Two weeks ago I had a workshop with Gwen Marston on Small Quilts. I had so much fun! I took 2 classes from her last year, and I was really looking forward to this year's class. A huge Thank You to Lee from Two Thimbles Quilt Shop in Bellingham for putting on this class. She did a super job!
Gwen's subject was Small Quilts. Gwen brought 20-30 small quilts from her collection of 450! Some of them were traditional - Gwen often makes a small quilt to play with pattern or color or to replicate an antique quilt - and some were in the liberated style. All of them were beautiful and inspiring! Gwen spread them all out on the floor and then talked about her inspiration and reasoning for each quilt.
I decided to work in the traditional format this time. I've got so many repro fabrics and thought it was time to use some of them. I don't know if I could make a big quilt with them anymore. I find them kind of boring to work with, although I love the way they look all finished. Small quilts won't make much of a dent in my stash, but I think they're more fun to work with. There were a few people working "traditionally" and most worked in the liberated format.
Here is my layout. I had to work with the indigos, of course! Check out the cool cheddar fabric I found - it looks hand-dyed. Um, wouldn't that be UN-traditional? I couldn't resist it! *grin*
Here's two of my classmates' traditional takes on the small quilt:
And here's some of the liberated small quilts:
|love the dots on this one!|
|I love that the tissue box seems to go with what she's got going on here!|
It was so much fun to meet some bloggers I've only "met" on-line and also to make new friends.
|Em was so fast, she was quilting already!|
I didn't get my little quilt put together in class. I have to admit, I was visiting too much! So, when I got back to my hotel, I stayed up late and got it put together.
Here it is, all sewn together and bordered. I love this border fabric! Now to get it quilted and bound.
If you get the chance to take a class with Gwen Marston, I highly recommend it. And I wouldn't dawdle too long, if I were you. I don't think Gwen will be doing this indefinitely. If you're in this area (Western Washington), Gwen will be doing some classes at Quiltworks Northwest in Bellevue next year.
For more photos and fun from Gwen's class, see Miki's blog here and here, Nifty's blog, Buffy's blog, and last but far from least, Em's blog.
I'll be back soon - I've got more to show you!