I've taken some quilting classes in the past few weeks with Shilo. They were a lot of fun but it REALLY makes me wish I had a nicer machine to work with. I can say that the $1500 Babylock we used in class really was not much better than the $150 Brother hand-me-down machine from my mom. It did have a lot more bells and whistles, but sewing wish it was just meh and I'm not really looking for bells and whistles. I'm being steered more towards the direction of a Bernina now or maybe even a Janome.
So back to the classes. First was the hand quilting class. I am surprised by how much I enjoy hand quilting, it's slow but still very enjoyable. I can see from my speed though that I will want to become a better sewer (or maybe I need a new machine?) so that I can just machine quilt most of my quilts. Still, it's a good skill to have and I can see myself hand quilting pieces that are more decorative and then machine quilting the rest of a piece. I've already plans for my Christmas quilt to do both.
These photos are from the beginning quilting class. It was a two day class, 4 hours each on consecutive Sundays. I learned so much during both this and the hand quilting class. I also realized while shopping for my fabrics (I LOVE the fabrics I chose) for the beginning class that I do not like quilts styled like the one we did in class. This will probably be my one and only quilt I ever make with boring little blocks. I have a burning need for scrappiness... I never realized how deep it was until now. I'm anxious to get started on my next few projects and have fun. If I ever finish sewing on the binding for this first quilt.. it's been two days and I'm nearly half way done.