Thursday, June 11, 2015
Learning from the pros
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to take a class on hand piecing, applique and hand quilting from Jen Kingwell and to say it was wonderful is the understatement of the year. There were twenty of us in her class and everyone was just buzzing with excitement. We listened to Jen tell us her quilting journey and then she started showing us her quilts.
I. Can't. Even.
Her work is scrappy and patchy. And whimsical. And bright and playful. And all done by hand. I asked her how long an average quilt of hers takes her to make and she said about a month. By hand! She's amazing.
She was so gracious with her time and knowledge and taught me tricks to make my hand stitching more precise and faster. The first quilt I ever made, I pieced entirely by hand. It really taught me the importance to accurate cutting, accurate seam allowance and how to maneuver fabric to make it do what you want. I loved the process then and being in Jen's class reminded me of that.
She signed my copy of her book and inscribed the nicest thing. Loveliest thing as her Aussie self would say. And now I've got the corners bent marking the pages of three quilt patterns that I want to make right this very second. I think I'll start with Glitter. Or maybe Flea Market Dash. Oooo! Wait! Maybe I'll start with For the Boys. . .