Turning on the charm …

..  was the slightly mysterious title for our Saturday class at Tittensor.  It was probably too much to expect that we could both manage to turn on the charm ourselves for a whole day, although we tried hard.   A good turnout, but not full to bursting, and a very happy atmosphere made for a thoroughly enjoyable time.  From the requirements list it seemed harmless enough –  a charm pack or two, or 5in squares and let us surprise you…. and we did!!  All that was required was joining squares together in random or slightly ordered fashion, depending on Chris’s instruction and then applying the rotary cutter a couple of times to make a little magic.  Our original inspiration for this class came from a couple of books that have been on our respective shelves for years and years – Fast Patch and Scrap Quilts using Fast Patch, both by Anita Hallock.   After the first demo session all that could be heard was the soothing hum of sewing machines and some happy murmuring.  After the second demo session you could have heard the proverbial pin drop as some of the possibilities sank in, and after that the machine hum became a little faster paced as everyone got fired up again.  We think there may be a number of quilts/quilt tops produced quite quickly from this class – no pressure everyone!  Barbara’s roving camera captured these glimpses of fabrics and production during the day  –

then a few carefully-placed cuts and everything looks different –

Then the discovery that you can make other things happen –

We were all far too busy to take the almost-mandatory “happy class” picture at the end of the day, so we’ll end with a  look at one or two things from the lunchtime show & tell, plus an acknowledgement of what helps to keep everyone on the right track –

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4 thoughts on “Turning on the charm …

  1. Nearly ‘fainted’ when we were told ‘now you are going to cut it up’ but I really enjoyed the day and got over my fear of cutting a ‘finished’ piece
    Looking forward to trying to ‘cut up again’. (Oooh)

  2. Loved it as always. Such good fun and a real lightbulb momeny when you realise the potential. And the lemon dizzle cakes not half bad either!

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