Our first class on Saturday was with Kathy Kansier, Christmas in Hawaii. KK ended up having to miss this class, but Lynn and I were still able to make it and had a great time.
The class started with learning a bit about Hawaiian style quilts. Kathy showed one of her quilts that she just finished and needs to have sent to the quilter.
Then, probably the most interesting and useful skill that we learned was how to design our own Hawaiian style block. I really enjoyed learning how to design my own because it allows us the ability to do more of these blocks moving forward without being constrained to a particular pattern. As you can see in the quilt above, Kathy made the blocks above for a particular person and each one tells a story such as the waving hands and the houses.
We folded our freezer paper and designed our block using a pencil. I decided to go with a flower and some leaves. The pattern that I designed is above. I then ironed the paper to the back of the wonder under on a piece of batik and then traced it.
More on the rest of the weekend in another post...