Friday, March 12, 2010

Class with Helene Knott

What a great day!  The distributor where I buy a lot of my product for the website has a buyers market, quilt show, and classes twice a year for business owners in the retail fabric industry.  Today was my day to take a few classes.  What fun!  Life has been pretty stressful lately and it was a pure joy to sew with a few talented pattern designers and a room full of friendly and totally enjoyable fellow shop owners.

This morning, I took a class from Helene Knott, who is a prolific pattern designer and talented quilter.  Her "specialty" is color theory.  Currently, she is designing the Garden Patch Cats series.  Pattern number 12 was just released and will be on my website very soon.  It's Mushcat-- a mushroom cat.  (First photo above).  The photo directly above is Gourdo Gato.

This was her first Garden Patch Cat pattern, and one of my favorites--- Avacato.

Here's a different Gourdo Gato.

Caulipus is one of my best sellers.  Isn't the fabric Helene used for Caulipus great?  It looks like Cauliflower (albeit blue cauliflower).

Kitt'ney Bean.



And here's my creation.  I made this in class today.  He's "Yammy Cat".  Yammy isn't quite finished.  He needs another eye.  The missing eye gets embroidered- it's closed and he's winking.  It needs pressing.  Those aren't puckers at the bottom.  Helene gave us lots of great ideas for how to quilt the cats.  She's so creative and she's an amazing quilter.  I'm going to do a blanket stitch around the cat.  I'm not sure what kind of quilting design I'll do in the background.  I'll probably do some kind of cross hatching because the plaid fabric sort of sets it up for that look.  Yammy is made of really plush Woolies flannels.  I'm thinking of turning this into a throw pillow instead of a wall hanging.

Thanks, Helene- I had a great time this morning!


Barb said...

Too cute, I am sure you had a wonerful time, I would have loved to have been there!

Joanne said...

How cute. It is always wonderful to learn something new!

Melissa said...

I just love Helene's cats! I love all her patterns, but the cats are great. I am sure the class was too fun!

Pokey said...

What a neat group of kitties, I've never seen any like them before. Very creative!

SewCalGal said...

I'm really happy to hear you found some time to play and enjoy! You need more of it.

I do love these cute cats. Such delightful designs (and kits). Difficult to pick my favorite...changes every time I look at them! Guess it is a sign I'll need to make all of them!


Beeshebags said...

Meeeeeooooowwwww they all look great...I know some 'catties' that they would be perfect for.....maybe one day when I have spare time up my sleeve..hehehe Hugs Naomi

prashant said...

It is always wonderful to learn something new!
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Karen said...

The cats are cute as can be. Very good fabric choices to make each one unique.