“Speed Date with Improv” Zoom Workshop

Last Wednesday, November 4, and Thursday, November 5, mornings we had fun creating improv blocks with Krista Hennebury. Using the Zoom platform Krista showed videos of her directions regarding each block and then provided support as we worked on each one. Zoom allowed us to include two people from Ontario: a quilter from Krista’s wait list, and, Lynda, a SQG member currently in Ontario.

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What you missed if you didn’t come to the clothesline bag workshop!

Many thanks to Suzanne P for hosting this one… what a fun day we had on May 9th! There was a lot of sewing prep for this class for those who chose to wrap their clothesline in fabric (and no prep for moi, because I left my clothesline unwrapped for a more beachy feel!), but after the initial demonstration, we were soon zig-zagging our way to some pretty nifty totes, storage baskets and purses. As always, each one was unique, depending on fabric and colour choices, and how the shape evolved during the making of each bag. By around 2pm many had finished the tote/bag body. Which in truth was great progress given the amount of chirping and chatting going on as always! Which is what sewing together is all about!

And at yesterday’s May meeting, many bags appeared, already in use! The winner of the Block of the Month was pulled from Marilyn C’s basket, Kathryn G will be using hers as a toy box, Anne W and Maureen O are using theirs as totes. Mine is not yet finished… it still needs handles. If anyone else has pics of their bags, please share and either Judy or I will add them to this post.

Update: Finished my bag, which turned out to be more purse-sized! Any more to share?!

Clothesline bag workshop - Penny N purse



Wonky Stars continued…

Following our Wednesday Workshop with Dougal Walker, Linda D and I were at a sewing day on Saturday and both of us continued working on our Wonky Stars! We were wondering if anyone else has been making progress? We’d love to see how you’re doing! Send pics of your progress to me, Penny N, and I’ll post them here, too.

Linda D has made more progress (May 10th)…

Workshops - wonky stars - Linda D more blocks

And from Judy S (May 7th)!

Workshops - Judy S stars

Wonky Stars Workshop

What a fun day we had on April 25th with Dougal Walker in the Wonky Stars Workshop! Wonky Stars - Dougal Walker QuiltIt was a full house and many thanks to Barb M, Les O and Glenna W for making it happen.

The morning was spent sewing itty-bitty scraps and bigger leftover bits together to form the improv centres of our stars – no rulers allowed! By early afternoon, when the points of the stars were added, everyone had something colourful and unique to show for all the sewing. Along the way, lessons were learned in value and tone, and how to use asymmetry to infuse movement into patchwork.

After lunch, we were also treated to a surprise trunk show by Dougal… many quilts made from scraps that otherwise might have been thrown out. A clear lesson that, in fact, the more seemingly useless scraps you have, the more exciting your quilts may become!

Paul Krampitz – Working with Wedges

Paul Krampitz’s Working with Wedges Workshop was well attended, with members enthusiastic about learning something new and sharing the process with quilting friends.

Paul Krampitz WorkshopArmed with our wedge templates, we learned how to cut our fabric into angled pieces and sew them together to create interesting effects.  We started with the basics, creating our own block.  Later, Paul showed us some variations such as angle cutting striped fabric and using pieced strips in our blocks.

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