Tree of Life Quilting Class at the Quiltmaker’s Gift Quilt Show

Introducing the Quiltmaker's Gift Quilt Show at Grace Episcopal Church, Nampa

Introducing the Quiltmaker’s Gift Quilt Show at Grace Episcopal Church, Nampa

 

Earlier this year, while I was teaching at College of Idaho, I met a number of wonderful quilters, including Suzi Johnson.  Both Suzi and her daughter, Stacey, took my strip quilt class at C of I and did a great job on their quilts.  Towards the end of our class time , Suzi asked me if I would consider teaching a class for quilters at her church during their  annual quilt show.  After we reviewed the date for their show and discussed the logistics, I agreed to do so on October 3rd.

I sent Suzi some ideas for an all-day workshop and she reviewed them with her priest, Reverend Karen Hunter.  They chose a table runner that I designed called the Tree of Life. I was excited as I drafted the final pattern for the table runner in preparation for the class. I experimented with a few ways to make the half square triangles for the trees and used Electric Quilt software to finish the final specifications.  It was exciting to see it all come together.

The Tree of Life Table runner - Large size

The Tree of Life Table runner – Large size

 

 

Colleen Murphy quilted my sample table runner and really captured the essence of the quilt.  She did a beautiful job of quilting additional branches and leaves into the setting triangles as you can see from the picture.  It was the finishing touch for the design and my sample was complete for my upcoming class!

When I arrived at Grace Episcopal Church, I was delighted to meet my students in the Parrish Hall.  The classroom was all set up with tables, ironing boards, irons, etc. and these ladies were ready to sew!  There were some quilts draped across the middle of the room, which were a part of the quilt show that was taking place in the church next door.

Stacey, Joy and Suzi cutting their blocks

Stacey, Joy and Suzi cutting their blocks

In no time at all we were under way and the girls were making great progress on their quilts.  It was amazing to see how different everyone’s blocks looked because of the varied fabrics and color choices.

Sarah and Nancy hard at work, trimming their half square triangles.

Sarah and Nancy hard at work, trimming their half square triangles.

Linda, Gail and Stacey

Linda, Gail and Stacey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Showing how to use make half square triangles

Me, showing how to make half square triangles

While we were stitching away, a group of ladies from the church were busy in the kitchen cooking.  Their delicious lunch provided plenty of energy for the group as we continued working on our table runners.

Suzi with her chain stitched half-square triangles

Suzi with her chain stitched half-square triangles

Gail with her completed trunk block for her Tree of Life runner

Gail with her completed trunk block for her Tree of Life runner

It was so much fun to see the table runners come together.  Mid-afternoon, we took a brief break and attended the Quiltmaker’s Gift Quilt Show that was being held in the church next door, while we were in our class.  It was beautiful and I’ve written a separate blog on the show itself.  I was very honored when asked to share some of my quilts in this show.

Reverend Karen Hunter and Suzi Johnson

Reverend Karen Hunter and Suzi Johnson

Later, Reverend Karen Hunter  looked in on our group to see how we were progressing.  I think she was impressed by all the talented quilters who had gathered for this class.

It really was a fun day and I so appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this very special event.  What a great group of ladies I met and had such a fun time stitching with.

Thanks again for inviting me to be your instructor.  You were all a joy to work with and the class was delightful!

Happy Stitching,

Jane

 

 

 

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