Friday, June 28, 2019

Making Webs!

Making Webs – and loving the creative mess!

Workshop day 4 in Atascadero in conjunction with the Seven Sisters Quilt Show – String Spider Web!

We had a blast – and everyone got to choose their own block size, drafting their own kite template and deciding how they wanted to set their blocks – be it the traditional version from the free patterns tab, or the Serpentine Web uptake from my book String Frenzy!

My suggestion – gleaned from time I spent in the presence of Gwen Marston herself – “Don’t commit too soon!”  Give yourself the opportunity to make blocks – MANY blocks – and then play with them, not deciding what was going to happen until the quilt itself lets you know.

I love how different these look – but from the same webby beginnings!

All the quilters, getting busy with the strings!

This one being made for a granddaughter’s “big girl” bed!

And this one being made on a machine purchased in 1971!

This one drafted in a smaller size -

With narrower kites!

Chery’s lovely neutrals with solid red!  Yowza!

They look so much better after trimming!

I love the trimming part best -


We really had a lovely day – and you can share in it all by watching our video below.  Click to Play:

Last night was the perfect evening to drive on down to Morro Bay for a bite of dinner along the water, and to catch the sunset -

Morro Rock through the windshield.


We had a ways to go for sunset yet -

You can barely see the cars also lined up at the base of the rock –all of us doing the same thing.  Waiting for that big ball to drop beyond the horizon.

As temps dropped – the fog started rolling in -

Pretty soon the sun was dropping behind fog, not into the water.  But I did catch this in beautiful golden light – 

So funny – watch to the end – my video is being photo-bombed!

Click to Play:

And there she goes:

The end of another beautiful day!

We discussed today’s very busy and very full Straits of Mackinac workshop while waiting in the drive up line at A&W for root beer floats.

It’s going to be a crazy madhouse of creativity – and a great way to end this 5 day workshop series.  Tomorrow my only job is to enjoy the show, and then I’ll be on my way home early early Sunday morning.

So happy I got to spend this week in the company of great folks in such a beautiful location.

Quiltville Quote of the Day

Wild & Goosey from the Addicted to Scraps book.

In the words of Deepak Chopra:

Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss.

Nothing is as rich.

Nothing is more real.

Happy Friday, Everyone!


  1. I love the photo bomb! Couldn’t have been better planned.

  2. Beautiful scenery, worth the drive. Webbing is SEW much fun. Have a great day making Straights of Macinac. Can't wait to see the colors...

  3. This as so cool! I read a mystery series by Earlene Fowler that is set in this area of California. When always talking about Morro Bay and the rock. It was neat to actually see it! Hope you have a wonderful time there!

  4. Love this pattern - it's on my someday SOON list. Gorgeous work from everyone, especially loved the one w white/lavender dots for the granddaughter's 'big girl' bed.

    Really enjoyed the music w today's slideshow, too.

  5. We've spent so much time in that area! LOVE IT!! Looks like a wonderful time.

  6. Love the Halloween theme with spiderweb fabric as the kites!! I may have to steal this idea. :)

  7. I've got 2 of those Elna Super machines .. mine & my mom's.... both bought in 1971 !! Great machines.

  8. finds your bliss! FINALLY, re-connected. Seems like right up to the almost end of the day, roadblocks kept stopping my progress, setting up
    "new" 301, "lost" hst, bobbin in backwards, phone, oh the phone~!!! FINALLY sat down and 1/4" seams appeared, block measures 2", only 800 more to go!! Emerald City, we're on the yellow brick road!!!! to OZ....Cats in Carlsbad CA many many many small pieces...!!!!

  9. Hi Bonnie:
    Morro Bay way beautiful for you, as always. The sunset was fabulous, photo bombing gull and all!

    Kasilof, AK
    Where we are having hot dry weather, too hot for me, and fire danger is high!


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