MCM #62 – Crushing on Teaching

Happy Monday, and welcome to another Main Crush Monday!

I hope you had a great weekend and were able to fit in some sewing time. I finished a customer quilt yesterday, and also managed to get a mini quilt pieced and basted. Yay, me! I felt so productive! The mini is a gift, so no pics yet. My goal is to quilt the mini this morning, and take it to class with me this evening for binding.

Speaking of classes….

My crush this week is on the two (!) classes I’ll be teaching this week at our LQS. First, I’ll be teaching a beginning paper piecing class that will use my pattern, Twirl Me. Remember this?

Twirling Star Paper Pieced Chestnut Street Fig Tree Fabrics

I’m nervous and excited all at the same time. I’m trying to remind myself that it will be like showing a group of friends how to paper piece, and that there’s nothing to be nervous about. So, if you want to send some positive vibes my way about 6pm on Tuesday, they will be much appreciated! πŸ™‚ I’m repeating the class on Saturday, so probably won’t be nearly as nervous the second time through.

The second class is a 4 week course on Beginning Quilting. Last month I audited the class that was taught by the owner of the store. We want to be sure to use the same terminology and techniques to ensure continuity throughout the classes. I really enjoyed sitting through the class and helping the ‘students’. It’s so much fun to see someone new to quilting enjoy it. The look on their face when something “clicks” and make sense is so wonderful and gratifying. I’m really looking forward to this class and connecting with everyone over the next four weeks.

In addition to the classes, I have two customer quilts to finish and my mother-in-law’s quilt to piece. This one has been set aside and I hope I can find a few hours this week to work on it. Sounds like a busy week to me!

And, from the looks of the link-ups last week, you guys had busy weeks too! Just look at what you were doing:

Rebecca Grace of Cheeky Cognoscenti made a paper pieced sawtooth block. She shares her adapted paper piecing method (which I tried this weekend and am going to adopt). I always enjoy reading Rebecca’s posts – they bring a smile to my day. Hop on over and check it out!

Photo by Rebecca Grace of Cheeky Cognoscenti


Kitty of Night Quilter has started a “One Year of Stitches” embroidery project and her progress so far is beautiful! I’m so looking forward to watching her progress this year to see how her project develops. You can join in – hop over to her blog to find out how.

Photo by Kitty of Night Quilter


Some great news from Tish of Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland – she and her family are the proud new owners of a computerized longarm machine. Wow! Tish is already an accomplished quilter on her HQSS. Before we know it, she and her husband will be churning out fabulous quilts on the longarm. Wouldn’t you love to have something like this in your house?

Photo by Tish of Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland

Definitely a lot of crush-worthy projects happening last week. Now it’s time to show off your crushes for this week! What has you excited to be in your sewing space? You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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About Beth

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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11 Responses to MCM #62 – Crushing on Teaching

  1. Oh, wow! Thanks for featuring my sawtooth star block! I’m blushing now!! πŸ™‚ I’m really intrigued by your paper piecing and beginning quilting classes. My Bernina dealer has approached me about teaching beginning quilting at their shop and I was thinking of doing a project that incorporates paper piecing. Just nervous about whether I can simplify things enough for true beginners to be successful, and not sure how much a class of students can get through each day. I hope your classes go well for you!

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  3. Patricia says:

    Thank you for sharing! I hope your class went well! I’m trying to get my nerve up to paper piecing. I’ve done it for crazy quilt squares, but that’s it! Your blocks are so pretty! Thank you for sharing and hosting the party!

  4. Tish says:

    I’d love to have that machine in my house too πŸ™‚ It’s actually living in my cousin’s basement. Beth, I’m so excited to hear you are teaching! You will be wonderful at it. I will send you all the positive vibes I have tomorrow evening. I wish I was closer, because I’d love to come and cheer you on. Wonder how the boys feel about Facetiming, then I could be at the shop all the time πŸ™‚

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  7. Jayne says:

    I freak out just thinking about teaching anything…I have a feeling you will do just fine. Some people are made to teach and speak in public…I am not! Have fun and you certainly have the right attitude about it!

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  9. Have fun with your classes this week. I used to teach lab classes when I was in college, the first 5 minutes are the toughest, once you get past that, it all seems to smooth out.

  10. The Twirl Me class will be a blast! Your pattern is so well done and will be great for teaching this technique. Have fun!

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