MCM #30 – Learning New Techniques

I was fortunate to be able to spend all day Friday and Saturday taking classes from HandiQuilter Educator Harriet Carpanini at our local quilt shop.  Harriet is an excellent instructor and I would take more classes from her in a heartbeat. I learned so much and am trying to process all the information she shared.

The four classes we took were Needles, Thread & Tension; Working with Stencils; Ruler Work; and Fabulous Feathers. Okay, so my feathers are nowhere near fabulous and won’t be for quite some time, if ever, but I still really enjoyed that class.

Class size was limited to 12 people, and we had a great group of ladies attend. Having a small class allowed everyone to have a lot of hands-on time on the machines. Harriet is one of those instructors who wants the student to practice what she’s teaching, not just watch her do it. My favorite kind of teacher!

It was so eye opening to see all the different quilting designs that can be created using simple grid stencils – things I never would have thought of. An example is the flower pictured below. I used a “X” stencil to give me reference marks and then freehand stitched the flower.

Quilted Flower Design

Here is the entire block, with a flower in each corner square:

Quilted Flower Design FMQThe petals are not perfectly shaped, but they are so much better than they would have been had I not marked the reference points with the stencil. I never would have looked at that stencil hanging in a store and thought that it could be used like this. That’s why I think finding a group of people who quilt to hang out with and talk to is so important. Our class shared so much information with each other and everyone was taking notes.

I marked the stencil lines using a pink chalk Pounce pad. The label says it needs to be washed out, but I’m surprised at how well it seems to disappear with a good brushing. I will definitely wash this quilt though, as I’m sure there will be chalk residue on the top.

As you can see, I kept my promise to myself and got started on the quilting on Checkered Past. I finished quilting all the checker blocks in a continuous line pattern. I love the secondary circle pattern that is created with this design.

Continuous Line Quilting DesignThe circles are not perfectly round, and now I kind of wish I had waited until after the classes to start – I think they would have looked better. But, I’m not ripping all that stitching out now, so I’m calling it an organic quilting design. Ha!

I love the texture that design creates. Here you can see it on the back:

Continuous Line Quilting Design

I can’t wait to finish this quilt and wash it up. I think the texture is going to be amazing!

Since taking those classes, I have so many ideas floating around in my head and so many things I want to try. Hopefully I can get them all written down before I forget them!

In other exciting news, I have been asked to teach a couple of quilting classes for my quilt pattern ‘Floating’ at our local quilt shop, Bolts & Quarters. We have dates scheduled for September and October and I can’t wait to do these classes. Both the quilts I made with this pattern (twin size and baby size) are still hanging in the shop – it’s so much fun for me to walk in and see them hanging there!

You can get your own copy of Floating on Craftsy or Etsy.

Finishing up Checkered Past, trying out some new quilting ideas, and getting prepped for class is what I am crushing on and what will be happening in my sewing room this week. How about you?  I would love to see what you are working on or what has you excited to be in your sewing space. Remember, your crush can be anything sewing/quilting related – new fabric, a new tool, a new technique you’ve learned, or any project you are working on. Come join the party!

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I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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10 Responses to MCM #30 – Learning New Techniques

  1. Susan says:

    The thing I always like about those curves is that no matter how unevenly you think you’ve done them, it always comes out looking pretty good! It sounds like you had a great time at the classes and learned a lot. I look forward to seeing you implement everything and share your new work.

  2. Bonnie in Va says:

    Your quilting is looking very good. I am such a horrible hand guided quilter that I finally put a computerized system on my long arm. I’m learning a lot by trial and error and definitely like the finished product much better! You seem to have the knack of getting nice looking designs. I think your orange peel quilting looks great. Keep practicing — you are doing a fabulous job.

  3. quiltingitout says:

    Hi, Beth. The class sounds like fun. I need to look into local groups so I can talk quilting with others in person. I love blogs but meeting with people in person sounds like it would be a lot of fun.

  4. Anne Beier says:

    Congratulations!! I’m excited to hear you will be teaching at your LQS. Can’t wait to hear more about it in the fall as it happens.

  5. Tish says:

    I’m hoping to make a trip to Bolts and Quarters some time in the near future. I hope your quilts are still there when I make it. Your quilting looks great.

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  7. Kate says:

    Sounds like a wonderful group to take a class with. Your hand quilting looks great, I don’t notice the imperfections, it’s the overall texture that always grabs my attention.

  8. Judy says:

    Sounds like a wonderful class, Beth. I have recently stumbled into the world of stencils myself – it’s opens up an entirely new world of possibilities. Grid work with stencils is so much fun and just with that one technique there are SO many possibilities.

    I agree with Yvonne, I think your pre class orange peel quilting looks fabulous! Keep doodling those feathers and you might want to consider some feather stencils – I have found that stitching out with a stencil as a guide really improves my technique 🙂

  9. It sounds like the classes were really worthwhile, Beth. I also happen to think that your orange peel quilting that you started before the class looks great – and knowing a trick or two to help in the future is a great bonus.

  10. maartjequilt says:

    Love your enthousiasm about the classes you take and your own classes. The quilting is lovely. Always good to learn more skills.Have a nice week!

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