Beginners & Finishers! Wimberley June 2015

As I promised yesterday – we have our 2nd post for the Beginners and Finishers Retreat from a couple of weeks ago!

We had 2 styles of beginners – the first being those that are new to paper-piecing and/or Judy Niemeyer Patterns.  In this group we had some working on Total Eclipse and 1 working on Dancing Batiks.

Dancing Batiks - pattern of choice for Pat
Pat’s “Dancing Batiks”
Total Eclipse "I think this is Terri's"
Total Eclipse by Maggie!
Linda's Fire Island Hosta - teal is the magic color in this one.  She is making it king size and I really hope to see a photo finish of this one - it is going to be awesome!
Linda’s Fire Island Hosta – teal is the magic color in this one. She is making it king size and I really hope to see a photo finish of this one – it is going to be awesome!
Susan's "Total Eclipse"
Susan’s “Total Eclipse”
Here is Carol's Total Eclipse
Here is Carol’s Total Eclipse

In our other group of beginners – we had those that are familiar with Judy’s patterns and paper-piecing in general and they chose to BEGIN new projects!  (not included in the photo’s is Ronda’s arcs for her Flowers for My Wedding Ring – can’t wait for September’s Wedding Ring Retreat to see more of this one!)  I also missed getting pictures of Terri’s Glacier Star she left a day early to play with grand babies!

JoAnn worked on her Prairie Star.  She had this quilt top all together and decided she wanted to brighten it up.... so she took it apart and remade the Geese and H units with lighter background.  She also took out the center CS units and went with a lighter background and then added the absolute last square inch of the lighter background to her LS units!  Not something I would've done BUT the it was a dramatic difference and really added a lot of zing to her quilt!
JoAnn worked on her Prairie Star. She had this quilt top all together and decided she wanted to brighten it up…. so she took it apart and remade the Geese and H units with lighter background. She also took out the center CS units and went with a lighter background and then added the absolute last square inch of the lighter background to her LS units! Not something I would’ve done BUT the it was a dramatic difference and really added a lot of zing to her quilt!
Vernell started her Glacier Star!
Vernell started her Glacier Star!
Forgot to include Belinda's Fire Island Hosta in yesterday's post!
Forgot to include Belinda’s Fire Island Hosta in yesterday’s post!

I did not have any finishes myself, but I did get a good start on some new beginnings!

From the new Geese Migrations Book - "Always Chasing Rainbows"
From the new Geese Migrations Book – “Always Chasing Rainbows”
Indian Summer using Kaffe's with Black/White.
Indian Summer using Kaffe’s with Black/White.
Prismatic Star was so much fun I had to start another one.  This one has my fabric choices and all of the diamonds will be identical!
Prismatic Star was so much fun I had to start another one. This one has my fabric choices and all of the diamonds will be identical!

And just some other fun stuff to share!  I should’ve taken photos of the food – Ronda always takes really good care of us in that department!

Terri's show and share - I may not have captured her Glacier Star but that is ok but this quilt was AMAZING.  She did NOT strip piece those 9 patches - they are each individual squares!
Terri’s show and share – I may not have captured her Glacier Star but that is ok but this quilt was AMAZING. She did NOT strip piece those 9 patches – they are each individual squares!
The bobbin in the photo gives you some perspective on the size of those 9 patches!
The bobbin in the photo gives you some perspective on the size of those 9 patches!
And we had at least one beautiful sunset - I think I missed the others!
And we had at least one beautiful sunset – I think I missed the others!
And we had at least one beautiful sunset - I think I missed the others!
And we had at least one beautiful sunset – I think I missed the others!
And we had at least one beautiful sunset - I think I missed the others!  While we were there we were also able to observe Jupiter and Venus converging - my amateur photography skills could not capture this (especially without my tripod!)
And we had at least one beautiful sunset – I think I missed the others! While we were there we were also able to observe Jupiter and Venus converging – my amateur photography skills could not capture this (especially without my tripod!)

I hope you enjoy today’s post!

Dee

Star of the Prairie

As a certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor I often teach “Stars” classes.  Quiltworx (aka Judy Niemeyer) has designed some of the most beautiful star quilts out there and I always love to see a students color choices and watch the progress of their quilts.

Fran had paper pieced before, but had not ventured into a Judy Niemeyer pattern.  She chose to make Prairie Star which is a beautiful quilt.  Having helped my daughter-in-law through making this quilt a few years ago I was able to guide Fran through the process and I love love love how her quilt turned out.  She had asked me to not post photos until after our local quilt show and that was last weekend so now I get to post post post.

Fran is from Kansas and is a prairie girl at heart, I am sure the quilt name called to her.  I love how she changed up the name just a little for her quilt, from Prairie Star to Star of the Prairie.  I also love how Fran can take those colors that really throw in to the mix without a lot of companion fabrics and with a little bit of magic make them fabulous.  Her sense of color is awesome!

The RS units - these are similar to a very large NY Beauty!
The RS units – these are similar to a very large NY Beauty!  Too many shadows – I need fire my photographer – oh wait – that’s me!

 

The Compass Star - I love how Fran's Dark/Medium quilts spin and spin
The Compass Star – I love how Fran’s Dark/Medium quilts spin and spin
The overall quilt.  I love "Chain Strip Paper Piecing" these LoneStar strips
The overall quilt. I love “Chain Strip Paper Piecing” these LoneStar strips
Fran likes to piece her backings from fabrics that maybe did not make it into the front of the quilt, or ones that she purchased extra.  And purposely pieces these "chunks" of fabric off center so the quilting on the back is really awesome!
Fran likes to piece her backings from fabrics that maybe did not make it into the front of the quilt, or ones that she purchased extra. And purposely pieces these “chunks” of fabric off center so the quilting on the back is really awesome!
Quilting Texture Yumminess!
Quilting Texture Yumminess!

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Denise