Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Blue Ridge Beauties in La Porte!

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I spent the day yesterday with the Lakeview Quilters Guild at Painted Pony Quilts in La Porte, Texas!

We filled our day with four-patches and half square triangles, but SEW MUCH MORE.

We fixed seam allowances.  We corrected and improved rotary cutting methods for greater strip accuracy.  We learned to use the Easy Angle Ruler not only for cutting matched pairs of triangles that come out the right size – but also how to use the tool to trim up “other” triangles from left over projects, sliver trimming the units down with ONE CUT instead of two or four – that cuts the trimmign time down significantly!

We spun the seams on the back of 4 patches…getting them ALL to go the same way, and understanding why previous some had gone one way, and some the other…it’s all in how you feed them through the machine!

we also spun the seams on the back of our blocks after sewing units together – if you do this – and they all spin the SAME DIRECTION – these blocks will nest with each other no matter how you place them and turn them in the quilt.  That makes for easy assembly – which makes HAPPY QUILTERS!

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We had white featherweights sewing with greens!

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We had black ones sewing with pinks!

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And we had Denise who took her project MINI sized to use up a bevvy of 2” finished half square triangles accumulated during swaps ---so she just made her 4 patches smaller – and her blocks were so cute..check this out:

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See the size difference??

The pattern for Blue Ridge Beauty is found in my book Adventures with Leaders & Enders!

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Blue Ridge Beauty, La Porte, TX 2014

After last night's guild presentation, I was whisked away to West Houston where I am meeting today with the West Houston Quilt Guild -- starting off this morning with a Love Shack workshop day!
A brand new day and a brand new group of quilters -- bring it on!

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  1. Your classes always look like so much fun. Love this pattern, another one to make, the list keeps growing. Should finish Lazy Sunday and Celtic Solstice first though.

  2. Pauline Latham9:48 AM EST

    I love following your blog from England – a very wet and soggy England at the moment. I am so excited as we are planning a trip to the States in March, including a visit to The Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge. I was too late to book a workshop with you, but do hope that I shall be fortunate enough to meet you.

  3. Anonymous10:40 AM EST

    What pattern is that? I love it and a great way to use up scraps. Love your work Bonnie!

  4. sorry dap2762@gmail.com What pattern is that? I love it and a great way to use up scraps. Love your work Bonnie!

  5. That is such a beautiful quilt. I sure hope I can attend one of your classes some time! I have a lot to learn and love your scrappiness!

  6. The quilt is Blue Ridge Beauty -- it's found in my book Adventures with Leaders & Enders :) Signed copies can be ordered from my website here: http://quiltvil.startlogic.com/store/index.html

  7. Looks like fun, and I love Denise mini it will really be cute.


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