One of my goals this year is to find something that is for me and to learn a new hobby. I generally enjoy crafting, but get tired of all the supplies required for so many projects out there. A few years ago, my friend, Tammy, gave me a sewing machine for my birthday because it was something I was very interested in learning and hers was possessed by Gremlins. Slowly, I have been learning to sew.
When I saw a local library was holding a FREE Quilting 101 class last Saturday, we signed right up. I am hoping to make a few quilts for Christmas as gifts, but wanted to learn from someone with more experience. Tammy has never quilted either, she always made garments, so it was something new and exciting for her too! They had stacks of books ready to go for us to look through and a very nice Powerpoint presentation.
The class was 4 hours long and we went over the history of quilting. Back in the day, quilting was done out of necessity for blankets. The women would all gather together at one home and spend weeks quilting blankets for all the families. The women who were not so great at sewing and quilting cooked and took care of the ladies who were actually making warm blankets for their families.
We learned a lot of quilting vocabulary like a quilt sandwiches, basting, and saw examples of different kinds of quilts. We also learned about quilt care and different ways to prep fabric before sewing a quilt. We also watched several tutorials on quilt binding (making a pretty edge all around the outside). Like the photo below.
The best part about the class is it turns out it’s a series. We’re actually going to have a quilting bee. In 2 weeks we’re going to make a quilt like the one in the photo above. It’s called a crazy quilt and if you notice, the blocks are not all nice in neat in your typical quilting rows. Here is a photo of the back to give you a clear idea what the quilt will look like.
This is a no spend month for me, so I was really disappointed at first that I wouldn’t be able to participate in the class due to the supply list. However, it turns out I got really lucky because I bought several fat quarters to use for future quilts and I had the EXACT number I would need for the quilt and the other supplies are already in my stash! WOOHOO! I am super excited to get to participate in this and even more excited that I know I am going to be able to make an awesome gift for someone who always stumps me when it comes to gift giving. Unknown to her, she just confirmed how much she liked this quilt this evening. *insert maniacal laughter*
Have you ever been to a quilting bee? Do you like quilting? Do you have any tips or favorite quilt styles?