Monday, March 12, 2018


Back in the autumn, the Guild invited Chawne Kimber to present a program. It was one of the best guild programs I've attended. Not just because the work she shared with us was gorgeous, unique, and practically perfect, but because of who she is: a gentle and generous woman. 

So when The Powers That Be decided that a Chawne Kimber workshop was in order, I signed up immediately, without even checking to see what we were going to be learning! The idea of a whole day with this woman just made me purr. It turned out that we were going to learn mini quilts. Here's our teacher with some of the samples she brought to share with us.

The samples were passed around for us to scrutinize and fondle. We were dazzled. And as Chawne talked, we looked at the various things she had done and ideas began to form in our own heads.

This Ohio Star is one of the samples she shared. I photographed it with a Bic pencil to give an idea of the size of it.

Chawne urged us to be creative, but -- good teacher that she is -- she knew that some of us would want a planned project to work on and I was one of that group. Her project was squares-in-squares and she offered it in three sizes. The sample was in the largest size. I opted for the middle one. I made many of the components that day, but not all of them. Today I finished the little blocks and assembled my project. Chawne's design is called "Roberta." I have a very dear friend Roberta who I've always called "Reberta," so this little quilt -- now pinned and ready for hand quilting -- is called Reberta.

Reberta finishes at 8-1/2". Yup. 


Janet O. said...

Oh, good for you, Nancy! It looks really fun. Would have loved to be a part of that workshop.
You know, when I sent a COW block to you many years ago, that was one of my first attempts at mini blocks, and it was such a rough attempt. You seem to have had no such problems. You must have had an excellent teacher, or you are just a natural at downsizing.

Synthia said...

Very impressively small and well done! I LOVE it.

Barbara Anne said...

What a wonderful opportunity to learn from an amazing teacher! Her wee quilts are a delight from what I can see and your first attempt is wizard! Well done.


LizA. said...

Oooh, oooh, oooh! I love this! I’ve been seeing some blog posts from people who took her class at Quilt Con. How fun — lucky you.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I love this post and the quilt that came out of the experience(s) is awesome. Also love how you came up with the quilt's name. (HUGS)

Denise in PA said...

I echo everything you said about Chawne, the lecture, the class and the project (except I went chicken and opted for the sample size first!) I love your Reberta!!!