Patch of the Lakeshore Quilters and the Small Wonders Workshop

The Patch of the Lakeshore Quilters in Manitowoc, Wisconsin have a great workshop location with lots of room to spread out!

Workshop picture

Small Wonders was the workshop of the day and they got a start on some great Nickel Quilts today.  This block is for the All That Glitters quilt which is found in my first Nickel Quilt book.

All That Glitters

These blocks are for the Star and Crown quilt and I think it’s great that this quilter chose to reverse the value on the star blocks from what I used.  In my block I had blue centers surrounded by cream background fabrics.

Star Block

These are Prairie Gems blocks and the quilt is found in my Amazing Nickel Quilts book.

Prairie Gems

This is the center portion of the block in the South Dakota Star quilt. In my quilt I used lots of plaids and earthy colored fabrics so it is fun to see this block made with batiks and a black background.

South Dakota Star

So many terrific scrappy quilts are being worked on and I am looking forward to seeing the finished quilts from this workshop!


Road Trip Kentucky Portion

I’m on an extended teaching road trip and my first stop was the Bluegrass Quilt Festival in Shepherdsville, KY.  One of the workshops I taught there was the “Small Wonders” workshop, in which seven different quilts can be made.  And guess what quilt (along with 30 others) is traveling with me on this trip?  Turnabout!  I’m having so much fun sharing it with other quilters before I send it off to a charity this winter.  The Turnabout quilt is also constructed with what I refer to as the “Small Wonders” technique so I offered it as an additional option for this workshop.


This is South Dakota Star, just one of the quilts being worked on in this workshop.

S D Star

Now I’m leaving Kentucky behind and heading to Pennsylvania, with an overnight stop in Maryland.  The leaves are starting to turn!  I was worried that it might be a little too early in the season to see the Fall foliage but Mother Nature is already putting on the show!

Turning Leaves MD

Fall, such a great time of year! Many quilt guilds schedule retreats at this time- If you’re not sure what to pack up and take to your retreat, work on a Nickel Quilt! Grab those stash fabrics, charm packs and fat quarters, and make a scrap quilt that will be loved for years to come!


Southwest Florida Quilters Guild and the Small Wonders Workshop

The next workshop for the Southwest Florida Quilters Guild was Small Wonders in which eight different quilts could be worked on.

These are blocks for the Prairie Gems quilt in the Amazing Nickel Quilts book, already being auditioned with the sashing and cornerstones. What a great way to use those christmas prints!

A block for the South Dakota Star quilt, which is an individual pattern.  Only three different fabrics are being used in this block but the variation of color within the fabric itself makes the block appear much scrappier than it really is.

Someone also brought to class a block constructed from the waste triangles made in the previous day’s workshop.

I think I will start referring to these triangles as Waste Not Triangles!