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August 15th, 2010 by Annette

My First Quilting Class

Last month, I signed up for my first quilting class at a local quilt shop, 3 Dudes Quilting

I loved the model and the class was cheap! $35 for a 6-hr class.  I did have to purchase the pattern and supplies separately, but even then, I had everything I needed (including class fee) for less than $100.

This is the model hanging in the shop:

I gathered up fabrics (mix of stash, online and local shop purchases) and the short list of supplies and got myself all organized on Friday night.

And I fretted.

Here I was, giving up a good chunk of my Saturday and I would definitely be the least experienced in the class.  I’ve never done a quilt class, never *pieced* a quilt before and my sewing machine is over 10 years old (and heavy).  But, I went on Saturday, figuring I could leave early if I wasn’t comfortable….

It was a blast!!

As I expected, I was the least experienced (and the youngest), but all the ladies were very nice and we were allowed to work at our own pace.  While the pattern book had some of the block patterns (witch and pumpkin), the instructor, Pat, had mixed in the stars from other Buggy Barn designs.  The pattern was VERY forgiving, which made it an excellent beginner experience.   I finished three blocks during the class:

The witch’s legs and feet swing freely… they aren’t pieced in the block.  The wacky outer edges are normal.  Once I have all the blocks done, I’ll square them off 🙂

And my lack of experience?  No issue!  I was the only one to actually finish my witch block 😀

I’ll be making up more blocks today.  Goal will be to finish the top before my applique class in two weeks, so I can have it quilted by the shop 🙂


11 Responses to “My First Quilting Class”
  1. Fun! Love the pattern. I wish I had someone to take a quilt class with. Of course, it might be good to know how to sew first….

  2. OMG! That is so cute. 🙂

  3. Awesome job! And your lack of experience is why you finished. Everyone else was stressed over doing it right. But finished is right!

  4. Very cute, Annette! I’ve been thinking about taking a quilting class, but I don’t need to be sucked into another hobby right now!

    I’ve just realized that I haven’t been visiting your blog lately – for some reason you had dropped off my google reader. I’ve got you back on there, thank goodness!

  5. Congratulations Annette on your first class. Quilting has been fun and a challenge but always interesting! I hope you enjoy it. Has Missy seen your Halloween quilt? She’d sign up right away.

  6. Great job! I love the green and purple block–you picked some great colors.

  7. Sylvia Perez-Hardy says

    Annette, Sometimes it pays to be brave and try something new. You did a great job and have opened up a whole new world for yourself. Congratulations.

  8. Wow, that is fabulous! I really want to take a quilt class and my lack of experience worries me (I’ve done a few paper piecing wall hangings), but reading about your experience gives me a bit more courage.

    I can’t wait to see the finished quilt!

  9. High 5 to you! I was terrified at my first quilting class too but go sooo into what I was doing that I sort of forgot about everyone else! LOL I can’t wait to get into it again….and I can’t wait to see more of your blocks!

  10. Yay! Too cute!

  11. Your witchy is even cuter than the model! Excellent fabric choices. I think you’ve got the talent! 😀