Crazy Quilt Piecing taught by Kathleen Chrisman at Quilting Adventures in Richmond, VA
I am not a quilter but have taken numerous quilting classes at Quilting Adventures, a first class quilting shop, in Richmond VA. I try to support this shop as much as I can because I think small independent shops add so much to the sewing environment.
Kathleen is a great teacher, very laid back in her approach and as a result I really enjoyed the class a lot. I normally feel tense in quilting classes because they are not in my comfort zone and I am a slow sewer. Trying to complete a task to the exacting standards of a lot of quilting teachers is a stressful situation for me.
Crazy quilt piecing uses many small pieces of fabric to assemble a quilt square. So if you are like me and have lots of little scraps that you can't throw out, then this is a great technique to learn. It is truly simple and goes very fast. You start with a square of muslin and offset a small square that you cut one side off to make a five sided shape and then add pieces around each side. These pieces are trimmed to make each addition into an angle. As you get to the edge of your muslin you just trim the excess to keep your square. You must iron after each addition.
Now that I have taken the class, I feel sure I could make a square fairly quickly. Since there are no templates to deal with and color choices differed, everyone's block looked very different. I was pleasantly surprised to actually like my block as I don't have the ability to look at fabrics and visualize the end result.
Kathleen provides a nice handout to take home with you. There are several additional classes related to the class and I plan to take at least the embellishment class where you learn to embroidery the seams. There is a bead application class as well as a ribbon application class.
This was a great class for me because I sew dog beds and blankets for my local SPCA and this technique will allow me to use up a lot of scraps. I knew I was saving them for some reason.