Monthly Archives: August 2019

The round robin with four other SCVQA quilters continues. This month I have Susan's chicken quilt. We're not sharing any sneak peeks so I can't reveal what I've added to her project (this round was "quilters choice"), but this is the chicken panel she started with.

Susan would like a rectangular lap quilt, and asked that nothing be wonky. She provided all the fabric for the round robin, a huge selection of chicken prints (including feathers and chicken wire) as well as a variety of teal blenders. So many options!

Susan is doing her own version of a chicken quilt at home, following the same guidelines as our group round robin, but sewing each round herself. You can view the current state of her at-home version on her blog, QuiltFabrication. (P.S. I love theses watermelon wedges she made recently!)

See the project I worked on in round 2 and my starting block.

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At the start of the month I visited Valley Quilt Guild in Marysville/Yuba City, California. At the evening guild meeting I enjoyed taking them on My Quilting Journey featuring dozens of quilts I've made from 2002 through present. I love the nostalgic trip through my quilting past as I share what I've learned over the years and how my style and technique has developed. At the meeting I was treated not only to member show and tell, but also a parade of 116 charity quilts being donated by the guild. Such a treat to see the variety of color palettes, quilt designs, and quilting motifs!

The following day, eight quilters joined me for my Planned Improv: All About Angles workshop. We got started at 9am with the A/C running to combat the 95 degree forecast. Not long into class, the A/C stopped blowing cold air (despite the control panel indicating it was still cooling) and by 11am the room had warmed up to 90 degrees. Eek! Two hours down, four to go. Thankfully, Eileen offered for us to all relocate to her house to finish the workshop. So we packed up our projects and the eight quilters got cozy around Eileen's dining room table.

Venue #1.

Venue #2.

Quilters got creative finding space to layout their units to work on their overall layout, using the couch, chair, and floor as "design walls." I'm so thankful to Eileen for a cooler venue to finish our workshop and to the entire group for being fun and flexible on the hot, hot day.

Design Couch.

Design Chair.

Design Floor.

I love teaching technique-based workshops. It's so fun for me to see everyone's project unfold as a mixture of the basic technique I'm teaching and their own design choices along the way.

Colleen added a border to her project once she got home. She used Decolourant to create the ginkgo leaf designs on her border.

Judy finished her project early so she missed the group picture at the end of the day.

Thank you to Valley Quilt Guild for a lovely couple of quilty days!

The latest Island Batik Ambassador blog hop has kicked off! Welcome to the Beat the Heat Blog Hop. We hope you will grab a cool drink*, kick back, and enjoy these projects, all created with the latest Island Batik fabrics. Bookmark this page so you can come back daily and view the new quilts that have been shared.

*Or something warm for those of you in the southern hemisphere. ;-)

 

Friday August 2 - Blog Hop Kick off and first Giveaway! (go now)

Monday, August 5 - Blueberry Patch

Leanne Parsons
Sherry Shish

Tuesday, August 6 - Clockworks

Bill Locke
Lisa Nielsen

Wednesday, August 7 - Electric Desert

Sandra Walker
Terri Vanden Bosch

Thursday, August 8 - Enchanted Forest

Pamela Boatright
Kathleen McCormick

Friday, August 9 - Blog Round-Up Week 1

Monday, August 12 - Garden Party

Karen Neary
Carol Moellers

Tuesday, August 13 - Geared Up

Michelle Roberts
Laticia “Tish” Stemple

Wednesday, August 14 - Graphic Gems

(Debora) Anne Wiens
Gene Black

Thursday, August 15 - Kaleidoscope

Tina D Dillard
Bea Lee

Friday, August 16 - Blog Hop Round Up Week 2

Monday, August 19 - Petal Pushers

Joanne Hart
Carla Henton

Tuesday, August 20 - Quiet Shades

Connie Kauffman
Vasudha Govindan

Wednesday, August 21 - Seedlings

Vicki Schlimmer
Mania Hatziioannidi

Thursday, August 22 - Soil & Seeds

Gail Sheppard

Friday, August 23 - Blog Hop Round-Up Week 3

Monday, August 26 - Steam Engine

Maryellen McAuliffe
Jennifer Strauser

Tuesday, August 27 - Sunny Side Up

Connie K Campbell
Joan Kawano

Friday August 30 - Blog Hop Round-Up Week 4