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A Weekend at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to spend the weekend in Cedarburg, Wisconsin at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts. Saturday I participated in the Menu of Modern Event. Lee Heinrich, Jeni Baker, Jacquie Gering and I each spent some time talking to the group about our quilts, design and color. We also had a Q&A panel session and book signing. What a great group! It was a lot of fun to meet several of you. The museum itself is in a restored barn with areas for classes, exhibits and a gift shop. So cute! I’m thinking I need to take my mom up there next time she is in town.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Sunday, Lee and I stayed for Jacquie’s class on the Slice and Insert technique. Somehow I’ve never taken one of Jacquie’s classes and this was the absolute perfect opportunity to spend some time learning from her amongst friends.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

She spent a lot of time talking technique and sharing class samples.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I am in LOVE with her red and white plus quilt. Don’t be surprised if you see me make one of these in the future!

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I brought several shades of turquoise for my block backgrounds, and ivory + black prints for my strips. Here I am “auditioning” my first block.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This is how the final fabrics and placements turned out.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

After I got the hang of it, the blocks came faster. I ended up making 3 for the day.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Here’s Lee, Jacquie and I – in what Jacquie called a Vintage Modern Sandwich! Ha!

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It was a great weekend and reminded me how much fun it is to get together with friends and sew. If only there was more time in each day, right?

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21 Responses to “A Weekend at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts”

  1. 1
    sue rolak says:

    Loved the quilts! Instructions for the placemats would be wonderful. Do youth think we’ll see them on your site soon? Hope so.

  2. 2
    Tammy says:

    What a cool technique. Love your blocks; the color combinations are great. You inspire me!! Happy New Year, Faith!

  3. 3
    Mabel says:

    Can’t wait to see your project finished! Thank you for responding to my question.
    Happy sewing!

  4. 4
    Jenn says:

    Did you appliqué the stripes on the solid?

  5. 7

    How fun…Jacquie’s red cross quilt is one of my favorites too, love her work.

  6. 8
    jam says:

    Thanks for a great post. Would have loved to have been there, too.
    With so many Chicago based artists, are there any plans to have a quilt based weekend closer to home?

    • 9
      Faith says:

      Hi Jam – Thank you! I am doing a class next month in Rockford and then speaking at a couple Chicago area guilds through May. I’m taking a bit of time off in my schedule after that to focus more on my family and kids. (I’ll still be blogging, just holding off on guild speaking/teaching as it’s getting hard to coordinate with my husband’s work schedule).

      To see my calendar, click on the “Find Me” tab at the top of the page. Thanks!

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    Kathleen says:

    I love your blocks! It must be hard to get those intersections to match so nicely.

    • 20
      Faith says:

      Kathleen – that was my biggest worry but Jacquie showed us a few techniques that made it really easy! I definitely recommend taking her class if she’s ever in your area.

  8. 11
    Karen says:

    Looks like a super fun weekend! I saw Jacquie demonstrate this technique at Quilt Con last year…. really great! Hope you all come out west to California soon:-)! It’s nice and warm here!!!

  9. 12

    Such a cute picture of you guys – looks like a fun time!

  10. 13
    Anne Beier says:

    It looks like a lot of fun. I think you guys should do this kind of quilting/teaching sewing workshop in the northeast for a weekend.
    Maybe at the Interlaken in Connecticut? I’d come.

  11. 14
    Julie Ann says:

    Your blocks are beautiful. I so wish I could have been there and met all of you. So much talent in one room!! You definitely inspire me.

  12. 15
    Anita says:

    Love your blocks!

  13. 16
    deborah says:

    I learned a lot of about this sort of technique when I did one of the Frank Lloyd Wright window patterns by Jackie Robinson. VERY challenging. But I was able to take what I learned there and apply it toward an original design that looked architectural.

  14. 17
    Jaye says:

    I’ve noticed that you tend to use black and cream rather than black and white. Is there any particular reason for this?

    • 18
      Faith says:

      You are right Jaye! I think it’s a mix of personal preference and what I see more in shops. I am a huge fan of Sweetwater and a lot of their prints are the cream/black. I also like that it reads as a warmer color to me. Stark white and black feels more cool and sterile (just my opinion though!).

  15. 21
    Connie says:

    Hi Faith

    I love the modern twist to your quilt. The blues and greens tones add a peaceful twist to the boldness of the black and white slices of fabric. I really like this design. Great work !

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