Monday, November 5, 2012

Scrappy Stars with Pat Harrison

I had a terrific time in a little quilt class at the show in Manchester, formerly held in Nashua, NH called A Quilter's Gathering. It was taught by Pat Harrison, who has her own method of piecing these blocks. I am going to count the fabric scraps that I used as stash busted, since there was also a lot of yardage that I had to tap to get it scrappy enough. I may not be an enormous fan of the scrappy quilt. I like other people's more than mine, which tend to just look like garbage. Others in the class had fabrics that read more like solids. As I am learning, that is not what I tend to be putting in my stash...good information to know.
 This is Pat's prototype, with the four-pointed Friendship Stars in Yellow
 These are mine. A little busy, but Pat says to just keep adding more scraps to scrappy. I must try to have faith.
These are some made by classmates. My favorite are Jane's which read as solids, in the middle. Alison, a perfectionist, planned every batik (right) and ended up with much more intentional blocks. She judges quilts, organizes shows and retreats, and was an information analyst for the NSA at one time. Cool.

 For stash count, I'm going to count the approximate yardage for top and borders. Much came from the scrap bin, but that should count, no?

I also bought some fabric from Lola Pink. They've got a few PUL fabrics, meant for diaper making, that I'm going to experiment with for lunchboxes and maybe pencil cases. I love new textiles! I love old textiles, too. 

Stash used: 5 yards when taking into account the piano key border. That thing is a lot of work.
Stash used total: 22 yards
Stash acquired: 6 yards
Stash acquired total: 26 yards

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