Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Quilting Class: Week 3

This week, Rose was much  improved and was able to join us for the class.  She told us about a beloved bird quilt that her mother embroidered.  She can remember watching her mom doing the embroidery at night after supper.  Rose is just amazed at how beautiful a quilt can be, knowing it is just a compilation of fabric, thread, and someones work and imagination.

One of the first things a beginning quilter has to learn is how to use a thimble. Pushing a threaded needle through two layers of fabric and one of batting can be difficult, almost next to impossible without a thimble. It only takes a few holes in your fingers to make you appreciate that little tool. I have quite an assortment, surely one that will fit any finger.

We completed the quilting on our first quilt this week, and took it out of the frames. It will have to be trimmed and a binding put on next week. Also, we will start quilting our second quilt then.

Rose, Daisy, Tulip, and Violet are all improving.  They didn't seem so nervous this week, and enjoyed seeing their work when we unframed the quilt.  I think it is wonderful quilting for new students.

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