By Patricia Belyea
POULSBO WA Eleven Kitsap Quilters learned how to get messy today. My class “Counterintuitive Quilting” was embraced by grown women who were happy to make quilt tops that look like they were made by children.
Each quilter brought a set of ten coordinated fabrics that included some contrast in the patterns and an unexpected one. The range of fabrics as well as the aesthetic sensibilities of each student created a diverse range of outcomes.
I brought my brand new Rowenta Pro Steam System for everyone to use. With 400 holes in the stainless steel soleplate and a reservoir for continuous water supply, the iron blasted out steam to flatten the wonky quilt blocks.
I was amazed how far everyone got on their projects. In my personal tests, I only produced two or three blocks in one day. Today, Nancy got her wallhanging finished, Christine put together her table runner and Faye almost completed her bold baby quilt top but needed a few more solids from home. On the other hand, Elizabeth started an ambitious project so she has only just begun.
Everyone was challenged to move outside their comfort zones. It was a day of thinking creatively and growing.
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See also Maggie Ball’s blog on today’s class.