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90 Years Young!

This morning I had the pleasure of teaching a paper piecing class called Spinning Windmills.  One of the things I enjoy the most about teaching are the amazing people I meet in my classes.  Today I met the most remarkable women and they were awesome students who were all quite proficient paper piecers by the end of our class.

Meet Dollie, 90 years young!!!
Meet Dollie, 90 years young!!!

As we were sewing, we had such a fun time visiting.  I mentioned that I had celebrated my birthday the previous day and Dollie said, oh my goodness, that’s nothing, I just celebrated my 90th birthday.

She went on to share stories about her life and how at the age of 50 she was suddenly a widow with an 11 year old daughter to raise.  Prior to the loss of her husband, she had stayed home to raise her other 4 children.  In a freak accident, her husband was electrocuted a few years prior to his death and this prompted Dollie to go back to school to become a teacher.  She confirmed that was one of the best decisions she ever made because it gave her a means to support herself when her husband passed.  She never complained and said she just “had to do what I had to do.”  She taught full-time for many years and upon retirement, continued to substitute teach until she was 80.  At one point, she proceeded to list off the names of her children and grand children and great grandchildren, along with many of their accomplishments.  She, indeed, was/is a very proud grandmother.

Dollie and her daughter, Debbie working on their block
Dollie and her daughter, Debbie working on their block

Dollie lives in Buhl, Idaho and still drives to do her grocery shopping, hair appt., etc.  She lived alone for many years, but now enjoys the company of her granddaughter, Sarah, who is also a teacher.

Dollie was accompanied by her daughter, Debbie, who she taught to sew.  They share a passion for quilting and learning new things.  It was so much fun to see them work together and talk through  the construction of their block as I reviewed the step-by-step paper piecing process with them.

Dollie and Debbie and their completed block
Dollie and Debbie and their completed block

In no time at all they had completed their first block – such a great team effort.   They  shared they try to learn new techniques often and  take a lot of classes together.

Debbie is very proud of her mother and the amazing role model she is for her and her family.  I’m still smiling as I reminisce about the delightful time I spent visiting with Dollie.  She truly is an inspiration.  It was so much fun to get to know her, along with the rest of the class and I hope to see this amazing duo in one of my future classes or to share a cup of coffee sometime.

Thanks again Dollie and Debbie for coming to Boise to take my class.  It was a genuine pleasure meeting you both!

Happy Sewing,

Jane

(Note:  I was given permission by Dollie to share some of her story and I hope I have done it justice.)

 

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Come Quilt with Us at the College of Idaho Summer Program Classes

Pinwheels in Progress!!!
Pinwheels in Progress!!!

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost here.  Where does the time go?  The month of April whizzed by with so many birthdays and fun events.  Now it’s time to think about summer…

I’m particularly excited that College of Idaho has asked me to teach quilting classes again this year as part of their Community Learning – Summer 2016 program.

We will be offering the same classes that I taught last year, including:

  • Beginner Strip Quilt Class
  • Intermediate Paper Piecing Pinwheel Class
  • Advanced Log Cabin Wonder Class

We had such a good time last year and I’m really excited to once again teach in the beautiful Shannon Lounge in the Kathryn Albertson International Center.  I mentioned our facilities when I first saw them last year and they were just perfect for sewing and quilting.  Parking is very convenient as well, making it easy to navigate supplies, etc. to the classroom.

In the Beginner Strip Quilt Class last year, we had a fun group of sewists including:

Piecing the quilt top for the strip quilt
Piecing the quilt top for the strip quilt

There were a two sets of mother and daughters who had a great class taking the class together.  It was fun to see them work together on their color schemes as well as layout of their fabrics.

The pattern we use for this class is very versatile and allowed the ladies to choose between a baby or twin size finished quilt.

Using a design wall to lay out her fabrics
Using a design wall to lay out her fabrics

 

 

 

 

We had several room dividers that doubled as a perfect design wall where students could audition and lay out their fabric to develop their final quilt color scheme.

 

The students also enjoyed meeting new people
The students also enjoyed meeting new people

 

 

 

Of course, part of the fun of taking a quilting class is meeting new people who share a lot of common interests, which was certainly the case in this class.

Ladies with their finished masterpieces
Ladies with their finished masterpieces

 

 

It was difficult to say farewell to this class as we really did have a great time sewing together and their finished quilts really were lovely.

If you are interested in this year’s class, please visit the College of Idaho website for the Beginner Strip Quilt Class that is being held on June 1st and 15th this year.

With a twist and turn and your pinwheel looks totally different...
With a twist and turn and your pinwheel looks totally different…

Spinning Windmills Paper Piecing Class

The paper piecing class is designed for students who have previous quilting experience and want to learn paper piecing.

It was exciting to see these projects come together in so many unique looks from the same pattern.

Options available for table runner or wall quilt
Options available for table runner or wall quilt

 

 

 

 

It was also fun to see some familiar faces from the Beginner quilt class in the Spinning Windmills class.  Once again, a very nice group of ladies who were excited to try new ideas and techniques as they built their spinning windmills quilt blocks.

Visit the C. of I. website to learn more about the class that is being offered this year for the Spinning Windmills Paper Piecing Class on Thursdays, June 9th and 23rd from 6-9 p.m.

Class members of the Spinning Windmills Class
Class members of the Spinning Windmills Class

Log Cabin Wonder Class

One of many styles for the Log Cabin Wonder Class
One of many styles for the Log Cabin Wonder Class

The third class that is being offered this year is the Log Cabin Wonder Class.

This has been changed to a two session class that will be held on Wednesdays, July 20 and 27th from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.

The log cabin quilt is endless in its design possibilities and I’m looking forward to see all the various color combinations and final layouts of the finished quilt tops from this class.

Please visit the College of Idaho Website for more information on the Log Cabin Wonder Class.    I hope you can come and build your own personalized version of the log cabin quilt.

Finished Log Cabin Quilt
Finished Log Cabin Quilt

If you are looking for a fun way to spend a few summer evenings and learn something new, come join us at the College of Idaho.

Our classroom is a former library and has lots of tables and space to set up your machines as well as incredible lighting due to the large windows, that also offer a nice view.

I guarantee you will not only meet some wonderful new quilting friends, but also get the opportunity to visit the beautiful campus at the College of Idaho.

I hope to see you this summer.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Happy stitching!

Jane