Improv with Sheena 

On Saturday some girlfriends and I had great delight in attending a class at Treehouse Textiles with the wonderful Sheena Chapman, to try our hand at Improv Quilting.

As always, the shop was looking gorgeous, so in these very pleasant surroundingsand with coffees in hand we settled down to listen to Sheena talk about her methodology; so clever, so simple, so achievable, SO much fun!

Then it was time to grab out fabrics and start the process……….

GJ is making “Flower Pots” and soon had two set up, incorporating broderie perse and ribbonCarolyn is doing the same quilt, and she was playing with these gorgeous fabrics, making decisions on hexie flower combosAnn made a start on a “Birdhouse” block with this sectionand seemingly in the blink of an eye had two blocks madeChristine was a returning student, and after finishing a couple of blocks, had the great fun task of putting her “Birdhouse” blocks togetherAmanda and I chose “Russian Steps”, with Amanda making these blockswhich will start to look a little like thisI started with these fabricsdived straight in and made these blocksand by class end had 6 pieced blocks made and lots of plain blocks cut out.  I LOVED it!!

If you ever have the opportunity to take a class with Sheena, go for it!!  Sheena is a great teacher, very generous, lots of fun, encouraging, dynamic and inspiring.  You can follow Sheena on Instagram @sheena_chapman to see her fabulous quilts.

So hoping to get some time this week to do some more improv………..

Meredithe x 

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8 Responses to Improv with Sheena 

  1. Ann Ireland says:

    It was such a fun day and was so nice to catch up. Itching to get back on my machine to get some more birdhouses completed. x

  2. Jenny M says:

    You girls certainly get around! All beautiful work….love the Wren fabric that Ann is using. I was in Creswick expecting to see Christine’s beautiful creations at the Creswick market and instead she was in Mornington!

  3. Linda Dutch says:

    Love the look of the ‘russian steppes’ – improv with a pattern maybe?

  4. Linda says:

    The workshop looked great fun. I particularly liked the Bird House quilts – the second one especially caught my eye as the repeated fabrics ( the pink with white spots, the green and white check etc) give a cohesive effect to the quilt. Those bird fabrics are super! Well done with your Russian Steppes! Look forward to seeing it grow!

  5. frayedattheedge says:

    That looks like a fun workshop – I think you should bring Sheena over here to teach!!

  6. Jan says:

    I’ve seen pics from this workshop on IG, too. A jealousy-inducing day!! Sounds like it was a great experience.

  7. You all had such fun, that’s clear!

  8. Thank you Meredithe for the lovely mention of Treehouse Textiles, I enjoyed reading your blog post – sums up the day perfectly! Such great photos too xx

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