Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Quilting Class: Week Seven

After all my flowers (students) got here tonight, raring to go, we talked about the quilt above.  This is just half of the quilt.  There are twelve different blocks made from half-square triangles.  Arrangements of these triangles seem to be limitless, at least for me.   Learning this basic technique will enable one to make dozens of different quilts.

This string quilt is our next project.  They are my favorite quilts, and you may be tired of seeing them here by now.  This quilt is marked with a white pencil to show us where to put the stitches so there will be straight line.

Marking quilts is one of my least favorite things to do, but it is extremely helpful for beginners.  There are lots of different markers that can be purchased today.  One of my favorites is slivers of soap, and I usually bring hotel soaps home to use for that purpose.  They wash out easily, too.  I have bought antique quilts at auctions that were marked with a pencil, and the lines remained after several years and many washings.

We got a lot of quilting done last night.  Violet was on crutches from her knee surgery last week, but her knee was doing fine and she was able to stitch as usual.  We had a fun night of learning, laughing, and stitching.

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