That little gig I had last month teaching a basic 9-patch block has led to my being enlisted to teach a real class on quilting to beginners. Whew! Am I up for this? I certainly hope so!
The class I had before was just a little "get-your-feet-wet" sort of thing. I belong to a local organization of women and at each meeting we have a program; January's program was my teaching to make a 9-patch block by hand. Here's the link, if you want to see pictures and read further details.
One member of our organization is also a member of SPARK! Creative Spaces. Now you have heard me mention SPARK! here before - remember when I tried my hand (twice!) at calligraphy and again at painting? This link will refresh your memory of the first time I attended a calligraphy class. They offered a second class in December, and my DD Erin wanted to go, so I went again with her.
The folks at SPARK! asked me to teach quilting; apparently there has been enough express an interest in this that we are moving forward with it. Cool! But that meant I needed to put my thinking cap on and figure out what to teach, what to cover, what to include, and a myriad of other considerations.
My thinking cap seizes up if I tax it too much, so the process has taken me awhile. *wink*
Finally, I have decided the content of the 3-part class; set down all the details on paper; agreed on some dates; and now we are registering participants. It's really going to happen. Yikes.
Here, in a nutshell, is the gist of the course for making a little quilt. I would be quite happy to entertain ideas from you quilters out there of things I ought to be sure to include or mention to my beginning quilters.
The second class will include adding sashing and borders - still hand piecing. Then we will mark the quilting design on the block, make our quilt sandwiches, pin and put in a frame/hoop for quilting.
What I have pictured here is the sample I am finishing for the class - this weekend, I hope, and then I will send a picture of it to the SPARK! people who can distribute it to potential registrants. I will let you all know how it goes. The first class is set for March 3.
Happy Quilting, Friends!