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