Teaching My First Class

Last week the owner of our local Janome store contacted me to see if I would be interested in teaching a beginners quilting class in her store.  I was excited that she asked, and of course I said yes!

Yesterday I spent the day making a wallhanging size version of the pattern we chose – “I Like it Like That!” by Black Cat Creations. The quilt is made up of 9-1/2″ blocks and the blocks can be laid out in 5 different designs.  It will be so cool to see all the different quilts from the students in the class.

Side view Test Quilt - I Like it Like That!

Instead of purchasing all new fabric to make my test quilt with, I used two charm packs and some solid cream yardage I had on hand. I did purchase the dark blue because blue is just something I don’t have in my stash.

The charm packs are Grant Park by Minick & Simpson for Moda.  I love the way they worked in this pattern and with the blue. That dark blue is actually a print called Shadow Weave by Studio E Fabrics. It reads as a solid and I like the way it looks.  I also plan on using that blue for the binding.


Here is the layout; I haven’t sewn the blocks together yet. I hope to get that done today. I also had some odd prints I pulled out of the charm packs that I will use in the back.  Even though I don’t really like them, there’s no reason to throw them out! 🙂

The original pattern calls for two borders to be added but I’m not going to add them here. This will be the perfect size for a wallhanging – I feel that adding the borders will make it too big. I also don’t want to have to buy more fabric for this project. Hey, what can I say…

Our class is in a few weeks. Even though I’ve taught small groups before, I haven’t taught any quilting classes.  Any words of wisdom you might have would be greatly appreciated!

That is my exciting news for this week – what is your Main Crush Monday for this week?  You can link up any blog post or Instagram 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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9 Responses to Teaching My First Class

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  2. Susan says:

    My week went crazy from the start, so I didn’t get to have a crush yet. LOL I love your sampler – I hope you can show the variations your students choose, too. My only advice is those who have been quilting a long time tend to forget the things that we presume everyone knows or does. Beginners don’t have those things in their heads, so stop often and ask if there are any questions, and if you’ve made a jump they didn’t understand.

  3. Anne Beier says:

    Love this quilt. Good luck with your class!

  4. Joanne says:

    Thanks for the Linky and good luck with your class. That’s very exciting for you.

  5. Lea Anne says:

    Sounds like a fun adventure! I taught a small quilting class a few years back, my biggest mistake was assuming that everyone was quilter. I spent a lot of time teaching the basics such as a quarter inch seam.

  6. How cool! Congratulations and I hope the class goes well and is a lot of fun!

  7. quiltingmod says:

    Congrats on your teaching gig. Teaching is one of my favorite parts of sharing my knowledge of quilting. I wish you a wonderful experience.

  8. fancyfootfarm says:

    How exciting! I love the pattern you chose! Will your class include the quilting? Even after quilting for a few years now, I am often stumped after I piece the quilt and try to “quilt as desired”.

  9. Jasmine says:

    I can feel your excitement over here. I will be teaching my first quilting class at my LQS, and I made a sample yesterday. If you hear any great advice, let me know. 😉

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