Weekend Workshops

On Friday and Saturday several guild members and I took two fabulous classes from award-winning quilter Deb Karasik.  From choosing fabrics to improving my paper piecing and binding skills, the entire weekend was a blast. The best part about it was no traveling!

Friday morning I headed off to class with these two stacks of fabric in tow, an assortment of Fossil Ferns from my stash and a stack of Kona Solid fat quarters, along with some grey.

Fossil FernKona Solids

Friday Class

For the first quilt, I finished 4 triangle segments which will form the quilt center.

I tried to mix in grey with the Fossil Ferns, but as you can see, they just didn’t work well together.

I’m going to take the grey out and swap it for either black or white.

Or I may remake these blocks with the Kona Solids and grey.

What do you think?

Saturday ClassFor the next quilt, I was feeling more confidant because it didn’t require the use of any backgrounds – just lots of great contrast.

I was originally going to use my solid fat quarters but I stuck with the fossil ferns instead.

I really wanted to modernize these quilts but I’m not sure the block designs have the right “look” for a modern quilt.

That’s ok – it was still a great learning experience anyway!

As you can see, we didn’t get a ton of blocks done, but I did learn that starch is my friend and I’m not afraid of paper piecing.

Fun with GlueDeb even did a excellent demo about applying binding with glue first before sewing it down. You can see a wonderful binding tutorial on her website.

Below is a photo of some fellow quilt guild members with a finished block from Friday’s class. They are standing in front of Deb Karasik’s class sample for the day.

Friday's ClassAnd here is a picture from Saturday’s class. I’m the shortest and I get the least done in class, but I still think I have the most fun!! There were about 20 students in each class each day and a few of us took both classes. It will be fun to see everyone’s finished quilts!

Saturday's ClassA couple of gals laid their blocks down next to each other just for fun. Don’t they look great?

Finished Blocks

This pattern looks amazing in any colors. Thanks for the great weekend, Deb!

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10 Responses to Weekend Workshops

  1. Sharron says:

    Love your design and workmanship! I think you are right about ditching the gray, but I have no color sense and don’t know what color to suggest in its place. I love your pictures of the group!

  2. claudia w says:

    What a beautiful group of women! The quilt pieces are great too! Looks like lots of fun was had by all!

  3. What I would do: black w/the fossil ferns – yummy! And, tah dah, gray with the Kona solids . . . also yummy. Both would look so awesome. Great paper piecing, Christa!

  4. jean benoit says:

    Wow–impressive piecing!

  5. Beth says:

    Those look great – so fun! And fun to see a photo of you!

  6. I love those funky flying geese! Very cool fabrics you used.

  7. Christa says:

    Deb calls them Chicken Feet! Isn’t that cute? Friday’s class was called, Look Ma, No Curves! Saturday’s class was named Batik Wheels (even though I didn’t use batiks, LOL!!)

  8. B says:

    Oh I love those kind of funky flying geese in the last picture, what is the pattern called?

    • Christa says:

      Deb calls them Chicken Feet! Isn’t that cute? Friday’s class was called Look Ma, No Curves! Saturday’s class was named Batik Wheels (even though I didn’t use batiks, LOL!!)

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