I did just make 8 phone calls to postpone tonight's first class of my Quiltmaking 101 class. I've taught this class at my local shop for 25 years and love teaching new quilters. While the roads will probably be fine by tonight, everything is closed right now and I knew people would worry all day about having to go out, so I decided we would wait a week to begin.
My beginning class is different than the kind taught in many quilt shops. My goal is to get the students excited about all they can accomplish and to create a quilt they will be proud of. So while it may be more challenging than the usual "beginner" quilt, it is also much more satisfying for the students too. Most of the students get through the 5 week class with a completed top and dreams of more quilts to come. Here are just a few samples from previous classes:
|Barb P's plan on paper--NO one does this but Barb did--won't it be great?
|JoAnn M, Brenda's sister--they challenged each other
|Mary Ann M
|Lainie F--as posted on her Facebook page
|Based on Glad Creations Pattern: Mix and Match Stars
|Sophie--black and white and red--yummy!
|Linda R after having hers' quilted on a longarm
|Dawn--isn't this sunny?
|Peggy H--with the perfect border
It's interesting to me how things have changed. In the beginning, 25 years ago, the quilt was hand-pieced after creating and tracing around templates. Then we moved on to machine piecing, but everyone hand-quilted their quilt. Now, many of the students leave the class with a list of longarm quilters names, planning to "quilt by checkbook". Some will machine quilt it themselves, on their domestic machine. Few have any interest in hand-quilting. The times they are a-changing! As long as there are folks to want to learn some of what I've come to learn, I'll be there to teach them.