Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Adventures in teaching - part two

Ok, on with the rest of the classes I taught this year.

Class photos 2015 

These equilateral triangle quilts are from the equilateral triangle quilt class I taught at Stitchbird.

Class photos 2015 

This is yet another class I taught twice this year, once at Stitchbird and once at Nancy's Stitch Studio.  Unfortunately, I only have photos from the Stitchbird class, but they were both great fun and my students did an amazing job.

Class photos 2015 

The next few photos are from the free motion quilting class I taught at Stitchbird.  This was a two hour technique class, and so much fun.

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I think free motion quilting is one of those things that is really nice to learn in person.  It's truly not that difficult, but having a little bit of encouragement and someone to make suggestions can make all the difference.

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My students did amazingly well in this class, busting out a few of my favourite designs and then moving on to coming up with their own.  Awesome!

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Last, but certainly not least, is my Garden for Birds class.  This one runs over six lessons, and is a form of sampler quilt, with students tackling a variety of blocks, piecing and applique. 

Garden for Birds Class Quilts 

This class is always a blast to teach, because the quilts people produce are always so different from one another.

Garden for Birds Class Quilts 

A few cats crept into these quilts, as well as other more creepy crawly creatures...

Garden for Birds Class Quilts 

I would not have thought of doing an all solids version of this quilt, but I love how graphic and modern it turned out!

Garden for Birds Class Quilts 

Another cat!  And I love this warm autumnal colour scheme!

Garden for Birds Class Quilts 

The quilt above was made for its maker's third baby, who I'm sure will love it!  A couple of people in this class (and in other classes) had only just started sewing.  I love seeing people's confidence grow as they get to grips with sewing, and I'm always delighted when I get to the end of a class and know that people are converts to quilting!  

Garden for Birds Class Quilts

In this class, everyone started quilting their quilt by the last class, which I really strive for.  I always think it's nice, especially with a first quilt, to at least start the quilting in class.

So, that was my year of teaching.  It was pretty busy (not least because I was flat out at work at the same time), but so enjoyable.  Do you have any questions about teaching patchwork and quilting?

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2 comments:

Melanie said...

Congratulations on so many lovely classes! Your students did really well - some projects and techniques in there I always wanted to try myself. Hope you have a lovely teaching year 2016 as well!

Caroline Heinrichs said...

Congratulations!! this garden for birds quilt is a beauty. Well done to all the student work too!