I’m teaching 2 classes at HelloStitch on 6/10

old cathedral window
The first class is Cathedral Window Quilt Blocks
Sun, Jun 10
Jun 10, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Hello Stitch Studio, 1708 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703, USA
Cathedral window is a beautifully intricate quilt block pattern. Learn how to make this dimensional, multi-layer quilt block that doesn’t require quilting and is perfect for using scraps of fabric. Although traditionally sewn by hand, there are ways to make them by machine.
Sign up for both classes here: HelloStitchStudio
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The second class is: Beyond the Disappearing 9-Patch
Sun, Jun 10
Jun 10, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Hello Stitch Studio, 1708 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703, USA
Discover the myriad possibilities when you cut traditional quilt blocks into pieces and rearrange them into intricate new blocks. Amazing variety is possible from this simple technique. These blocks look complicated, but are easy to make once you learn the tricks!
Here is an example of what you can do with Disappearing Hourglass. Here is the starting Hourglass or Broken Dishes block:
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Next it is cut into nine equal pieces:
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Then you move the pieces around:
imageI know nine ways to rearrange this one. Here are a few more.
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If you want to see more examples, look for my blog posts that have “Disappearing” in the title.
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Some quilty tiles in Berkeley

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This is the tile floor of an Indian restaurant in Berkeley called Nameste. It’s also a quilt pattern called the exquisite.  I think it’s more interesting when it’s made in a wonky fashion with the triangles all different sizes.

I’m surprised to realize that I let a whole month go by without a single blog post.  We arrived home from France on May 1st. We dashed to pick up our guinea pig, Milkshake, from where he was being boarded. He must have caught pneumonia there. By the end of the week he was gone. We buried him in the back yard under a large heart shaped stone, found years ago on a beach. He was at least 6 years old, which is a lot for a guinea pig. Here’s a photo of Milkshake:

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He was a wonderful piggie, with a lovely loud purr when he was being held. I worry that I’ll never find another one like him. Many guinea pigs don’t like being held.

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Some nice star patterns

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The photo above is from the wall of a couscous restaurant, on our penultimate day in Paris. It has my favorite 8 pointed star.

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Heres another. Same star, different pattern, from the same restaurant.

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This was part of the sidewalk. I stopped to take a photo of the chocolate store across the street. I looked down at my feet, and there was this lovely pattern.

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Here’s the chocolate store I was taking a photo of.

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I saw this in the Musee d’Orsay. It was an example of using images from nature in art nouveau. Note the octopus on the bottom in the middle. It was in a display in the stairwell.

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More tiles that could be quilts

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Both of these are tile floors at the Paris Opera Garnier. I enjoyed seeing my favorite 8 pointed star there. There’s even a nine patch! And here’s the ceiling by Chagall, just because.

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Sheila Hicks retrospective

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Today I went to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and saw a retrospective of Sheil Hicks’ work. She has taken tassel making to a whole new level. I’ve only used tassels once in my current work, on Traveler’s Mizrach. You can see it under Quilt Gallery 2013, above. She also had small tapestries, which I neglected to photograph, as well as other sculptural pieces. These ones using the wrapping/tassel technique were my favorite.

Here are some more photos of the retrospective.

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The one above gives you an idea of how tall these pieces are. imageimage

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Even more quilty ideas

imageHere’s a tile floor from the castle at Azay Le Rideau. Very quilty!

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How about this window from the same castle?

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Or this window, from the abbey we visited yesterday? Also quilty.

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It was because we saw this amazing roof in a book that we decided to visit this abbey. Isn’t it wonderful?

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More quilty ideas from non-quilts

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This is a tile floor from the abbey where Eleanor of Aquitaine is buried. If it were a quilt we’d call it snow balls, or robbing Peter to pay Paul. Here’s an effigy of Eleanor of Aquitaine, reading a book!

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Below, is the wall of a building, across the street from the chateau of Angers. I think it would make a wonderful quilt!

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Below are more tiles from the Abbey.

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Here’s a nine patch, growing in the garden.

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I Love these multi headed creatures from a 650 year old tapestry in Angers. I think Hagrid would want one for a pet.

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Cathedral Window mini quilt finished!

 

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This is the beginning of sewing in the penultimate triangle.

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This is the last triangle of this mini quilt. I’m almost done!

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Here it is, finished. I had to take a screenshot of it because my phone was misbehaving. But I’m really happy with how it turned out. I forgot that I used to do a lot of hand sewing, and got good at it. And that I used to like hand sewing. It’s been really great to have a hand sewing project to do on this trip.

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Quilt ideas

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This is a tile floor from the abbey on Mont Saint Michel, in France. It looks like a streak of lightning setting for triangles. The way the color is worn away, it looks like “scrappy fabric” choices. It would make a nice quilt.

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This is what it looks like from another place on the same floor, where the glaze hasn’t been worn away. I also took a photo of a wooden floor that looked quilty to me.

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This the floor of the AirB&B we stayed at in Caen, France. Doesn’t it look quilty?

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I can’t resist adding a photo of Mont Saint Michel, which has been on my bucket list for years. It is only an island at high tide. I’m so glad I finally got to go there. It reminds me of my ceramic sculptures which frequently had small houses or castles on them.

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Bayeux Tapestry/embroidery

Today I went to see the Bayeux Tapestry, which is really wool embroidery on linen.

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It is about 150 feet long, and shows how William the Conqueror became king of England in 1066. They believe it was made within 20 years of 1066! It’s amazing that anything that old, made of fabric still exists (outside of Egypt where it’s so dry that 1000 year old fabrics aren’t unusual). This tapestry/embroidery is amazing!imageHere is a description of the embroidery stitches used. I’m  sorry that the photo isn’t very good.  I took it through a pane of glass.

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