Freedom with Creative Group Work.

Yesterday was a great creative day at the ”Freedom” workshop in Buderim, the first “away teaching” for the year for me – thanks ladies .

I look forward to some photos of finished projects as there were some very different designs being created, and I know there will be more exploring of the technique – I would love to see where you take it. My original quilt “Freedom” is shown here.


Closer to home, this year has started off well with people reconnecting with others in their groups, sharing their life experiences, some highs, some lows. This connection is important and for each us, and may be important for different reasons, but the nature of these groups is that each of us feels supported, accepted for of who we are, and all are encouraged to be creative regardless of skill level.

As the facilitator of many groups I am inspired by what everyone is able to achieve, and I love the interactions within the groups, the conversations and laughter, so everyone goes home feeling great.

I love when one person brings in a finished project/s and it sparks a chain reaction of new ideas for others to think about and often decide they must make one, or it sparks an idea of how a similar technique could be used with fabrics they already have at home. Often planning starts on another project even though they have just started one. From this stems impromptu lessons for techniques and lively discussions within the group. It is always a pleasure to work among the creative ideas and help people take the next step in their quilt making process.

As a tutor, one of the things I don’t always see often are the finished quilts that have resulted from workshops and retreats or my patterns. It is always a joy to see the different interpretations come to life. The choice of colour different to the original quilt, the rearrangement of the design, making a scrap quilt in a co-ordinated range, or the opposite, turning what was a set coloured quilt into a scrappy. I love to see the finished results as we all bring something different to our work.

So if you have ever been in a workshop with me don’t forget to send me some pictures!

Here is a typical variation of my pattern “You Brighten My Day”.

Sue decided to make it with a simple square instead of a nine patch (as in my cot quilt version), in a small number of fabrics not scraps and taking out the sashing (this meant more matching seams of course, but that was her choice.) You would not recognise it as the same pattern.

quiltcard 1                     YBMD COt quilt

My original                                                    My cot quilt with a limited palette

Sue Woodward YBMD

Sue W’s version

Do you use patterns so your quilt looks like the original? Have you made a quilt from one of my workshops or patterns that you would like to share? I would love to see them.

Happy Quilting. Jan P.