Reston Quilters

This cute little gnome has come to live in my studio!
He’s only a few inches tall, but just look at the detail on the back of his tiny cape. Thank you, Cecile! What a lovely reminder of my time spent with the Reston Chapter of Quilters Unlimited.
I presented my lecture and shared my quilts the evening before at the Guild meeting. The workshop the following day was held in this wonderful light filled room. The quilts hanging on the walls were made by Cindy Grisdela and the paintings are by Jennifer Duncan.
This quilter chose a palatte of soft greens that looked like budding leaves on this spring day, visible through the large windows.
These quilters did not shy away from creativity. I love how the directional fabric was used so effectively here.
I have never seen a quilter choose such vibrant fabric for this project before. Those three spools of thread with the colors selected from the fabric are making me smile. I really hope I get to see how this quilt turns out. I’m inspired!
It got quiet for a bit, with machines humming, everyone quilting on the background blocks.
This is my time to walk around and admire the fabric choices and design decisions. Every time I teach this technique, I learn things and I can’t wait to get home and sew some blocks myself.
The Reston Chapter is part of Quilters Unlimited that has over 1,000 members, comprised of 11 chapters and a parent organization (affectionately called “Big QU”). The chapters are spread over the Northern Virginia area from Arlington to Haymarket. They put on a fantastic Quilt Show, coming up soon, May 29 through 31, at the Dulles Expo and Conference Center, in Chantilly, Virginia. Thanks Anne, for inviting me, and I sure hope I get to the quilt show!












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  1. I want to go to their quilt show!

  2. Christine says

    What an amazing ‘workspace’. Looks like another successful workshop.

  3. Looks like a great workshop and an awesome venue.

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