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Sew Much Fun at College of Idaho

My Beginner Strip Quilting Class members
My Beginner Strip Quilting Class members – Elaine, Lindsey, myself, Letitia and her daughter, Anne, Stacey and her Mom, Suzi

It’s hard to believe that we have completed our first ever quilting class at College of Idaho. It was so much fun and I had a great group of delightful ladies who completed their quilt tops with much enthusiasm.

Stacey working on strip placement
Stacey working on strip placement
Anne auditioning her layout
Anne auditioning her layout

It was so much fun to work with everyone as they constructed their strip quilts.  For some, it was their very first time ever at a sewing machine and for others, it had just been awhile since they had worked on a sewing project.  Irregardless, they all were so excited to be there working together towards a common goal.  The majority of the quilts were made as gifts for other people, which was very special indeed.

Letitia and her daughter, Anne, reviewing Letitia's quilt top layout
Letitia and her daughter, Anne, reviewing Letitia’s quilt top layout
Suzanne's (Stacey's Mom) completed quilt top
Suzanne’s (Stacey’s Mom) completed quilt top

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were 2 mother/daughter teams who worked on quilts together.  It was fun to watch them share ideas and opinions as their tops evolved.

Demonstrating how to miter a corner
Demonstrating how to miter a corner
Sharing ways to join the ends of the binding
Sharing ways to join the ends of the binding

 

 

 

 

 

 

We spent a lot of time reviewing the fundamentals of quilt making and during the final class the students created their own custom binding and learned how to bind a quilt with mitered corners.

Letitia and Stacey
Letitia and Stacey
Elaine working on her lovely lap quilt
Elaine working on her lovely lap quilt

 

There was also plenty of time to visit and get to know one another.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As well as time to be creative and explore new ideas…

 

 

 

 

 

For the last class, the College of Idaho Newsletter asked to visit the class and interview some of the students.  We were asked to wear our purple t-shirts.  Justine Daime, a staff photographer, took several photos and some of them are included in this blog post (Thanks, Justine).  If you would like to read the newsletter article, you can do so at this link to the College of Idaho Newsletter.

Posing for the Photographer
Posing for the Photographer

The class was also proud to share their completed quilt tops as you can see below…

Letitia and her daughter, Anne.
Letitia and her daughter, Anne.
Stacey, Letitia and Lindsey with their lovely tops
Stacey, Letitia and Lindsey with their lovely tops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This pattern is so much fun to make because each and every quilt has its own personality.  Letitia and Lindsey even began the class using the same jelly rolls, but their quilt tops were very unique because of their unique layouts and choices for borders and bindings.

Me with my original class sample completed quilt
Me with my original class sample completed quilt
Suzi having a good time!
Suzi having a good time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The room and facilities at the College of Idaho were wonderful.  We had lots of space to work on our projects and enjoyed the incredible light in the Shannon Library.  It really was a wonderful class and best of all, everyone seemed to have a genuinely good time.

I am so very proud of my students’ accomplishments and really enjoyed working with each and every one of them.  It was a privilege to have this opportunity and I’m looking forward to my next paper piecing class that begins next Monday, July 20th.  If you would like more information about this class, you can read more about it at the Summer Program page.

I hope you are enjoying your summer and would love to hear about any sewing projects you have been working on.

Happy Sewing!

Jane

Finished Product, Gift Idea, New Patterns

B’s Big Girl Quilt Pattern Now Available!!!

When it was time for our granddaughter, Belén, to transition from the nursery to a new room, I volunteered to make her a quilt for her new bedroom.  Her Mom, Alecia, had purchased a darling rug for the room and I wanted to pull out some of the colors from that rug.

Monkey see, Monkey do… Belén imitating what she had just seen Nana do to measure the back of her quilt.

I also wanted to make it a colorful, but simple design, so I designed a strip quilt.  When I completed the quilt, I was encouraged by Patty, one of the owners of the Quilt Crossing, to publish a pattern and also to teach a class.  I agreed to do so and that is how my very first pattern, B’s Big Girl Quilt, came to be.

Picture of Quilt on Belén’s bed with matching pillowcase

I had the pattern available as a handout for students of my class, but had not yet finalized the graphics and final layout for distribution.   My students enjoyed making this quilt and it was so much fun to see the different looks they achieved by varying their color schemes.

Melanie Blair in class working on a quilt for her granddaughter

In December, my daughter, Alecia, and I were talking about the status of my pattern and she asked me to send her a copy of the draft, so she could review it.  We also set a deadline when I needed to deliver the finished product as I work better when I have a deadline.  I sent her the almost-completed pattern on the agreed upon date and we set up a time after Christmas to get together for final formatting.   What I didn’t know is that she passed this information along to her sister, Anna Marie, who had drawn my name for Christmas.  Anna then proceeded to work with my draft, along with some pictures Alecia took of the quilt, and finalized the format on her Mac to complete my very first pattern.  In addition, she set up an Etsy site as one means to distribute my patterns.  When I opened my gift, there was a lovely red portfolio.  Inside it contained:a draft copy of the pattern, a CD with all the final files, copies of information on my Etsy account all neatly filed behind tabs entitled “Etsy” and “B’s Big Girl Quilt”.  At first I was confused, then overwhelmed, amazed and so delighted!!!  What an amazing gift from an even more amazing daughter…

Red Portfolio with tabs, along with copy of the cover for my pattern

Once I had recovered from opening my gifts, Anna asked me to review the pattern and suggested we get together for final format changes, etc.  Yesterday, we met to do so, as well as train me a bit on Pages, a Mac word processing program that was used for this pattern.  We also updated a few things on my Etsy account, etc.

So today, I am pleased to announce the publication of my first pattern, B’s Big Girl Quilt.

It is a great pattern for a beginner to learn quilting or also a quick pattern for a more experienced seamstress.  The pattern includes instructions for both a twin and baby quilt.

If you are interested in purchasing the pattern, you can obtain it for $7.99 at my Etsy site by clicking on Etsy or you once you are on the Etsy site, simply type in “big girl quilt” as a search and it will come up, usually in the second row.   (It has been tested by students in two classes at Quilt Crossing, but I welcome any additional feedback you have.)

I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  Mine was very special this year and I’m overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and work that went into my gifts.  The best gift of all though was spending time with my amazing family.

Happy 2012!!!