Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Diane Gaudynski class sampler

I finished up my samplers for the Diane Gaudynski seminar I took, though they are only quilted, not bound. This is the basic practice piece -- not too much change, but I especially like the Celtic Circles in the upper right corner.

I am actually surprised how well my feather sampler turned out. All the feathers were freehand, and one interesting aspect for me was to play with the thread color. Diane Gaudynski tends not to use varigated threads because she feels you get better results choosing where you want what colors. I am not that happy with some of my choices, especially the gold in the upper left corner. It actually looks fine in the overall picture, but in real life I think it would have worked better for the feathers rather than a background motif. Smaller scale and not quilting the grid may also have worked better. Ah well, I do not think i am motivated enough to tear that whole section out and redo with a less dominant thread.

Below are some details, where you can see the effect of different thread colors. I wish I had some of every color available!




10 comments:

Beth said...

Wow!!! I think this is rockin'!

She seems like such a nice woman...

Great work by you!

Diana said...

Your sample is lovely and well done. You are lucky to have a class with her.

diva of quilts said...

Your feathers are wonderful! I just took a freehand quilting class from Joe Cunningham yesterday and did feathers in hand quilting. That was challenging enough going slow. I can imagine how tough it would be going faster on a machine.

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Wow. Amazing you did this freehand, too!

Kay said...

Lovely work. I have Diane G.'s books and find them absolutely great. So many helpful suggestions. There's no way though that I could do that kind of work on a large quilt. It just doesn't move freely enough for me, even in a small area. You seem to be off to a good start! Good luck.

ginger said...

Hi- I found your blog through the about.com quilt ring.
Anyway, just wanted to say I am so jealous you got to take a class with Diana Gaudinsky... your samples look great!

Eve said...

Goregeous!!

Quilting For Less said...

Your samples are AWESOME!! I'd say that deserves a big pat on the back, so go ahead and do that you did a nice job!! Glad I stumbled upon your blog!

Susan

Sheri said...

Beautiful work! Love it!
Sheri

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