Fun Finishes!!

It totally makes my day to receive pictures and emails from quilters who have taken my workshops, especially when it includes pictures of their finished project!!!  I just love seeing their progress and celebrating their successful finish!  And so, join me in celebrating these fabulous finishes...

The first up is from Sherry, who took my Walking Foot WOW! workshop at Scruffy Quilts quilt shop.  Sherry was fairly new to quilting but eager to learn new designs so she could quilt her own quilt tops.  She made excellent progress during the class time as she tried several new designs and filled in half of her sampler.  So imagine my delight when I received an email two weeks later with not just one but two wholecloth quilts completely filled with so many beautiful, quilted textures!!    WOW Sherry!!
Sherry's Walking Foot WOW! Wholecloth Quilts
The next few finishes are from my Slice of Improv demos and workshops...

Elaine also took a class with me at Scruffy Quilts quilt shop.  I loved her bold choice of robins egg blue fabric for her background squares.  She and her friend shared in both the fun of the class as well as each other's scraps.  Elaine was quite productive as she stitched up 10 or more blocks in class and being well on her way to a quilt top.  She recently emailed me some pictures of her fabulous quilt top!  She wrote to say that she was "very pleased with this loud, happy and a little wild quilt."  I totally agree and just love how all the bright colored scraps dance across the bright blue background!!  It is a very happy quilt!
Elaine's "Loud, Happy & a Little Wild" Quilt
Next up is Roberta who attended my Quilting 101 Demo for our guild, Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association.  Roberta would send me email updates letting me know that she and others were working on their blocks/quilt tops at quilt retreats.  I was thrilled to see her show off her fantastic "Improv in Purple and Orange" at our November guild meeting.  I just love her bold color choices and wonderful layout!!  And if you look closely, she quilted some "ghost" slices that float throughout her background.  It really enhances her quilt's design!
Roberta's "Improv in Purple and Orange"
Last but not least is Sandie, who stitched her "Slice of Improv" blocks together to make a walker bag for a friend.  I just love Sandie's fabric selections which will add a beautiful splash of color to any walker!!  And look closely:  Sandie used a variety of decorate stitches to outline each of the insert strips for yet another fun detail!  What a lovely and very functional finish!!
Sandie's Walker Bag Made for a Friend
I will be demonstrating "Slice of Improv" at Northern California Quilt Council's All Star Review this Wednesday, January 11th.  I am excited to join this All Star list of quilt teachers (including teachers who ribboned at PIQF, taught at Houston Quilt Festival, World Quilt Florida and Empty Spools Asilomar) and share my love of Slice and Insert improvisational piecing.  We will each repeat our chosen technique (including stenciling, mixed media fiber collages, free-motion quilting, machine applique, paper foundation piecing, puff paint, tulle overlay and quilt math!!) seven times, so attendees will get the chance to rotate to the different demos and walk away with some new quilting tricks!  This fun event is open to guild members and guests.

NCQC All Star Review
January 11th from 10 AM -12 noon
Pleasant Hill Community Center
320 Civic Drive
Pleasant Hill, CA

Please stop by and say hello!!


  1. Thanks Mel for the great post. Nice seeing the different projects. Great how Sandie showcased different stitches to quilt her bag.

    1. Thanks Elaine...this is such a fun class to teach as the design possibilities are endless!! No two quilts nor blocks will ever be the same!

  2. What fun to see your students' work and to find useful ways to incorporate quilting. I'm sure you wowed NCQC.

    1. Thanks Ann. Such fun indeed!! I just love their creativity. I definitely enjoyed the All-Star Review. I had so much fun sharing my love of slice and insert technique, as well as connect with quilt guild reps!


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