Gyleen Fitzgerald came to our Brownstone Quilters meetings last Friday and she was a delight! I attended both the afternoon meeting and evening meeting and also joined her for dinner with other guild friends.
Gyleen was incredibly inspirational, funny and shared lots of great information about finishing, setting and completing quilt projects.
Her website has lots of information about her and her work. I encourage any guild to invite her to speak and give a workshop. She has a wonderful upbeat, generous quality about her that is both refreshing and infectious.
Here are some photos from the evening lecture, Quilts: Unfinished Stories with New Endings:
Many of these quilts are made from antique blocks that were either given to Gyleen, or purchased by her. Her settings were so imaginative and provided lots of inspiration. Some of them have been reinterpreted with modern fabrics or colors.
This was the workshop project. I wish I had been able to attend - one word; puppy.
this is the back of the quilt above. Almost all of her bed quilts had wonderful backs, making them 2-sided.
this is also a back, and I missed the front - sorry.
The Trash to Treasure Pineapple Challenge:
Gyleen has developed a pineapple ruler - which is brilliant. I've always liked the pineapple block, but didn't want to paper piece or use a foundation - and now I don't have to. You can get in here.
Gyleen has a challenge going and it's not too late to participate. The top needs to be finished by May 15. You can contact her for an application regarding where to send the photo on her website. You make a pineapple quilt using her ruler, any color, any size and 50 will juried to be exhibited at the Houston and Long Beach Quilt shows.
I decided to take the plunge and this is where mine is so far...
coco - little miss perfect - NOT
hey brownstone quilters - feel free to leave a comment if you attended the meetings or workshop - :)