Friday, April 18, 2008

Two Jo Morton Classes & Daffodils

What a whirlwind week this has been, but so much fun. Yesterday was the Emma's Quilt class with Jo Morton. She demonstrated how to prep applique pieces using heat resistant mylar templates, starch and a paintbrush. Then we practiced machine applique using tiny zigzags that caught both the background and applique piece. The prepared pieces could also be sewn by hand. This is Jo's version of Emma's Quilt.

Jo's Emma's Quilt
We also learned her clipping technique which gives you options for pressing similar to hand piecing and how to make perfect flying geese units.

Today's class was called Rebecca's Baskets. After cutting out pieces for the basket, Jo showed us how to applique the basket handle using the back basting technique. It worked like a charm. She talked about choosing colors, settings and pressing and so much more. Jo likes to know as many ways as possible to complete a task. Then she can choose which method would work best for her with each new project. She was very patient signing books and posing for pictures. I hope she enjoyed her stay here as much as we enjoyed having her with us.

Pictures are Jo, Connie, Mary and I holding quilts, Jo and I with my basket quilt, Jo demonstrating backbasting, my basket block from today's class and a prepared leaf, pinwheels, flying geese from yesterday's class, and my daffodils. The daffodil pictures were taken at 8:30 p.m. last night. There are more open today.

Jo, Connie, Mary & Jeanne
Jo Morton and Jeanne

blocks from classes

Jo Morton demonstrates backbasting technique

yellow daffodils by our house
more daffodils by our house

13 comments:

DragoninKnots said...

Beautiful quilts! I wish I had the patience to do quilting!

Karen said...

Hi, Jeanne, love seeing the photos from your Jo class, thank you for posting!

Greenmare said...

I don't know which is prettier, your quilt or your daffodils! My daffodils haven't even peeped out of the ground yet, but I live in hope!

Pam said...

It sounds like if would be wonderful to take a class from Jo Morton. Your little basket quilt is fabulous - such tiny little pieces.

Good to see there are daffodils blooming somewhere in the world - they sure aren't here -LOL

Karol-Ann said...

Looks like these were amazing classes. Your blocks are beautiful.

Kim said...

pretty quilts.I have Emma's quilt pattern here somewhere. We had Jo Morton as a speaker last year. I don't remember why I didn't take the class - I think it was one of the kiddies sports games
My daffs are blooming also - spring has sprung here

Bren said...

I LOVE your basket quilt!!! What a great time!

Rhonda said...

Great quilts! And what fun times you had!

Libby said...

What a fun class! And great projects, too. I'm glad to see that your daffodils are making their entrance - spring is really coming to your neck of the woods *S*

Guðrún said...

The colours are so great they make beautiful quilts.

Kathy Wagner said...

I am so green with envy over here!
What a great opportunity to have a class with Jo Morton! I love your little basket quilt!

Stina said...

Love your littlebasket quilt...great colour choices!!
That class must have been wonderful!

Wendy said...

All the quilts are beautiful, I'm really hooked on Jo's quilt these days. I love the colours in your basket quilt.

Such pretty daffodils, thanks for sharing them.