Saturday, June 18, 2016

Thinking of Fathers

I just finished this quilt top,
all made from shirts that were worn by my father, my husband and myself.

It includes seven pockets,

several shirt buttons,

a few labels,

 some tucks,

and a very special paisley that belonged to my dad.  

The shirt backs will make up the quilt back.

I'll quilt this one by hand, feeling the gratitude for 
my father and my husband, 
and how they've contributed to who I am today.

Happy Father's Day!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

New Gwen Marston Online Classes!

"Red Square VI" by Gwen Marston, 2008

I was asked to review Gwen Marston's new "Abstract Quilts in Solids" class on
It's great!  

By Gwen Marston

This is one of two classes taught by Gwen on  The other one is "Liberated Quiltmaking."
As many of you know, Gwen will retire from teaching next year.  
But we can take these classes forever!

So, if you've always wanted to take a class from Gwen and you've never had the opportunity, here it is!  

Click here to sign up!

Here is my review of the "Abstract Quilts in Solids" class.

Wonderful! It's almost like Gwen is working with you personally in your own sewing room. In her characteristic warm, clear and sometimes humorous style, Gwen shows you many of her tricks to making lively and beautiful improvisational quilts. Beginners and advanced quilt makers will learn how to make their quilts more artistic, exciting and playful with "little experiments" that Gwen shows you how to do. She demonstrates how to "liberate" traditional blocks, add odd angles, and create curves with ease. She also talks about choosing colors and designing as you go. Excellent class! Thank you!

 Here's an abstract quilt in solids that I made in 2011,
totally inspired by Gwen and her methods.
"Ode to Anna Williams" by LeeAnn Decker, 2011