Friday, April 23, 2021

Online Class

I attended my second online quilting class this week.

The class was called "Traditional Variations" taught be Cheryl Arkinson. It was a wonderful day exploring creative ways to make traditional blocks. I played with friendship star variations and these are the blocks I sewed during the class.

Cheryl gave us so many ideas to run with and it was a day of cutting and sewing and trying new things. For example these are friendship stars made with curves instead of HST blocks. 
I'm going to make a few more blocks and turn this collection into a backing for my 21 Stars quilt.

What I discovered when playing was that one idea sparks another idea (and more scraps) and it was so FUN! Remember when we used to play as children just for the sake of having fun? As adults we think everything has to be purposeful and goal focused. Especially during covid there have been so few opportunities to play and have fun with our  friends. This class was a great reminder to enjoy the benefits of play - it's good for your health and we all need to be as healthy as we can during this pandemic. Hence... we need to play more!! I'm so grateful for this reminder!
You can read more about Cheryl and the workshops she offers here and can read her blog here.


Lyndsey said...

Wow I love the curved friendship star, I must give it a try. Your second block is just as cute as well. I agree playing is important and I don't think we do enough of it as adults.

The Cozy Quilter said...

Cheryl is a great teacher! Love those curved friendship stars!

Deanna W said...

By the look of your blocks, you had fun playing!!

Karla (ThreadBndr) said...

Those are so beautiful. Your "21 Stars" quilt is essentially going to be two sided!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Interesting iterations of the Friendship Star pattern, Kathy. SEW glad that you had some fun in Cheryl's virtual quilt class!!