I flew out to Chicago last Wednesday to teach, along with 5 other teachers, at our first Quilting Together event. I taught a class called Designing With Log Cabin Blocks. Other classes included a mystery quilt, working with triangles, long-arm quilting feathers and fillers and quilt designs with applique and piecing.
I’ve designed several quilts where I’ve incorporated some type of piecing into the logs of Log Cabin blocks to create new designs and thought it would be fun to share my process. Here’s a sample of one block I’ve designed using this technique: Smooth Sailing from our May/June ’10 issue.
After a little instruction and inspiration, I turned my students loose to design. I brought my computer and Electric Quilt 6 with me and after a rough draft was drawn on graph paper, we loaded each block into EQ and made virtual quilts.
Once each student was pleased with her block, the sewing began.
The variety of blocks that came out of my 3 classes was amazing.
We checked out a couple of the other classes while taking a break:
The event was wonderful! Our event team did a great job of taking care of everyone (students and teachers) and tending to our every need.
Students and teachers alike left Chicago with new skills, new friends, fond memories and lots of goodies from our generous sponsors.
Sponsors for this event were Ackfelld Manufacturing, Andover Fabrics, APQS, Aurifil, Baby Lock, Blank Quilting, C&T Publishing, Clothworks, FreeSpirit, Guidelines 4 Quilting, Hoffman Fabrics, Robert Kaufman, Koala Studios, Moda, Patch Abilities, P&B Textiles, RJR Fabrics, Rowan, That Patchwork Place, The Warm Company, Therm-O-Web Adhesives, Timeless Treasures, Westminster Fibers, Accuquilt, Northcott, Landauer, Quilting Treasures, By Design Quilting, YLI, Bag Lady, Presencia, Arrow Sewing Cabinets, Art Gallery Fabrics, Oliso and Bayou Patch Designs.