Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Quilting 202 - Graduation Day!

I am so proud of the first graduating class in Quilting 202.  I'm gonna miss these girls on Tuesday morning!  I think we made a really good team and WOW! are the quilts wonderful!  Ok, not completely finished, but we have lives!!  We have all promised to meet again to show our finished projects or at least send me pictures to post on this blog.  Cross your fingers!  Time for SHOW AND TELL!!

Millie has just about all her blocks made and just needs to sew them together - and they are all just about perfect!!!  She is making the biggest project of any of the students and will end up with a queen size quilt.  She plans on sending it out to be longarmed and I just can't wait to see the finished product.  She is thinking of putting the blue sand fabric on the back.  That will look just fabulous!!! We've decided that Millie's quilt is the summer coast and Mare's is the spring coast!  It is amazing how fabric selection changes everything!!!  Beautiful Millie, just beautiful!!!

Look at the glowing Donna!  She got the inner border done, the batting applied and the 'quilt sandwich' pinned together.  She is going to bring the back fabric around to the front and finish the piece with the Beatles fabric as a border.  She is making up her mind about how to quilt it, but may use purple thread and a big decorative stitch - or maybe a machine stitch inside each block - or maybe just machine quilted.  She jumped right into free motion quilting and wasn't afraid a bit!  With a little practice, I think she just may be pretty good at it!! Choices, choices, choices.  Regardless of the final decision, this piece is a beauty and she is so proud!  I love it!!!
Diane is making a throw size quilt.  Because she had such a trial getting the fabric that she wanted, she has ended up with LOTS of fabric cut out to make this project.  So, she will probably make a sister throw to this one and maybe a tablerunner, too.  Her work is wonderful and I am so pleased to have had her in class.  She has inspired me to keep learning and growing.  She is including her whole family in her quilting journey and that just touches my heart!  Thank you, Diane!!!!  She is going to add a small inner border and a larger outer border.  I can't wait to see how she finish quilts it.  She may do this on her sewing machine and after seeing her practice today in class - this is gonna be exciting!!!! 
And this week's teacher's pet is Mare!  She pleased us all this morning by showing up with her top finished!!  She is going to end up with 2 throw/twin size quilts.  She has the cool, spring coast because of her use of the blue instead of the rust fabric.  I am so proud of her to have this top completely pieced.  She is thinking about machine quilting one of the tops and maybe tying the other one.  AND, she practiced free motion machine quilting in class today.  In spite of the machine not being set up to free motion, the tension being wonky and the foot being the wrong one - she turned out a pretty nice practice piece.  She may just jump right in a do some free motion on one of these tops.  I just can't wait!!!  And look at the smile on her face!  I thinking quilting makes us beautiful!  Sure has for these girls!!!
So, even though class is over, you girls have homework!
Finish up your projects - just keep working a little at a time.
If you have questions - call me!  I am lonely and need to talk to my peeps as much as possible!!

Thank you ladies.  You have given me much more than I have given you!   xoxox