Thursday, November 4, 2010

Learning to Quilt

Not only is there an art in knowing a thing,
but also a certain art in teaching it.

Yesterday my niece came for her quilting "catch up" day.  The plan was to finish sewing the blocks together,  then sew the rows, and cut the border and binding.  I thought we might have time to get the border on and maybe make the quilt "sandwich".....almost but not quite enough time.  I really believe that you learn by doing, so I show her how and then she does it, this is HER quilt and I want HER to make it.   I also believe that you learn from your mistakes so sometimes she has to rip a seam or recut, all a part of learning to sew, but she is a good sport and a great student.  Well we got the blocks and rows done, the binding and border cut and the top border on and the bottom pinned then she needed to go home.  Here's a picture before she got the border on........
On Monday during her class time we will work on the side borders and get the binding prepared, on our next "catch up" day she will make the "quilt sandwich" and begin quilting.

Before she came over I did get the dump truck loaded and our son moved it out back this evening, it will get dumped in a few days after our predicted rain, it's easier to tarp the wood while it's still in the truck.  After the little quilting lesson I was able to bring in the pile that was dumped on Tuesday, here it  is all stacked in the basement.......

Hope to get some quilting or stitchery in later in the day, but we will see what the day brings.


  1. The quilt looks fabulous... she is doing such a great job... but of course she also has a great teacher.

    You sure do get your workouts don't you? Wow that is one pile of wood to stack and put in the basement... I am sure you will be glad to have that job behind you.

    Have a great day Denise...

    Hugs, Deb

  2. Looking good! Both the quilt and the stacked wood! :0)

  3. You are so nice to help your niece! She is definitely lucky to have such a skilled teacher too. The quilt is looking wonderful and I bet she is so proud of it.

    I would love to teach my daughter to quilt... maybe someday.

  4. Hi Denise,
    How pretty. I wish you were close by. I would love to learn how to quilt. I wrote a post today that you are going to love.
    I have been busy in the kitchen all morning.
    Have a blessed week end.

  5. How wonderful for your niece to have an Aunt who can pass on all her quilting knowledge and at the same time create some happy family memories to treasure.
    florrie x


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