2021 Road Scholar: Amish/Mennonite Quilt Series
#20986: Quilt Series:
"Spider Web String Stars
The method of piecing string blocks on a foundation is over 100 years old and is seen in both Amish and non-Amish antique quilts. Recently there has been a renewed interest in string piecing on a foundation in the quilting world. A quilter using this technique can make use of very small pieces of fabric that are typically difficult to piece into a traditional block. The Spider Web String Star block is pieced using thin temporary foundation papers and includes "Y" seams stitched on the sewing machine. Through the week I will share steps of the design process.
- Instructor Sue Juszczuk
#20986: Quilt Series: Dancing Star
October 31-November 5
Katherine’s Garden Trellis
Working in a fabric shop fabric gives one inspiration for quilt designs just by seeing fabric colors and prints. When I saw a beautiful floral print arrived at the shop I thought it needed to be showcased and created this particular pattern.
As you can see there is a pieced block, similar to a square in a square block and an alternate block called a snowball block. The pieced block showcases the floral fabric in the center of the block and the alternate snowball block will showcase quilting. How beautiful that will be!
But there is a surprise at the end of the class, a twist on the corner fabrics of the snowball block will give another look to the block and the quilt.
Looking forward to seeing different color choices for this lap quilt.
The fabric and class title is Katherine’s Garden Trellis, named for the daughter of the owner of the fabric store. - Instructor Janis Nelson
Susan has been sewing since she was three years old, hand embroidering her name on a piece of scrap muslin. Soon after, she learned how to knit and use a sewing machine. When she was eight, she joined a 4-H sewing program with 30 other girls making aprons.
Susan has been teaching for 50 years, sharing her passion to all ages. She gives thanks to all of those who went before her, especially her family for sharing their gifts of patience, creativity and encouragement during her journey.
Janis Nelson took a beginning quilting class at a small shop in Goshen, Indiana, in 1982. She was hooked! In 1998 her sampler quilt in memory of her father was published in Quiltmaker Magazine. In 2002 her “Dancing Stars” pattern was published, being called “Star Bright” and she self-published a book called “Shipshewana Blessings” in 2004 with a friend. Janis enjoys designing and drafting patterns as well as piecing. She teaches quilting classes and workshops in the local region.