School House is a day long event where the sessions are anywhere from 15-30 minutes. You hop from room to room learning new things and see new products.
In our opening session we heard about a survey that was done that says the average quilter is approximately 62 years old and has been quilting for 16 years. To that I want to say...who filled out this survey? Everyday I read so many quilt blogs and while everyones age IS all over the board there are just sooooooo many younger quilters that I'm surprised that the AVERAGE number isn't more towards 50.
Our first school house session was cancelled so we moved over to another one - catching the last few minutes of the presentation by Ranae Allen of Skillbuilder Panels. I have two of them in my stash, they've been there for about two years now. I've just not taken the time to do them but I've always wondered what to do with them afterwards and now I know - You turn them over and use the back side as quilted fabric. Yeah, we'll see how good mine comes out. =)
At Schmetz Needles we got a really BIG laugh at their Really Big Needle. Did you know they now have a blog?
|Seriously, have you ever SEEN a larger Needle??|
|Isn't this a sharp quilt? The pattern is FREE!|
Our next session was Shannon Fabrics. They offer free patterns! In addition to their bolted goods, they just came out with boxes that have just what you need to make a quilt. This quilt comes as strips so that all you need to do is sew it together.
They wanted to remind everyone that sewing with snuggly fabrics does not produce a perfect quilt. This is one of those projects where we just need to let go a little. You're not ironing this fabric! If you want to get rid of all the extra fuzzies, cut your fabric and put it in the dryer with a dryer sheet and a damp wash cloth. Use low heat and tumble for about 10 minutes and your fuzzies will be gone, no more shedding. Clean your lint trap when you're done. If you're sewing with a dimple fabric, smoosh the dimple in, do not stretch it when sewing over it. Use a walking foot with a closed toe. Reduce the foot pressure and lengthen your stitch length for best results.
Darlene Zimmerman's Clothesline Club was our next session. She showed off her new Paper Doll fabric collection.
Whew...that's a lot for one post. I'll continue with School House tomorrow!