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Pick the Path with Pansies

Last year at AQS Des Moines, I took a piecing class.

Gasp.
I know.
What, Robin took a piecing class??
Yes, & I think it was my first piecing class in about 4 years!

But this class wasn’t like most piecing classes.  Kathryn Schmidt was teaching “Rule-Breaking Quilts” based on her book.

I purchased this book a year or so before & couldn’t quite bring myself to work through her steps.  It was a letting go issue.  It was an “oh no, I’m going to cut fabric & mess it up & ruin it” issue.  You know, basic fear.

So when I saw she was teaching this class, I decided to jump for it & force myself to work outside the box.

I grabbed a set of fat quarters from my mom’s stash that I didn’t care about:

And was determined to conquer my fear.

Well the class was amazing.  Kathryn is an fantastic teacher- if you ever get the chance to learn from her, I say jump at the chance!  She brought an amazing display of quilts based on her “rule-breaking” method & everyone was jaw droppingly inspiring!

By the time the class ended I felt confident in my ability to cut, slash, chop & sew back together without fear & yet, still have a cohesive/balanced quilt in the end.

I went home & finished project.

Here is the end result:

Overall I’m very pleased with it, I even challenged myself to try some new free motion quilting designs!

Now I just have to add a hanging sleeve so I can have this on my wall in my studio, always reminding myself to try something new, challenge myself, and not to be afraid of a new path.

AQS Classes & Shopping

I took 3 classes this year at AQS & they were each amazing!

From Kathryn Schmidt I took “Up and Away”. Here I learned improvisational quilting! She showed some basic elements & then from there we created our own piece & she showed us how to accomplish what was in our head. I didn’t quite finish the top that day & of course I somehow have not taken a pic of it- but it looks great & it was lots of fun!

Then I took 2 longarm classes from Sue Patten. How I’ve never discovered this woman until now, I’m not quite sure! She’s a great instructor! The first class was “Plunk and Play” which took allover patterns to the next level using strategically placed motifs. I’d seen this in several quilts but didn’t quite understand how it came together- now I can’t wait to try it! The second class was “Thread Art”. This is where you use all those awesome threads & “paint” on your longarm! Every time I take classes I try to take 1 slightly below the level I’m at to gather any tips & reassure myself I cab go to the next level. I also always try to take 1 class that’s slightly above where I’m at. Thread art was that class for me! Not quite sure if I can pull off what I learned, but it will be fun trying!

And what’s the vest part of going to a show???

The shopping!

Here’s a pic of my haul:


Threads from Superior & YLI; patterns from Jaybird Quilts; rulers from Lazy Girl; and various longarm tools that I’ve been needing.

Oh! And a kit!

I’ve been eyeing this Batik Block of the Month from Stitchin Tree Quilts out of Harlan, Iowa & finally picked it up! And since I couldn’t resist starting it- I already have 2 months done!

So that was AQS! A fine time was had by all & I can’t wait for next year! Hope you all enjoyed the pics!

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More AQS Quilts!

Ready for some more quilts from AQS???

Waiting for a Birth by Mee Um Kim:  (I’m a sucker for all things bird!)

Ohia Lehua by Ann Say: (I drool at every Hawaiian quilt I see, this was no exception)

The red flowers are actually couched metallic thread!

Iowa Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt by Pamela Godwin:  I have this pattern & can’t wait to get started myself!

Tutti Frutti Fanfare by Maribeth Schmit:  Isn’t this fun?  I love the curved cross-hatching in the middle of the candies- it really adds dimension!

Hope you enjoyed these!

AQS, Des Moines, 2011!

Last week was AQS, Des Moines!

5 whole days of quilts, classes & shopping- & I got to attend with two of my quilting buddies!

The quilt shows are my favorite part of these events- I get tons of ideas and inspiration & afterwards I can’t wait to get home to start quilting again!

Here are some of my favorite quilts from the show. (I’ll post about the great classes I took later in the week)

Lunacy on a Starry Night by Annette Hendricks:

Montana Grizzly by Karen Burton: (Her thread art is so amazing that in real life this bear actually looks fuzzy!)

Spring Romance by Deborah Kemball: (This is HAND quilted!  And hand appliqued, and hand trapunto-ed, and hand embroidered……)

An Infinity of Nine-Patches by Anabeth Dollins: (The nerd in my loves where she went with this!)

Those are just a few quilts, I don’t want to overwhelm you, so I’ll post a few everyday until I get through them all!
Until then, I hope you are also being inspired by your art!