...simmering over my little fire. Actually it's too many projects piling up in the sewing room. A couple must be moved back to keep warm over the coals, while a new one must be quickly seared, oh, and that one's bubbling, it needs to be stirred...
There's really no complaining to be done, cause it all comes from an inability to say no. And from the fact that there's just so much fun stuff to do and new things to try.
Yesterday as I was browsing in the local quilt shop a bit, the owner approached me about teaching a class. She wanted me to teach one of 'my' type of quilts. This is quite a traditional shop, actually it's the one where I used to work, and where I learned to quilt. Anyways, I didn't say no. So, having never taught a quilting class in my life, and being completely open to make it whatever I want... Hmmmm. I just jumped right in! I have actually thought of doing something like this before, but I find it hard to quantify what I'd like to teach. Really I like to show a whole different concept of quilting. You know, not using a premade pattern, but just coming up with your own design. Learning that simple patterns look great. Really, just the 'modern' quilting idea. But, I realize that I'm totally NOT qualified to talk about this since I have no education in art or any real experience, not to mention no experience in teaching a quilting class.
So I thought right away of Squares in Squares blocks, or Drunk Love, or whatever-you-call-them. There are so many possibilities with this style, both in the actual block, and in layout of your quilt. By teaching this, I can bring a bit of the freedom from 'rules', and each person can kind of design their own quilt, but there will still be some structure.
The only catch? I need to come up with a sample in pretty short order since class flyers will soon be going out. I also need to make my sample quilt completely from fabrics in the quilt shop.
So, I spent about an hour there, trying to wrap my head around colors, fabrics, how much do I need, how many colors do I want, and there's not solids here, what am I gonna do? meanwhile also keeping two kids happy who understandably have sorta lost interest in the whole thing.
The stack above is what I came up with. The cream on the bottom is gonna be my solid. It has subtle polka dots, which I think will be really cute in the final quilt.
Here's what I've got going so far...
My only problem is that I think I need to make another sample quilt, just to show how different colors, layouts, etc. can totally change the look of the quilt. And then we hope we can fool someone into actually taking this course! I mean, what does this little pipsqueak know about quilting???!!
Oh, and here's another one that I was working on 'just because'. I know, BAD girl, when you have such a long list. But it's definitely gonna sit there for a while now. I need to work on getting a respectable pile of WIP's. That way I have something to work on in January. Hee Hee!