Happy stitching

We spent a most enjoyable couple of days at a small local show – the best sort, with the good company of craftsmen and traders in the village hall with excellent homecooked goodies as a bonus, and lots of quilts on show in the picturesque church across the road.  Chris was demonstrating machine piecing and managed to make considerable progress with an EQ doodle project she had begun a couple of years ago, (and you can see just how busy I was … something to do with the cakes being rather close by perhaps? – Chris)

Barbara was supposed to be demonstrating hand piecing and had taken along her Antique Rose Star project.

Everything was going well, lots of chat to visitors, friends and students.  And then, out of the blue, one of those little magic interludes – a young visitor really keen to learn, who already loves using needle and thread.  Nothing else to offer her but pieces from the Antique Rose Star box – just a reminder that this block is made using only one shape which is joined first into threes to make a small triangle and then four sets of three are joined together to make a larger triangle.  Imagine how delighted we both were with Ella’s keen interest and focus as she sat down with us and made not one but four sets of three shapes.  Here’s the first set of three finished

So, hand piecing, without papers and with a pivot seam!  Very well done to Ella – you made our day!

This week was the last of our evening class sessions.  A lot of homework brought in, much reviewing of setting and sashing options, reminders that we are having a Finishing Day on Saturday 24 November (details on our website), a quick reprise of machine quilting with a walking foot and also freemotion, pointers and how-to’s for Quilt as you Go joining of blocks or quilt chunks, and a run through of both butted and mitred bindings.  It always feels rather empty at the end of a set of classes, but we’re sure that this second Class of 2012 will keep in touch and let us see the lovely things they make.

Now there’s one more set of boxes to unpack and a different set to pack in readiness for Saturday’s class at Tittensor “Get to the Point”.  Wonder if we will find any stitching time in between?

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