Friday, October 25, 2013

Building a quilt, block by block

 One of the things that is fun about teaching classes is that you can share the excitement the students have when they finish their first blocks. Last night was no exception...they made their most complicated block so they were really happy when they got them finished.  (the picture above is last week's Four Plus Four blocks).
We are meeting Wed. night so that they can decide what they will put together to finish. They can make more blocks and make a throw, or use just a few for something smaller, like a runner or table topper. I'm excited to see how many blocks they will have finished and what their plans are.
I have several different quilts I use for beginning quilting classes. This one is more like a sampler class than the others, but I like to offer it occasionally as the students have more choice in their final project.

 I think it's important for them to learn the finishing steps too. I don't teach machine quilting, but teach them how to layer, pin, tie and baste the edges of their quilts. Those steps help if they want to finish them in other ways as well. Then they learn  how to figure out the fabric for their binding, make and attach it.

I'm really proud of how well they have done and look forward to helping them finish their projects!


Julianne said...

I love the excitement of a new quilter.

Julianne said...

I love the excitement of a new quilter.

Karen said...

Great blocks! Those half square triangles are tricky.

Barb said...

wonderful blocks and you are is so fun teaching people.