Heartland Quilters Retreat Columbia, IL

Quilt retreats are tons of fun and Nickel Quilts are a perfect project to work on at retreats, whether they are in a group workshop or as an individual project.

The Heartland Quilters Guild in Columbia, Illinois choose my Combination Unit workshop in which seven different quilts can be worked on, all in the same workshop.

The quilt chosen by the most participants was Labor Day Stars; it is an individual pattern and can be purchased on my website.  When making the Combination unit my way we end up with mirror image units and the Labor Day Stars quilt uses both of these units in the same quilt. We create stars spinning in two different directions. When the quilt is assembled there will be sashing between the blocks to help camouflage the fact that the star points sometimes would line up perfectly and other times would be off by about an inch and a half!

Here are blocks by three different workshop participants, do you see the left spinning and right spinning stars?

LD Stars

LD Stars D

LD Stars B

This quilter decided on a little bit scrapper look.  That’s one of the things that I love about my designs, they can be controlled with fewer fabrics for those who don’t like scrap quilts or are just not comfortable going really scrappy or they can be super scrappy!

LD stars C

A few others in the class chose Labor Day Madness and the Pinwheel quilt to make. Instructions for these quilts can be found in Nickel Quilts or The Big Book of Nickel Quilts. With these two quilts we use one of the mirror image units in the Labor Day Madness quilt and the other unit in the Pinwheel quilt.

Here are four Labor Day Madness blocks and four pinwheel blocks.  Notice that this quilter used three different pinwheel variations.

LD Madness A

Pinwheel

Here are two more sets of the Labor Day Madness block and it’s bonus pinwheel blocks.

LD Madness and Pinwheel

Another wonderful workshop and another group of quilters having fun working with 5″ squares!

Pat

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Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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Faithful Circle Quilters Guild in Downers Grove, IL

I just finished up two great days with the Faithful Circle Quilters Guild in Downers Grove, Illinois. I presented my Fabulous Nickel Borders lecture for their guild and at show and tell I was treated with seeing one of my designs made by a guild member.  This is Four Patch Plaid and is found in Nickel Quilts or The Big Book of Nickel Quilts.  I love the very scrappiness of this quilt!

Four Patch Plaid

The workshop they selected was my Picket Fence Units workshop in which five different quilts can be worked on all in the same workshop!

These are some blocks from the Chesapeake and Dawn to Dusk quilts. Chesapeake is an individual pattern and Dawn to Dusk is found in my More Nickel Quilt book as well as The Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

Chesapeake

These three different sets of blocks are all for the Pinwheel on Parade quilt. The fabric choices were; Christmas prints, pastels for a baby quilt, and batiks.  Pinwheels on Parade is from More Nickel Quilt book as well as The Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

Pinwheels on Parade A

Pinwheels on Parade B

Pinwheels on Parade C

Below are some Woodland Clover blocks. The first set is very much like what I made for my quilt and the second block is a good example of controlling the fabrics more within one block.

Woodland Clover

Woodland B

In this workshop I did find a kindred spirit, a quilter using plaids from Upcycled 100% cotton shirts!

Plaids from shirts

As always, I am looking forward to seeing some finished quilts from this workshop!

Pat

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Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
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Packing For Dallas

Today I’ve been packing my workshop suitcase for my upcoming trip.  I leave for Dallas, Texas on Thursday morning and will present a lecture that evening and workshops the next two days.  In each of my workshops I teach more than one quilt so there is a lot of prepping to be done. One of the workshops is, Small Wonders, in which eight different quilts can be worked on in the same workshop!  I’m showing just two of the quilts below, all of the quilts can be seen on my website.

This is Prairie Gems from my Amazing Nickel Quilt book.

Prairie Gems with copyright

 

This is Star and Crown, an individual pattern.

Star and Crown with copyright

The second workshop is, Picket Fence Units, in which five different quilts can be worked on in the same workshop!  I’m showing two of the quilts below, all of the quilts can be seen on my website.

This is Pinwheels on Parade from my More Nickel Quilt book or the Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

Pinwheels on Parade with copyright

 

This is Woodland Clover also in my More Nickel Quilt book or the Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

woodland clover with copyright

The quilts for the lecture were shipped last week and have already arrived safe and sound in Texas.  If it wasn’t the middle of winter I would have driven to Texas rather than fly, but there is too much distance between Saint Paul, MN and Dallas, TX where winter storms could strike.

In the Twin Cities we are having a great winter with few days of snow, but my son who lives in the Boston area is getting dumped on with snow.  Less snow for me means less time shoveling and more time inside and quilting!

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
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Bear Creek Quilters

A great quilting day with Bear Creek Quilters in Keller, Texas!  The workshop was Small Wonders in which eight quilts can be worked on all in the same workshop!  There were so many enthusiastic future Nickel Quilters in this guild they had to schedule a second workshop to accommodate everyone!

Bear Creek 5

Bear Creek 1

Lots of room to spread out and they did, just like quilters everywhere, we tend to use up all the horizontal space around us.

Bear Creek 2

Fabric choices varied; there were stash fabrics, traded 5″ squares, and newly purchased charm packs. They all make great Nickel Quilts!

Bear Creek 3

Bear Creek 4

Lots of wonderful quilts were started today and I look forward to seeing the finished projects!

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
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Virginia Consortium of Quilters Celebration 2014 Workshop Show and Tell

What a great conference this was!  A wonderful setting, great students, and a team of volunteers that put everything together for all to enjoy.

On the last day everyone enjoyed a “show and tell” of accomplishments from the workshops.  Below are two pictures from my Combination Units workshop.  Four participants share the blocks they worked on during this workshop in which seven different quilts can be made!

Combination Units A

Combination Units B

Many more brave quilters joined me up on stage to show their blocks from the Picket Fence unit workshop. Can you tell I’m really excited!

Picket Fence Units A

In this class they had five different quilts to choose from and then I handed out sheets on several more variations they could make on the Dawn to Dusk or Chesapeake quilt. A few of the participants decided to make one of the variations. What fun, to think you are going to make one quilt and then be struck by inspiration and design options and then to be able to “just go for it” because the 5″ squares are so versatile!

Picket Fence Units B

There were so many quilters sharing their blocks from this class that not everyone even made it up on the stage before the pictures were taken. A teacher’s dream!

Picket Fence Units C

Besides the Dawn to Dusk and Chesapeake variations I also display on the design wall and give a handout on 40 variations on the Millennium Star Block. Is there a limit to what we can do with a 5″ square? I don’t think so!

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,    Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
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Virginia Consortium of Quilters

It was a travel day for me today.  I am teaching this weekend for the Virginia Consortium of Quilters at their 2014 Celebration.  Every other year they host a 4 day event of non stop quilting fun!

I started my day at 3:30am, my alarm was set for 4:00am but I woke at 3:00am and could not get back to sleep.  This gave me a little extra time so I was not rushed getting out the door and heading to the airport.  I had a 2 ½ hour layover in Atlanta before making my connection and arriving in Roanoke.  Two wonderful quilters picked me up from the airport, a great meal in town, and then on to the conference center.

It was a fun and scenic drive, lots of curves on these mountain roads and the trees are in bloom!

trees in bloom

This is the activities building where the classes and lectures will take place.

Activities Bldg

And look at this great view from the front of the building that we get to enjoy!

view from building

I’m going to have a blast this weekend getting more quilters hooked on making Nickel Quilts!

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,    Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
www.patspeth.com

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!

Pat