Anita Grossman Solomon – class and workshop
This week, you were flying home to NYC, my Brandon Quilt Guild was doing the reverse, flying a New Yorker to Florida. Anita presented a lecture Monday night and a workshop on Tuesday to the Piecemaker’s Guild of Brandon. She was brilliant! It is unusual that a speaker benefits both beginner and experienced quilters. Anita, did just that. Anita has a great smile! She was wonderfully personable, and was willing to share every single technique and every bit of knowledge she had. Judy and Anita are standing behind a sample of the block we were learning to make.The finished quilt looks like this, if you use red and white solid fabric.
These are my completed blocks. I have very little solid fabric, but these pieces snuck into my stash. I am surprised that actually really like these blocks.Anita is very enthusiastic. She wanted to demonstrate how to make corner blocks. She looked around the classroom but didn’t spot a way to hold several loose blocks up for people to see. So…she grabbed Claudia,spun her around and used her back as a design wall.
I loved this teaching tool. She had each step of the block sewn, cut size noted, and attached to a strip of fabric that she laid on a table. Anita is well-known for a block called Anita’s Arrowhead.The pattern is one of Mom mom and Pop Pop’s favorite patterns. These are several of the quilts top they have made from her pattern:My favorite tip: After cutting the fabric for a quilt block, iron each piece onto freezer paper. This serves two purposes; one can audition the block to see if you like the fabric selection AND it keeps the little pieces from becoming lost. (I doubt that means anything to non-quilters, but I thought this was BRILLIANT!!! )Thank you Anita for two inspirational days. If you are a quilter, and Anita is presenting a lecture or workshop in your area, I highly recommend both! (Anita’s website http://makeitsimpler.com/ )