Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Banner Class

For this years quilt retreat I had a really nice quilt in mind but a few months ago Amy asked me to teach the Hugs & Kisses Banner from my most recent tutorial on Moda Bake Shop. So, I agreed.

I had 6 people sign up for my class and during the retreat I helped 3 other gals cut wool letters and scalloped circles so they could make them later. It was so fun to see what banners my students decided to make and what fabric they used to make them.

Shelly made the "SPRINGTIME" Banner, Kimberly made the "BLESSINGS" Banner, Amy and Mindy made "BIRTHDAY" Banners, and Mindy also made two more Banners with her daughters names on them. The Banners were all so CUTE!!!

I spent most of the morning finishing up the little gifts that I made for my students and setting up the classroom. I finished just in time for lunch. This is a picture of what I set out for each student. It consisted of a bag of treats, a pincushion ring I made for them, and a little "What-Not" Bag that I almost made for them. I had it all prepared so all they had to do was sew one part. I promise to show you the gifties once I take pictures of them.


Here are some of the banners I displayed.


Here's the banner I made for my sewing room.
The banner says the name of my blog.

b i t t y b i t s & p i e c e s


I was pretty distracted during the retreat and didn't get pictures of the other banners even though I had every intention of doing so, but here's Shelley's "Spring Time" Banner. All the banners turned out really nice and I loved spending time with all of the ladies in my class. It's always a highlight of my time spent during the retreats. I'm looking forward to next year and should probably start thinking of something new to teach that everyone might like to make.


I'm interested. . .

If you had a CHOICE. . .

What would you CHOOSE to MAKE at a Quilt Retreat?
  • Big Quilt?
  • Little Quilt?
  • Tablerunner?
  • Bag or Purse?
  • Sewing Related Item?
Any thoughts or suggestions would be great! Thanks!!!

12 comments:

Pat said...

I'm not too big on making bags and big quilts prove a problem for me to get big items quilted, so I'd prefer something small enough that I could get the project near to completion on the retreat. And if it was small enough for me to quilt myself, that would be a bonus. From that, you could see some things on your list would be better for me than others.

Barbara said...

I'd prefer a small project such as a wall hanging or small quilt, table runner, or perhaps a purse.

SewHappyGeek said...

I agree with Pat's comment above. I would rather make something small, to try out new blocks I've never attempted before, and want something I can quilt myself. I'm still struggling to finish a twin size quilt I foolishly thought I could quilt myself. Live and learn, I guess :)

Judi said...

I agree - small quilts or table runners. Small projects are more economical too. (I've never attended a retreat because I have a hard time justifying the cost.) I'd stay away from purses though. Purse style likes and preferences vary too much to find one style a lot of people would want to make.

Mommarock said...

I think a table runner, or small quilt (to use as a wall hanging). I want to have time to learn, and visit.. have FUN, FUN, FUN!! Giggle, and gab.. :)

MonikaC said...

A throw size quilt seems like a manageable size project for a quilt retreat, and I love throw quilts!

Material Mary said...

At a retreat function, if I were learning, anything on a small scale like a block or a small project like a small quilt, purse, runner--so that I don't have a huge amount of cut out fabric and not sewning up the project for 3 years. For free sew, I would probably take a fun project to work on.

Q said...

I agree with everyone else, I too would prefer something manageable for the time, so that I could either complete or come close to completing during the retreat. I am reasonably comfortable with my own skill level and don't have a problem being far behind (and un-stitching my life away!), but I do know a lot of women who feel under a great deal of pressure to keep up so another thing with larger projects would be that those who work far ahead can inadvertently make newbies feel uncomfortable or intimidate them. Perhaps there would be a choice of projects based on skill level or time commitments that the individual is prepared to put in during the retreat.

Quilter in the Gap said...

I think a table runner is perfect size for a retreat. More likely to get it done and not go home with another UFO. Also, you want time to work on what you brought.

Thimbleanna said...

Hmmm. I'll have to go against the grain here and say big quilt. I'm not a good test case though 'cause I prefer retreats to catch up on projects LOL.

Liz said...

Hmmmmm. I'm not sure what I'd make. Things are so hectic around my house that a project I could finish while I was there would be good. Perhaps a small quilt or a bag.

Those banners look great!

Debbie said...

My vote is also for a smallish throw quilt or table runner. I'd also love some get acquainted time and structured sharing of projects both finished and unfinished!