An eclectic month of creativity…

I’m not really very sure whether or not a month can be described as “eclectic” but looking back over the last four weeks there really doesn’t seem to be much in common to tie everything together… other than the creativity involved…

There was an It’s a Wrap class at Pieceful Heart Fabrics turning washing line and fabrics into a variety of bowls. They all start with the base,

turn up the sides,

and continue wrapping and building,

to make a beautiful display of batik pots and bowls.

My adventures in African Folklore Embroidery continued with 3 finished pieces.

A wall hanging,

A cupcake pillow, complete with sequins, beads and rick rack trim,

and a bright and colorful lion which I finished into a binder cover,

This one included roller coaster wrapping and buttons as well as beads. I have also finished a toucan embroidery but I am still making up my mind how to finish it. Too many ideas!

Sue Bouchard from Quilt in a Day was our guest speaker and teacher at Riverwalk Quilters Guild this month. She flew in Monday so we were able to take a little trip out on the Tuesday before the guild meeting. Here she is at The Little Traveller in Geneva, a veritable treasure trove of “stuff’!!

Sue had a great trunk show for us at the guild meeting which was followed, as usual, by our members’ “show and tell”. They didn’t disappoint us. Here is a display of Round Robin Quilts from the “Quarter Inch Queens” bee…

Busy bees indeed!

On Wednesday Sue taught her Twisted Star pattern. True to form, I kept mine small and manageable and here is Sue with my completed top.

Now why did people laugh when I described my project as “subtle and pretty”, just like me?

This Saturday we had a full class at PHF for Fuse Like McKenna and then I stayed for the employees “sew-in”. I worked on my samples for the next day’s class while Deb sewed borders on her quilt ,

and the other Deb worked on her Fabulous Fractures quilt from the book by Brenda Esslinger which Connie is teaching at the shop. Truly fabulous poinsettias!

Just two of the projects taking shape either side of dinner from Jason’s deli. It was a fun evening.

On Sunday I was back for a Quilter and Child class. There was just three pairs at work on their Triangles all Around quilts from the Alex Anderson book Super Simple Quilts #3. All mother and daughter teams this time but with daughters of different ages, from high school,

through junior high,

to elementary age,

They all worked well and learnt lots. There are no losers in quilting and everyone won, no matter how many blocks were made in class.

One row finished in penguin fabrics  (I really do want to make something in that cute bright blue one),

Two pieced rows in bright pinks and greens,

and a whole top in these pretty shades,

Whether completely new to the art or returning after a number of years didn’t they do well?

No baby quilts in that lot? Never fear, I have finished a play mat with pieced back that I just haven’t got around to photographing yet… As they say, watch this space!

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