Friday, August 8, 2008

They Make Me So Proud

One of the proudest moments as a teacher is when students return with finished projects they have started in my classes. (Loosely defined: finished can be the top only, or really finished with real quilting and binding; I'm flexible!)

First is Sharon Gates's Spring Tulips which she started at a retreat that Anita Shackelford and I have been hosting for the past five summers. I just love the fabrics she chose for this design. Way to go, Sharon!

Also in the totally finished category is this Friendship Quilt by Sue Radcliff. This is NOT strip pieced! Sue cut each square and then pieced the rows. Prairie points give it a folk art flavor. Sue used a variety of buttons to tie the quilt and then added quilting to finish it. How fun is that!

Also in the Friendship Quilt grouping (but a different group of students than Sue was in) are Shirley S. and Debbie W. of Auburn. These tops were recently completed in class, thus there was no time for these ladies to get them completely finished! As a group, five students set a theme of fall and pooled their fabrics--45 different darks and about 25-30 lights. Each quilt looks different because of the random piecing method used.

This is Debbie's quilt. Please note that on all photos any weird warping effect is due to my photography and is not the quiltmaker's fault!

Excellent job, ladies! The next post will be photos of my Monthly Bliss 2 class and some of their quilts--both tops and finished! The post after that will be "Sock Gone Bad". Stay tuned!


  1. Ooooh, I love those friendship quilts! So aptly named with the class trading fabrics. And Sharon's tulip quilt is just lovely! I know the bliss quilt is fabulous - I've seen it once or twice..... but a sock gone bad??? What is that???

  2. Way to go, Sharon Gates! Clap clap clap!

    doing the Wiawaka wave...

  3. thanks, ladies
    now what do we have to do to get THE RETREAT back on for next August??
    hope all is good
    Sharon Gates

  4. Wow, beautiful work!

    Any hints on the project for Bliss this year??? I can't wait to see the pictures.

    Those friendship quilts are awesome! Is this class offered somewhere close by, as in Watkins Glen, Ithaca, etc..


    P.S. Waiting with anticipation for a "sock gone bad..".

  5. Awesome quilting!! It is so nice to see the fabulous work you have all done! Sharon has a knack for bringing the best out in her students!!
    Cindy M:)


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