Cheri Chatter

Cheri Chatter

Sunday, October 23, 2011

It's A Mystery

I just got home from my first mystery class at Glad Creations . . . what a blast! It was like a mini retreat except that you get to go home and sleep in your own bed. People even cook for you (at local restaurants).

I would love to show you some of my finished blocks, but they need to remain a mystery for everyone else who will be attending the class or doing the mystery by mail.

What I can show you are the bright, happy fabrics I used. The background fabric is called "Giggle Feathers". (Eat your heart out, Georgia.) They all came from my stash, so that makes me even happier.

I had so much fun sewing and visiting with old and new friends that I think I'm going to have to make Glad mystery classes a habit!

Friday, October 14, 2011

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

I'm finally making progress on my Sylvia's Bridal Sampler quilt. And only because Nathan pushed me to continue when I stalled out. He did it by making some blocks for me, printing a sheaf of paper foundations, and putting together a bunch of kits with the pieces already cut and ready to sew.

I got help from other quarters, too. Nancy pieced several blocks for me in exchange for appliqued blocks from me. And then at quilt club, folks helped me out by tearing out paper foundations.

Whew! What would I do without great friends like that? I'll tell you what. Go without a Sylvia's quilt for the New Year's show at Glad Creations, that's what!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Seeing Stars

I have a passion for Lone Star quilts . . . . I just love making them! I've been making one after another this year, which might explain why I haven't posted anything for a very long time.

I am so thrilled to have won a blue ribbon for this Lone Star. I created it as a tribute to the first residents of Minnesota.
This quilt features a morning star sacred to the Lakota and floral motifs used in Ojibway beadwork.

Judy Remiger's machine quilting pushed this quilt into first place at the Minnesota Quilters show in June.

A closer look of Judy's quilting reveals many Native American motifs, and enhancement of the appliques and printed beadwork.

My passion has in turn led to teaching others my little tricks for making Lone Stars. I am a perfectionist, but a lazy one, and that has allowed me to find streamlined techniques for creating a Lone Star that lays flat and has all it's points matching.

Here's my latest Lone Star. This time I used batiks and added a bit of piping between the star and the first border.

As you can see, it's a work in progress. I just finished marking the top for quilting and have pin-basted it. I'm excited to see how this one turns out.

This fall I will once again be teaching my favorite techniques at Glad Creations. It's so much fun to see all the amazing looks we achieve with different fabrics. I can't wait to see the new crop! My next Lone Star class starts in a couple of weeks, so come join me at Glad Creations!