A couple of weeks back I visited with the Camarillo Quilters Association and they chose to have me teach Dingbats at their workshop.
Dingbats is one of those sneaky patterns… on first look, you think there’s a set-in circle to contend with. But nope… it’s all straight seams. I just quilt it to look like circles! If you can sew a straight seam with a mostly consistent 1/4”, you got this!
The Camarillo ladies are a friendly and talented bunch, and they took such good care of me. Everyone showed up with great fabric, and we started the day talking about fabric values and contrast. We took the first hour of the day to really look at everyone’s fabric choices as a group and discuss different options. One of my favorite parts of any workshop, as a teacher or student, is checking out everyone else’s fabric… there is always an unexpected combo in there that knocks my socks off, or challenges me to look at a color that I don’t love so much (hello PINK!) in a different way. And was there ever a lot of PINK in this group!
We got to cutting and sewing. And of course, lunch and chocolate. And then back to sewing… and all but one person was well into their second block before they left.
Above was the surprise palette of the day… the deep, espresso brown background was a perfect choice for these funky stripes.
And the “almost got it done” block!
Ladies – thank you for a lovely day!
Want me to come teach at your guild? I would love to! Go here for the info and get in touch!