Tuesday and Wednesday my guild had Debbie Maddy do two workshops and a trunk show. She brought seven suitcases full of quilts! Wow! I suspect every quilt I’ve ever made could have fit in juast one of those suitcases. Most of her patterns use her method for making diamonds with no “Y” seams. This lets even beginners make striking quilts and they go together quickly.
On Wednesday I had the opportunity to take her Cosmic Jewels workshop. She was very informative, and I loved her Texan accent! I don’t do a lot of piecing, so I enjoyed picking up a few tips from her. She spoke about organizing the fabrics for her pattern and we had class discussion moving them around. She also gave a great tip about using regular fine sandpaper to hold your fabric in place when you need to draw on it. The Cosmic Jewels pattern we were using used half square triangles, so we used a quick method for making those.
Needless to say, I couldn’t just follow instructions and keep it simple. I thought I had a “brilliant” idea. I had lots of 5″ charm squares that I thought I could use. I asked her first, just to make sure it was okay with her, and it was. But, that meant I had to modify the instructions somewhat since her pattern only calls for eight fabrics plus a background. I actually enjoyed the extra challenge and I definitely was happy with the results. I’m making this into a wall hanging for our dining room.
Now for the fun part — my first ever giveaway! I have a brand new Cosmic Jewels pattern to give away!
I hate jumping through hoops to enter other giveaways, so I’ll make it easy for you. Just leave a comment below, and I’ll do a drawing at the end of this weekend. I’ll announce a winner on Monday morning. If you want to become a follower of this blog, it’s in the left hand column, but that’s not required. If you want to “like” me on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/MariaElkins, that’s optional too. Enjoy!