This project began in January 2017 and is based upon creating a Two-Color quilt using patterns inspired by the book: “modern neutrals, A fresh look at Neutral Quilt Patterns” By Amy Ellis.  The project will involve two monthly Gatherings: A Daytime Gathering and an Evening Gathering.

We will be updating this BLOG once in awhile – and, as our Gathering projects have a short-lives (for now: Through the calendar year 2017), perhaps this BLOG helps us all interact.

We look forward to hearing from you and to your joining us in the Gatherings once a month at Bernina World of Sewing in Raleigh.

To participate, it is intended that you have purchased at Bernina World of Sewing the book involved with this project and, as well, the majority of your fabric for the projects used during this Gathering was purchased at Bernina World of Sewing.

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  1. Webmaster says:

    January, 2017


    We have started this Weblog with the intent of providing the Gathering participants with a “sounding board” for their use.

    Please remember that all Weblog entries are audited by me – however, this Weblog is NOT monitored by the store’s staff. Any technical questions, etc. are not meant for store’s-staff members: The Gathering is not a class – and, this Weblog is not a place to ask store staff questions!

    Normally, you would start a “Reply” thread using the “Leave a Reply” box at the bottom of this Web page. Alternatively, you just click on the Reply button at the bottom of some existing entry.

    Some reminders:
    – To place a photo related to your efforts worked-on for the Gathering project, just send an eMail to me with the picture attached/included. I will figure out where you intend the photo for your particular Comment.
    – Contact me by eMail if you have any problems / concerns with ANYTHING related to the Weblog. Thank you.

    Good luck with your projects and
    David – Webmaster at Bernina World of Sewing

  2. Sonja says:

    Started in January, 2017

    Hi, everyone!

    I am glad that you found the BLOG. To make this work, it would be great if once in awhile you make a comment here or send in a photo for the BLOG. This way, we will all be “kept up” with each other’s progress – and problems/successes!

    Both the Daytime and the Evening Gatherings will last throughout the calendar year 2017. “modern neutrals” will be our first project and it will be fun to see how we all chose our quilt design and fabric to end up with a “Two Color” quilt.

    To participate in this Gathering, you must be signed up at the store (Bernina World of Sewing). Space is limited!

    We will have the Evening Gathering on the second Monday evening of each month Daytime Gathering on the third Tuesday morning of each month through the end of the Gathering.

    I wish you some exciting / enjoyable sewing time and projects during the year!


    (Click on a particular month’s collage, below, to see the images in large-size images)

    September, 2017

    Another completed 2017 Top! Congratulations. Some extra-work continues, as well. Soon we must start thinking about our 2018 projects!!!


    September Evening Gathering

    August, 2017

    Some Completed 2017 pieces, some in-progress 2017 pieces, some class homework, some previous Gathering work now completed: A nice month’s work! Thank you, everyone, for your efforts. It is terrific to see your pieces.


    August Evening Gathering

    August Daytime Gathering

    July, 2017

    Mid-Summer and Completed Pieces are coming forward!

    We had a chance for a Summer Break and did some “extra credit” work, including working with silk in the 2″ blocks during the Daytime Gathering. Fun.

    Good luck to all as progress moves along. Try to stay cool.


    July Evening Gathering

    July Daytime Gathering

    June, 2017

    Another hard-working pair of Gatherings. We have made great progress and I look forward to seeing all the results. I know that some of you have completed pieces “out for quilting” and it will be fun to see those soon.

    Looking Good!


    June Evening Gathering

    June Daytime Gathering

    May, 2017

    It was wonderful to see how much progress that you-all made while I was on vacation! Congratulations.

    It will be a challenge for me to get caught up with you – yet, I love to see your work and the challenge is a good one. Thank you.


    Evening Gathering – May, 2017

    Daytime Gathering – May, 2017

    March, 2017

    A busy month (hopefully) is past so that we have more designing/”sewing” time as April comes about. Different levels of progress resulting from different-amount-of allocated time for sewing — and: Winter vacations — all added up to different stages of progress in February/March. Ok!

    It was fun to see how things are evolving and I look forward to working on my “placid curves” as March ends – and: Seeing your pieces/progress.


    Evening Gathering – March, 2017

    Daytime Gathering – March, 2017

    February, 2017

    What a hard-working group! It was a pleasure to be working alongside you. Your “homework” really paid off. A LOT of progress in this first full month.

    We missed a few of you — Winter vacations, etc. — and we look forward to seeing your until-March-meeting’s “homework”. It continues to be impressive/encouraging to see everyone’s work/progress.

    Have a good month – see you, in March (if not before, at the store or otherwise).


    Evening Gathering – Feb. 2017

    Daytime Gathering – Feb. 2017

    January, 2017

    I was amazed that everyone was “Ready to Go” at this first Gathering and you-all “jumped into” things / sewing right from the start. Wow.

    Some of us saw other’s pieces already started or as the day went on: And, of course…. we changed our minds a bit after seeing such. Ok — Isn’t that (interacting) one of the reasons for the Gatherings?

    I am very excited and encouraged by everyone’s efforts and, already, beautiful work.

    I look forward to seeing which quilts the Evening Gatherers start with — and, perhaps: The friendly “competition” between the Daytime and Evening groups is “on”?

    I look forward to working beside you each month. It is a joy.

    Daytime Gathering – Jan. 2017

    Evening Gathering – Jan. 2017

  3. Sonja says:

    I chose some fabric that I would like to use for my quilt — and, made a block to see if the colors work. David, then, scanned the block and did computer-stuff to make an image of the expected piece. It helped me to learn the importance of medium and light color placement.

    If you would like to have him do something similar for you – just bring me a block.


    (Click on the following to see in a larger-sized image)

    January 8, 2017
    I gave it another try. I tried to “correct’ my initial mistakes (placing of the colors). I am happy with my block #2. Still, not “perfect’ but I can see the curves. When doing this, I wanted to work with different textures — so, I cut the long strips 1/2 of the WOF; this gave me more combination possibilities.
    (Click on the following to see in a larger-sized image)

    January 13, 2017
    From Amy O:
    I love your revised layout. The curves are very visible.
    Amy O.

    March 19, 2017
    From Sonja:
    As I worked with the eight blocks that I made so far – and, put them on my design wall – I thought the 12″ blocks were larger than I might like…. I was wondering, if I trimmed the blocks smaller, if I might lose the “curve”? I worked with David to make a computer prediction and it looks as if it will not make a “curve” difference.
    (Click on the following to see in a larger-sized image)

    May 11, 2017
    From Webmaster:
    A couple of photos of Sonja’s work-at-home efforts as she moves forward.
    (Click on the following to see in a larger-sized image)

    June 23, 2017
    I have a July date for the quilting.
    July 20-23, 2017
    Back from quilting – and: Finished the Binding. Completed — and I am pleased! I like how the back turned out, as well.
    (Click on the following to see in a larger-sized image)

  4. Nancy says:

    Sonja has suggested I start to gather some fat quarters or half yards of fabrics for my quilt. My goal is red/grays for a granddaughter who seems to be headed to NCSU a few years from now.

    I will send a photo on to David so you all can see what I have started. Filtering it on my phone allows me to see the darks, lights, etc.

    (Click on the following to see in a larger-sized image)

    September 17, 2017
    I will soon have all my blocks done
    (Click on the following to see in a larger-sized image)

  5. Lin says:

    These are the colors I have in mind; these are just pieces from my stash to get an idea of how it would look. Soon, I will be picking the actual fabrics for the Gathering.
    (Click on the following to see in a larger-sized image)

    June 14, 2017
    (From the Webmaster): This is how it turned out in reality after Lin quilted it herself.
    Thank you, Lin, for sharing your work.
    (Click on the following to see in a larger-sized image)

  6. Mickey says:

    I have decided on purples and grays. I have enough grays but still need to find more purples. After considering a few different patterns, I have finally decided on the cover pattern. Looking forward to getting started!

  7. Amy O. says:

    Hello all,
    I made some test blocks for Placid Curves with some fabrics I like. Definitely too many colors, but I can see a little curve but not enough. Back to the drawing board. Thinking about using fewer colors, maybe two contrasting but complimentary batiks. Or making it in red and white. I will miss the January session but will see you in February for sure.
    (Click on the following to see in a larger-sized image)

    2017/01/13 at 7:56 am

    It is definitely an Amy quilt. You took the pattern and made it your own. In my opinion, you did exactly what I hoped came about from this exercise. Way to go.
    Jan 13 2017 at 9:00pm
    Thanks for your kind words. This is definitely an exercise in precision piecing, since you really can’t trim the blocks before assembly without throwing things off.
    See you soon…..Amy
    May 13 2017
    From: Webmaster
    Amy passed the “progress report” photo, below to us. Looking good! Thank you for sharing.
    (Click on the following to see in a larger-sized image)

    July 15 2017
    From: Webmaster
    Congratulations Amy on completing your “Blueberry Blender” Placid Curves piece.
    (Click on the following to see in a larger-sized image)

  8. Debi says:

    I’m sad I can’t come for the March evening gathering class! Y’all have fun see you in April!! Xo

    April 4, 2017

    What do you think about “daddy’s garden”?
    (Click on the following to see in a larger-sized image)

    • Sonja says:

      It looks great! I am rapidly coming to love the “whispered lace” pattern; it may end up being my favorite for this Gathering.

  9. Gale says:

    I’ve finished one of the throws – won’t be bringing it to the Gathering because it’s a gift for someone I’m seeing this weekend. I absolutely love it and hope the recipient does, too.
    (Click on the following to see in a larger-sized image)

  10. Diane says:

    I finally have my squares complete and will be stitching them together on Monday (August 14 2017). I’m not sure that I see the curves yet, but still love the design. I’m calling the quilt, “Purple Haze.”

    (Click on the following to see in a larger-sized image)

    • Sonja says:

      Diane –
      I know where you are “coming from” (the curve’s comment). The curves will show better / easier / etc. after you put the top together and it is shown vertically. See you Monday.

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