Taught a class of lovely ladies at Patch n Quilt today – 4 women doing clamshells and 3 doing needleturn appliqué using my Blooming Springtime patterns. I don’t really have a pattern for clamshells – I just show them how I did my own quilt with lots of input from my favourite quilting guild, Essendon Quilters Inc.
I enjoy seeing how women progress – women who say that they are “hopeless” at needleturn appliqué and eventually begin to love needleturn appliqué as much as I do.
We discussed how informative doing classes can be – and to be honest I still enjoy doing classes myself. Not only do I learn from the tutor but with so much experience within a class, everyone brings their own techniques, advice and new ideas to the class. In one class where I was the tutor a “newbie” (or so she said !) showed me a better way of doing reverse appliqué! (and you know who you are!)
And of course, teaching at a quilt shop can be a real drag – not!! What could be better than just popping into the next room where there is a whole fabric shop just waiting for you to play in! Patch n Quilt – which used to be The Drapers of Mount Macedon – is one of my favourite shops. I just wish Mary would let me take a photo of her! I love the service and everyone gets a great “hello” and lots of attention – and sometimes even I’m allowed to help out too!