Monday, July 16, 2012

our improv day with Faith

On Saturday, the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild hosted Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts for a workshop on improv piecing. Here's Faith with the class sample she made. So fun, right?

I really love the mix of solids with the cross hatch print. I think I need to get some of that for myself.

Faith started the class by giving an overview on how to construct an improv log cabin block.

Here are some more sample blocks she made. I really like the various neutrals mixed with solid and print colors. 

Then it was time for us to get to work. Here's the work table of Nancy, Teresa, and Lisa. I really loved their blocks!

I stitched away for a few uninterrupted hours. It was really nice to have some time to work on something fun for me. That doesn't happen too much these days so I eagerly worked, cutting and stitching, building blocks up as they came to me.

And soon my little pile grew to five large sized finished log cabin blocks. 

Faith show us a couple of ways we could arrange our finished blocks, either as staggered columns....

or in a nine-patch design. 

In the end, I used four of my blocks, and arranged them like this. I had never made log cabins in this style before, that is with the colors on one side and the neutrals on the other. It was fun, and I'm pleased with my result, although I think I like my improv log cabins to be a little less thought out, if that makes sense. I think I'm going to finish this off and turn it into a throw pillow.

Thanks again Faith, for the workshop. It was great to spend some time with you!


Janice @ Better off Thread said...

I love what you made! How lucky that you guys got to have a workshop with Faith! My MQG (North Bay) is teeny tiny and brand new, but maybe someday we can get some workshops going here.

Faith Jones said...

I had a great time Heather - I'm glad you did too and we had a chance to visit.

Jean(ie) said...

Oh that sounded like tons of fun! I love the hatch print fabric!

Leslie said...

what a fun time....your blocks have me inspired and my wheels are turning. i just sorted all of my scraps and am trying to decide what to do with them...this could be a great start.

Carrie P. said...

I like that improv!

Esch House Quilts said...

I love the way you put your blocks together. A whole quilt like that would look great - lots of white space with "dots" of color :)

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