In the spring, I taught an Intro to Quilting class at La Société Textile. We talked about fabric choices dealing with value, tone, prints. It was interesting to see the choices that were made, pulling from the same source, the shop’s inventory of fat quarters! We had some great students who made some great quilts!
It was plenty of fun! Fun enough for La Société Textile gals to ask me to teach another class this fall. (There might be another in the winter session in the new year… Stay tuned!) Seeing as it was my first class was more of an open plan, basic 1/4″ seams, strip piecing and HST (half square triangles). I thought I would go with something a bit more structured, as in students will have a clearer idea of what their finished project will look like.
Scouring the internet for a pattern that I thought would fit the bill was no easy feat! I wanted something that was as a beginner’s level but not too easy. A mix of pieces or blocks so we could try a few different techniques. I am often a fan of the less mainstream designers or ones who are starting out (they need our support too!) I found a few options that I liked. I offered those to La Société Textile and Shannon Fraser‘s Winter Star won out for the fall session! The class will be held Sundays from 11am to 2pm. It runs for 5 weeks starting October 29.
There are still places available for the class. If you want to sign up, here is the link. UPDATE CLASS IS NOW FULL!
This pattern hit all the marks! Shannon is also a fellow MTLMQG member and I have always admired her work. Plus my students will be getting a digital copy of the pattern, so if they want to make it again or a bigger version (available Throw 60″ x 60″ and double 80″ x 100″) they will have the fabric requirements.
I have started looking as some ideas for a colour palette. I like stitching up a project to have as a reference for students. Seems like the right thing to do. The 2nd one got a lot of Instagram love. But I think I’m drawn the quieter 3rd one. Nothing is set in stone! oh the possibilities!
While I was thinking about colours choices, I was checking out what others has done! Shannon got a few people to pattern test for her. Each one is lovely. Another fellow MTLMQG member Izzy of Dizzy Quilts‘ Winter Star is a nice mix of prints and colours.
Elise and Emelie’s has a nice mid grey background and a mix of brighter and paler stars.
Nat is a fun Christmas Star!
Since you were all so kind about my last quilting post, here's another!! I got the privilege of testing a new pattern for @sf.designs. It's her Winter Star Quilt Pattern. I thought it was a great opportunity to use my #tinselfabric and make a Christmas quilt!! 🎄 This is only one block, and I'm super excited to bust out a few more!! It's a great pattern, and it comes together pretty quickly! Thanks again Shannon for letting me test this!! #winterstarquiltsfd ❤️💚❤️
Stay tuned for some Winter Star quilts coming soon!