Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Millie Sorrells Advanced Heirloom Quilting

On June 2, I had the opportunity to travel to Decatur, IL to take a class from Millie Sorrells, quilter extraordinaire!  Millie is a lovely and gentle lady who does drop dead gorgeous quilting!  She had a quilt win a second place ribbon this year at Paducah, as well as having a miniature quilt hang in the show!  Millie also has the privilege of having one of Superior Threads Kimono Silk threads named for her (it is a beautiful red)!  What a fantastic class it was!

We practiced different quilting patterns in the morning, then Millie gave each of us a class kit that included cotton sateen, wool batting, a spool of Kimono silk, and a Schmetz needle, size 60.  She even included enough bias binding to finish off our sampler!  Now that is a class act!  We ran out of time to finish the sampler in class, but I didn't let it be just another UFO in my stash!
This was such fun to work on!  I had never done clam shells before, always afraid that I could not get them perfect.  But I marked out a grid, and went for it!  I love the checkerboard effect! And what is not to love about a feathered wreath! 
The nautilus design was not from Millie's class.  I got this idea from Teri Lucas, another quilter extraordinaire!  I love the swirling lines, and being able to use more lines to fill in!  It was uber fun!
Speaking of Miss Teri, I was fortunate to have been interviewed by her for her blog.  Please check out her blog, and not just my interview, but her whole site!  She is an awesome quilter, and an awesome person!


  1. Maggie this is beautiful and it is my pleasure getting to know quilters in a new and delightful way. Thank you for being interviewed. Many thanks for incorporating the nautilus into your quilt. I'm honored!


  2. So impressive Maggie! It looks like that class was exceptional! You are definitely gifted, talented, determined, and it all shows in your work! Thank you for sharing! I love what you have done!

    1. I saw your Circle of Life at Paducah. I remember standing there in complete awe. I loved it. Your sampler is wonderful. Leslie (a TQS member Soren2go)

  3. So glad you got this finished. It is beautiful.

  4. Wow, Maggie! Sounds like a great class. You are right. That's a real class act to provide you with such great materials to work with. You sure get a lot of great opportunities for some great classes!