Warning: This is a very photo-heavy post!
|My Small Study #1|
8.5 X 10.25 inches unfinished
My 3-day class with Gwen Marston was so much fun! We were learning how Gwen made her Small Studies quilts and how to make our own as well. These are the Small Studies in Gwen's book "37 Sketches". We only had 10 students in the class, so we got lots of attention from Gwen. We had long discussions, got to see lots of her newer quilts, and learned how to make the "parts" she uses to make her Small Studies.
My first piece, above, uses one of the wonderful hand-dyed pieces I got from Kelly. Those pieces are just the right size to use in a small study - I even have a little bit left of that yellow/orange.
Below are examples of some of the parts we learned. (None of these examples are mine.)
a great example of utilizing a striped fabric well
|we learned triangles of all kinds|
|more inserted squares|
|log cabins, of course!|
|strips with & without inserts|
It was a good thing the class was 3 days, as it took most of a day just making the parts. Gwen says hers take about 17 hours each - just the top! After we all made a bunch of parts, the real learning started - how to design a quilt and put them all together!
Here are everyone's pieces that were up on the design wall near the end of the third day. (I'm sorry but I didn't get the names attached to the pieces. If you know who should be credited, please let me know so I can give credit due.) Many people managed to make 2 or even 3 pieces in the 3 days. All of these little "studies" are approximately the size of a piece of printer paper, some are a little smaller and some a little larger.
Aren't these all fantastic?! What a fun, creative group of women we had in this class!
And now, I'll show you what I was trying out for my second piece. I was really struggling with this one - I was rushing, trying to get done before the end of the class, as I wanted Gwen's input on what I was doing. I managed to get two pieces done in 3 days. (these little parts take a long time to construct.)
I was trying for a kind of Amish vibe here - I wanted to do simple. Not too successfully. So I decided I needed more parts. Back to the sewing machine!
|2nd try - not there yet!|
I made some log cabins, some inserted squares and someone gave me a 4-patch to try out. Gwen told us that trying out some other parts, even if the colors are wrong, will give you a good idea of something more you could do. We also laid our partial pieces on top of her little quilts for more ideas. It really worked well.
|now I'm up on the design wall, taking suggestions from anyone|
I made still more parts! Getting closer, but not quite "it" yet.
|My Small Study #2|
8.5 X 9.5 inches unfinished
After moving some things around and some trimming, it's finally done!
I would say this was a very successful class. We all made good pieces, had a wonderful time and I learned a lot. I was exhausted at the end, but it was a good, happy exhaustion. Candy said she had a great time too.
I'm already working on #3!