I should’ve taken more pictures but I was too busy sewing this past Saturday at the “How to Work with Ombré Gradients” class with Vanessa Christenson of V and Co. hosted by Daley by The Yard, a LQS in the Greater Boston area.
Vanessa is too darn cute, like, for real: adorable. The class was the same class she taught at QuiltCon this past winter but condensed down a little bit. I’ve never worked with the ombré gradient fabric before so this was a great “let’s try something new” class for me. She talked a bit about the process for making the gradients, the history of the gradients and some beautiful in person examples of some of her quilts to demonstrate the line.
We experimented in the class and made small samples of ombré friendly projects. We ended up making half square triangles from a single gradient, flying geese that faded, a sample flower from Vanessa’s Bloom Quilt Pattern and we ended the day making over sized rosettes with the gradient.
We made the bloom flower using a really neat turned appliqué technique I’ve never done before and was way easier than any other turned appliqué I’ve ever seen. I actually said in the class it might make me like appliqué enough to do it again some time.
I’ve never made a rosette before and I know they’re not hard, since they’re intentionally messy, but I’m so used to matching seams and sewing 1/4″ seam allowance that it was hard to “let loose” to get the rosette to look right. That and as I was halfway through with mine I regretted my color. I made a face at my machine and Vanessa came over to see what was wrong and I remarked “In green, my rosette looks more like a head of lettuce.”
Then I was an Internet micro celebrity for a hot minute on Vanessa’s Instagram account as I hung my items up on the wall for our class photo.
I’m so glad I took the class, it was the right price, at the right time and only an hour drive from home. What a great way to spend a Saturday!
Have you taken any classes recently? Tell us about your experience in the comments!