Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Sew Fresh Quilts Class

On Saturday my local quilt guild hosted a class with Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts and I was lucky enough to get in the class!
It was sooo fun and the classroom was filled with lots of laughter as we all tried to make various creatures from her patterns.
I chose to make Lorna's Elephant Parade quilt and took my white featherweight to class to use for the day. But the tension was way off and I didn't want to spend my class time working on machine adjustments. 
Luckily I had taken Lucy as a back up machine. Lucy is a long bed 301 Singer built in 1953 and she worked perfectly sewing these elephant blocks all day long. 


However, the sewing machine operator was not working perfectly! 
There were a few elephants requiring surgical repair! This repair required one consultant (Lorna), one sewist/surgeon (me), one component extraction, one 90 degree part rotation, and one re-insertion. No problem!

Here are the elephants that I finished so far. See the surgical patient elephant - top left block? He recovered nicely from surgery and you never would have known there was a problem!
I have the 5 large elephants done and 3 of the 14 small elephants.

Here are all the students in the class holding up our blocks. Lorna is one of the monkey holders in the front row! I am in the back row on the left laughing at the monkey in front of me! 
Do you see all the creatures we made? 
Birds, elephants, some cross-eyed cats, dogs of all shapes and sizes, chickens... it was a total zoo with all these animals and quilters in one room!
A huge thank you to Lorna for such a fun day and for being such a brilliant pattern designer! I'm linking up to the Sew Fresh Quilts party and then I'm back to sewing more elephant blocks!

22 comments:

  1. I can't even figure out how the elephant's trunk ended up like that, good one! I think Lorna is is visiting my guild next year, I hope they book her for a workshop, also!

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  2. I love all your elephant blocks!!These kinds of blocks do require a lot of concentration on the instructions. Lol! I made a few mistakes along the way when I was making my bird quilt too. Looks like a lot of fun was had by all.

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  3. That looks like a fun class and a fun group of ladies. I love all of the animals. So happy to patient recovered.

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  4. Your Elephants are coming along nicely. I had no idea that major surgery was going on in the room while we sewed.

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  5. Lovely! Lorna is coming next week to our guild and I had so wanted to take the class, but our ladies retreat from our Church is on that same date :-(. I've already made lots of her animals, but it would have been very fun to participate in the 'zoo' LOL. I will be there for her trunk show though which will be very fun.

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  6. Your elephants look great all lined up. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your parade! Thanks so much for sharing your photos, Kathy. I had a fabulous day "monkeying" around with you and your crew!

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  7. The elephant blocks are cute as can be.
    I want one of those Singer 301's in black.....just to have it. I am wondering how they compare in weight and size to the Featherweight machines.

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  8. I can only imagine...NOT! All those quilters and making those critters!! Such fun!

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  9. so nice you could both meet up - follow both of you of course! looks like fun and glad you had a spare machine with you!

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  10. I saw this over at Lorna's - how fun to take a class with her. Love all the blocks.

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  11. I'm glad the elephant was repairable. You make a fine surgeon. : ) Looks like a really fun class--she has delightful patterns!

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  12. lol.....poor elephant. It will make such a fun quilt.

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  13. That sounds like a lot of fun, and your elephants turned out great.

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  14. What fun! I made her elephant quilt when she had the sew along. Someday I'll sandwich & quilt it, lol.

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  15. I have the Elephant Parade pattern. My mother collects elephants, so, one day I'll make the quilt. Glad you had a back up machine with you.

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  16. Nellie the Elephant? Nah, she's gotta be Lucy the Elephant now! Looks like you all had such a great time, lucky quilters :)

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  17. love the elephant blocks I have used them to make both a tote bag and a cushion.

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  18. Looks like you all had a very fun day at the zoo! I can't wait to meet Lorna and attend the workshop next week in London!

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  19. Love the elephants and sounds like a fun class.

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  20. Your blocks are very cute, already made a dog quilt from Lorna, love it very much.

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  21. Lots of fun blocks! Your elephant blocks look great, as do everyone's.

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