Saturday, July 27, 2013

Master Quilter

I have been learning how to quilt now for a little over two years.  I have made 6 quilts: 2 throws, 2 baby, 1 toddler, and 1 twin.  I have several works in progress right now, but have many more "wish to make" piles that should be allowed.  One of my WIP is supposed to be big enough to go on my bed, and the quilting is terrifying me.  I have actually decided I should have it proffessionally quilted.  I looked up pricing and found out that $0.015 (per sq inch) is average.  That would cost me about $115, which is far more than I want to spend.  I will if I have to, but...I went out on a limb and took a quilting class today.
I went to my local quilt shop, Klassy Katz, and gave it a try.
The class was interesting. I will say that I learned quite a bit. However, since I do know the difference between 80/20, scrim, and 100% batting, needles, walking and free motion feet, and basting. There was about an hour or so in there where I could have done some shopping. Good thing I was not rude enough to get up and do that because my wallet would not be pleased. 
I REALLY wanted to take the class and leave as a master quilter, but unfortunately life does not work that way. 
We started with the walking foot:
Not too terrible- I had never tried archs or curves with a walking foot. Not really sure I knew that I could. 

Then we pulled out the free motion:
Again not the worst thing I've done. 

Really I just need to practice, practice, practice!  Ugh!  I hate practice. And I hate that practice time takes up quilt piecing time. Oh well...priorities. Off to practice!


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