Quilters still want to learn handwork Having a project that can be taken on the go allows us to use bits of time to create when we cannot be at the sewing machine.
Recently I taught a group of women the basics of both English Paper Piecing and regular hand piecing of quilt blocks:
We started with a small English Paper Piecing project, a hexie flower. They learned how to either glue or thread baste the fabric to the paper shape. Then they learned to join the prepared shapes with either a whip stitch or by laying the pieces flat. Try both methods to determine your favorite.
Next we took on the 60 degree diamonds for regular hand piecing with a small running stitch. They learned how to quickly cut the diamonds with no templates, only rulers. They learned to make short work of drawing the sewing lines, if they wanted those lines as a guide.
In less than 4 hours each of the women had gotten a few new skills and can go on to make whatever they like. This was a "process" class, not a specific "project" class.
The biggest hit of the supplies I showed was the Clover Desktop Needle Threader--we sold several of these. Do you have one or more of these? I couldn't sew without it, a great tool: