Studio Stitch is moving down the street for a better location, so all these classes will be at 1616 Battleground Avenue, Suite D-3 (Greensboro, NC). There’s a bakery in the same shopping center, so I think everyone is looking forward to the move!
In March I’ll be teaching my Easy Kaleidoscope Quilt. It’s like stack-n-whack only easier. In addition to learning to make the quilt so no two blocks are alike, we’ll set the blocks on point. Here are a couple of samples:
Magic Kaleidoscope, 30″ x 30″
And here’s a close-up of some of the blocks in the blue one:
In April I’ll be teaching Better Binding Painlessly, which is always popular. It’s mostly about binding a quilt entirely by machine, though the techniques can be used for a more traditional binding with the back hand sewn.
In May the class will be a cute bag made from a shirt. The larger the shirt, the larger the bag!
June’s class is another stash-busting scrap quilt, made much easier with the use of the right tools!
If you’re in the area, consider joining us! To obtain more information, go to the Studio Stitch website and subscribe to the newsletter. That way you’ll be the first to know when registration opens for each class.
It all started when this fabric jumped on me at Studio Stitch. (I promise I was minding my own business when it jumped on the counter to be cut.) I love this fabric and my new policy is “Life is short, buy the fabric”.
At the same time, the scrap bin was AGAIN overflowing! I’m suspicious of what goes on in the scrap bin when I’m not looking 😉
I decided to make the scraps into strip blocks for a quilt.
When I finished the quilt, I called Studio Stitch right away and ordered more of the background fabric because it is just perfect. It has more interest than a solid, but doesn’t fight with the overall design.
I also decided to write up the pattern and give it to Studio Stitch to use as a gift with purchase. They are working to provide things you may need from the shop, and even service for your machine, during the quarantine. You can email them to order anything either for pickup (they’ll walk it out to your car) or to be mailed.: info@StudioStitchOnline.com.
Here’s a detail of the finished quilt. I hope it is clear enough to show the nifty leaves Julia Madison quilted into it for me.Quarantine is a great time to get rid of a big pile of scraps! Contact Studio Stitch if you need fabric or a Tucker Trimmer II, which was useful for this quilt. And please send me a picture of what you make!
And yes, I’m still making masks, as I’m sure you are, but we need fun and we need to support our favorite shops, too 🙂
I’ve been working on a project to be published in Modern Quilts Unlimited in late summer, so there have been no pictures of current sewing lately. However, that is now finished and I’m focusing on several other projects coming right up.
First, I’m going to be teaching a very un-modern quilt at Studio Stitch in Greensboro in May.
Sunbonnet Sue Visits Quilt in a Day
This is an old, old Eleanor Burns version of Sunbonnet Sue but the pattern is still available. It’s the easiest way I know to do perfect applique! And it’s fun to add trinkets, like this fish bead hanging from Overall Sam’s fishing rod:
Also, I’ve signed up for Quiltfest. Luckily, it’s in July when I’ll have some vacation time available again. I’m going to be making a boxy tote with Carrie Licatovich and a star quilt with Renny Jaeger. Then I’m signed up for “shibori resist with indigo dying”, taught by Debbir Maddy. Which reminds me, I haven’t used the fabrics I made in my last dying class… I always enjoy Quiltfest because it’s just the right size: There are well-known teachers, but not a crush of thousands of participants. And of course there are sales at Tennessee Quilts, too! Oops!
Finally, I’ve finished a donation quilt. I’ve gotten far, far behind on my donation quilts, so those will be floating to the top of the to-do list soon. Here’s the first one, finally quilted and bound:
The concentric squares are pieced; the other pieces are a print from Michael Miller
Do you have any fun quilt events coming up?
I’ll be teaching two classes at Studio Stitch in Greensboro, NC, this coming quarter.
First is a “Secret Message Pillow”. Go by the shop to see the sample and sign up! That class will be the morning of Saturday, January 27, which means the pillow will be finished in time for Valentine’s Day.
Scrap quilt made with strips that finish 1″ wide
Second, I’m teaching a scrap management class that will show several ways to use even small scraps to make beautiful quilts. I call it scrap management because that’s what most of us need: management of the scraps. One option is shown above. That class will be March 24 and we will have all day to play with our scraps.
Detail of Scrappy New Year
All you need to bring is the basket (dump truck load?) of scraps that have been accumulating in your studio. Sign up at the shop and come have fun!