I was checking the recent posts on Facebook and saw a post titled: Craftsy Free Class Day! I decided to look into it and ended up taking a class from them titled: Scrap Quilting: Waste Not, Want Not. Pepper Cory was the instructor and she added in all kinds of little tips that she had learned over the years as she her has made quilting her life's work. Her class lessons included: The Patchwork Travel Pillow, Puss-in-the-Corner Quilt Top, Phone Book Quilt Top, and Log Cabin the Verb Quilt. She also included two bonus lessons of Stenciling & Sharpening Your Rotary Cutter. I fully intend on getting a sharpener for my rotary cutter as well as a few extra blades. It was nice to see just how easy it was to sharpen your rotary blade.
As of yet, I have only made the first project The Patchwork Travel Pillow. I modified my material selection somewhat from hers because I wanted to put a flower as the center of mine,Mine wouldn't be a travel pillow as I would be using them on the two pillows I had on my sofa that didn't match my decor any longer. One of the tips that I really liked was to put the pins inside of the place that you are going to pin, instead of on the outside pointing in! As I had grown up learning from my mother, who was a sewing wizard and made many a dress for me, I had previous pinned on the outside. I used this inside pinning on my pillow and didn't have to remove the pins as I sewed, because they weren't in the quarter inch seam line!
The other project in the class are also quite interesting and I think I will go back through each class again before starting each one. I love the fact that I can watch the classes over and over a many times as I want and at any time of day! After sharpening my rotary cutter, I think I will try the Puss-in-the-Corner Quilt Top. I have seen several of these done while watching Bonnie Hunter's blog, which I really love.
Off to another adventure, Tami C.
Friday, September 7, 2012
I really have no idea where to start, but I've been encouraged by reading Bonnie Hunter's blog for the past several weeks: Quiltville's Quips & Snips!! and decided to start keeping a record of my quilting adventures and how I got there. I have been collecting a little material here and there for quite a while now. My mother-in-law made this log cabin quilt and gave it to my husband and I for Christmas.
We had moved from Colorado to Nebraska by then, so it was a very welcome gift and had really stirred my interest in quilting. At least I think that this was where it started. We would go back to Colorado almost every year for a visit and I managed to sneak in a trip to Ruth's Stitchery in Colorado Springs, which was my mother-in-law's favorite quilt store. I would always get a little something, usually a couple of fat quarters or a cross stitch pattern. At the time, I was more into cross stitch and crocheting, but we loved going there.
After several years we moved to Texas as my husband had taken a job as Chief of Police at a V.A. Hospital and I took a position as a programmer at a local college. Having moved further away meant that our trips back to Colorado didn't come as often, but we continued our little trips to Ruth's. After living in Texas for ten years, we decided we wanted to move back to Colorado. We decided that whichever of us got a job first, we would be leaving. Well, I was first to get a position at Regis University in Denver, so we were on our way! Our trips to visit Ruth's Stitchery were coming much more often, but I still didn't have the time to really take on a quilting project. My project boxes were getting fuller and the number of them were growing!
I left Regis and went to work for the City of Westminster where I found a few people that also quilted. They had some really beautiful things and it was then that I decided what I was going to do when I retired. I was going to quilt! Well, it was a little over ten years later before I finally retired and guess what I'm doing....
I have started quilting! My very first quilt was one that I made for my husband's birthday. I finished up hand sewing the binding on the night before his birthday. He insisted that he wanted my name and date on it.
So..... Here it is! Popeye was my helper all during the work on my first quilt and kept a close eye on every step.
Off to another adventure later... Tami