What a fabulous weekend everyone had with Marg Sampson. I don't know how she sleeps at night with all these fantastic ideas for quilts hopping around her head. Friday was all about Renovations - not for the house but those quilts - and we all have them - that somehow get pushed to the back of the cupboard. It may be that something else shinny and new took our fancy - surprise! surprise! or that something (fabric/shape) just wasn't right or as Marg points out may not sit well with some of us. But the fact of the matter is that we have spent good quilting money on our fabrics/pattern and we need to finish them. So here are Marg's 3 top tips for getting them out, renovating and saving them
1. You may need to change some (not all) of your fabric choices to help bring them into the here and now
2. You need an easy design to enable you to finish them in a short period of time eg 3-4 weeks at the most
3. Is there anything else in the cupboard that needs renovating - have they got friends that can be renovated in the project together
So out came some of those quilts that have been hiding for many, many years - and Marg set to, with the girls giving them ideas to renovate their quilts and I have to admit that they were all so open to Marg's suggestions that there was no hesitation to changing fabrics (a little new applique work is allowable) and old borders were removed so that new fabrics could be chosen to freshen up these lost quilts
This baltimore quilt centre belonged to Lisa and she had stopped working on it because she hated the border and the choice of fabric that came with the kit - it was a long time ago - something like 1996. So she brought it along to be renovated because she wants to get it out of the cupboard and she has done a lot of work on it. Not only that - it is a part of her quilting history and we should embrace our journey - even if we look at some of our choices now and wonder what was going on!
Marg took the centre and laid it over her quilt and immediately the Kaffe stripe lifted it and enabled Lisa to move forward and make some simple fabric border choices to complete her quilt and rescue her centre. No longer locked away from the world.
With this orphan block Marg changed some of the applique fabrics (a little amount of work!) and then chose a great new modern fabric for a border around the block - it was sewn on that night and returned the next day for further work and border choices
This gorgeous hexagon centre belonged to Leona and when she brought it along to class it had already been hand appliqued down to a dark brown reproduction fabric border. Leona didn't really have any desire to move to the next stage of her quilt and it too had been living in the cupboard.
So first step was for Leona to unpick the border and with Marg's help a new modern fabric was chosen for a delicious wide border. Once that was done Leona and Marg set about choosing fabrics and applique shapes for the final border and Leona was off on her renovation adventure.
This was another orphan block that was hidden in Lisa's cupboard - so again with Marg's guidance Lisa changed some of the applique fabrics with some modern fabrics from her stash and had these absolutely divine French florals from a recent trip to France - so they became the borders not worrying that they were different top and bottom. Unfortunately Lisa didn't have enough to go right around the centre block so Marg came up with a plan to make a corner stone out of hexagons. Lisa spent the rest of Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning sewing her hexie corner stones from gorgeous florals and geo-metrics. We got a quick look at a nearly finished block (sorry no image) and it looked stunning. I am sure that we will be seeing the finished quilt in no time.....
Even though Lisa and Leona didn't actually start anything new they felt totally revived and excited at the progress of their new quilts and according to Lisa it was invigorating and energising not to start anything new - personally I don't know what that feels like!
Of course the rest of us all fell in love with Marg's stunning quilts and off we went head over heels into a new project.....oh the high of starting something new......
Three new quilts were on offer over the three days - Going Green, which Marg had shared the start of on her last visit to the store. It is a little further on although not complete - due to students always wanting something new (sounding familiar) - little cherubs that we are!
A portion of the class set of on a journey of a thousand hexagons for Going Green and we soon discovered that balance of colour was the challenge for this quilt. By the end of the weekend the girls had made a great start on their lozenges and Marg left them some homework to be completed before her return in October when they would set to work on the next stage of their quilt
Perri like many of us loves the colour combo of pink and green and this was the colour palette for her Going Green. She had this nifty little way of pinning her hexies together to see how they were working - saving time in class and allowing her work on the next combo. Plenty of time to stitch them together at home in the evenings.
Majella's colour palette was aqua and orange - she fell in love with a floral for her main hexie round and of course isn't it always the way that you choose a fabric that you have the smallest piece of.....so with Marg's help they calculated exactly how many little hexies they could cut from the fabric and discovered they would be about 10 short - bugger! It was the perfect fabric so it was decided that there would be 10-12 renegades - after all isn't that what quilting is all about sometimes - making do with what we have.
It's an Element was another of Marg's quilts available for the weekend and it is all about choosing different elements that we love or mean something to us and putting them together into a quilt. I give fair warning for anyone wanting to make this quilt - you will became very addicted to making margagons and pentamargs! This quilt is all about having fun....as you can see from Marg's version
Sharon dove straight in starting the centre of her Element Quilt with a vase and floral arrangement - don't you just love the birds encasing the centre with their ribbon - truly sweet. Too the right of Sharon's centre is the start of Ros's Element Quilt - again a central vase and flowers feature as the beginning of her creation. Ros had a fabulous time - saying it was such a "freeing" quilt to make. We look forward to the next stage of each of these quilts.
Of course with any of Marg's classes you often don't end up on the path you had envisaged for yourself at the start - and that is exactly what happened to me. I had chosen a soft zigzag for my background (the same as Ros) - as you can see a slight detour occurred. I love Marg's bunnies/hares and in my element quilt they were centre stage surrounded by a wreath of stars - by the end of the weekend pears, margagons and pentamargs were planned to accompany them on their journey....so those addictive pentamargs.....
they make perfect sense now.....I warn you they are addictive as hexagons......
The final quilt for the weekend was Bombay Blooms and there was only one in the group taking up the challenge - the gorgeous Kyleigh
As you are well aware Kyleigh is our overachiever (there is always one) and before the three days were over her centre was chosen and secured in place and she was onto the first border, which is a round of appliqued daisies
With something like 20 daisies to applique some of us are hopping this will slow her down - oops - said with love and she knows it!
So what does the original quilt look like -
Don't be fooled into thinking this is all there is - Marg warned us that there are more borders to come!
I can't stress enough how fabulous it was to spend time with Marg and the girls over the three days - the room was filled with creative juices and ideas flowing from one quilt to the next. All of us felt inspired, invigorated and excited to be working on Marg's quilts. Her heart is filled with kindness, encouragement i and generosity for all in her class - she truly is one of the quilt makers of our times.....
If you would like to join Marg for a class she will be returning to Precious Time in October - book early as pink chairs will fill fast.
I hope you enjoyed this peek into Marg's class and have been inspired to keep stitching.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.......lisa