Friday, May 28, 2010

News from Quilting and Sewing Expo in Oshkosh, WI

I received the following from Connie, a student from the Expo in Oshkosh. I will be teaching this same class as the Sewing And Quilting Expo in Platteville, WI on June 4 and 5, 2010. Thanks, Connie, for sharing this with your friends and me.

"I just wanted to show you the beautiful quilt I made. It was the first I have machine pieced and machine quilted although I'm still working on the hand quilting of my daughter's memory wall hanging. I have sewn squares together for quilt tops at Wisconsin Warmers, an Oshkosh volunteer group that makes quilts, lap robes, Christmas stockings, and book bags which are donated in the community.

This quilt started with a fabric exchange at the Oshkosh 2010 Quilt and Sewing Expo held in March. Barbara Raisbeck did the lecture called "Do You See What I See" and she suggested the 5 inch squares could be banded on two sides and laid out with every other one turned upside down. That makes double sashing in some places, the colored squares touching on the other sides, and makes the beautiful diagonal pattern. I used a multicolored small floral print fabric (because I love flowers) for the backing and binding and quilted it in the ditch. It fits on the top of a single bed in my guest room and ended up this size because of the number of squares from the exchange although I did double up with several of the fabrics I'd shared.

This was a fun project that took most of my free time for two months so now I have to get busy and wash windows and transplant some flowers. I hope you liked to see my retirement skills in action."