Getting My Curve On

by Nicole

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by Sherri Lynn Wood of Daintytime and participating in her workshop, “Get Your Curve On,” at Spoonflower.

It was such a treat to watch her at work and to learn her techniques for making curves. Plus, she is a delightful person who I could tell puts a lot of thought into her work.

Curve Workshop_Sherri

She started by having us lay out all our fabrics.

Curve Workshop1

Then we did a 5-minute centering technique to focus our attention inward before we chose our fabrics. The oranges were calling to me so I grabbed them and started piecing together with aqua and yellow.

Curve Workshop2

I sewed wedges into 3 fans.

Curves Workshop_Fans

And then came the hard part – the composition.

I laid out the pieces and realized that they would make a cool donut.

Curves Workshop_Donut

And then I laid them out like fans.

Curves Workshop_Fans2

And then I called in the expert for help!

Curves Workshop_Sherri2

Throughout the process, Sherri was very encouraging and reminded us that the technique we were doing is an advanced improv technique. That made me feel better when I was scratching my head trying to figure out how to fit the pieces together.

I didn’t finish the quilt top during the workshop, but I left with enough know-how and confidence to finish working on it on my own.

Curves Workshop_Sherri and me

If you ever have the chance to take a workshop with Sherri, I highly encourage you to do so. She is an accomplished artist, an excellent teacher and an all-around nice person.

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~Diana June 10, 2014 - 4:17 am

Looks like wonderful fun, Nicole! I see a skirt for one of your little girls! Or maybe both đŸ™‚

Debbie June 10, 2014 - 4:20 am

Well THAT sounds fun! Anxious to see where you go from here…

CitricSugar June 10, 2014 - 4:26 am

Great work! (of course, the colours are close to my heart, too….) Can't wait to see where this goes!

Annabella June 10, 2014 - 7:50 am

Ooh love stuff like this, and can't wait tosee what you do next!

Heather June 10, 2014 - 10:01 am

I'll see her Saturday at a workshop here in Baltimore! Thanks for sharing your project. Can't wait!

West Michigan Quilter June 10, 2014 - 10:45 am

I love what you did. Great colors. I hope to see more of this quilt.

Kathy@KayakQuilting June 10, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Very cool! I look forward to seeing what magic you do with this! I like the idea of a centering moment before jumping into the fabric selection. Perhaps if I did that my fabric decision making would go faster!

Paige June 10, 2014 - 12:58 pm

This looks fantastic. I find the Spoonflower site so confusing when I look for upcoming classes and workshops. Is that how you hear about their classes (from the website)?

Katy Cameron June 10, 2014 - 8:01 pm

Sounds like a fun class :o)

Venus de Hilo June 10, 2014 - 8:37 pm

Love the fans layout you came up with. SLW is so inspiring, her classes are at the very top of my wishlist for QuiltCon 2015. Am planning to schedule everything else around the chance to play with and learn from her.

pandchintz June 11, 2014 - 10:25 pm

What a fun class! I love the colours you chose.

Becky June 13, 2014 - 4:02 am

Fun! I was drawn to Kona Tangerine last week at the fabric shop and have now made a bag and pillow with it. I look forward to seeing what you make from your improv curvy pieces.

beth lehman June 15, 2014 - 1:33 am

oh, nicole!!! how fabulous to have had this class with sherri!!! i would love to take one!! (i recently submitted a quilt for her new book which was accepted… so exciting!!)

Christine @ sew bossi July 3, 2014 - 2:49 pm

Looking forward to seeing the finiished product!

Sherri ~ daintytime January 10, 2015 - 7:45 pm

Hi Nicole, What a lovely post. I never saw this until now when I was doing a google search of my name. Sweet.

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