Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Quilting Class 2013: Week One

On Monday night, I began a 12-week quilting class. We are learning hand quilting the way our moms and grandmothers did it, sitting around an old-fashioned quilting frame.  My students are Rose, Daisy, Violet, and Tulip.  Daisy had quilted a little before, but the others are brand new.  They all did very well for their first time out.  The first class was just delightful.

There is within me an unexplainable urge to teach quilting, possibly because I fear that this great art form will pass away with my generation, and I'm determined not to let that happen.  It could be that it resurrects some childhood memories of playing under the quilting frame while Mama and Grandma and sometimes others stitched and talked.  Or, it might be that it is just so freakin' fun to sit around an unstitched quilt with your peeps and make some magic happen.

I will attempt to document our progress here as the class continues. I'm hoping we will be able to complete four quilts during this time. We will if all the classes go as well as this one did.

This class is made possible by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Thanks!