Are you familiar with Heather Jones? I am a new fangirl of hers. I liked the picture of the quilt that I saw in the brochure for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show so I signed up for her workshop. To my delight, I discovered Heather Jones is an inspiring Quilter and Teacher.
When I saw the picture of the blocks, I was hooked. Big! Bold! Solid! It appealed to me.
I thought it would be a great way to spend a Friday. I also knew there would be something I would find to do with the blocks once I had them made. I also love learning what process other quilters use to create their quilts.
I arrived with the Elna ambassador in tow as I was renting a machine. I had a bit of anxiety, however, as I had only been able to bring a ripper, a spool of thread, my Gingher shears, pins and little snippers with me in my suitcase.
I apologized that I didn't have a mat and asked Heather if I should go buy one. Look at that smiling face, can't you just imagine that she put me at ease. She assured me I wouldn't need a mat, and I didn't.
We were meeting in the farthest room from the front door seen here in the picture of Sisters High School. Heather told us about herself and we all shared something about ourselves. It made everyone feel comfortable.
Heather told us about her process and in addition to the blocks, she also showed us the finished quilt. I loved it even more than the picture in the brochure and the blocks. It just looked so comfy and approachable.
We all then jumped into making strips and sewing them to the colorful square or rectangle. Everyone was encouraged to interpret the rough parameters in their own way. Heather honored everyone's view of the process.
It was such a zen like experience. Everyone was happy with what they were doing with the fabrics and colors they had chosen. There was no negative feedback, just positive affirmations from Heather.
We got to sew and chat in a stress free environment and before I left, I finished 3 out of the 4 blocks. I heard other quilters remarking how pleasant it was as in another class the teacher had admonished them when they spoke to each other. I can't imagine hearing "We'll have none of that in here."
After a relaxing lunch we gathered outside with one of our blocks and Heather snapped a picture. She encouraged us to take the photo outside, steps from our classroom. Isn't that a terrific background?
Heather had a drawing for a door prize before we were done. She had two of her patterns and two bundles of fabric. I used a pen from the hotel to write my name down and lent it to the woman next to me.
We both won! Here I am later with the fabric. Obviously that is one lucky pen which I shall keep forever!
You might be thinking wow, you only have one block to finish Kathy. Well, in a word, no. I decided to make a quilt with 6 blocks for Henry's eventual big bed.
I had not purchased extra yardage of the blue so that meant I got to go back to Quiltin' Post. Just to be safe, I bought two more yards of it. And I got to wait in line with a friendly woman who made the time go quickly.
I had a terrific experience with a congenial group of quilters, acceptance and creativity abounding in the room. I won fabric from a compassionate and gifted teacher. What more could I want?
Sure, a finished top would be nice. But then I would only be making 4 blocks instead of making the process take twice as long and use double the fabric. A four block finish would have been faster and easier.
But hey, where's the sport in that?
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