Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Upcountry Quilting Workshop

If you live in the southeast you probably know where "upcountry" is located. For those of you wonder what in the world is "upcountry", it is the northwestern counties in South Carolina...those counts that are in the mountains. I got to travel From Marietta to Marietta for this weekend event.The upcounty quilters mostly live in Westminster, SC but they held their annual retreat at a lovely retreat center near Marietta, SC. The best thing about the retreat center is they cook your meals and wash the dishes. Our workshop was large and well lighted, an excellent work space with plenty of room for everyone.

I taught two workshops. The first day we did free motion rotary cutting quarter circle blocks to make Frisbee Fling table runners. Sewing these blocks is kind of like making Drunkard's Path blocks without the controls. Here are two glimpses of the Frisbee Fling table runner workshop.
Gail Eastman is carefully constructing her quarter round blocks.
Rebecca Platts really isn't tearing her hair out while trying to stitch curved seams. Or is she?

On the second day of the retreat we made the Pineapple Table Runner 
"Eat Your Veggies" a pattern that I designed to go with my Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool.
The pattern and tool are available on my website:
Evelyn Kellog has finished her first 10" pineapple block.
Gail Duncan has carefully organized the strips for her pineapple blocks.

And a good time was had by all!

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