Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Friday, February 21, 2014

Modern Log Cabin class students get A+

I taught the last session of my Modern Log Cabin quilt class yesterday, and everyone got an A+. Here I am with them and their work at the Quilt Revolution shop in Gig Harbor, WA.
I came up with the class after making my daughter's graduation quilt (I'm holding it at left in the top photo) using wonky log cabin blocks and a landscape center block.

Dawn -- full speed ahead!

Dawn was a speed demon, racing way ahead of everyone else even though this is only her second quilt!

She chose bright fabric and turned it into an ocean sunset. I think that orange-gold fabric is yummy, and all of the colors together make my mouth water because it reminds me of summery citrus fruit.

Barbara hard at work.

Barbara, meanwhile, played around with her center circle.

She auditioned a few color combinations for the center block, deciding against the bright blue in favor of a brick red for the sky and a yellow circle that looked like the moon in a night sky. I think it looks like a big harvest moon.

The colors in my photos look brighter than I remember them being in her quilt. I guess my camera settings changed them a little. Either way it's gorgeous. In the last photo of her quilt she's auditioning connecting strips. Notice how the strips of zingy green carry your eye around the quilt.

Andrea (who wasn't happy with her first fabric choice in my previous post) came to the second class with this fabulous, rich ombre fabric. All of these colors except for a few were cut from one piece of  fabric that went through the whole rainbow.

Andrea and her rich rainbow colors.

She joined her blocks with navy strips after auditioning black and deciding that was too harsh. Great choice with the navy.

Marilyn went for Moda's Grunge fabric line (which is what I used) supplemented with some prints. She chose to depict the seasons in her blocks.

Marilyn with her seasons blocks.

Here she is ironing the baby carrots ...

... which grew from the seeds in the darker winter block.

All in all I had a great time teaching and I couldn't have asked for a better bunch of students! I can't wait to see their finished quilts.

Have a colorful day


sonja said...

What a great teacher this wonderful class had!
And the colors , lovelry. that is one of the best kind of days to have making colorful art and sharing...did I spie a basket of candy?

Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

Love these! What a fun class that must have been...

The Idaho Beauty said...

How fabulous! I want to steal Dawn's quilt - yummy colors indeed & the way they float in all that blue... well, it's like I'm right there in Gig Harbor on a sunny summer day. Such a great quilt to teach, almost guaranteeing success. Applauding your students & their teacher. :-)

Judy Ferguson said...

I like making the modern log cabin blocks, but have not considered that a different block would look so good in the center of them. I will have to experiment with this next time. Great idea.