18 February 2014

Workshop 1 Complete. On to Step 2

2-15-2014Last Saturday was the first "Magnolia Kit" workshop, and I must say it was fun and educational.  Well, it was for me, hopefully for the students too! 

Everyone was happy to participate and share their own ideas.  I left with a lot of great feedback and notes to improve the workshop. 

As students picked their fabric sets, I noticed which color schemes were popular and took a few requests for next time.  KT

People loved the complex and beautiful background fabrics, which were hand dyed by Carol R Eaton.  Even if 2 people had the same flower colors, they would not end up with an identical quilt.

We all made the same flower during class, to practice the technique from start to finish (some examples are shown here). 

14 - 4After we got a handle on the process with the first flower, the students were free to create any of the other flowers or buds they liked.  My job was easier because these particular artists are very self-sufficient. 

They only needed small corrections and advice as we went along, and by the end most of them were ready to run with their designs.  Luckily we wrapped things up just before it started to snow.


I can't wait to see what everyone puts together this week!  On Saturday 2/22 we will regroup and work on free motion quilting.

And since we were hit with YET another 5 inches of snow this morning, I was happy to stay inside and get some quilting done on my own sample project:


I am SO looking forward to spring!


  1. Love how the magnolias seem to be bathed in sunshine. Did you quilt the background as a separate piece or did you quilt those background leaves while working around the magnolias? So beautiful!

  2. Thanks Maria! I quilted the background on its own, before I added the flowers. :-)

  3. Glad it went well, Kate! Very lucky participants.

  4. Fabulous Kate... just fabulous!


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