Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Value in Quilting

Whether you are just starting to sew or you are a pro, don't under estimate the value in quilting. Quilting is a good way to get to know your sewing machine*, become comfortable sewing without pins and become a faster sewing machine operator.

I took a quilting class many years ago and we used the Make a Quilt in a Day : Log Cabin Pattern book. This is how I quilt. First I cut 2 1/2" strips with my Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat. Then I do minor planning and just happily sew away!

An added bonus is choosing beautiful Designer Quilting Fabricsand other Quilting Fabric at And you don't have to have much of each to make a small lap quilt 45" X 60"! Just make sure one style has enough to do the back. I'm always surprised at how wonderful they turn out, even if I'm not sure of my fabric choices.

I've been making some quilt tops for the Prayer Blanket Ministry. Its my way of giving back. One a month is the current goal. Another person is happy to finish them so it works out for both of us!

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Sewing Lessons in Memphis, MI

So, I'm thinking about offering sewing lessons or tutoring in St Clair or Northern Macomb county. I'd have to rent or buy space somewhere.

I'd maybe do a Saturday class or after school class or daytime class for Homeschoolers. My question to YOU is how many would be interested or willing to drive to 48041 zip?

I could include my fabric and pattern stash in the cost of the class, I could do beginner to advanced. I could become an instructor for Islander Sewing Systems. We could make your design or use a pattern.

I'm still in the early stages of thought on this, I have been sewing with my cousin, a beginner, and had a great time.

If you read this and think it is something you would do, please, please comment or write to me at diane[@]