I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! It's pretty amazing that this year is almost over, isn't it? I've busy working on lots of things, including some new samples for my upcoming workshops that I've got scheduled for 2016. My first one is coming up in January at CraftSouth in Nashville, Tennessee. I'm a huge fan of proprietor (and designer extraordinaire) Anna Maria Horner, so when she asked if I wanted to come teach at her incredible store, I of course, said yes.
On Friday, January 15th, I'll be giving a lecture about my book, Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday, as well as a signing and trunk show to share lots of quilts from the book. The, the next day, on Saturday, the 16th, I'll be teaching my brand new class, Speak Easy: Building Patchwork Letters.
I'm so excited to have the chance to teach this class because it will give me an opportunity to share the entire alphabet pattern that I designed for the West Chester quilt in Quilt Local. This project was inspired by the barn above, in West Chester, Ohio, that is now a banquet facility. As you can see, the tiles of the roof have been installed to read "Muhlhauser 1881", signifying the original owner and the year the barn was built.
As soon as I saw that barn, I knew that I wanted to include it in my book and build an entire alphabet based on the existing letters. And I did; I recreated the letters that I could see and developed the remaining ones, as well as digits 0-9, based on the tiles.
As is often the case with publishing, you are working within a specified constraint of page numbers. So unfortunately, in the end we just didn't have the room to include the entire alphabet and numbers in the book, just the text that is included in the West Chester quilt, MAKE. But, in my workshop, you'll learn how to create patchwork letters to spell out anything that you'd like, using the supplemental letters and numbers that are only available in this class. I'll teach you how to work with small pieces of fabric without the need for foundation piecing and we'll discuss how to incorporate negative space in your design to create a finished quilt top.