I was asked recently what was my favourite part of quilting. I quickly replied, the teaching. I’ve been teaching quilting for over 18 years. I’ve had the pleasure of having repeat students and am honoured to to call many of those students friends. I love the enthusiasm of students. While most of my classes take place in my home, I’ve also been known to take my class on the road. Not so long ago, I was told that the daughter of a friend wanted me to teach her to quilt for her 16th birthday. Trying to find a long weekend wasn’t going to work so we just decided to make a marathon weekend of it. There was the minor detail of having to go to her, in Brussels, with the fabrics & batting. And the small matter of the other 6 people who live at her house, 4 of them children, and whatever else might be going on. So I showed up late on a Friday evening with a carry-on bag stuffed with very little in clothing and a lot of fabric. She decided on a modified Roman coins pattern, with some lovely Kaffe Fasset fabrics amongst other brights. We worked out that we only had about 24 hours total and agreed to get started first thing in the morning. There were people running in and out, meals to be eaten, lots of cups of tea & biscuits, a lot of patience and a touch of ninja to get the right perspective. I think the pictures will best explain how it went:
Not surprisingly, she was a wonderful student and did a spectacular job. It is always a pleasure to see the “Ah-ha” moments that come when the puzzle starts to make sense. It was a weekend of information overload and it was interesting to see how the others came in to experience and play as well. Colour and fabric have a way of drawing people in. I’m sure it’s only the start of her quilting career and I’m happy I was able to help her get started. That’s what it’s all about for me, passing on the love of needle & thread.
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