Hello from Quilt Villa!
This was the view as I stepped out onto the front porch this morning.
Pea Soup weather!
At least the fog is as thick as Pea Soup ---I regretfully don’t have the makings for Pea Soup up here…or the time to make it. There is a ham bone in the freezer, and I think I am going to work this in reverse order. The ham bone will go back HOME with me tomorrow and I’ll cool\k my Pea Soup there.
As far as today goes ---
My “you will never see ME doing that quilting thing” friend Mona is on her way to spend the day with me….
For quilting lesson 101!
Yes, I think she’s been bitten by the bug…
Or more like…
“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!”
I rearranged the Quilting Nook last night!
I don’t have a huge area to sew at the cabin, but this is just right for me. A table, an ironing board, a cutting station and a small cabinet.
Oh, and the overflow:
My “Cabin Stash”
Usually I’ll transport my projects back and forth because I am working on specific things that have deadlines, but a girl can never be without her variety – so I’ve got crumbs, strings, and bigger hunks of scraps that can be cut down.
ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS keep a variety of neutrals on hand!
I’ll sew at the 301, but I’ll show Mona the ins and outs of a little 1954 Featherweight.
She says she’s never sewn at a machine before. This will be easy for her. The needle goes up and down. It stitches forward. You can make it go backward. End of story.
I don’t want to discourage her by telling her that quilters often have machines that cost many thousands of dollars. And that fabric for a quilt can cost you mucho dinero at the same time.
I have scraps. We can get her started. If she likes it, we will ease her into it ---but she has to start somewhere, and I’m glad it is here with me!
She and this sweetie will become good friends!
My plan is to start her simple.
This quilt is from a Fons & Porter book I’ve had for eons and eons. It’s got 4 patches sewn into a 9 patch format. They start with 2” strips, I’m going to biggie size this using 2.5” strips and 4.5” squares. We will start with strip cutting, and getting that 1/4” where it needs to be.
I brought her scraps in Red, Blue and Neutral!
You know, this is really exciting for me to take someone who is completely new. NO BAD HABITS. No one who will say “Well, I've always done it this way and it works for me” or “I heard so and so teacher say to do it this way…” or the dreaded "my seam allowance doesn't matter as long as I am consistent." ((That last one ONLY works if all you are sewing is squares of one size!))
She will listen to me, learn, and soak it all in. My desire is to give her a good foundation that she can grow from in her own direction, but basics are basics first.
Cut right, sew right, measure units not the seam ---quilt happy!
And while she is sewing 4 patches I’ll be making hour glass units in Christmas fabrics!
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!
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Have a great Saturday, Everyone!