Another round of Quilting For Beginners at The Stitchery has finished, and my students did a great job again, this time with the fantastic Fat Quarter Shop Charm Box Quilt Pattern. We started with 8 in the class, but illness unfortunately meant we lost 1 by the end, and a couple of others didn’t quite finish in time. 2 escaped last week before I could get a photo (and said they’d come last night but couldn’t make it, so imagine a blue/cream and a green Kaffe Fassett version please!)
Dorothy was in my last class as well, so she’s now quite adept at this whole quilting lark! She went for a Kaffe Fassett charm pack with aqua and royal blue solids:
She used the spiral quilting method from Christa Watson’s Machine Quilting With Style book (Christa gained a few new fans for her quilting options!):
Poor Shirley battled this quilt to the end, I think she was convinced it was out to get her! Because she was having no fun with straight line stitching during the piecing stage, I suggested she give FMQ a go, and I think she did a great job. Sometimes when you have something right up in your face all you can see is the imperfections, but she finally conceded that it might be worthy of more than the dog’s basket once I held it up for her across the room:
Kathryn had never used a sewing machine before this class, so this was an amazing achievement. In addition to this version, she made another one at home using a selection of Christmas fabrics (having picked up a machine identical to the ones in class), and she’ll be giving that to her mum for Christmas. Her mum’s a retired art teacher, and she says this is the first creative thing she’s done. I think her mum will love it!
Dorothy also brought along a wee project she’d just knocked up at home. When she was in Mandors, one of our local fabric shops, she’d seen an attic windows quilt on display, but there was no pattern for it as it was just a sample model. Nothing daunted, she bought some fabric, and worked the whole thing out for herself with the help of the internet. It’s going to be a Christmas table runner for her niece: