Sunday, August 07, 2011
I've been wanting to post about an inspiring experience I had a couple weekends ago. I took a class at Home Ec Workshop with Erik Wolfmeyer. (Make sure and check out his amazing quilt photo gallery).
Erik asked each student to bring a piece of inspiration as a jumping off point for the quilt project we would be working on over the course of two afternoons. I chose a photo that I had saved on Pinterest. I love it because it is is traditional and modern, graphic and soft, all at the same time. I also love the color combination. I thought all these things would translate into an interesting quilt project.
Erik was a great teacher because he took the time to get to know each student and help us talk through and develop our ideas. He told us about his process for bringing a quilt from inspiration to completion and showed us one of his gorgeous finished quilts (this one). He gave us several useful and practical quilting tips - including a technique for finishing binding that I can't wait to try. He also recommended a quilting "bible" which is now at the top of my craft book wish list.
I started my quilt blocks, inspired by my photo and Denyse Schmidt's quilting style. Erik encouraged me to incorporate the X motif from my inspiration piece and I also decided to stick to a similar color scheme. I'm planning to make this quilt a wall hanging. I also designed it to loosely imitate the floral idea.
Now that the class is over, I am in the process of making a few blocks here and there when I have time. Hoping that I will be able to piece the blocks together into a quilt top in the next month or so. I'm so thankful for Erik's time and that I was able to spend a weekend working on a project just for me.