Saturday 19 September 2015

class show & tell

Well what a day we've had! Up bright & early and out to 'all things patchwork' to take part in the Modern Wedge class with Kathy Doughty from Material Obsession. It was an excellent day, lots to see, and lots to learn, and lots of time to play with fabric... exactly my sort of day!

Here's a few pics of the examples Kathy showed us today
From the 'how-we-used-to do-it' pile (which I actually still love!) ...

... to the all so easily do-able endless possibilities  - now we know how! 
Large prints, small prints, pastels, jewel colours, 'modern' fabrics, vintage, dark fabrics 
- it all went into the eclectic mix and all totally perfect! 

And she brought lots of quilts to show us too, here's two that caught my eye... 

a recent version of 'vintage spin' using solids too & with borders

and a recent version of 'Garden Party' 

And just what did I get up to all day?
Well, some of you may remember my attempts at this - 'Vintage Spin' from Kathy's book "Adding Layers". I drew up my own template & made a few blocks using my 'old-looking' fabrics, but somehow they just never seemed quite right! So I was really glad of the opportunity to attend this workshop today. I decided early on that I was going to give 'Vintage Spin' another go, but this time doing it a bit differently!  I wanted vintage and I wanted pretty, but first I needed to sort my scrappy selection of fabrics into warm & cool colour piles...

... and then the fun began! 
Matching up the pairs, cutting out & sewing, time just flew!
 Kathy's comment about my choices - "right out of granny's linen cupboard" - that'll do me just fine! 

I can see now that 'contrast' is the key
and how the color of a fabric is not really known until it is actually playing beside it's neighbour! 
I can see how fussy cutting really adds an extra dimension!
I can certainly see how easy it is to use these templates, and it's a lot of fun experimenting too!

my favorite so far

 Oh, and I can see that I'm going to be v.busy over the next week or so getting this all together!
For more pics of today pop on over to millymadeit 


Karyn said...

If I wasn't so tired - all that concentration and learning - I'd be making more blocks right now! Great photos.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Thank you Karyn! and yes, so glad I planned ahead & had smoked salmon/potato cakes and salad all ready to go for dinner tonight!

Julie said...

Oh I wish I could have gone - looks fabulous. I love the "Vintage Spin" quilt - your blocks are lovely - especially that fussy cut one!

Nifty Quilts said...

Lucky you! Kathy is so inspiring. Your blocks do accomplish the feeling you're after. Very pretty.

Linda said...

I would have loved being with you doing Kathy's workshop. I love her books, quilt designs and most of all her fabric choices. Delicious is the word that springs to mind! Love the fabrics and colours you are using and the fussy cutting is excellent. It will be lovely to see how your quilt progresses.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Thank you! Gosh it really was such a wonderful workshop, time just flew! Kathy is a great inspiration, lots of creative ideas, her fabric choices were indeed amazing! (it’s all about getting that contrast)
And Kathy’s so warm & friendly, she made sure she spent time with each of us. Linda

Mystic Quilter said...

What an experience taking a class with Kathy Doughty!! I love the mix of fabrics she uses in her quilts and the ones you have used in your blocks. My favourite is also your last pink block.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

You have a great start to a spectacular quilt there! Wow!! I really look forward to seeing this one come together.

Rachel said...

It was a great day wasn't it! I'm impressed that you managed to take so many photos! Can't wait to see your finished quilt, I'm waiting for mum to finish with her wedge template so that I can cut more blocks for mine!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Hi Rachel, Yes, I’m certainly glad now that I did take a few pics, good to look back on & remind me of some of the things that Kathy chatted about! She certainly has a knack for combining those fabrics! And she made it look so easy! Linda

Sue said...

Oh Linda - I didn't realise you were in the class with me! Great two days of stitching. I really loved those wedges from the class. A really interesting tutor with so much information!