We announced two more classes last week via our newsletter but we wanted to do a quick recap for those o you who aren't on the mailing list. They are Anatomy of a Quilt and Beyond Beginner Knitting. I chatted a little about the knitting class in a blog post last week so I won't go on about that but I thought I would do a little introduction to the quilting class.
Anatomy of a Quilt is a class that delves into the putting-together part of making a quilt. Y'know that stage - the one that many of us avoid. Many of us have put together a gorgeous quilt top that we love the look of and it just sits there and sits there.
The aim of this class is to take away your fear (some might also call it procrastination?? or is that just me...) and give you techniques that make it really simple to throw that thing together. As we won't have time to put together a pieced quilt top we will be working on a whole cloth cot quilt. (Whole cloth quilting is actually my favourite type of quilting - just wait till you see the class sample! So pretty. There are a few sneak peaks on our instagram account.) We will learn two methods for basting the quilt (or making the quilt sandwich), methods for doing the quilting including tying, machine quilting and hand quilting, and finally we will look at two methods for binding the quilt.
We should state that this is not a traditional quilting class that will teach you the right way to quilt. It is one that looks at different techniques and gives you the freedom to choose the methodology most suitable to your project and ideas.
Most of the photos in this post are of a linen cot quilt I made many years ago for baby Pema. And while the colours I chose now don't work for me quite as well as they did (eeekkk!), I really love the outcome. That said, I did many things that would shock (an easily shockable!) traditional quilter. Things that go against the "rules". There is flannelette on the back to make it cosy. I did a one inch binding that included some contrasting scraps. I used linen that means it will always look rumpled AND I hardly quilted it which makes it slightly doona like. I just put ties in every 6 inches or so. Not exactly old school quilt making.
And that is what this class will give you. The ability to choose your methodology (which may be traditional quilting...) and the confidence to try it!