|Wait till you see how this |
beautiful panel gets center stage.
Another rare event was to be joined by our friend Sully who drove 3 hours just to get in some quality quilting time. I can't thank you all enough for such a fun couple of days! I rarely get to share my love of quilting with interested parties. I'm usually boring some poor soul to tears as I babble on about fabrics, patterns, blocks, applique’, borders, and backings . . . . hence the BLOG ;o)
Years ago, when Caroline was just a baby, Jean got a new sewing machine. She asked me if I would come by some weekend and help her with making some baby clothes. As life would have it our schedules kept us both so busy that our sewing date (and the baby cloths) never happened. We often talked about it and as Caroline got older we agreed it would be fun to teach her to sew.
|Jean's dining room became |
the sewing room
I don’t know who was more excited to get started Caroline or me. I had picked out a selection of fabrics from my stash that had pretty spring daisy pallet. I also had a kit that had the fun mermaid panel. Once she spotted the mermaid there was no going back.
The block I wanted to teach Caroline is the Disappearing Nine Patch. I had used it on Betty's quilt and loved the way it turned out. It's such a simple block but it looks much more complicated when it's all done.
Caroline had never used a sewing machine before and I had never seen Jean's machine. Using a sewing machine is kind of like driving a car. If it's your own you're able to jump in and hit the road, if it's a rental you need to take a few minutes to see where all the buttons are and what they do. I had Caroline use the owners manual to look up anything that wasn't obvious. In short order we managed to get the stitches set up, the machine threaded and eventually even wind a few bobbins.