So, I took my first ever quilting class last week. Exciting isn't even close to describing how awesome it was. The class was called Laughing Leaves with Frieda Anderson. Her blog is here.
I think part of what made it so incredible was how many firsts it was for me:
* It was my first time playing with hand dyed fabric
* It was my first time working completely with applique -- like which side do I iron?
* It was my first time using decorative rotary cutter blades
* It was my first time spending a whole day quilting with a group of awesome ladies
* It was my first time (in awhile) that I tried to take creative direction and didn't just do my own thing.
* It was my first time quilting in anywhere, but the safety of my sewing room
We had a beautiful cabin on the lake setting...
Here I am arranging my background and the strips between.
At some point I decided the oranges and yellows in the background were too much. I also started to add other elements in the gray boxes. Looking at it now, one week later, I have to laugh because I have so many ideas for how to finish this! The day of the class I think I was getting a little overwhelmed.
All in all, I feel like I accomplished what I set out to do and that was to push myself out of my comfort zone and create something I wouldn't have done on my own. I also really enjoyed the experience of hanging out with a group of other quilting enthusiasts for the day.
Here are few other things I learned:
* Clean fusible (or any sticky goo) off your iron with an unused (and unscented) dryer sheet
* The release paper on fusible can be reused and makes a good working surface and you are building up layers and adding elements
* Placement of fusible isn't permanent until you steam it. That means you can lightly tack your design (as I have above), and go back and remove/move something if you want to try something else.
* When trying to cut out leaves or any shape for that matter... it doesn't hurt to look at the real thing (or a picture). Don't always have to work from memory.
* Stand up to cut with decorative blades. They really require a bit of force to cut.
* Cut with decorative blades on the back of your mat... they do scar cutting mats.
* Putting a hanging sleeve on your work is much easier to do that I previously thought!
* Oh, and last thing I found really cool.. you can fuse to card stock!! Can you say holiday cards?
I am going to add this unnamed piece to my in progress stack, but I'm already looking forward to pulling it out and finishing it up so I can take it to the November quilt guild meeting for show and tell.
And since this features a few firsts for me I am joining Melissa at Happy Quilting for TNT (Trying New Things) Thursdays. If you have tried something new... doesn't have to be quitling related join in!
Have you ever taken a quilting class?