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Posted by: Ying

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Member since: 10/1/04
Reviews: 10 (classes: 2)
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Posted on: 1/25/05 3:45 AM
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I've wanted to make a quilt for a long time and finally decided it was best to take a class instead of doing it at home by myself.

This beginner's quilting class requires the students to be familiar with their sewing machines and be able to bring their own machines to class.

The class is 2 days and at the end of the second day, you'll bring home a finished lap size quilt. I was skeptic about this because I have several quilting books and knew what was involved. I didn't think it was possible, especially the finished quilt had a mitered binding!

First day, the teacher (Bev Skolov who had 40 years in quilting) had the class select their 2 contrast fabrics for the piecing. She asked that we select a 'high' contrast. I brought my own fabric, which was fine. She showed us how to use the rotary cutter and provided instructions to cut the fabric into strips, to piece the blocks, to sew the blocks into rows and then sew the rows into one large piece of fabric. The goal for the day was to finish the piecing. She insisted that perfect piecing was not important.

Next day, Bev went over the importance of the 'containment' border and gave a brief lecture on color theory. We went through the store with our pieced fabric and selected a containment border. Bev showed us how the quilt would look completely different with different containment borders, which was a small 1" border around the pieced fabric. After sewing the small border, she recommended auditioning the quilt for the larger border (choosing which of the high contrast fabric to use for the outer border). We then layered the back fabric, batting and pieced fabric and tacked it down with safety pins and quilted. She also showed me how to install and use my 'walking' foot, which was new to me.

Because I had read up on how to make a quilt, I knew the layering and tacking was very important. I used a lot of safety pins to tack the quilt but Bev was pressured for time and I think allowed the students to use less pins for tacking. Several students had a 'puff' effect on the quilting and had to frog it, which was a shame because they spent so much time on frogging, they couldn't finish the quilt.

I breezed through the quilting and trimmed the layers even with my rotary cutter. Bev had me cut some strips (same fabric as my containment border) for the miter binding and showed me how to sew the miter corners! At the end of the day (4pm), I had an almost completed quilt. I just need to finish the slip stitching the binding to the back. I couldn’t believe this was possible, but it is! A beginner could make a quilt in 2 days. I know I would have finished, but I stopped and helped another student re-tack her quilt.

I learned so much in this class. I usually just sit at my machine and sew, but Bev showed me how to really use my sewing machine. She is also so much fun to learn from. Her motto is ‘There is no wrong way to do something, just different ways.’ At the end of the class, she recommended that if we enjoyed the quilting we should not hesitate to put our quilts in quilting shows and not be afraid of having others judge our quilts. She was also a cheerleader during the class, encouraging everyone that they could finish the quilt.

I can not say enough good things about her class and plan to take her UFO quilting classes, which are 3 hours and students would bring their UFO quilts and have her help/cheer them on to finish it.

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Kathy Russell said... (1/25/05 11:19 PM) Reply
Thank you for this review. I took a beginner quilt class and it was too intense. I also noticed a lot of the ladies is the class were people who had been comming for a long time. this sounds more like it was geared for a true beginner. Hope you show your quilt on the pattern review part. I have been reading lots of quilt books but am alway hesitant to start one. Starting one with two fabric's sounds more doable.
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