Friday, August 15, 2008

Show & Tell Friday - Quilting










Won't you join us for a little fun? We're having Show & Tell hosted by Kelli at There's No Place Like Home.

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About 5 years ago I hosted a "Quilt In A Weekend" event at my house.

Seven ladies from our church got together for a Friday and Saturday and cut, ironed and sewed to our hearts content.

Our instructor was a wonderful lady who lived about 4 hours away. She brought a team of 3 other ladies with her which worked out perfect because then there were more than one pair of teaching eyes and hands.

For preparation, the designs and materials were all selected beforehand.

Our first step was to practice our pattern on scrap material while getting used to the techniques that would be used on the final product.



As you can see from the picture below, I moved all my living room and dining room furniture to the sides and we set up 4 super large tables for our work surface.


We worked for about 5 hours on Friday and 12 hours (8-9) Saturday. We only stopped for our pot luck lunch (and of course, a coffee break or two). Sure it was a lot crammed into a short period of time, but it was well worth it. Our project was finished!

Here's the final outcome.......a quilt that fits on my queen size bed. It was a great experience, great fellowship and great fun.



As an aside, here's a beautiful quilt that I received as a gift for Christmas one year that was stitched by one of the ladies who helped at our weekend session. I can certainly appreciate all the detail that goes into a project like this.


What about you, what type of projects have you done in a class or group setting? I'd love to hear your ideas so I can plan something like this again.

Jessica

11 comments:

Mam said...

Isn't that amazing. No wonder the "quilting bee" was such a popular occasion.
Nancy

debbi said...

Your "quilt week-end" sounds like a lot of fun. I am envious of all you talented gals that can do quilting. I love both of the quilts you have posted. Thank-you! Debbi

Mommy said...

That sounds like so much fun. I would love to do that one day:) I love to sew!!!

Wanita said...

What a fun way to do a quilt. Both of yours are very pretty.

Amanda said...

I'm a quilter! I've made seven quilts this year and two are half done. I have four more to get done by Christmas. I don't know if I can do it! :)

Great quilts!

Melissa Wertz said...

I love it and better than that... no UFO's!!!

Kathy said...

I am amazed at anyone who can make a quilt! I've always wanted to but I am lucky to get a button sewn on!
Your day sounded like a lot of fun.
Kathy

Linda said...

Right now I have no groups for crafting and I sooooooo miss it! All my crafting buddies moved away or onto other things. I would love a weekend like that - for the fellowship and the learning and of course, ending up with a quilt. What a wonderful way to spend a weekend.!

Thanks for stopping by!

La Tea Dah said...

What a great idea for a lovely week-end! Pretty quilt!

LaTeaDah

Carla said...

I agree, what a great idea! Fun, fellowship, and a quilt to boot!

Mrs. Julie Fink said...

Beautiful quilts. I need to learn to quilt.