24 January, 2008

A Southern Album Adventure

I mentioned last week that I'm starting an adventure in a year-long album class. It's a Southern Album Adventure, and the fun has begun! Pictured here at left is the finished top of a friend, she was in last year's class. There were five tops, and completed quilts, on display at Sunday's "preview" party. The class will be based on Kristin Steiner and Diane Frankenberger's collaborative effort: A Southern Album. Originally published in 2001, it has been out of print but will be back on store shelves again next month. This book is definitely NOT a how-to quilt book at all, but rather an inspirational treasury of southern wit and wisdom with patterns, quilt blocks and recipes thrown in for good measure. The quilts that emerge following this adventure are a sight to behold. I will add my own elements along the way, certainly some strawberries and a dachshund will wander their way onto my creation! I have chosen my fabrics and will patiently await my premier instructional class on the first Sunday of February. One thing that I'm looking forward to the most is the hand-applique, a forced approach to sitting calmly and slowing down; I am determined to enjoy that for the sake of exactly what it is. Take a look at the other inspirational quilts displayed from the Southern Album 2007 class, below:
You can see why I'm so excited now, can't you?
Life is Good!

10 comments:

Salem Stitcher said...

You are going to enjoy this so much! It is a challenge to make yourself sit down and do the applique but well worth it. One of the best parts of the class is seeing how different and wonderful everyone's blocks turn out.

Have fun!!

Shelina said...

It is a pretty quilt, and looks like there are a lot of different techniques to keep it interesting. Enjoy! I look forward to seeing your special touches.

Nane said...

I know your's will be awesome...maybe I will be brave enough someday.

atet said...

Oh wow -- that is going to be a fun, fun class! Lovely.

meggie said...

What a very special quilt! You will have a true treasure once you have completed this. Happy sewing!

Amy said...

Oh, Mrs. G,

I bought the book in 2001 at People, Places and Quilts and haven't had the courage to try it yet. It will be inspiring watching your progress over the next year! Happy Stitching! Amy

YankeeQuilter said...

Kristie is coming over to England to teach at the Oxford summer school in July. She is a wonderful teacher. I took a couple of the her altered book classes when I lived in Georgia. You will really enjoy making this quilt. They are both wonderful and inspirational women!

Tanya said...

Ooh! That center block is a dream! What a wonderful project! I really need to finish up a couple of mine so that I can start something along with my blogging friends. Looking forward to seeing your talents!

Karen Dianne Lee said...

You know, this is really going to be something else!

I can only imagine how neat it was to see these up close and personal. What a great opportunity for you.

I love living in the South!, *karendianne.

flosslady said...

you will love this quilt. I completed the blocks in 2001, but have yet to quilt the top.