Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Class samples

It has been football-tastic here in the UK as England has been playing in some sort of international competition.  Personally I hate football, but DH loves it, which has meant several evenings of him glued to the tv and me free to sew away to my heart's content!  That's what I call a result!  Unfortunately England were so pathetic, they were beaten by Italy and now are out of the running (no pun intended).  However, I've managed to use the sewing time fruitfully to get some class samples done.  For my Saturday class, I have decided to teach Dresden Plate. 


This design has lots of appeal, and if the curved edges are changed to points, is simple to sew.  I plan to make five flowers and then make them into a big nine-patch with some pretty pink floral fabric.
Eunice, over at The Quarter Inch in Market Harborough has asked me whether I would teach a beginners' class for her.  I agreed to do it and decided that a four-patch was probably the easiest way to start.  I chose some beautiful Debbie Bliss fabrics by Need'l Love from her shop and got to work.

This photo doesn't do the fabrics justice at all, but shows clearly my stupid mistake.  Because I am so unused to choosing fabric all at one go, I didn't make sure I had a dark, a medium and a light.  I took the lovely floral fabric as my base, and added two fabrics from the same range for the four-patches.  They looked good close to in the shop, but don't really provide enough contrast to make this a great quilt. 
This is a better photo to show the design and lovely fabrics.  Never mind, it's fine as a sample and will give people an idea of what they will get from the class. 
By the way, it was a real treat to work with such quality fabrics.  I'm so used to scraps that I was delighted at how well it went together, how square it was and how flat it was to quilt.  Perhaps I'll change from a scrap quilter and just buy from one range at a time.  What do you think?! 


Sew Create It - Jane said...

ROFLOL - all from one range! Lynda you must be kidding?! :o) That's almost like me sewing a quilt in all but three solids!

All kidding aside., I'm sure the class will be a success and the number of quilters in the Midlands will grow :o)

Nik said...

Once a scrap quilter, always a scrap quilter....

Liz said...

I think you would very quickly find a limited fabric choice makes for less interesting quilts. My next flutterwheels quilt is a perfect example. Much as I am sure retailers would love the support, hang on to the stash Lynda.