This is why I prefer NOT to quilt or teach from kits. I absolutely love seeing what other people bring to sew into their projects. What good is it to have a room full of 24 ladies make 24 identical projects?
It certainly doesn’t make for an interesting quilt show when all 24 cookie cutter quilts are there on display ---but it makes a GREAT display when you can have a rainbow of quilts in different layouts all shown in a wide variety of fabrics.
Watching other people and what they are sewing with color-wise or lay-out wise gives our brains a chance to see things in different light, and encourages us to try new things and take brave chances with our NEXT quilt!
This is Kathy’s “Fleetwood” machine, 1950’s to early 1960s, made in Japan! This machine base was also quite ratty, and was dressed up by the fun addition of decorative DUCT TAPE! We also filmed a little demo of Kathy and her Decoupage project and I’ll be showing that in a future post. FUN!
I know the units for this class aren’t hard. BASIC! But we go through a lot of things in class starting with everything from setting that perfect 1/4” seam allowance, getting those strip sets and units the size they need to be and why it is always important to do a test strip set first before you just go willy nilly into piecing only to find out that things are too small. We went over the differences between rulers and how even ruler placement can give you a strip that is already a few threads too narrow, so no matter how perfect your 1/4” seam is – your strip set won’t reach the height it needs to be.
I love the knowledge, experience and comments that others bring to the table. I love watching the more experienced guild ladies take the newer quilters under their protective wings encouraging them along, making their first baby steps in quilting positive ones.
I love the sense of community, and deep caring that goes on between friends who have known each other for years ----Quilting is not just “That Thing We Do”. It is who we are. It’s a caring, giving thing. It's our life style choice!
We also went over simple little things like pressing:
Likewise, if all of the blocks are sewn in the same manner, and all the seams on the back of the block are spun in the same direction, as these blocks are turned in the quilt, no matter which way they turn they will nest with each other.
Does it matter which way the seams on your blocks spin? NO. As long as the 4 patches all spin the same way, those will nest. As long as your blocks are all assembled the same way so that the block seams will all nest, you will be golden! Just be consistent in your work so that your blocks all spin the same way as each other.
notice the 4 patches spin clock wise, and the block counter clock wise – this will still work as long as all the blocks are the same.
It’s a beautiful thing!
Block from the front!
We even had a pinning demo so that we can match those points and meet them where the triangles join in the block center. Basic things, but oh what a difference they make in how the quilt comes together!
Here our photos from yesterday’s Blue Ridge Beauty class. Blue Ridge Beauty pattern is found in Adventures with Leaders and Enders and can be ordered HERE.
This morning is my “day off!”
I’m moving locations to the other side of Atlanta today -----I’m hoping for some antique browsing experiences! I need to do a google search and see what comes up in the area….
Have a wonderful Sunday, everyone!