Monday, August 30, 2010

First class sample quilt

Next month I am going to be teaching a beginners quilting class in Cyprus. Wherever the military are there's nearly always an adult education centre, and pretty much anyone with experience of a subject can put in a pitch to teach a course in it... and get paid!

The sign up day happens next Monday, often there are queues and sometimes courses get booked up quickly... sometimes they don't! I need a minimum of six students to make my course viable, so fingers crossed!

I have decided to teach a patchwork quilt, so that if they want, students can skip the cutting and just buy charm packs. I very much want to avoid a repeat of my dressmaking course where few of us actually completed our projects, so simple is the plan!

I'm making two sample quilts for the class. One in very bold modern fabrics and a second in more traditional paler fabrics. The former to shatter a few illusions about quilting being old fashioned and chintzy and the latter so the students aren't entirely scared off - I hope I have got the balance right!

Echino Quilt Backing

So anyway, the first one was completed today. It's made with Japanese Echino linen from my new favourite fabric store The Eternal Maker. The second quilt will be made by the end of the week, before I fly back to Cyprus on Saturday...


  1. I hope you get the students, it sounds like a great course! Why are charm packs so called, by the way?

  2. Good question, almost certainly down to a fabric company called Moda who I think first produced them and also produce "jellyrolls" "layer cakes" and "honey buns" which are all fabric packs of various sizes!

  3. Congratulations I expect you will have no problem getting students. Great gifts for Christmas

  4. I want to do it...(as you know) Just got to work out what to do with 22 4yr olds while I cue at the education centre... Any suggestions???

  5. Leave them with the fabric and a rotary cutter to cut out your squares? ;-)

  6. That sounds brilliant and I'm sure you'll get plenty of students. I'd sign up if the travel wasn't so difficult.

  7. You need to come back to Canada and teach one here!!! I've wanted to learn for years.

  8. Sounds like a wonderful course, glad you like the Eternal Maker. I did a cushion making course there and loved every minute of it.
    Good luck getting students bet you have a huge que and have to put on a second class for all the students.
    Looking forward to hearing all about it.
    Luv Sophie xxx


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