String-pieced Quilts – Report from the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

First quilt block!
First quilt block!

Zippidy Do Da was one of the classes I taught up at the Quilter’s Affair teaching week as part of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt show week.

It was planned as a kids class, but we had lots of grown ups sign up, too! That turned out to be a great combination for me, as everyone’s work inspired each others’ and we had a lot of fun.

My youngest student, pictured here, made her first ever quilt block during the first session, and that provided me the BEST MOMENT of the entire week! She had made the block oversized and raggedy on the edges. Then she traced the 10″ template on the back for trimming. I took it and trimmed with a rotary cutter and then held it up to show her. Her face lit up so brightly and she actually jumped (practically out of her skin) for joy – it was a priceless moment and one I’ll always remember!

String-pieced cow quilt block
String-pieced cow quilt block

Everyone started with a center piece and added strips on either side.

Norman's Quilt - 6 completed blocks
Norman’s Quilt – 6 completed blocks

Some students planned the blocks to go together.

Lovely baby quilt blocks
Lovely baby quilt blocks

And other students created more improvisationally.

The busy classroom
The busy classroom

Everyone did a wonderful job…

19 of 81 completed!
19 of 81 completed!
Great improved blocks!
Great improv’d blocks!
Pretty Kaffe's in progress
Pretty Kaffe’s in progress
Susan and her amazing quilt top!
Susan and her amazing quilt top!
A whole quilt top finished in 6 hours!
A whole quilt top finished in 6 hours!

I was proud of F. for finishing her quilt top in only six hours. She was so creative to try the string piecing straight, on the diagonal and in the center triangles that we made a special foundation for. She particularly loved the Ninja fabric I had brought to share!

Sheila (AKA Baby Death Grip) and me!
Sheila (AKA Baby Death Grip) and me!

Sheila had a great large-scale cat print to inspire her quilt. We had a bit of a laugh when I was trying to figure out why her machine was making such tiny stitches. We determined that she was holding the fabric too tightly and the result was teeny stitches. She got a real kick out of my calling it the Baby Death Grip!

In all, I couldn’t have been more pleased with my ‘kids!’

V. and her fabulous quilt blocks!
V. and her fabulous quilt blocks!
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