A couple of weeks ago I visited the Modesto Country Crossroads Quilters, and the Turlock Quilt Guild. My dear friend Ursula is a member of both guilds, and managed to help them coordinate a visit from me. I have the greatest pals!
Modesto also booked me for a workshop, and chose the Back To Square One pattern for me to teach. This quilt is a bunch of fun… part strip quilt (like a jelly roll race) and part log cabin.
It can be made with a jelly roll, or you can bust some stash by cutting strips. In the workshop, we sew all morning, and then spend the afternoon playing with the block units.
The guild’s workshop space was wonderful – plenty of room to play with block setting, plenty of power for the irons, and plenty of AC to keep us cool!
The block units are triangles, with the longest edge showing the dominant value. You end up with equal numbers of light and dark units to work with, and then play with those to make squares.
Like log cabin blocks, the layouts can be changed to use the light and dark edges to make dramatically different compositions.
Those cheap flannel backed table cloths make wonderful portable design surfaces. And when you roll them up the blocks only stick to the flannel side, not the plastic side, so they are easier to unroll when you get home.
In addition to playing with the blocks you make, you also get to wander around the room to look at what other people are up to. Its amazing that one setting will look great for one set of blocks and dull in another, and your neighbors’ will look just the opposite! This workshop teaches a lot about looking at value and color to get a pretty quilt top.
What I like best about the workshop is that every time I teach it, I learn new things about color. There is always at least one student that brings in a color combination that I (privately) though might be doubtful, and the finished blocks are absolutely knockout.
It’s also wonderful to hang out with quilters – they really are just the kindest and funniest groups of gals!
Three nights after the workshop I lectured for the guild, and several of the workshoppers brought in their finished tops for all to see (what a go-getting group!):
Thank you, ladies! Let’s play again soon!