Gwen taught about 20 quilters how to do her free-pieced baskets. Some of the ladies there were brand-new quilters (one young woman had never touched a rotary cutter before that day!) and many were old friends of Gwen. Gwen gently encouraged everyone to be creative in her inimitable way. She is so patient and kind and so willing to help whomever needs some one-on-one instruction. She is so generous with her knowledge and tips. She's just a joy of a teacher, plus she is funny! She made us all laugh.
|Gwen's basket handle demo|
Everyone had fun making baskets, and I think everyone was successful as well. There was lots of laughter, plenty of helpful suggestions, and much exclaiming over fabric, as well as encouragement of each other. And all the baskets were super!
Joan brought her basket quilt to share with everyone. She used Gwen's technique for the basket handles.
Another lady brought her gorgeous basket quilt that is still in progress. She used many African fabrics in the baskets, plus other types too. She was stumped on what to do for a border and wanted Gwen's input.
|Love the snake basket!|
Another lady brought a finished basket top to show.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that Stephanie of the fun blog Quiltz by Stephanie and her friend Dorothy were a table mates of mine and Candy's. Stephanie has more to say and show about Gwen's class - go take a look!
There were lots of great baskets being made. Here's some shots of the various design walls around the room:
|made with vintage fabrics|
|Love these sand pails and the shovel!|
|Candy's first baskets|
And for my baskets I used some vintage 60's fabrics that I've been saving for just the right project.
I used all polka dots for my backgrounds and rick rack for some of the handles. Fun! Since I've gotten home, I've made some more baskets. They are so fun to make!
I've got a rough plan on what I want to do with my baskets. I'll be sure and show you how it all goes. Hopefully soon!