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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!