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The Joy of Less

I have A LOT of quilts.  Most of them are samples from the classes I have taught over the years.  I have been asked to sell some of them at a local art gallery here in Winston-Salem so  I’ll be joining my good buddies, Steph Skardal and Carole Dunn, on Saturday, July 21 at Blissful Studio and Gallery on 4th Street in Winston-Salem.  We are all pretty excited!

Here’s a little preview of several of the quilts.  All of these are in excellent condition.  If you are interested in one of them, or have questions, just let me know!  I hope they bring back happy memories for you!

African log Cabin 84″ x 95″  African fabrics.  $450

 

Imari Plate  90″ x 90″  $400

 

Halloween Sampler block of the month.  58″ x 79″  $450

Serendipity Sampler.  65″ x 79″  Custom quilted by Rosemary Cushman  $450

The Vera Wedding Quilt.  50″ x 59″  Button embellishment  $300

Hooterville Nursery Quilt  40″ x 53″  Hand dyed wools on cotton.  $450

 

 

Hip to be Mod Baby Quilt.  45″ x 45″  $100

Folk Art Wool Sampler  47″ x 56″  $400

 

Baby Churn Dash 40″ x 40″  $150

Bride and Bloom: Progress Report

I started working on this fabulous applique quilt in late spring.  I’m hoping to teach it as a six-part class this fall.  I should finish the applique prep this week.  I still have LOTS of stitching to finish.  Here are some pictures of the process.

I stitched the stem and leaves for my first block.  Then I started adding “stuff.”I ended up with this.  I decided the vase fabric wasn’t right so I changed it…

…to this.  Not a huge difference but I like it.

Trying out some leaves for my second block.

Prepping Karen K Buckley Perfect Circles.  🙂
From the pattern……to the fabric.

Here are the bones for the Bride block.I pinned her parts together.  Remember paper dolls??  I used an Amy Butler fabric for her pinafore.

More stuff got added.  There’s lot of stuff in this quilt.  HAHAHAAlmost ready to stitch her together.  I really don’t like sticking pins in her.
She got moved to the small foam board mat.  I thought about removing her pantaloons but decided to leave them.Here she is all stitched up!  She does have a face!  I’ll show you in the next post.

Same process for the 4th block.  I stitched the stem and glued down the leaves.I prepped all the pieces.And here’s the final block.And here are all four of them on my sewing room floor.  We will talk more about that hexie sashing later.  🙂

I have finished prepping the borders, the sashing posts and three of the four corner blocks.   I’ll post more about those in the next couple of weeks.  Follow me on Instagram @kathleenbaden for progress reports.

I’m hoping to start teaching it in September.  Let me know if you are interested in joining this fabulous craziness!

 

Wednesday evening Open Sew

Fowler’s round robin is finished.Jennifer is machine quilting her round robin.

Here’s Laura’s.

Mindy’s round robin.
Steph worked on this in class.She sent me this picture of the finished product.
Her Riley Blake challenge quilt.Fowler’s Thistle Thicket.  Theresa DeWalt quilted this for her.Jennifer’s alphabet quilt.  She’s machine quilting this.  She used a 2.5 inch strip for her sashing and we loved the light teal background.A closeup of one of the blocks.Cupcake has shiny thread.  🙂
Fowler is hand quilting her Flowering Vine.  She’s using masking tape to mark her lines.It’s going to be beautiful.Liz’s hexagon quilt.  English paper pieced.  Hand appliqued.Jean’s sashiko quilt.

Fabulous hand quilting.

Liz’s alphabet quilt for her daughter.

Some of the blocks…I love them and her set is just wonderful.

Katie is stitching her alphabet quilt for her brand new baby.  My students are very busy!

Katie’s cross-stitch family…almost finished.Taylor’s shark quilt for her little boy.  This is her first quilt.  Self taught.Please note that all the sharks are swimming “right side up.”  Yay!!

Open Sew:

It has been a few weeks since the last Open Sew update.  We are still sewing!  Here are some pictures from my Monday classes.Laura finished her t-shirt quilt!  She still had to add the borders when I took this picture and she did!  Great job Laura!Cynthia’s Science Fair.  King size.  Carolyn Friedlander fabric.  Beautiful!Kay’s finish.  Pattern is by Alison Glass and is available at the shop.Big stitch hand quilted.  Two different colors of perle cotton.The back.  Amy has this on display at the shop.  It’s worth the trip!Carole’s knitting bag.  We had a very good time with the grommet installation.  Did you know there’s a YouTube video for that??Diana’s almost finished sampler from Rebecca Ringquist.How cool is this?

Linda is stitching a little hand applique.  This picture makes me happy.

Kay and I are making the Tula 100 blocks.  #1  🙂

 

Jane sent me this picture of her bargello quilt.   This is stunning!  (Amy still has kits at the shop.)Finally, my mom is hand quilting her king size applique quilt.  She has finished outlining the center medallion.  On to the four corners!

 

What I Did in February and March :)

I worked on a dog sweater for Roscoe.  He’s actually not too crazy about it.

A couple of my friends have started the Tula 100 Block Sampler so of course I had to dive in.

The top block belongs to Kay.  The bottom block is mine.  99 to go.  HAHAHAI stitched the binding on Stella’s baby quilt.  Mindy, her mom, embroidered it and Gina Allen quilted it.  Stella is a very special baby with a very special mom and dad.   You can watch a WXII video about her here.I taught a beginner applique workshop in Hickory at the Catawba Valley Quilters Guild.  What a fabulous group of women!  Debbie and I had the best time!

I ordered this applique pattern.  I really like it.  80″ square.  We shall see…

I helped Theresa Reid mark up her La Passacaglia so she would be able to trim it.  She is planning to machine quilt it herself.  It is so beautiful.

I worked on my Bari J quilt.  Lots to do but I really like the process.

I got a call from Steph Skardal on Thursday, February 22 to let me know she had won Best in Show at QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena.  Crazy!

Here’s the ribbon to prove it.  Her Open Sew peeps were pretty proud of her and so am I.

My daughter-in-law needs a new throw so Steph created this little gem.  I’m still looking for the green fabrics and then I’ll get busy!

 

 

 

La Pass Open House

We had a La Passacaglia Open House almost two weeks ago.  Lots of sharing!!Andrea e-mailed this picture to me.  So right!!

Robin also sent me a picture.  She has been very busy.  Sunshine!

Ginny P’s finish.  Theresa DeWalt quilted this for her.  It’s so fabulous!!  Why did I take only one picture???Joyce’s finish.  Quilted by Gina Allen.  She added a border.  It is the PERFECT frame!My favorite rosette in Joyce’s La Pass.  Who puts The Grinch in a La Pass???Fab.Mary Hil is DONE.  She is trimming it up.  Laura Davies is going to quilt hers…The bicycle rosette.
Close up!

Update:  Laura Davies quilted Mary Hil’s La Pass for her last week.  Here are a couple of pictures.

Pretty amazing!Laura loved it so much that she took a class from me to learn the technique.  She sent me this picture over the weekend.  You go Laura!!
Joan L’s rosettes.  She is going to use lavender stars for her rosettes.Jeanne’s start.  We liked her dark blues.

A good beginning!  It’s a long process…one step at a time.Carole is in one of my Open Sew groups and she brought her rosettes to class.  Those cats…She’s planning on making a deconstructed La Pass.  She will applique her rosettes on a background.Pretty awesome way to sew a star ring…somebody is always coming up with a better way…

Stay tuned!

What I Did in January

I taught my first 2018 class on New Year’s Day!!  Patsy and Katie wanted to learn the basics of the alphabet quilt so we started bright and early.  The sunshine was wonderful and we had a great time.

 

We had lots of days like this in January.Fortunately, our children gave us a new coffeemaker.  Ours was very old.  🙂  A good friend gave me the thermal cup:  sewing makes everything better.  For sure.  Hot coffee on a cold day.
I worked on my Bari J blocks.  Lots of log auditions.Settled on this color combo.Made this.

I started knitting a sweater for Roscoe.  He is very patient.

I worked on my #barijquiltalong blocks some more.Progress shot.  Not liking the rail fence at the bottom.  That will be a redo.  Fowler and I are pondering.
I taught a beginner embroidery class for “Nevertheless” at Jennifer’s house.  First time doing that.  Very fun!  She was a great hostess!

I taught this class a LOT in January.  This beauty belongs to Beverly.

My Meals on Wheels quilt.  I’m trying to make one quilt a month for their 2018 Christmas distribution.  My friend Carol M donated the flannel.

Remember my cross stitch piece from December?

I worked on this a lot in January.  🙂  I have a lot to do!  Bring on February!