|Mix and Match Stars Variation, Glad Creations Pattern|
A few years ago I was asked to be the "expert" in a series of videos to be shown on a web "how-to" site, www.monkeysee.com Over more than 6 hours we shot 7 short videos and the course is called "How To Quilt". Can you imagine: teaching the entire process of quilting in seven 3 minutes "lesssons"! I thought it was pretty simple, basic stuff and a little "cheesy" perhaps but I have to say, my beginning students absolutely LOVE having this as a reference. Class goes by quickly each night and most leave wishing they had more time. With this tool, they can watch the steps as many times as they need. If you know a beginner who might benefit from a little help, send them this link: How to Quilt.
I find the most challenging part of the quiltmaking process for students to learn is that dreaded 1/4" seam allowance. Those who are garment makers can draw 5/8" with their eyes closed but struggle to get the 1/4". The primary reason this is a challenge is because we have wonderful sewing machines with wide feed dogs so we can zigzag, make buttonholes, embroider, etc. A 1/4" seam on a 9 mm feed dog means most of the fabric is not being guided by the machine. Just because it's a challenge doesn't mean we can't master it--it just takes practice, patience and determination.
What tricks do you have for getting the seam allowance right? Is it a struggle or a joy?
Do you remember your first class? What challenges did you have? Did you almost give up? Do you still have your first quilt? Those who become addicted to this sport always wish they had kept their early work, if they did not, so they can show the progress and path their quiltmaking has taken.
Bless the beginners because they will improve and more the quilt world forward. Now, let's quilt!