Thursday, October 7, 2010

Mumbo Gumbo-ing

I taught another class yesterday on Mumbo Gumbo. I've taught this class several times, and I keep wondering if there is anyone else in our small town who will sign up.

This is such a great way to use up scraps, that the popularity of this pattern continues to draw quilters in.

One woman approached me and asked how many fat quarters she needed to purchase to make Mumbo Gumbo. I explained that you don't need to buy fabric to make this quilt, and this is a great opportunity to use up all those leftover scraps that don't match.
She is a new quilter without a stash, and very much wants to make Mumbo Gumbo.
I very willingly gave her an entire bin of my scraps. It was quite a relief to know all those fabric strips will now have a good home.

MG is one of those projects where you pull out a random strip and sew away.
No color planning. No strict quilt rules.
For some of the ladies this was a little difficult and made them work outside their box.

Fortunately everyone was all smiles as we sewed along.

Isn't that what quilt classes are all about? We learn new ways to approach our art.

Mumbo Gumbo is by Pie In The Sky Quilts

One of my students suggested that this would be a great group project to work on for a charity quilt. Give everyone a stash of fabric strips, and have them each make one or two blocks.
I always learn so much from fellow quilters.

17 comments:

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Nedra, that is an awesome looking quilt pattern! What a great way to make good use of all the scraps we have lying around. I love how some of the blocks really pop out, almost giving it a 3 dimensional look. Fun!

MGM

Lois Evensen said...

That is really, really cool! I like to do something similar with my "Picasso" crocheted afghans. I do group colors, but after that, it's a free for all! Your finished quilts are beautiful!

Stephanie said...

Love it! I want one now. Love the fabrics used.

Darlene said...

I love it, Nedra! I would definitely be working outside my box. LOL

Shannon said...

Love that quilt. Looks really fun to make and I have lots of scraps. I will stop by QW this weekend sometime to check to see if you have the pattern.

Carin said...

Every time I see another one of these I can't help but think how wonderful they are.

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

Such a fab idea! Makes me want to do one! Thanks, Nedra!

Material Mary said...

I finally got myself a Mumbo Gumbo pattern and I am really excited to make this. The website, Pie in the Sky was impossible to navigate to order a pattern, so I called the quilt store that you work in and ordered it from them. Great pattern and I actually took it to quilt guild last night to show a couple of ladies!!
Mary

karenfae said...

wonderful blocks - I will need to remember this one for my scrap bins. Nice that you were able to find a home for 1 of your scrap bins - they seem to multiple all on their own don't they.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Jan Marie said...

Nedra this is a great quilt. I would love to take a class from you someday.

Jackie said...

You know I just love this quilt!! So glad that are teaching it again. This pattern is one of the best sellers in my shop too. I so need to make this quilt!! I just love it!

Janet said...

It's a great pattern for leftovers. I've always liked, no loved it. I love seeing all the differnt looks it gets depending on the scraps.

Caro said...

What a wonderful, stress-free project. It looks like a fun pattern.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I know you have taught that class several times, but you get new people because the see the other gals quilts and want to make it too! I need to put that on my list of "wish I had a chnace to do"!

Anonymous said...

Nedra, I would love for you to teach this at the Panguitch Quilt Walk. I would be the first to sign up for your class. I love this quilt.

Merlene said...

That was me who would love to sign up for your class at the Panguitch Quilt Walk, I don't know why my name didn't show up. sorry.
Merlene

Sadie said...

Wow, awesome creation, i have never seen this before, thanx for the wonderful share.