For Cheryl Sloboda’s 31-Day Blogging Challenge, one of the prompts is to reflect on the most impactful quilt class we’ve ever taken. My vote goes to a class I took at Quilt Camp early in my quilting journey. Nancy Chong taught us to make a scrappy Crumb Quilt, and it literally changed my life.
The Best-Ever Quilt Class
Many factors play a part in making a quilt class worthwhile. Ideally, you will learn a new technique, be inspired by the friends you meet, and gain valuable insights from the teacher. Nancy Chong is well-known for her Hawaiian applique, which can be found at Pacific Rim Quilt Company. The Crumb Quilt class was not applique, which appealed to me since I am more interested in traditional piecing.
Tips for fabric selection
The Crumb quilt is built around a focus fabric and I chose an Oriental print. Nancy even complimented me for the fabric palette I selected! I build my quilts by looking for colors within fabrics I like. Have you noticed the dots on selvages? That can be a starting point if you feel intimidated by choosing colors.
To this day, I remember how encouraging Nancy Chong was as a teacher. Besides her positive comments to us as we displayed our fabric choices, she was helpful throughout the class. She stood at the ironing board and even pressed fabric for the students so that we could focus on sewing! Those memories have inspired me as I teach other quilters.
Finish that Quilt
The biggest transformation from the Crumb Quilt Class was my decision to buy a longarm and start my own quilting business. I knew the designs I wanted to include on the quilt, and I spent days quilting on my domestic machine. Not being able to see enough of the quilt as I stitched was a huge frustration. A few months lat
er, I brought home a Gammill Classic Plus and have since enjoyed building my free motion skills.
Who is your favorite quilting teacher? Has a quilt class changed your life? I’d love to hear that story! Leave a comment or send me an email.