Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Freepiecing freedom

Last Saturday I attended a workshop sponsored by my lovely little guild, the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild.  Guild member Valerie, of Purple Boots and Pigtails fame, was our teacher.  It was her first experience teaching a quilting class and we are so glad we talked her into it!  We all admire her quilts,  especially her use of freepiecing.  She did an amazing job and hopefully will consider teaching more classes.  I am used to improv piecing but I had not tried lettering before.  That's what interested me the most.  Val showed us her method and I was totally smitten with it. She gave everyone in the class some Pink breast cancer fabric and asked us to include some in our piecing, to honour her friend Bernie who very recently passed away. I used it in the roof.
 I came right home and worked on making my blocks from the class into  a  wallhanging for my sewing room .(I totally stole your sewing room wallhanging idea Anja!)  I quilted it with vertical squiggly lines using a pink variegated Sulky 30# thread top and bottom and a  90/14 topstitch needle.  I love how it turned out so much.
 My QuiltySister from Qatar is home for a little visit and tagged along to the class with me and helped me with lugging all my gear and even cutting and pressing.  It was so great to spend some quality quilty time with my sis...I miss her a lot. She enjoyed the class too.  Even though she is a strict to- the-  pattern lover,  she really liked the letter free piecing and tells me she is going to give it a try when she gets back to her sewing room in Doha.  Thanks Valerie, for a fun, learning day.  You rock!

                                                                           
Measures 16" x 46"


Along with the house block, the letters and the trees, we also made a freepieced churn dash block.  I am going to make a cushion with it.  I used the breast cancer fabric in the centre on this one.



Earlier today, I heard from Stephanie, the winner of my anniversary giveaway fabric postcard. The postcard arrived safe and sound and she really enjoyed it.  I can show it to you now.  It is similar to the sample that I used for teaching  my first postcard workshop.  BTW.  I am teaching another fabric postcard class on Sunday if you are interested.  Get in touch with me for more info.


Hope you are having a great day and had time to work on something quilty.



17 comments:

  1. So cute! The runner is wonderful!

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  2. Thank YOU Lind!
    I love our little guild.... I'd be happy to do it again!
    I love the runner, it turned out really nicely! You're a pro!

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  3. Thank YOU Lind!
    I love our little guild.... I'd be happy to do it again!
    I love the runner, it turned out really nicely! You're a pro!

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  4. Looks like a lot of fun! Your runner and block are great! Really bright and cheerful!

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  6. It was so much fun catching up on your blog! I actually have some time to read blogs today! Look at you teach that class! Such amazing work! Love this wall hanging too! So glad you are getting a nice visit in with your sister too! That is so important!

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  7. Oh that looks like a lot of fun , I'd like to try that l love your hope runner , it turned out just great ! Enjoy your visit with your sister :-)

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  8. Love the wall hanging. It's kinda cool that you took something from me. LOL Class was fun!!!

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  9. Your Hope hanging is wonderful! Love your fabrics, especially the black and white backgrounds, and your quilting really does its job to add pizazz! Well done, and such a cute postcard too!

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  10. I love that freepiecing project. It looks like fun too.

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  11. Wow, Linda! I am soooo impressed! Wouldn't it be fun to get together with our quartet so you can share this technique with us? I hear a whole lot of laughing going on!

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  12. Gorgeous postcard and your wallhanging is a great idea. xx

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  13. Seems like a fun class. Wall hanging is lovely. Enjoy your sister time. My only sister lives in Tennessee.

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  14. Beautiful work, Linda. Looks like Val's workshop was a great success!

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  15. That turned out amazing! I think I may need a wall hanging too now! It was so great to meet your sister at the class :)

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  16. That sounds like it was a great class! I wish I could have been there. The free lettering looks like fun and I like your free pieced churn dash block.

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