In preparing for my teen sewing workshops this week, I realized I am using several quilting techniques to teach the sewing skills. I have more of a beginner group this session and I have noticed that cutting and sewing straight and seam allowance can be tricky to get right and can make all the difference in fitting and putting final projects together. We are going to piece together some fabric and turn it into a large tote.
I am also putting together some pattern/templates to offer here. I have some fun ideas and hope you will enjoy.
This photo is and in process shot from a joint project I did with my friend Anne Baxter a while back. The final art quilt was damaged in the studio fire, but some good friends still purchased it for their baby room.
I have been planning my class for this fall as well as the final session of the summer workshops. I am going to use some piecing and quilting techniques for the student. It really helps them focus on cutting straight and even, and sewing seam allowances straight. From the last few years of teaching this seems to be the most needed skills for students and they are very important in making that are interesting and fit.
I teach in a very open free form way and it has been working well for several years. It is so exciting to have the teens interested in sewing again (thanks Project Runway), it keeps me on my toes trying to come up with creative unique projects.
Some lovely examples of quilts from Flickr.
The summer is hot, and fashion is hard in this weather, especially if you are over 25. No short skirt or shorts no halter tops. Since I work at home now, it is easy to let “comfortable” to into frump. I made a couple of things for the show, and now am working on some t-shirt restyles to wear while I work. Your family still sees you everyday.
Recently, I found this great web site “Advanced Style” show casing great creative style from women in NYC. The do have the luck of being in a big city, but I still think everyone should look stylish no matter who or where they are, it keeps you spirits up. My grandmother had great style in rural Kentucky. These ladies are wonderful, I hope I will be this great as the years come on.