At last, I have something quilty to write about. Today, I had a class with Froncie Quinn from Hoopla Patterns and what a great class it was!
Last night, she was the guest speaking at our guild. She is presently doing some extensive research on Florence Peto (1884-1970), a prolific quilter and quilt historian who has inducted in the Quilter’s Hall of Fame. What a fascinating lecture!
This is Froncie holding her version of the center medallion from the Sarah Johnson Quilt.
This quilt is dated 1826. Would you believe that Sarah was 14 years old when she made this quilt? Oh, and it was her fourth (4th) quilt!
In today's class, we learned how to hand piece our blocks the old fashion way with templates, pencil, scissors and a threaded needle. The beauty of this method is that it doesn't matter if you cannot cut straight, you're following a straight line in the back of your fabric!
This is my first ever hand pieced block!
I used some of the Smithsonian reproduction fabrics I had purchased many many years ago.
The block measures four (4) inches finished so you can imagine how small the pieces are! What a great way to use up scraps! lol
Here's Jennifer hard at work on her block.
It takes some time to get the hang of holding such small pieces and coordinating the needle to sew on the line.
I'm sure that with practice, I'll be quick about it.
These are the class blocks! Aren't they pretty?
It's wonderful to see the diversity in fabric choice!
Last but not least, my purchases!
Her patterns are wonderful. They include eveything you need to reproduce the quilt, minus the fabric! lol Some even have the stencils, as in the case of the Sarah Johnson Quilt, for the hand quilting design!
I certainly highly recomment Froncie Quinn as a lecture and teacher. She's fun to learn with and makes it look so easy!
So that's my day and what a great day it was! I can certainly see more hand piecing in the near future.
Thank you for stopping by! Cheers!