Today I had the day off from my day job (college professor) and taught a fun quilt class at my local quilt shop (Quilting Bits & Pieces in Eudora, KS). Teaching is just a great excuse for being able to to make a quilt twice! I love helping quilters see the simplicity and elegance of construction techniques that make the easy look complex.
This wonderful pattern by Sandy Klop was featured in the October 2008 issue of McCalls Quilting. It is made using Moda's Jelly Rolls and is so easy to piece. The one I worked on today used children's fabrics, but the sample I did earlier for the shop was Mary Englebreit fabrics (pictured here). I love the pointed top and bottom, which was actually fairly easy to bind! The one I made today will be a baby quilt for my Nephew and his wife who are expecting in April.
After my quilt class I scooted off to Lawrence for a pricey hair cut, then back home to get to my guild meeting by 7. One of our members presented a program of the antique quilts she collects. She had some lovely examples of 19th C. quilts and even a few 18th C. ones in chintz, wool, and silk. Wow, they were lovely. I have collected a few older quilts. Here is one of my favorite older applique quilts I purchased on ebay.