Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Featuring Susan Gardner!
I was privileged to teach at the Sisters Quilt Show this past July and offered a 2-day wholecloth class. I always encourage my students to share their pieces with me after they're done so they can inspire the rest of you. It's always a treat when somebody DOES share their finished project...today I get to showcase Susan Gardner...here is the story that accompanied her pictures~
In July I took a class with Cindy at the Quilters Affair in Sisters, Oregon. I was not familiar with her style, I only knew it was to be a whole cloth quilting class. Wow, did I have fun! Even though it was a two day class, I was only able to complete the marking of my class project. (I used the Pilot FriXion pens to mark, they make a nice clear fine line easy to follow and iron away.) During class I was busy learning all sorts of things from Cindy about threads, needles, pin basting quilts together and many other helpful bits of advice. Cindy does a great job of teaching and encouraging her students.
I came home after my class and found that I could do a fairly good job of quilting these type quilts so I went in search of some old linens. I found a nice little white table runner with feathers that were appliquéd onto the runner with a sheer fabric.
Not really knowing just where I wanted to start this type of project, I just jumped in and used some white cotton fabric with silver sparkles to put the runner on. From there I marked some more feathers and some cross hatching and stitched away using Superior thread's Bottom Line. I thought about using some silver/metallic thread, but changed my mind and just used white thread. I also stitched around and inside the sheer feathers that were on the purchased runner. I did use a Sulky white metallic thread to satin stitch the edges of the runner to the “quilt”. While I love beads, since this is a table runner I opted not to bead this project.
I have two more table clothes to work on, I'm really having fun looking for table clothes to turn into great little quilts! Thanks Cindy!
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I couldn't agree with Susan more. Cindy is an amazing teacher and quilter. I have the honor of being her personal slave when I'm lucky enough to help her teach. It's worth every pin prick, sore foot and blister.
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