Well, we kicked off the Prairie Women Sewing Circle today and it was a lot of fun! Busy too... so busy that we forgot to snap some pictures, so we'll have to do that next time! There was some discussion on English paper piecing and a few other techniques, some reading-aloud, and lots of show-and-tell. Looking forward to next time! Now, speaking of classes, we have a few others coming up that we're pretty excited about...
Big Stitch Quilting Overview is a two-hour introduction to this liberated style of hand quilting. This style has been around for a very long time and started out as a way to produce quilts quickly so they could be put to use; quilters took large stitches to finish a project fast. The large stitches were originally called utility stitches or long stitches. As quilting became a more publicized art, the technique gained awareness and the term 'Big Stitch' was coined by quilter Jo Walters in the later part of the twentieth century. A pair of Australian quilters and owners of the Sydney shop Material Obsession are helping to modernize the technique.
In the class, we'll go over tools and tips for Big Stitch quilting as well as the history associated with the technique. Below are some examples...let us know if you are interested in signing up or would like more information! The class will be held on Saturday February 25th or Friday March 16th from 11-1, so you have a couple options to fit your schedule!
Another class on the schedule is an intro to English Paper Piecing. We'll spend some time talking about tips and products that make this a really great (and portable!) technique. The class fee includes a kit for a simple pincushion to get you started. We're holding this class on Friday, February 10th from 11-1. Should be a lot of fun! The Prairie Women group worked on some hexagons today for a project down the road, and it seems that some of them might just be hooked...Below is an example of a paper-pieced design. Let us know if you'd like to sign up and learn more about this technique!
Don't forget...our newest class schedule is posted on our website!