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Aug 17, 2016

Patchwork Auditions Workshop - Now Booking

Aug 17, 2016
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As promised, here are the details on the Patchwork Auditions Workshop if your group is interested in hosting an event.  I will be booking select dates in 2017, so please contact me soon if you are interested.  Thanks so much for everyone's excitement over the book this year and my appearance on Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting TV.  I'd love to share my passion for modern traditional samplers with you!

Join author and designer AnneMarie Chany for a fun and colorful workshop to make a small 4 block modern sampler based on the popular Patchwork Auditions series and her new book, Sister Sampler Quilts. Explore different coloring options for traditional quilt blocks to think outside the box and rejuvenate quilt blocks we know and love. Whether you choose to make your sampler from just one block or make yours with 2 Sister Block Pairs, you’ll enjoy reimagining time-honored blocks with new possibilities.  See Pricing here.

           What You Will Learn:
  •   Sketching blocks in a wire frame
  •   Methods of Recoloring
  •   Brainstorming/Planning Alternate Colorings
  •   Oversized Half-Square Triangles for accuracy
  •   Curve / Drunkard’s Path (optional)

    The Skinny:
  •   6 Hour Workshop (with lunch break)
  •   Finished Quilt is 52” x 60”
  •   Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Provided by the Instructor:
  •   Pattern to make 4 block sampler
  •   Handouts for sketching alternate colorings 

  • Workshop Quilt Made with Color Variations of 1 Block
    Workshop Quilt Made with Color Variations of 2 Blocks (Sister Pairs)
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Aug 12, 2016

Patchwork Auditions Workshop Quilt #2

Aug 12, 2016
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Check out this second finish for the week!  This quilt is the second of 2 similar designs I created for a WORKSHOP based on the Patchwork Auditions series quilt I made last year, my book Sister Sampler Quilts, and my love of all things samplers.  Catch the first version here.

The original Patchwork Auditions series tries to take traditional quilt blocks and reimagine what they look like with different colorings.  It's an exploratory exercise that I absolutely love playing with.

Just like the first quilt, this is a 4 block sampler quilt.  A nice smaller take on samplers.  Doable in a more reasonable amount of time.  It uses 2 blocks this time, instead of just one. This quilt has 2 Rising Star blocks and 2 Moon & Star blocks from my book.  I sketched out several alternate ways to color this block and then chose to sew my favorites.
Yet another Rising Star variation
Rising Star Variation
Moon & Star Variation
Moon & Star variation
So this quilt is set in the same setting as Quilt #1.  I love the Denyse Schmidt fabrics used in primary colors in the blocks.  Then it's all framed by some lovely Chambray in Steel.  Super urban feel if you ask me.  I love this quilt design and quilting!  Absolutely my new favorite.  I debated about trying to use leftovers and scraps for the binding.  In the end, I ended up ordering more of the DS Katie Jump Rope green print so I could make the entire binding out of that print.  Totally worth it.
Are you interested in making these quilts in a Workshop with your guild?  I'm putting together all the information and will be booking select dates in 2017.  I'll share that info with you next week.

Quilt Stats.
Name: Patchwork Auditions Workshop Quilt #2
Size: 52" x 60"
Fabric:  Various Denyse Schmidt prints, One Room Schoolhouse (Yellow), Lotta Jansdotter (Black) steel chambray from Robert Kaufman
Piecing:  Me
Quilting: LAQ Beany of Quilty PleasuresMe - Straight lines with bubbles

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Aug 10, 2016

Patchwork Auditions Workshop Quilt #1

Aug 10, 2016
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I'm so happy to show you this recent finish of mine!  This quilt is the first of 2 similar designs I created for a WORKSHOP based on the Patchwork Auditions series quilt I made last year, my book Sister Sampler Quilts, and my love of all things samplers.

So many times, we become ingrained at seeing blocks colored a certain way. The original Patchwork Auditions looks at 7 simple/classic blocks and exposes alternate colorings.  I loved this exercise and wanted to do it again, only this time with some more complex blocks.

This 4 block sampler quilt uses the Rising Star block from my book.  I sketched out alternate ways to color this block and then chose to sew my favorites.
original coloring from the Vice Versa Sampler



I am over the moon about how it came out! The 4 sampler blocks are flanked by Flying Geese and then set on a stunning navy background fabric to really highlight the block work.  And the quilting!!  Oh man, don't get me started.  I am in looooooove with this new to me quilting motif.  Straight lines with the pebbles/bubbles alternating in.  Super pattern - and totally doable at home.  I had this quilted by my LAQ, but I definitely can see attempting this on my home machine.
I'll be back with the second version of this quilt in a day or so.  And I'll also have details on the Workshop for those who may be interested!

Quilt Stats.
Name: Patchwork Auditions Workshop Quilt #1
Size: 52" x 60"
Fabric:  Various Cotton + Steel prints + misc from my stash
Piecing:  Me
Quilting: LAQ Beany of Quilty PleasuresMe - Straight lines with bubbles



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