I finally finished up my beginner quilting class sample over the weekend:
|Beginner Quilting Class Sample, 36" x 36"|
So we'll learn rotary cutting and piecing in the first class, and if they don't get their tops completely assembled by the end of the first class they can catch up for homework in between classes. Then in the second class we'll learn to layer, baste, quilt, and bind. It's a lot, I know. What I decided to do for basting is to spray baste the quilt layers together with 505 (temporary spray adhesive that I had on hand because I use it to adhere stabilizer for machine embroidery projects) and to supplement that with sparser than usual pin basting, so students will be exposed to both methods, quilt layers will be secure through all the tugging and bunching and twisting under the machine, yet we won't eat up too much class time pinning.
|Basted With 505 Adhesive Spray Plus 4 Safety Pins Per Block|
I wanted SO BADLY to add some free motion swirlies in the sashing and something fancy in the border, but free motion quilting is an entire journey of its own. Way too much too much for beginners, especially since they will all have different sewing machines, they may not know how to lower their feed dogs, and they will not all have stitch regulators. I don't want to discourage brand new quilters!
|Walking Foot Quilting with Guide Bar Attached|
When I bound the class sample with this cheerful cherry red stripe, I couldn't resist the challenge of pattern-matching the stripes at all of the diagonal seams.
|Stripes Matched at Diagonal Binding Joins|
|Binding Invisibly Hand Stitched to the Quilt Backing|
|Finished and Freshly Washed|
Now that the class sample is finished and delivered to the Bernina shop, I just need to compile my notes into a lesson plan while the details are still fresh in my mind, and write up a class description and supply list.
Meanwhile, my longarm frame has been sitting empty and looking lonely. Next time I escape to my studio, I'll be piecing the backing fabric for my Math is Beautiful quilt so I can load it onto my frame and start quilting it. My APQS new owner class is coming up in two weeks, and I'd like to quilt an actual quilt on my longarm machine before I go.
|The Long-Neglected Math Quilt, Next On My Frame|
Happy stitching, and happy (almost!) Fall, y'all! ;-) Today I'm linking up with:
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