Monday, March 12, 2018

Weekly update: guild workshop, OMG, and a group quilt

This post is linked to the OMG March finish page: here

Sue Pawlowski was the speaker at the NLCQG meeting on Wednesday. Her

design business is  Jack's Square Studios.

She began the trunk show by passing around this ball of thread, collected from her sewing when she conducts classes. It was heavy.

(c) Sue Pawlowski 

Here are photos of some of her wonderful quilts. She is not afraid of small pieces -- 1-1/4" that finish at 3/4" or 1" that finish at 1/2".  Her pattern instructions have large and small block sizes

(c) Sue Pawlowski 

Sue has a great sense of humor, too!

On Saturday I participated in the guild-sponsored workshop where she showed us her method for making the traditional Jack's Chain pattern.

I had shied away from Jack's Chain because of the set-in seams.  After Sue's expert instruction I am no longer daunted.

Here's the table runner that I assembled in the workshop.  (The 9-patches were pieced ahead of time.) 

Finishing the runner, or making it
larger, will come at a later date. I have other projects with deadlines.  I've made the tote bags that are my OMG for March. They will be donated to the Zion Woman's Club/Zion Conservatory of Music lunch and concert fundraiser next Saturday.  The flower block was
begun for EvaPaige's teal swap but I changed the colorway (here).

On my design wall now:  twenty long churn dash blocks made by fellow ALA Biblioquilters for the silent auction at ALA Annual in June. I am auditioning fabric for the sashing and borders.

Here are the Monday link ups:
Design Wall Monday
Monday Making
Oh, Scrap!


  1. Oh my goodness...beautiful projects!

  2. I'd love to see the secondary and tertiary patterns that arise from a bigger sample of Jack (yes, I could Google it). If you're taking votes, and even if you're not, I like the dark strip instead of the floral. My eyes jump back and forth from the block centers to the dark outer edge (looking for similar fabrics? I dunno.) They veer away from the floral with a virtual shudder (but it looks lovely with that beautiful stripey tote!)

  3. Talk about a post chock-a-Block full of fun! I’ve never heard of Sue before, but I’m certainly going to check her out further! You did an amazing job on your runner and I can’t wait to see it completed. Now those bags are adorable. What a great idea to donate them to Zion lunch fundraiser. That Tulip bag I posted about would be perfect for something like that! Once you make one, they’d go together so quickly. And there are so many options for closures to choose from, you can keep them simple. I’m loving the churn dash blocks all together! What a great group project!

  4. Wow!! THat Jacks chain does look daunting! I like it - and your churn dashs - they are great!

  5. Jack’s Chain is moving up on my bucket list. I really like your table runner. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  6. LOVING those Long Churn Dash blocks on your design wall and, of course, your Jack's Chain class work!!

  7. I always thought that Jack's Chain was very challenging, but sure like your table runner! Love those long churn dash blocks, but not a fan of a floral sashing (not that you asked).

    Congrats on meeting your goal for the month. Those totes are a very nice donation!

  8. Your tote bags are gorgeous and I love that runner you began making at the workshop, I had to look closely to see the 9 patch. Great.

  9. Lovely tote bags! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

  10. Nice post! You have been busy with quite a range of projects!


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