February 27, 2013
Learning To Quilt
They picked a braided table runner for their first project, and I've been using Bari J's pattern to teach them. Everything from cutting, to pinning, to actually sewing a 1/4" seam. And on our last lesson, I taught them how to do HSTs the traditional way where you draw the lines etc. I figured they should learn that before I introduce them to Thangles just so they have the basics. I could see their brains getting scrambled, trying to figure out how the hell they were going to make an entire quilt out of HSTs because trimming one was giving them grief already haha! Oh if they only knew...
And then a question popped in my head... how the hell did I teach myself to do all this?! I think most quilters are self-taught but have taken classes here and there. I've never taken a class (well, aside from Denyse's improv patchwork workshop) but I have taught classes. There's something peculiar about that, no? Hehe! I looked back on the list of quilts I've made, and to see the progression is quite satisfying.
I learn from watching and doing. I always have. Maybe I just don't take direction well? Hahaha! (Mum, you can stop nodding!!) I make mistakes and learn from them... I find that the mistakes really stick in my mind because I refuse to make them again. Working at my LQS has also helped sooooo much. Being around all that quilting experience of my bosses and co-workers, plus having to figure things out for customers has been the best thing. I'm most definitely not a prolific quilter, my points don't always meet, and there's plenty I still don't know, but I'm quite proud of how far I've come. It still shocks me sometimes when I look at a quilt and think, "I made that?".
How did you start quilting?
Oh, and the picture above has nothing to do with anything. It's of a pile of 120 HSTs I just finished making for a project I'm working on for a friend. I love those colours so I thought I'd pop a pretty picture on here while I blather on about stuff :)