Thursday, September 15, 2011


Curious, suddenly I seem to be quite interested in learning about different handwork techniques. Last month it was a class with David Taylor. This month was a class with Anita Shackleford, and I started taking a Dear Jane class at one of the local shops.

David Taylor does beautiful art quilts that are all hand appliquéd. He was a wonderful teacher, but unfortunately his genius did not seep into my brain. I understand his technique. I just can't come close to duplicating it.

Anita Shackleford taught surface textures, appliqué and ruching. Another delightful class and an excellent teacher.

Different styles of artistic expression, but both done by hand. David only does machine quilting on his works, and Anita does both hand and machine quilting.
The Dear Jane class is taught by Ruth Ann, a lovely lady and great teacher. Yesterday was our first class.

Four to five blocks a month for the next three years. Can you believe it! I signed up for a three year class. A three year class where the entire quilt is done by hand.

I ordered a pack of fabric from The Temecula Quilt Company. It was beautifully wrapped, before I opened it up to fondle the fabrics. I should have taken a picture of it before I opened it up, but I just couldn't wait.

Last night I cut the pieces for all four of this month's blocks. I got two of the blocks pieced.

This is the next one to do.

The last block is still in its baggie.

This is what the finished quilt should look like. Did I mention that the blocks finish at 4" square?
 So, when I finish it will I have to learn how to hand quilt it, or can I load it on the longarm?

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  1. good for you learning new techniques-I started as a hand piecer and quilter, a zillion years ago (yikes) it's a very relaxing process. That is going to be an amazing quilt project.

  2. oh forgot to say I love your header picture!

  3. Yikes, 4" blocks? It will be amazing and I look forward to watching it come together.

    I too love the quilt on your header.