Class Action and Pocketful of Posies

For those of you who have done my classes in 2018 you will know what this quilt is all about.

Class Action – front of quilt – see the distinctive bands of colour?

I was teaching at Precious Time in Toowoomba in 2018 and the quilters there had some beautiful fabric – and of course I had fabric envy.  So how could I ask for a piece of fabric from them without sounding pathetic and whiny?  I came up with a brilliant idea – to make a quilt only using fabric from my students – and fabric that I don’t have – a tall order indeed!  When I mentioned the idea the quilters were very enthusiastic – at least that’s the way I saw it!  With only around 16 students in the class – plus of course Patrina’s (the owner of the shop) stash I came home with over a hundred pieces – 2 inch squares for a 1 inch hexagon quilt.  That was the start.  I asked the students for ideas for the name of the quilt.  Yes, they came up with many – one of which was “Held up at gunpoint” – quickly discarded – and the one I liked the best was CLASS ACTION – very appropriate.

I collected fabrics from all of my classes here in Australia and in the US.  I decided to piece the hexagons in strips, keeping the fabrics from the various places together.  When it was completed I was amazed to see the various bands of colours, perhaps showing how we buy fabric  – are we influenced by the shops around us, by the tutors that teach or by our quilting friends.  You can see that there are distinctive colour bands.

I wanted to thank (and honour) my students so wrote their names on the back of the quilt.  Forgive me if I’ve forgotten anyone – if so please let me know and I’ll include your name.

Back of Class Action

You can see how I’ve bound it.  I used leftover hexagons sewn to the edge of the hexagons in the front – a really simple way of binding hexagon quilts if you don’t want to chop the hexagons.  There are lots of tutorials on-line.

I LOVE my quilt and you can imagine how much comfort I get when I wrap it around me.  So thanks to all my students in 2018.


POCKETFUL OF POSIES – my new 2019 Block of the Month

Pocketful of Posies
(measures approximately 46 inches x 46 inches)

My 2019 block of the month started on 15 March and we now have a Facebook page.  I will be posting a video over the weekend – once I’d had my nails done and convinced my daughter to act as photographer!  If you’re late ordering it you can still do so – click here.

I hope you get time in your busy schedule to slow down and do some hand sewing……

7 thoughts on “Class Action and Pocketful of Posies

  1. Kim Seymour says:

    Irene, I am sitting here with Roseanne and Amy. Remembering our class with you here in Vermont last Fall. This quilt looks fabulous! Questions: how many hexies did you use and where’s Vermont’s section? We can’t tell or remember which we’re our fabrics! Greetings from Vermont and sending all of our best wishes to you. Looking forward to seeing you this Fall, again! Best regards, Kim

    • Irene says:

      I put all the US fabrics on one side. When I get home over the weekend I will try and pinpoint it for you.

  2. Bobbie Shields says:

    I love your Class Action quilt, and I am proud to have my name listed on the back under BOTP. Your class was so fun and I’m trying to finish my clamshell this summer.

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