Monday, 27 January 2014

Teaching at Nancy's Embroidery Shop

My mum taught me the basics of quilting, and with her help, I made my first two simple quilt tops (she quilted the first one for me, and the second one was long arm quilted).  After that introduction, I took an almost year long sampler class at Nancy's Embroidery Shop, where I learned all kinds of techniques I'd never tried before, like English paper piecing, foundation paper piecing, needle turn appliqué, piecing curves, etc.

Now, I'm very excited to be teaching at Nancy's myself!  You can check out the 2014 Class Syllabus here.  Here's what I'm teaching:

First up is a nice short technique class on my hand blanket stitch appliqué technique.  I'm working on a few different designs to stitch up and bring along, or students can make up their own design.

AMH All Day mini quilt

Next up is an equilateral triangle quilt.  No, it does not need to be as enormous as this one!  I need to make another of these for a class sample - any colour palette suggestions?

Equilateral triangle quilt

I had a brainwave over summer, and figured out a way to dramatically improve my hot water bottle cover pattern.  I'll be teaching that class in June, just when you'll need a nice cover for your hottie.


My Garden for Birds quilt is kind of a modern take on a sampler quilt, and I'll be teaching it over the course of the second half of the year. 

Garden for Birds Quilt

Finally, a class on a quilted Christmas stocking is at the end of the year.  This is an unquilted version, but I plan on making a few samples for the class, in different styles because I really hope people put their own spin on this pattern.

Kelsey's stocking

For the two quilts I'm teaching, we will be covering quilting and binding in the last class.  For me, quilting was the most intimidating part to learn, so it was really important to me that it be covered.  I know not everyone loves binding, but I do, and I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I'm hoping will help make it an enjoyable experience for my students.

Phew - I think 2014 is going to be a busy year!

19 comments:

Helen M said...

I am very tempted to do the hottie class.

Patchwork and Play said...

Congratulations on your teaching engagements! I look forward to seeing not just your class samples but also what your students come up with! What about using purple in your triangles quilt! I'm loving purple at the moment, thanks to the Panetone colour Radiant Orchid!

Megan said...

How do you find time to do all that you do Adrianne? I think you might secretly be Superwoman :-) All the best with your classes.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

That's awesome! Congratulations!

Jillian said...

I like the hot water bottle cover - what does that say about my life right now? It's chilly here in Minnesota.

Tamie said...

Oh, I wish I lived closer and could take one of your classes but I'm not even in the country- or hemisphere!

Sarah @ sarahquilts.com said...

Mmm, I still love Garden for Birds! And I'm excited for you that you have these teaching opportunities. Let us know if you pick up any tips.

Noodle-head did a black and cream triangle quilt a while back and I always loved it! I think she even layered it on a bed with another quilt. So cool.

Sarah @ mila+cuatro said...

Adrianne, this is awesome - I'd love to take your Garden for Birds class, but live on a different island from you. Maybe you could approach Stitch Playroom, see if you could teach it there one weekend??

Julie said...

Good on you - this will certainly keep you busy. I love Nancy's - not that I've been there for a long time.

Anne said...

Wow, you are busy!! I want to take your equilateral triangle class. :D Can you come teach that in Cali? ^_^

As for colors, you guys are going into fall, right? There's always that plum, fuchsia, gold combo. :)

Rebecca said...

That is wonderful. Love the courses you are teaching. So miss Nancy's now I have moved back to Brisbane.

Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs said...

Oh, I so wish I lived in your hemisphere - that Garden for Birds quilt is gorgeous! I'd sign up in a heartbeat : ) Have fun teaching!

Anna said...

I sooo love your modern sampler :) sounds like you're going to be busy this year, but I bet it'll be fun!

Silvana said...

Good luck with your classes!:)

Silvana said...

Good luck with your classes!:)

jeifner said...

Happy teaching to you. What a nice full circle for your skills. That triangles class would be so fun to take. Maybe you want to take a favorite picture and take it over to Play Crafts to use the palette builder to see what happens.

Carla said...

Your Garden for the birds is so fabulous. I just love your work

Kevin Nguyen said...

he embroidery is so beautiful. I really love it. I don't know How to Choose the Right Embroidery Machine so pleas tell me about it

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