So, this is fun! I spent a few days over the mountains in Leavenworth, WA teaching this week. Instead of just showing you all the process pics from class, I thought it would be fun for you to meet their makers too. Quilters are the friendliest people in the world, and this class was no exception. The gals were swapping bits of fabric to make each others blocks just right, and then they’d be huddled around ooing and ahhing at each others work.
I asked them each a few questions including, “what was your first quilt?” And, if they could wave a magic wand and instantly learn anyone quilting thing, "what would it be?" It was fun to get their responses, and I’ll share them with you now!
This is Charisma. She has been quilting for 19 years. Her first quilt was a Log Cabin. She said if she could wave a wand and be good at needle turn applique, that would be her choice. She is also a longarm machine quilter by profession. This is her progress by the middle of day two! Whoa! She’s fast :)
This is Kathy. She has been quilting for 12 years. Her first quilt was a Roxanne Carter easy baby quilt. She said if she could wave a wand she’d like to be good at color, color theory and picking out colors. Fun fact about Kathy, I have known her and done machine quilting for her for at least a decade! She’s delightful :)
This is Carol. She has been quilting for 35 years, and her first quilt was a sampler. She said she’d wave a wand to learn sashiko…. I think I’ll join you, Carol!
This is Jeanne. She has been quilting for 45 years! Her first quilt was a scrap quilt made from outgrown clothes she had made herself. She said she’d love to learn to quilt her own quilts. ...I’ll try and do a blog about that, Jeanne!
This is Loretta. She has been quilting for 5 years (but sewing for 50+ years!). Her first quilt was a Quilts of Valor mystery quilt. She said if she could wave a wand and sew a perfectly straight seam, that would be great! (P.S I think she already does a pretty good job… no wand needed;) She also teaches bag classes for the Leavenworth Quilt Company, and she does beautiful work!
This is Christy. She has been quilting for 30 years. Her first quilt was a Block of the Month Sampler with templates and hand quilting each block separately… whoa… She would love to get better at intricate feathered stars. That’s a great idea Christy, I may do a blog all about feathered stars.
This is Liz. She has been quilting for 45 years, too! She said her first quilt was all 4” squares of polyester without a pattern :) She would love to learn scalloped borders and art quilts, like picture quilts of people and animals.
This is Sheila. She has been quilting for 28 years. Her first quilt was a Scrappy Split Nine Patch that was done while camping on a featherweight machine plugged in to a generator! Hahaha! And it ended up more then 100” square… now that’s dedication. She wasn’t sure what she’d like to learn next, but she did say she loves to learn and old dogs learn new tricks all the time ;) Fun fact about Sheila, we worked at the same quilt shop back in the 1990’s when I was only fourteen! She’s a doll and all these years later she pops up in a class hundreds of miles away!
This is Cindy. She has been quilting for 35 years. Her first quilt was a Eleanor Burns Log Cabin. She’d use that wand to master a consistant ¼” seam. Cindy took my Hollow Star class last spring, and she brought the finished top to show everyone! Isn’t that beautiful?!
This is Mary. She has been quilting for 19 years, and her first quilt was a sampler quilt. She said she’d wave a wand to nail the accuracy thing: cutting, seam allowance... it all makes a big difference.
And last but not least, we have Jane. She has been quilting for 25 years. Her first quilt was all 5” squares, and she tied it. Her grandaughter still has it too! She said she’d like to learn inset seams and partial seams…. It’s your lucky day, Jane, I have just the blog in mind for that!
What a week! The Leavenworth Quilt Shop is such a charming shop, and they work really hard to put on fun classes. If you are in the area
, it is totally worth a stop!
And one more pic from my drive home :) I mean, if I have to commute to work, this isn’t bad!
Happy Fall everyone,
and Happy Sunday too!