Sunday, March 15, 2015


cotton fabrics, sewing machines, matt & cutters, sewing supplies

Making a Liberated Quilt involves the use of a sewing machine, 
so we send a week learning how to use one.
Then we lottery off recycled bags of donated fabrics and get started.
However this year,
senior Kaili Hamada choose to rust dye all her fabrics which has totally inspired me for next years group of kids.
What that means is that she has gotten white cotton fabric from me, 
cut it into pieces,
wrapped rusty objects inside and bound it together, 
then dyed it with Rit Dyes.

Here is beautiful, athletic and graceful Kaili 
 pin basting her front, back and batting together.
And below is her finished quilt.
She has based her design on a Log Cabin pattern and used the Liberated Method I learned from Gwen Marston years ago for a more improvisational look.
Liberated constitutes not necessarily cutting straight lines or sewing perfect seams. 
So that no two quilts done with the same pattern will look the same.
Which is what I strive for with my students.
Below is Kaili's label on the back side of her piece.
Clever title  :)

Next we have the sweetest of all hearts,
 senior Daphne Chiang.
Daphne has chosen the most adorable bag of fabrics with kitties and yarn balls, bubbles, flowers,
and all the things she loves.
If you look super close you will see that Daphne has embroidered the letters D-R-E-A-M in the centers of each of her Log Cabin blocks.
Love it!
And below her label.

And our last beauty belongs to the charming, witty, and entertaining senior Bianca Tolentino.
Notice that each of these young women have interpreted the Log Cabin pattern in a completely unique way.
Also notice the beautiful machine quilted lines running thru their designs 
locking all three layers together.
Also check out the the thin binding edges.
These took hours of invisible stitching by hand to get them in place.
Remarkable quilts ladies,
I'm so proud to show off your work!


  1. Those quilts are so wonderful. Every week I am so amazed at the work of your students. Drawing out their personal creativity is going to last them a lifetime and will affect them positively.

  2. These are terrific! It's fun to see the different takes & twists each put into their work.