Thursday, June 11, 2009

Me & Mom Went To A Machine Quilting Class

This is my beautiful Mom pinning her fabric after sandwiching together.

Here I am doing the same thing.

You can see a flower in the middle. She did that so we could sew around it and learn to "echo".
I can't wait to try this.
She used basting spray to put the flower on.

I really needed to do something quilty this week.
Life has been so busy.

Here is the teacher showing my Mom how to
start her machine quilting.

My Mother & I signed up for a Machine Quilting Class #101 at our favorite quilt store in Chattanooga. It was just a 1 night class. We had to get 2 yards of muslin and some Warm & Natural batting (crib size) and take the basics such as pins, sewing machine and so on. I really think this was too basic for us. This teacher showed us several things we did not know but we never got to the machine quilting. So I was a little disappointed. We took the 2 pieces of muslin and sandwiched it together just like a quilt. Then she took chalk and marked it just like quilt squares. In each square there is something different to work on. She said that she used to do just one block and she said when you moved it around that it was not like moving a big quilt. She showed us how to bring the bobbin thread to the top which I didn't know how. She also showed us several things such as different kinds of chalk and basting spray and quilt pounce. She showed us how to roll a quilt which I have already learned from my Granny. But I had never heard of bicycle clips. So I learned a lot. We just didn't get to the hands on part and that isthe part I like. But we will take the next class up in a few weeks when we have time to practice on this piece and we will be ready to learn more. The best part was spending time with my Sweet Mother!


Mildred said...

What a great experience to share together. Keep us posted on the next session.

Allie said...

Hm...I think I'd be disappointed too not to get to the quilting. I don't like bicycle clips - I gave mine away, lol. I'm anxious to see how the next class goes - it's the free-motion quilting that has always intimidated me, I tend to be a perfectionist when it comes to stitches [I like them all the same length, lol]. What fun to do this with your mom!

Connie W said...

I would like taking a class like this. All of my machine quilting was done on a longarm and I am only now experimenting on a home machine, and it's not the same.

Needled Mom said...

It sounds like it was fun, but it was too bad that you did not get the "feel" of the machine quilting experience. I know that you guys will love it once you get going.

Alice Grace said...

It was fun, but I think we had done most of what she taught us before in another class. But we did learn about transferring the designs onto the fabric. I liked that. I think we just ran out of time because she wanted to teach us so much in that time period so we didn't get to do a "hands on" quilting on the machine.
But the fun was getting to be with my dear daughter and best friend!
Love, MOM

Midlife Mom said...

I too would love to learn how to machine quilt. Sounds like you had a good time even though you didn't get to use the machine but will next time hopefully. Someone recently gave me a big box full of old quilt magazines and instruction books. I have been having a blast going through those! I love the Quilt In A Day series. How nice that you and your Mom can do this stuff together. My Mom used to do all the bindings for me on my quilts before she lost her eyesight. We both miss that.

Darla said...

Is there anything you can't do? Enjoy this time with your mom. You guys have such an amazing family and seriously the love just radiates out of the photos.

W. Latane Barton said...

I guess 101 was meant to be very basic but I am like you... if you had to take your sewing machine, why didn't you use it? Something missing somewhere

Jacquelynne said...

Glad you learned a lot at your class. But too bad you didn't get to do any hands-on... keep on quilting! Your granny will be proud!

Julie said...

I need to take a class like that. I would love to learn how to machine quilt my own quilts. It would save so much $$$. Have a great weekend. Julie

Linda said...

Isn't it lovely to have your Mom join in . I do alot with my daughter, but quilting isn't one of them.

Brenda Sue said...

What a wonderful time you two have together! You are really blessed! Enjoy every moment!