Glacier Star is another favorite pattern that I teach. I have made several of these in conjunction with Pinwheels and Posies Quilt Shop. This was the first “technique of the month” quilt designed by Judy Niemeyer Quilting aka Quiltworx. It continues to be a favorite among shops and students.
Pat and her friend Patty decided to take this multi-part class, then life got hectic and Pat was not able to get back to her quilt for sometime. She was so excited to finally have the top done and dropped it off with me to quilt it a few months ago. I finished while she was in Boston on vacation and we were both finally able to get together Monday!
So now I can share with you!
I don’t currently have this pattern on my schedule to teach – but I do have a retreat schedule to teach the 2015 Technique of the Month – Click HERE for more information.
I am pulling up some memories today to share with you on the blog.
In July 2011 my friend Peggy and I headed to Montana to get certified for the Judy Niemeyer, aka Quiltworx “Technique of the Month” designs. I had been teaching for Peggy at her shop, Pinwheels and Posies for a while. I was teaching Quiltworx patterns but was not able to teach the elusive “Glacier Star” because she was not a certified shop and/or I was not a certified instructor. So we decided to correct that and hopped on a plane!
Now when you live in SE Texas in the summer it really is a “chore” to have to go to Montana in the summer! Let’s see it is warm in the daytime, but not humid. And the nights are cool – in fact we slept with the windows open because our room did not have a/c. Yes – it was a tough gig – but we coped.
Here are a few memories I thought I would share today!
First of all where we stay is a beautiful house. It belongs to Judel, Judy’s daughter. Judel and her family move out of the house during the summer and turn it over to the very fortunate retreaters. Here are a few of the details that make her house a home!
We were able to fit in a trip to Quiltworx HQ – it was a quonset hut and they used every available space. In 2014 they opened a fabulous new training facility and moved HQ at the same time.
The sewing room is a converted garage area – with lots of light, design walls and when you fill it with happy stitchers it becomes a very happy place indeed!
The sites from the home are AWESOME too!
We did manage to get a little sewing done, I had a goal in mind and needed to sew!
A few more photos from Glacier National Park
And as I have said before – all good things must come to an end……
As a workshop leader for quilting classes I so enjoy watching students learn new techniques and take on projects that they never thought possible. This last set of Oh My Judy Stars students were just amazing. They did their pre-class homework, then did their in between homework and they just really had a good time.
Here are a few photos from the group, not all the students were able to attend the final class, if they send me photos of their quilts I will share in the future.
Agnes and her husband chose the fabrics together for this quilt, I think they make a GREAT team!
The quilt below is Mariner’s Compass. Pat will be making this quilt queen size, she will be adding 4 corners to this octagon to square it up to 60×60, then she adds 4 more corners to put it on point along with a fabulous paper-pieced border that will have a white background with chocolate accents. Pat’s center wasn’t laying quite as flat as I thought it should, I was able to show her how to “spin” her seams and now it is flat flat flat. She was over the moon thrilled with learning that new tip! Pat has already made Glacier Star and it is in my studio awaiting it’s turn for quilting – will you want to see photos of that one?
Sara had purchased this kit from Pinwheels and Posies, she changed up the color placement in the Lone Star center and I just love how it turned out. After a few tense moments while working through her Y seams Sara is now very pleased with her quilt – AS SHE SHOULD BE!
And here is Sandy’s Summer Solstice – don’t you love the tropical feel of her colors!
My students were doing so well in our final class that they encouraged me to pull out my project and sew – here is my Fire Island Hosta. This quilt is going to be a lot of fun to teach, new techniques that will be used in several of the upcoming patterns from Judy Niemeyer Quilting. While it may look difficult at first glance – if you read the pattern and use all of the helpful registration points this quilt will go together quite easily.
And below is a teaser – I am teaching at a retreat in August in Wimberley, TX. I will be teaching the Captain’s Wheel pattern. One of our retreat attendees as been busy with her pre-class homework, here is one of Sharon D’s “Compass Rose” blocks for her quilt. Linda L and Sharon J have also been busy, they have all their fabrics cut and they have each made at least 1 Compass Rose Unit. Do you want to make this quilt? I am teaching this class at Pinwheels and Posies in Dickinson, TX – class #1 is July 30 and the 2nd class is August 13.
Which Judy Niemeyer Quilt do you want to make? What is stopping you?
Exciting news on the pattern front! Quiltworx aka Judy Niemeyer Quilting has just announced their newest Technique of the Month. These are released on a bi-annual basis. The pattern will be going through a rigorous testing process over the next few months and then the final results will be printed and ready for release January 2015.
RETREATS RETREATS RETREATS – I plan to teach the new Technique of the Month in shops as well as retreats – if you are interested in a retreat let me know.
The first technique of the month was Glacier Star (2011) and I was totally in love. I have taught this class numerous times as well as made several quilts in collaboration with Pinwheels and Posies.
I shared on my Facebook page “HollyDee Quilts” a quilt on my frame and promised photos of the finish. So here they are…
Maria made this Feathered Star in a workshop I taught last year. She wanted her star to float on the background and to have a “winter” look to it. Using mostly “Stonehenge” fabrics really helped us to pull of the look Maria was going for. The original pattern, by Quiltworx, ends at the first pieced border, Maria wanted her quilt a little larger, so she added 2 more borders and took it from 60″ x 60″ to 76″ x 76″
And here is what is coming up…….
I meant to share this on the previous post and forgot….
Where is your happy place? Mine is where the action is!
Once a month I hostess a finishing class for students that are working on their Judy Niemeyer quilts. Some come to pick out fabric, some come to cut fabric, some come to sew. We all show up to be inspired! I have been teaching these classes for several years now and watching these quilts come together is always a treat!
So to inspire you I have chosen a few delights!
Be sure to check the calendar to see if I am coming to a guild or shop near you in 2014. I would love to come teach at your guild or shop!