Sunday, June 14, 2015

Awesome Workshop

Yesterday our guild hosted Gyleen Fitzgerald of Colourful Stitches to teach her Play Modern workshop. Wow! what a great teacher and lecturer. If you ever get the chance to hear her speak, or better yet, take a workshop with her, do not hesitate for an instant. The workshop was a design class according to Gyleen. I would also consider it to be a technique class because you learn the "butterfly seam," her trademarked method of constructing with the Y seam. She calls it the butterfly seam because it's so gentle to do. There was an absolute newbie quilter in the room. So new, she really hadn't learned all the ins and outs of her brand new machine. She breezed right through the process with Gyleen's excellent hands on tutelage. This is a technique that can be challenging for even an advanced piecer, so it's no less than miraculous and a testament to Gyleen's method and instruction that such an inexperienced person was able to accomplish it with perfect results.

Here is what I completed yesterday. Others finished more, but I had other duties as the guild organizer that took away from my productive sewing time.

My blocks are on the left; my friend's are on the right. It looks as though we are making the same design, but mine ultimately won't be arranged in a circular star pattern. I had only made three of the blocks with the colored pieces in them and this is the only way that three can be arranged to complete a cube. As I make more, the design will change.


  1. I saw this technique on TQS, but it confused me at the time. It looks like it would be worth going through it slowly. You both have a great result!

  2. wonder how this system works as I can see you both made excellent blocks and y seams are at the moment a no go area for me

  3. Isn't it gratifying to learn new techniques! This looks like a lot of fun! Glad you had a good time!