Friday, January 30, 2015

The members of NILAG, The Northern Illinois Longarm Guild gathered October 25th and 26th 2014 for two days of creative instruction from award winning quilter, Linda Thielfoldt.

Linda's first class, Batting, Thread & Needles - provided members with all of Linda's knowledge from her batting test project.  Linda brought over 100 quilted and washed samples for us to touch, feel and compare.  We learned what batting works best for bed quilts, and which batting works best for wall hangings.    Many of us left the class choosing a "new favorite" based on her informative lecture. We also learned how batting, fabric, thread and needle choices affect our quilting.

In the afternoon, Linda taught - Borders Bonanza - we learned numerous border ideas and how to evenly space motifs with Linda's tips and tricks. This was a hands on drawing class and everyone went home with a sketchbook full of patterns.

On Sunday, members gathered for two more classes, Fearless Feathers  and  More Fearless Feathers.  We learned how to put feathers in borders, sashing, blocks and backgrounds. We learned several styles of feathers and how to space them to fit areas of a quilt. Our sketchbooks are brimming with new feather inspiration.