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Rocking the Riffing


Polka dots ala Maria Shell technique


I'm working on blocks for the quilt I started last summer in Maria Shell's "Riffing on Tradition" workshop during my independent study class at Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Columbus, Ohio, this week. I completed the pieces for the block above this morning. I just need to stitch them together, and I'll have one more block done.


Pieced plaid, also by Maria Shell technique


I spent the rest of the day making plaid. What looks black here is actually a deep purple.

This "made" fabric is for a block I still need to piece.



All the blocks I've completed so far.


Making the blocks for this quilt, which I've named "I'm Not From Ohio," isn't quick. It's a slow and steady process. I've sketched the block designs but I find that once I'm constructing them, I make lots of tweaks and even some major changes. I enjoy the detail work required. I think some of the folks in the class think I'm a bit nuts doing this time-consuming work but then the beauty of quilting is there are so many variations on what you can create. My title for this quilt turns out to be a bit ironic since I'm sitting in Ohio stitching it.


I'm working with Cherrywood Fabric, uscious hand-dyed fabrics that look a bit like suede. The colors are vibrant as you can see.




At left, "Peace Cranes Over Hiroshima" ©by Dana Jones. Above, "Bird on a Branch" ©by Dana Jones.



Enrollment Under Way for June and July Classes


I'm accepting registrations for upcoming open enrollment classes:

  • "Demystifying Design for Foundation Piecing" 10 a.m.-1 p.m. MDT Thursdays, June 23 and 30. Register now.

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  • "Demystifying Design for Foundation Piecing" 10 a.m.-1 p.m. MDT Thursdays, July 14 and 21. Register now.


"Circle of Friends" ©by Dana Jones


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