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FanFaire Block of the Month Class with Krista Moser

Last weekend was a blast. The local guild brought in Krista Moser for an absolutely fabulous class. I attended with my mom, and we had such fun! From left to right in the picture above is Mom, Krista, and myself.

We kicked everything off with a trunk show Thursday night. Krista's energy is contagious, and her stories are great. This was my favorite quilt that she shared - Woven Jewelbox. The modern design really appeals to me.

I also really liked this quilt. The striped fabric gives an illusion of curves and movement. It hasn't been published quite yet, and if I remember right, it's still waiting on a name.

You see the quilt draped on the table? That's the one we would be doing in class! It's Krista's brand new FanFaire Block of the Month. We were the first group to get to do it, but the pattern should be coming out soon.

Krista recommended that we bring lots of variety of fabrics to class. This was my fabric pull the night before class. Mom generously shared her grey yardage for the background and the light purple for my accent triangles. Most of the bright fabrics came from my stash, but Mom contributed a few of those, as well.

I always get excited when I'm setting up my space for a class. I thought of a new trick this time, too. I popped the lid off of my fabric box so it wasn't in the way the whole time. That made it so much easier to keep everything accessible and contained. Though I can tell you that it didn't stay this neat for long!

We started bright and early Thursday morning with some coloring. I decided I wanted my blocks to fade from light to dark, but I wasn't sure if I wanted the dark to the center or the outside. I colored half of the star each way, and realized that the dark needed to be on the outside to contrast with my lighter triangles. I also decided after coloring that each block should have a pop of the adjacent color.

After coloring, we got right to work. Krista designed this quilt to showcase all of the fabulous things you can do with her new 60 degree diamond ruler. It's truly the most versatile and easy to use ruler I've ever had. It can do diamonds, triangles, hexagons, parallelograms, and trapezoids. It has blunted tips and quarter inch holes to make lining up the points a breeze. And it doesn't slip. I highly recommend this ruler, and I hope Creative Grids will let Krista redesign their 45 degree diamond ruler to be more like this one.

One of the best parts of this class was that it was a full two days! It was so nice to really have the time to do everything without rushing. We worked at our own pace, and Krista was always present to help and encourage. My friend Jennae aptly described it as "sew day with an expert". Krista is such a fun and friendly expert, too!

I was one of the slowest people in the class, mostly because it takes me so long to settle on my fabric choices. But even I was able to finish all of my diamond blocks over the two days! It's an amazing feeling to leave a class with so much already accomplished. It makes me want to set everything aside and just finish this quilt, but my deadlines insist otherwise.

When I got home, I laid out the blocks on my design wall so I could get a good look at how everything came together. Thank goodness for friends! I'm in love with the way these blocks came together, but I couldn't have done it without Mom and Julie sharing some of their fabrics. I just didn't have enough variety in my stash to get what I was going for.

Mom's blocks came out beautifully, too! She stuck with the rainbow theme with just two colors per block, and she was able to completely finish the center during class. Her quilt is going to look so cool!

Have you ever made a quilt with diamonds? Or do you have a diamond quilt you've been wanting to try? They're not as scary as they look! I'd love to hear about your experiences in the comments.

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Talkin' Turkey

My third and final day of classes with Bonnie Hunter was Talkin' Turkey from her book String Fling. For this class, we each only got half of a table, so I had to maximize my setup. I was pretty pleased when I figured out I could use my Tutto as an extra side table to hold my box of strings!

The first thing we learned was Bonnie's method for string piecing. She likes to piece on phone book paper, then trim the blocks to size before removing the paper. I've done this before, but it's been a while. I had forgotten just how much I love string piecing! I think I'm going to have to try to do it more often. It's very relaxing.

Next, we put together a nine patch for the center of the Talkin' Turkey block. Since it goes on point in the block, the size is a little strange. I was happy when it came out just right.

While all the sewing was going on, there was a quick break for dancing! Nancy is a ballroom dancer, and she got Bonnie to join her for a song. Bonnie said that was a first in all of her years of teaching.

After lunch, we talked about making flying geese using the Companion Angle and Easy Angle rulers. This was the same trick we did in the My Blue Heaven class, but it went better this time. I made 8 geese and only had to trim a tiny sliver off one of them. I think this is going to be my go to method for flying geese in the future.

At the end of the day, I was scrambling to finish my block. Since I was in a hurry, I didn't notice that I had two reds touching. I still haven't decided if I'm going to fix it. The quilt will be busy enough that I don't think it will be noticeable, but it will probably bother me too much to leave it.

I truly had the time of my life taking classes with Bonnie Hunter last week. I hope I get to do it again someday. In the meantime, I have three new projects to keep me busy!

Star Struck

Last Thursday was Bonnie Hunter's Star Struck workshop in Bozeman.  Mom and I attended and had a lot of fun sewing together for the second day in a row.

We started out by making strip sets.  Bonnie had us measure the height of our strip sets to make sure our seam allowances were accurate.  Once the first strip set was right, we were ready to power through a bunch more.

The main technique that we learned in this class was stitch and flip corners.  In class, we discussed the importance of sewing next to the line rather than directly on top of it.  This allows the fabric to have enough room to fold up and cover the entire corner of the base unit.  Since my husband was sweet enough to mark all of my lines for me ahead of time, I was all set for sewing in class.

Since this class had less techniques to cover than My Blue Heaven, we were able to make a lot of progress on our quilts.  I finished 8 whole blocks!

At the end of the day, we all set our blocks on the floor for a sample quilt layout.  I really like seeing all of the blocks together.  Each quilter's personality comes out in the fabrics we choose.  And Bonnie was a great sport to pose for us!

Posted on July 27, 2016 and filed under Classes.