Thursday, April 5, 2012


Since September I have been leading a quilting class for some really wonderful ladies who are part of a Seniors Enrichment Program in our local area.  The Program is called L.I.F.E. which stands for Learning is for Everybody.  The group meets weekly for about 3 hours to quilt and enjoy fellowship and sharing.

The project for this year has been based on Bonnie Hunter's pattern called "Christmas Lights".  The ladies have definitely made this pattern their own by doing some variations.  We still have seven weeks to go before our yearly session ends.  Some of the ladies have their tops finished and brought them for Show and Tell today.

Ann's top is completed and she has already quilted it on her LongArm Machine.  She is waiting for the lesson on binding.  She chose Christmas fabrics.

Robbie chose to add an extra sash in navy to frame out each of her blocks.  Her choice for her pieced border was to turn her 4-patches on point and use triangles.  You might notice in the upper right corner near her foot is another navy fabric she is auditioning for an added border.  Lots more decisions to make before Robbie is ready to quilt this one.

Ruth chose to use black as her neutral and said that her quilt would be called "Night Lights".  Her use of the polka dots in her two borders really adds punch to her quilt.  Note how she did her corners on each border.  What a nice feature.

Sally finished her "Christmas Lights" quilt early in the second quarter and she gave it as a Christmas gift.  I am sorry I did not get a picture of it earlier. 

During the latter part of second quarter she put together this collection of stray blocks made out of 30s fabrics.  Isn't this a lovely scrappy quilt?  It has been quilted and is ready for binding.

During this class time the ladies sometimes choose to work on other projects.  Ruth showed us some "parts and pieces" today of two more quilts she has in progress.

These four patches are the beginning of a quilt top that she plans to use as vertical strips alternating with solid color fabric for a quick project.

I think the name of this block is Tribeca Star.  Ruth is using up her scraps from her stash and each block is different from the others.  The key to this block is the value contrast.  Won't this be a fun quilt when it is assembled and finished?

These ladies enjoy quilting and visiting with each other each week.  We will have our "official" Quilt Show the last day of class in May.  I will certainly post additional pictures at that time.


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