Monday, March 19, 2012


One of the fun things about being VP of my guild is that the VP is in charge of finding out what classes the guild would like to have for the year and then getting teachers to fulfill those wishes.  Sometimes our teachers come straight from our own group.  For instance, we have had the snap purse, a lovely bargello and applique Christmas table runner, and Painless Cathedral Windows taught by our own members.  In the next few months, we will have classes on making a market bag, a beach bag, and fabric bowls by various members, too.

We are also fortunate to have access to outside instructors who stimulate our creative juices.  Marilyn Doheny and her 9 degree ruler, Sharon Stewart and her wool applique,  and Mary Nielsen introducing us to the Tri Recs tool have all graced our quilting efforts this guild year.

This Wednesday, Debbie Lou Powell will be showing us how to make the stunning Tree of Life quilt.  We have all loved these when we see them at shows, but making them has always been a challenge.  Working with bias in diamonds and sewing in Y-seams have always been challenging, to say the least.  Debbie runs an eclectic quilt shop about 30 miles from here called Miss Lou's, and most of us have already made it a favorite haunt.  Now she is coming to teach us her slant on this quilt, and I am very excited about it.

The actual Tree of Life pattern will be coming from the technique of Nancy Johnson Srebro, which makes it unnecessary to worry about piecing diamond shapes or Y seams.  I'm all for that!  To help us sort out how we want the colors to distribute in our trees, Nancy recommends making a mock up with fabric scraps, which are much easier to move around than any full size strips we might be using.  I don't know her technique, but above is my mock up, and I'm ready for Wednesday!!!

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