Category Archives: Classroom Creations

The Silk Necktie Purse

STP step 12Last Spring, I visited the Quilting Guild of Indianapolis and some of the ladies were showing off their sweet little purses that they had constructed from a silk necktie.  A very kind lady, Nancy Jo Clapp, had acquired the pattern from a friend in Florida and was sharing it with those who asked. She gave me permission to post the directions on my website, where you will find a picture tutorial and pattern by clicking on the teaching button.

I want to thank the many members of the Morgan County Schoolhouse Quilters Guild who came together for a complimentary workshop and reviewed my written directions while making the purse. Since I am not a pattern writer, their input was invaluable. Thank you guild members.

Paintstiks Class

Last Saturday, I spent an enjoyable afternoon instructing ten talented ladies on how to create an applique look, quilted wall hanging with Shiva Paintstiks. I provided three of my original designs for them to choose from and the Paintstiks. Instructions on how to create their own stencils from freezer wrap were also included. Here are a few of the classroom creations.

6a00e54fba3dd88834017eeb02c0fa970dDianne chose the dragonflies which seem to float on the surface. Beautiful!

6a00e54fba3dd88834017eeb02ca7d970dThe stencil is still intact on Margaret’s Day Lillies. The orange shadowing makes the lillies pop.

6a00e54fba3dd88834017eeb02cdee970dFran’s Dragonflies are going to be awesome once it is quilted and embellished. I feel like taking a walk in the woods when I look at it.

6a00e54fba3dd88834019101fb54fa970cJayDee picked out her border fabric prior beforehand and chose to use the colors from the beautiful batik for her Day Lilies. What a great plan!

6a00e54fba3dd8883401901c0558f6970bThese flowers painted by Sandi can be embellished to look like many different kinds of flowers. Clematis perhaps?

6a00e54fba3dd88834019101fb5efb970c    Fran decided to combine elements of the stencil patterns and create her own unique design. Very creative!

6a00e54fba3dd88834019101fb8275970cThis one titled, Day Lillies in the Pink, is a classroom sample I created to show how to finish the project with quilting and beads.

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Fusing and Embellishment Class

I spent last Saturday morning in Columbus, Indiana teaching a Fusing and Embellishment class to nine very fun and talented ladies. They each brought a piece of background fabric and fusible web for the project and I provided the pattern and fabric scraps. The pattern was my original design titled, Marjorie’s Well Fed Birds.  No sewing machines were needed for this class. Because of time limits, students were encouraged to embellish their quilts at home with beads, hand embroidery and quilting. The goal of the class was to look at fabrics that can be used in a non-traditional way while giving yourself permission to play.

6a00e54fba3dd88834019101d54b19970cFran put a very modern twist to her quilt. The Australian fabric made wonderful leaves and a sun.

6a00e54fba3dd88834017eeadce586970dJayDee put lots of stripes to good use for her quilt. Her plan is to embellish with her needle punch machine.

6a00e54fba3dd8883401901bdf5fb1970bI love the use of the African print on the tree trunk of Gabrielle’s quilt.

6a00e54fba3dd88834019101d55cb0970cDonna chose a fabric with a sea shell print that gave her little birds lots of visual texture.

6a00e54fba3dd88834017eeadcf2a7970dJo used a fabric with bright poppies to make her sun really shine.

6a00e54fba3dd88834019101d5626d970cAnnette is an artist and it shows with her use of beautiful, soft pastels.

6a00e54fba3dd88834019101d569b3970cMyra chose a floral batik to add interesting patterns and visual texture to the tree.

6a00e54fba3dd8883401901bdfa7b5970bLook at the visual texture in the tree’s trunk and the colors in the sun. Billie nailed it with her fabric choices.

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