Thursday, June 16, 2011

David Taylor Workshop

David Taylor, quilter extraordinaire, was at our quilt guild this month and I had the opportunity to take a 1-day applique workshop.  WOW, he's a really good teacher:  He can explain things in a simple way.  He knows what he is talking about.  He makes it fun.  He is not only produces award winning applique, but his thread-play quilting is jaw-dropping.  I love it.

If you don't know who David Taylor is - you've probably seen his quilts.  He's won awards in all the major quilt shows including Houston.  Here are some of his quilts. 

Marmalade's First Snow

Close Up Detail

Since the workshop was only one day, we worked on a pattern designed by David, just to learn the technique.  He also has 3 and 5 day workshops to learn how to create a pattern from a photo and turn it into a quilt.  The pattern I chose was Chickadee.
Here's what I got done so far...

I know, it's not much, but I did learn the stitch and his applique concepts.  He likes to do a lot of layering to avoid concave curves and points.  He uses freezer paper and diluted starch to prepare his applique pieces before sewing.  The key is layering the pieces in the right sequence.  His quilts are absolutely FLAT, he irons the applique.
This is his large quilt, Chickadee, which won first place ribbons at Houston and Lancaster.  The 409 pine needles are appliqued.  Oh my.
Take a moment to go to his website and, if you get an opportunity, don't miss his lecture or workshops.    OR Click on title of this blog and it will take you to his website.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Here is a cute Trip Around the World.  Pieced by Becky W.   I quilted a separate feather border and a cute flower motif in the center of the quilt.  You can see the quilting on the back of the quilt - a tone on tone white fabric.

Here is a log cabin quilt.  Pieced by Beth H. for a guild challenge.  It is a small throw. 

Friday, June 10, 2011

Guild Night

Our quilting guild met last night and I took some pictures.  This first bunch is Show-N-Tell from the ladies at Pride of the Prairie Quilt Guild.  We meet in Naperville, IL. 

Just Ducky pattern is in Dec 2009 in American Patchwork and Quilting.

This was a panel and she cut out the teddys and made a cute setting for them.

This is only half of it.  I love the setting.

A little blurry.  The sashing is pieced.  SO cute.
 Our guest lecturer was Sue Pawlowski and she brought a trunk show.  She likes to work with small pieces!   Nothing goes to waste.  She's very thrifty and save EVERY SCRAP.   She saves 1 x 1 inch pieces and makes little 4-patches or 9-patches and then she makes a miniature with the left overs.  Here are some examples. 

Her "Thread Ball".  20 years in the making.

Half-Inch Squares!

More half-inch squares.

Hexagon Quilt

Close Up Hexagon Quilt.  I wouldn't want to piece that!

Pieces cut with Accu Cutter

I really like this one.

More Hexagons

Jack's Chain.  So bright and cheerful!  She has a pattern for this one.

Larger Jack's Chain

A mini.

This one was so cute.  A large Churn Dash.

Spools of Thread

Made with left over triangles cut from making binding.

Close Up

Another "left over" quilt.
 You can buy her patterns here:

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Marge's Sampler

This lovely sampler was pieced by Marge M.  She wanted something with feathers.
 These blocks are "in process" - all the quilting had not been finished yet.

  Here are some finished blocks, with more quilting. 

Borders and the back of the quilt.