Thursday, September 20, 2012

Quilting Place Mats with the ICA

Last night I had was delighted to head out to the local ICA chapter to lead a 2 hour long quilting class.  The hope of this ICA chapter is to make a quilt where each member of the guild contributes a block, that will then be stitched into a bed sized project for raffle.  The only bump in the road is they have not made a quilt before.

I was very excited to be asked to join them for a little quilting tutorial.  Now, these women know their crafts and are well acquainted with the needle.  Don't be fooled.  They brought with them hand pieced hexagon shoulder bags, hand pieced (possibly EPP) tea cozies and a gorgeous hand pieced cushion cover to show their "fundamental" efforts in stitching.  Are you serious?  Amazing.

The idea was to make a place mat such that they had a small project to get their bearings, but still learn all of the sills you need in quilting.  In preparation, I started in using the Pink Penguin tutorial at home to make a few samplers showing them each step in the process.


Can you see them?  From the left counter clockwise there is one to layer, one that is quilted, one basted, one with the front binding on and a finished one (center).  I think that covers it.  




During the class, though, we modified the pattern to suit the individual taste of the stitcher and the scale of the fabric they brought with them.  Instead we made a place mat with one large single panel down either side of the central square...and it looked great.  I think seeing the samples gave them a better idea of how to go about making their quilt.  I have no doubt they will be amazing.

Now, this is one amazingly talented group of women.  Do you want to see what the chairwoman (Hi, Karen!) gave me as a thank you gift?  It's going to knock your socks off....


FLUFFY SHEEP QUILTING CUPCAKES!!!  Can you see the amazing-ness of them?  The top row has the pin wheels and little sheep from the FSQ logo and the bottom row is filled with embellishments, a quilt and gorgeous fabric.  I wish you could see the detail...there's actual stitching on the quilt, ladies!  What is totally amazing is that Karen did her research and saw that I was a peanut butter junkie, so these are chocolate cakes filled with chocolate ganash and topped with peanut butter icing.  Amazing.

Needless to say, they now look like this.



Karen, thank you.  ICA ladies, thank you for a great night out.  I had a great time stitching with you!




16 comments:

Anne said...

I clicked on the photo of the cakes to see them in all their glory and they are beeyootiful! I don't think I'd want to eat them. Actually, that's a lie! Who can resist cake?? :oD

memmens said...

How wonderful! Superb cakes - oh and the placements look good too! Sounds like you've found a great group of ladies!

patchworkdelights said...

Wow Cindy they are stunning cupcakes, good for you!

Lynne said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time with a talented bunch of women.

Leanne said...

I know the bundle that your fabrics came from, your placemats match my bag! That is a great way to teach the steps for quilting, and if you finish them all you will have a beautiful set for your table - or keep them for the next class. The cupcakes are beyond stunning!

Sooli said...

What stunning cupcakes! I bet they were delicious too. What an amazing reward, good on you for sharing your knowledge. I always say what you give out, you get back!

Sarah Ashford said...

Those placemats are gorgeous, and perfect for beginners. As for the cakes, wow, they are amazing! What a thoughtful gift, almost too good to eat! In fact, no, eat them immediately, they sound divine :-)

Jennie P. said...

Beautiful placemats! Were they made with the Under the Palm Tree bundle? Love those cupcakes as well!

Sheila said...

OMG - those are real cakes!!

Sarah said...

Very cool cupcakes... mmmmm I want reeces....

Katy Cameron said...

Sounds like a great meeting, and those cupcakes are awesome, lucky girl!

Cherie said...

Such a fun process to help people out with quilt making!

OMG What stunning cupcakes. I don't know how you managed to eat two already I put put them in a safe box and take ages to tuck into them! =D

mammafairy said...

Those cakes look amazing- how could you bear to spoil them by eating!
Love the place mats, too!

Nicky said...

Great little project and what is wrong with you Cindy ? Didn't you like those cupcakes? I'm just surprised there are any left!

Erin @ Billy Button Design said...

So jealous. They look lovely.

diane said...

beautiful placemats

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