So this is what I've been doing over the past few days, making quilt blocks, quilt blocks, and more quilt blocks on my computer for my Patchwork Math Reference Manual for my class during Quilting in the Garden at Alden Lane Nursery and at In Between Stitches on Oct. 15th and Nov. 19th. Click HERE for a link to the class schedule.
I've assembled thirty pages of how-to instructions and resizing formulas to make quilting components to assemble 12 blocks.......and this is just the beginning......I'm only limited by my imagination. My imagination is kicking into overdrive! My next trick is to make a sampler quilt with all of the blocks from the book.
This binder if full of "step-outs" which are all of the components broken down into the different assembly steps that I use for demonstration in each step of the quilting process. I know all people have a different approach to learning, so I make sure everyone has the instructions in their hand, and I then demonstrate the process. Since this class is pretty technical, I'm creating a PowerPoint slide show that I will set up in the corner for students to review the process.
For a square in a square, I show how to cut your corners like this when using strips.....
Not like this, because you would end up with stripes going in different directions which is not a good mix if you like having your stripes all going in the same direction.
A corner trimmer tool is a necessity as far as I'm concerned. It makes my quilting much more accurate.
The corners of the opposing side triangles are cut at a 45 degree angle, and again, you get a perfect fit.
Here are just a few more of the 12 quilting components in the reference manual.
I've also been folding applique sheets into cute little bundles for my Harvest of Hope pattern. The quilt is hanging in the front window of the shop surrounded by bundles of hay, pumpkins and a red barn door! Leslie's creativity with the front window display in phenomenal! I'll try to take a picture of the front windows and post it.
I'm getting tons of patterns stuffed for the upcoming quilt shows in Georgetown, Quilting in the Garden, and Pacific International Quilt Festival.
So there you have it. I'll probably be pretty quiet online for the next week or so. Both my printer and I are working overtime......so is Mr. Joe. He's taken the lead in preparing the house and the cabin for Quilt Sue's visit. My gosh, he's taking his duties very seriously. I swear he thinks the Queen of England is coming for a visit. I'm not going to tell him otherwise and just let him continue on with his chores. There is always a certain amount of work that needs to be completed at the cabin before winter. He's on an accelerated program and started staining the decks and railings early this year. Sue, I think you need to come for a visit more often!