Beth Helfter of EvaPage Designs – Lecture and Workshop April 2010

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Beth Helfter is a local, hailing from Pepperell, Ma.  Her lecture “Perfection Is Overrated” is pretty gutsy.  How many of you would stand up in front of a bunch of quilters and parade all your quilting  mistakes?  Well, Beth does it with flair.  It just goes to show beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I, personally, might burn the Christmas Tree, but then again it shows how far she has come in her quilting skills.

Beth has a lot of creativity.  I’m not big into applique, but can appreciate that a flower placed in the right position can hide a multitude of sins.

It was great to see what different backgrounds can do for a quilt.  I’m not sure if I like the green or beige pumpkins.

Beth’s princess series is very beautiful. What little girl would not like those quilts on her wall?

The Workshop

The workshop “syncopated ribbons” was enlightening, but a challenge for those who like precision.  You start with a block and add  random strips of fabric  (e.i. ribbons) to each side at odd angles.   It’s reminiscent of a crazy block.  Once your blocks are done, they are squared up and cut into half square triangles then pieced back together.  This really give you a random looking block.

Beth also demonstrated how she assembles her scrappy borders.  They are foundation pieced from the excess trimmed off during squaring the blocks.  Unfortunately, I was so intent on making my blocks I forgot to take pictures.  I did get some of the various colors used in class.  I hope to see many at show n’ tell.

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