|Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts|
Taken straight from the book, “Simple Shapes, Spectacular Quilts” by Kaffe Fassett, MPS is offering a workshop on January 31, 2015. The workshop topic will be Bordered Diamond quilts, and the instructor is our own member, Betsy Sayre. She has taken a bordered diamond class from Mr. Fassett himself and loves, Loves, LOVES the pattern. In fact, she’s already made nine (yup, 9!) bordered diamond quilts. That makes her something of an expert.
What excites Betsy about this quilt pattern is the way she can make each center diamond sing and dance just by using the correct fabric for her framing.
She really likes big, bright, wonderful prints (Kaffe Fassett prints, perhaps?) and enjoys how they can create energy in her quilts. But she has also seen these quilts made successfully with batiks, other big prints, and even one using Japanese fabrics.
|Bordered Diamond Quilt|
Betsy’s workshop will be about design and color. So her students will be using their own personal “design walls” during the class to play with their diamonds and framing. Betsy will also be encouraging her students to trade fabrics to find just the right combinations for their diamonds. Then she will demonstrate the sewing techniques used to combine the diamonds into a quilt. And if there is still time that afternoon, the students will begin putting it all together on their own machines. This day is set aside for fun!
Because she knows this technique inside and out, she also knows what doesn’t work for this pattern; and she plans to share some of her own less-successful diamonds with the class participants.
Many people have enjoyed Betsy’s quilts and she decided that it was time to share her knowledge with other quilters. She says that she was born to teach this and wishes great success for all of her students.
To find out more details about the class and to register, visit our website metropatch.com and click on the Workshops link at the top of the page. But don’t wait too long. The class is being offered on a Saturday and it may fill up quickly.