I love the fairly open ended theme and endless possibilities. Early on I decided that I would limit to blue and white since I don't have much in the way of red fabric. I've admired these temperature quilt blocks by Cheri and decided on some improv triangles for this challenge. I chose a dark blue solid for the main portion of the blocks and was able to cut sixteen 4" squares from my scrap of fabric. Of the two coordinating prints I chose, I was most limited on the crosshatch, so those were cut into small strips. The units went together quickly. My initial plan was to use a straight set layout with all blocks in the same direction like this first photo. Then I played with potential layouts and decided I'd go with the fourth one.
In piecing my rows together two rows got switched and I didn't realize it until I was done with the quilt top. With the other deadlines this week I decided I didn't have time to unsew and I would just stick with the happy accident that happened when I swapped rows 3 and 4. I went simple with the quilting by using Aurifil 50wt Medium Delft Blue (#2783) for diagonal walking foot quilting. My final design decision was to bind in solid Kona Red. My daughter and I both used this fabric for our binding, so that saved me some time by making it all at once. The quilt was machine bound with Aurifil 50wt Red (#2250). Since I pieced with Aurifil 50wt White (#2024), I not only used red, white, and blue fabric for this quilt, but also red, white, and blue thread as well!
The quilt finished at approximately 15" x 15".
I'm linking up to Project QUILTING 10.2. Voting is open! You can vote for your ten favorites. Mine is #74 and my daughter's submission is #72.