Quilting Class Update

As I’ve mentioned before, I enrolled myself, after begging and pleaded to be admitted, into a quilting class at the local quilt shop, Calico Junction.  In the three hours after work, I learn about everything that I am doing wrong, go home and attempt to do it right, and then bring back the squares and ripped seams to ask again for special ed.

Over the weekend, I finished sewing the three main squares of the exciting table runner.  Who uses table runners anyway?  I have a feeling my grandma might, but that’s another story.  The first square used a “flying geese” pattern that required sewing one square on top of the other at a diagonal (a scant 1/4 inch?!?).  Trying to line up all the seams was a headache and I nearly shredded the fabric trying and trying again to line everything up.  The heart of the problem was that I hadn’t pressed the folds in the correct direction.  Yeah.  Ironing. Joy.

Once I figured out my mistake and, yes, learned from it, I set with a vengeance on getting the pieces together.  I guess I like creating things and then stepping back, proud as a peacock, admiring my creation.  That translates to baking as well.  “Look — I made something out of this!” I seem to gloat, sometimes quietly and sometime audibly.  After long weekends, I’ve been known to prance through the office with a show and tell.  Now there’s an idea.  Elementary school teachers had it right!

Left to right -- flying geese, card trick, and squares

Left to right -- king's crown, card trick, and four square

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2 thoughts on “Quilting Class Update

  1. I’ve never really figured out what a table runner is, but it sure is popular in the quilting project world! My only quilting class (an afternoon workshop) was, indeed, to make a table runner. That may be where I first heard of it.

    That looks pretty impressive. I see these complicated blocks that people are making (like these) and I’m too overwhelmed at the thought–but like you said this is how you use up scraps!

  2. I’ve decided that quilting classes like table runners because it’s an easy way to teach quilting skills without frightening people with a big project. You learn how to cut and are only required to cut 50+ pieces rather than 300. You learn how to piece the small squares and then later replicate time 8 to make an actual quilt. And, hopefully (next 2 classes) you learn how to bind and “quilt.”
    One trick I did learn is that when making a large square out of small squares, you don’t have to cut out each square individually. You, instead, cut long strips of fabric and then sew the strips together. Then, you cut those strips. It’s much easier and less room for error.
    I could have responded directly to you via email, but I thought our readership might appreciate this little trick. It might have been nicer to take pictures along the way, but so it goes.

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