What a great day we had! Small in numbers (which meant plenty of room to spread out) but big on production and satisfaction – and not forgetting cake. Chris demonstrated the simple squares, strips and slice concept that was the starting point for the top. Our initial plan for the day had been 1. piece small quilt top, then 2. quilt the top and finally 3. bind the quilt top – keeping everything small and simple as per the title of the class. And that could have happened. However, our crack team of quilters decided that they were having too much fun playing with possibilities to move on to quilting and binding, so we contented ourselves with demonstrations and Important Things To Remember. This is what we both enjoy about our classes – we can adapt on the spot to meet the needs of the class, and everyone is happy. So, no finished small and simple quilts to show, but you can enjoy some of the fabrics and work in progress -
Much activity at the Rural Office this week – Barbara is finishing up the worksheets and instructions for our Mystery Day in May. The colours and fabrics for our sample were based on some rather delicious threads that fell out of a box while searching for something else
Is the title of our workshop on Saturday. Sadly, following a spate of last minute cancellations (sudden realisation that it is half term?), the first word describes the size of the class. So – here is your opportunity to come along and try a C&B workshop tailored specifically for complete beginners as well as those who wish to update, practice or perfect their skills. We have planned a small quilt top – a really simple-to-piece block with loads of design possibilities to explore for those who wish – which will then provide you with the opportunity to play around with machine quilting, both with the walking foot and free-motion. We will follow this with an in-depth tutorial on binding and finishing your quilt.
Barbara made a small sample a few weeks ago – you may have seen the photo on the blog earlier -
and Chris made a larger version some years ago – which you probably haven’t seen before -
- they look very different but use the same block; the main difference is one of scale. Being so quick to make this design is ideal for anyone who makes Linus or other charity quilts and this Saturday would provide an ideal day to get away from the phone and family and use up those strips and squares. Why not give it a go? It promises to be a fun day. And we will as usual be providing plenty of biscuits and cake, all calorie-free as they’re away from home!
No, not a new Olympic sport – merely the gentle (?) art of trying to get a large quilt layered up and under a domestic sewing machine in a relatively confined space. Chris seems to have been doing a lot of it lately as part of a drive to get a few UFOs out of the way and off the list. So, having created a backing and pressed it, it is necessary to create a large enough space to lay it out flat. . .
First – move the furniture . .
next – move the books . . .
Lay the backing out and pin it to the carpet.
Spray glue onto the wadding and stick it to the backing – trying not to get glue on the carpet!
Glue the wadding again and stick the quilt top down, smoothing out as many wrinkles as possible.
Carefully pick up the quilt sandwich and lug it upstairs to the sewing room. (note the technical terminology – Barbara) Don’t forget to remove the pins from the carpet first. The quilt layers now need to be pinned as the quilt is too big for just glue to hold it together. The sewing room floor is hard with a vinyl covering – ideal for pinning, unlike the sitting room floor where it is just too easy to pin the whole thing to the carpet and picking it up involves a lot of unpinning, repinning and bad language. But the sewing room floor is also too small to spread a big quilt out . .
. . so it has to be glued together downstairs and can then be safely pinned in sections upstairs.
The small brown cushion thing is a garden kneeler, a Christmas present from little sister who was somewhat bemused by Chris’s delight with this small gift and even more bemused when she announced it would ‘go upstairs straight away’. Isn’t the garden outside? It was when last we looked?
Once pinned the quilt was tossed over the bannister and the landing bookcase – with a couple of pillows under it keep it as crease free as possible. . .(is this a crucial step in the proceedings? Barbara)
. . . all ready for when Chris next has a free day to fire up the machine and get stitching.
Must remember to get some thread too.