Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Will We Finish The Quilt in Class?

As a teacher, I hear this question more often than I would expect. Most of my classes have been four hours long, although the "Hat Party" class and the class this Saturday for the "Fireworks!" pattern are six hours long. Still . . . we have to have time to eat and chat and have some fun, so no, the chances of finishing a quilt top in class are pretty slim. Besides, my philosophy has always been that quilting is not a race. Sure, quick piecing methods are great--I love them and use them whenever I can! But it seems to me that quilting just isn't a hobby for those who require instant gratification.

My main goal in any quilt class is to show my students the steps they'll need to know to complete the quilt once they go home, offer any tips and suggestions that occur to me, and make sure to demonstrate anything that may be a little "tricky" or not quite common. And, as I tell the students, they're always welcome to email me or call me if they run into trouble or have a question--in fact, one of my Hat Party gals called me at home yesterday to ask a question about the sashing, and I'm always happy to help.

So why am I telling you this? Because my students on Saturday just might come reasonably close to completing the Fireworks! quilt top in class, and I'm pretty tickled about that! Realistically, I don't think we'll get the borders finished, because piecing them will take about as long as piecing the center, but still, they should go home with a quilt top that won't take too much longer to complete.

Remember I had cut my blocks for the center last night? I gave my students the information they need to precut their fabric up to that point as well. Tonight I sewed the half-square triangle blocks and trimmed them up. Then I put everything up on my design wall--


I tried to time myself, and I think it took about 3 hours tonight to get to this point with a few interruptions. I figure I'll be able to sew the blocks together and add the inner border in about two hours, so that still leaves an hour of class time to work on the pieced borders. Or maybe we'll just eat, and chat, and have fun! Yep, it's not a race. But I think this is about as close to instant gratification as it gets!

11 comments:

Gran said...

No wonder I think you are a great teacher!
I can hardly wait. I still don't have my fabric picked out - tomorrow.
Hugs

Orcsmom said...

I love how it turned out. I will have to work on it myself, can't wait! Also, thanks for the links. I will let ya know the results!

Pam

Shasta said...

It's pretty - I've made this one before in Christmas fabrics. I think we all dream of finishing a quilt in class so we don't have another UFO and no worries about being left by ourselves not having someone to hold our hand in finishing up a project.

Millie said...

This is such a pretty quilt and your colors are so good together. The students will be so happy making this quilt.

dianne said...

i have never completed a quilt top in any class that i've taken - even when they PROMISE that i will - and i am totally okay with that ...it ISN'T a race...

you really did choose the best name - if i don't look closely (and, trust me - with spiders on the fabric i am NOT GONNA) even the halloween fabric looks fireworkish!

MichelleB said...

I love the fabrics on this one! It came out great.

PunkiePie said...

That pattern looks so cool in the Halloween fabrics! I may have to buy this one!

La MaƱosa said...

Hah! What a great use of the spider web fabric! I love it along with the other colors you chose. I'm very inspired now. :)

Quilt Hollow said...

Your classes always sounds like such a blast! It is fun to see this pattern in Halloween too!

Quilt Nut said...

love how this has turned out

Amanda said...

I agree with your philosophy about quilting not being a race. If it were, I would always lose because, when I'm in a class, I socialize a lot. Imagine that!

I do like quilts, though, that I can make in an afternoon or in a day, especially if I want to do something quick. I have to be careful, however, if I make too many of those kinds of quilts, because of the easy piecing, it takes a little practice to make half square triangles or more complicated blocks when I start to work on a more time consuming quilt.

I really like this in the Halloween fabrics. I can't wait to hear about the class.