Gearing Up for Quilter’s Affair 2016

On Sunday I’m heading over to Central Oregon with my quilt group, the Quisters, for a week of sewing,  including taking classes at Quilter’s Affair.

Do you know about Quilter’s Affair? It’s the week of classes put on by the Stitchin’ Post  quilt shop in Sisters, Oregon, leading up to the biggest outdoor quilt show in the world. The show is always held on the second Saturday in July; this year it falls on July 9.

For Quilter’s Affair, the Stitchin’ Post brings in teachers from the U.S. and abroad to join a group of talented local and regional experts. I’m taking a class taught by fellow Oregonian Karla Alexander of Saginaw Quilts. I’ve met Karla, heard her lecture, and admired her designs, so it’s high time I took a class from her.

She’s teaching five classes at Quilter’s Affair. I’m taking the one based on her pattern Rewind:

RewindP436FB_lg

Many of Karla’s designs are made by cleverly stacking, cutting, and sewing fabrics. Rewind is no exception. I was attracted to this pattern because of its resemblance to the classic Greek key design. Whereas the traditional Greek key is dignified, with straight lines and symmetry, Karla’s key (if I can call it that) is quirky and lighthearted, thanks to free form cutting, a freewheeling color palette, and funky fabrics.

I decided to raid my batik stash for this quilt. Instructions were to start with a family of colors and pick an equal number of lights and darks. I started with green — no surprise there — and randomly pulled other colors that go well with it. After cutting my 12″ squares, I layered them so that each fabric looks good with its neighbor on either side.

Here is my fabric pull:

fabric pull for rewind

Most of these squares are doubles, with a few singletons. For the class project 48 squares are needed. I wound up with 60, which gives me some leeway. In some cases a fabric works as a light with one neighbor but as a dark with the other. It will be interesting to see if this affects the construction process.

Taking this class will be extra fun because my fellow Quister Deborah is taking it, too. I wonder what fabrics she chose. Quilter’s Affair, here we come!

 

 

 

 

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6 Responses to Gearing Up for Quilter’s Affair 2016

  1. Jeanne says:

    Yummy. I love batiks.
    Have fun!

  2. Colleen says:

    I hope you have a wonderful time in Sisters! Can’t wait to see what you come up with in the final quilt. It’s going to be beautiful. Give my love to your Quisters :D!

  3. Reigh says:

    Have a great time! Love the quirky pattern for your project. It would make a cute baby quilt in the right colors.

  4. Diane says:

    I am LOVING your fabric choices! I think I can actually envision the result, which will, in any case, be spectacular!

    BTW, I think ‘Karla’s Key’ is the perfect name for her creation.

  5. Char says:

    I’m so green! Would love a week of quilting in Sisters…. Have a great time. Looking forward to seeing the results.

  6. Nancy Stanley says:

    How exciting! Looking forward to seeing photos of your quilt! Love your selection from your stash!

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