So much happening!!!!
If you have been following this blog - you know that one of the ongoing projects we worked on was Sylvia's Bridal Sampler from the book series - Elm Creek Quilts by Jennifer Chiaverini.
Here is a picture of the book that we used in this project........
|Elm Creek Quilt book|
The class was held at Ruti's Needlebed. We started in January of 2011. Each month, TEN blocks were assigned. Each of the blocks are 6 1/2" unfinished. All the block instructions were written by a number of different people and well some of them didn't make sense. I tried to make them a bit more consistent and provide "clues" to make the construction of these blocks easier.
There were a lot of moments in the class - struggles, ripping, frustration, but overall I think they had fun and they certainly rose to the occasion of completing this quilt.
It was made VERY CLEAR at the beginning that they did NOT have to complete all 140 blocks!!! I know 140 blocks! That is a LOT. So as the meetings progressed, some chose to eliminate some of the more complex blocks or those with Y seams or whatever. It appeared that each of them had their own method of elimination.
After giving the class several months to complete the blocks and assemble the quilt, I hosted them at my house yesterday for a show n tell.
All I can say - they BLEW me away. Wow - the quilts are so different - it is hard to believe that we used the same blocks.
Without further ado - here are the quilts......................
|Jeanette made not one|
|But TWO quilts|
Let's see - we did not get show n tell from a couple of people - I shall NOT name any names - right Vicki???? And Celia was here, but her top isn't completely together yet, so she did not bring it. Hmmmmm - a big secret???? Can't wait to see it.
Well there you have. I would like to thank you all for being wonderful students. The classes were FUN and certainly entertaining. I never knew what "complaints" and "excuses" would arise every month!!! You certainly kept me on my toes and I am glad that I was part of this group.
Thanks to Jennifer also, for providing us with the idea and the book so we had a wonderful project to work on. If you ever need quilt testers - I have just the group for you!!!!
If you want to see the quilts in progress - click on Elm Creek Quilt (tags on the right hand side) or do a search for Elm Creek and you will see the previous posts related to this project.
Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!