Sunday, February 15, 2009

A New Hobby (Money Pit)

I hope everyone's Valentine's Day celebration was full of love and laughs!
My sewing class that I took on V-Day was very fun. I told Trae that this could definitely be addicting. I was the youngest and least prepared there. All I brought with me was the fabric and thread I needed. No rotary cutter, no sewing machine, no pins, no scissors, etc. However, I was excused for my lack of preparation because all of my sewing paraphernalia is in California. They understood and graciously let me borrow all of the above. The instructor was the only person closest in age to me. She was in her 30's and has a few kids and the rest of the ladies were 50's +. They were all so sweet and truly enjoy learning different patterns and meeting others with the same hobby. I was probably the slowest one there! The slowest one to get all my fabric cut and my blocks sewn. There was one lady with whom I kept pace with. That made feel a little better.
The class was very relaxed and I learned a lot of new tips and tricks that the established quilters handed down to me. But the actual instruction was for things I already knew how to do. We cut our fabric, sewed the block together and began laying out our block to determine configuration. That was all I was able to get to in our 4 hours. What I really need instruction on is machine quilting, which I will need to learn to do before this quilt is complete. So... I may have to take another class to learn this skill.
Needless to say, I did not finish the quilt, not even done with the top yet. So on Friday I am meeting some of my classmates back at the quilt shop where our class was held to work on it more during Community Quilting Day. The shop opens their workstations to the public for free! I am excited about this too, because if I run into trouble and need help with a skill, I can ask one of my new friends for help.

My blocks all set out just waiting to be sewn together:
So what do you think?!
Leave a comment and tell me which print to do the lining in, I am having trouble deciding!


Adventures in Mother Venture said...

I think it's beautiful and always wonder how people have the (1) talent and (2) to do such things. I recently purchased the Mighty Mendit on the infomercials. :-)

Anonymous said...

First off, Monica - that quilt rocks! I have a grandmother who has quilted by hand for as long as I can remember. It amazes me. It's a dying art - and I am totally impressed with anyone who tries to learn to sew. That's awesome!

Also, Thank you for coming by my blog. I have really enjoyed all the great comments and peple I've met being Saucy this week!

Come back anytime!

Anonymous said...

Oh I LOVE it see I can sew but never tried quilting Maybe I should :) I love yours, and I'm so glad you had fun at your class :)

AndreaLeigh said...

it is beautiful!

i'm just stopping by from sits. happy monday!

Aunt Spicy said...

Oh, I absolutely love it! LOVE IT! I think the fabric choices are perfect together, so bright and cheery! I can not wait to see the final product!

ps. the group who I collaborate and sew with range in age from early 20s to late 30s, the charity quilt night we had had about 25 people all in that range...I am sure when you are back in california you will be able to find a similar group!

pps. oh yeah, just a warning, buying fabric is addicting!

Margaret said...

It is so pretty. I used to quilt with my grandmother. I love the quilts that we made together. She was always willing to make them for my dolls too. One of which my children have used.