Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Week one of my Crazy Quilting Class

If you remember me posting my goals for this year, you will remember that teaching a crazy quilting class was one of them.  I have been an absolute bundle of nerves anticipating the first class, which was this Monday night just past.  Since it is a three week course, I decided to structure it so the first week was piecing, the second week seam treatments and the last week for fun with motifs.  I have to say it was much better than I had been anticipating - but I'm still a bundle of nerves - have to work on that!

I had four students in the class and they all succeeded in piecing their blocks or getting close enough that they can finish at home before next week.  Jasmine wanted to learn crazy quilting because she loves to sew but never manages to make a straight seam.  Sounds like a great candidate for crazy quilting to me!  She made her block from the tie remnants I recently added to my stash.

Pat is a long time sewer and quickly caught on to crazy quilting and got her block sewn up.

This student had never sewn before!  She brought some lovely cottons to class and made a great block.  Even though English is her second language she managed to follow along which was great.

This is the block Janice made, almost complete.  Janice is a proficient traditional quilter and came armed with a huge bag of great scraps of quilting cotton.  It was fun to watch her putting them all together.

So, with the first week of class under my belt, I am feeling a little calmer, especially since piecing is my least favourite part of crazy quilting.  Next week is seam treatments, which I love, so should be easier!  Keep your fingers crossed for me!


Cathy K said...

Congrats on your class, sweetie! YOU GO!! I did a list of goals for this year, inspired by you, However, they were not nearly as ambitious, nor am I doing such a good job of keeping up with them. You are a great leader, and I’m sure you’re a natural at teaching! Hugs, Cathy

Laurie said...

Great job Kerry!! And your students look like they're really enjoying it too! I hope one day to teach a class myself, you're giving me the incentive to go for it! Congratulations, and hope this leads to more Kerry!

MosaicMagpie said...

What a wonderful thing to teach someone else, something that is so joyful to you. When you teach what you love it shows. And I see it written all over the place here.

wendy said...

The students look like they're having a great time!

Anonymous said...

Kerry you will do fine just pretend your teaching your blog friends and it will come naturally. Hugs Linda

Nicki Lee said...

Congrats Kerry! You'll loose those jutters in no time as your students will become so involved in CQ that they will make you feel like you are magic for teaching them something that is so much fun!

shawkl said...

Looks like great fun was had by all!

Watch out Kerry, teaching is even MORE addictive than CQ!! It's a great feeling to share what you know; congrats on your endeavor!


gocrazywithme said...

The first class is always the hardest, so you'll be fine now. Good for you!