Monday, June 12, 2017

Barn Building

On Saturday at Quilted Threads ten intrepid women gathered to build barns in fabric.

It was a long day, and everybody worked hard.

A strip of flowers was a terrific addition to this barn.

All students had photos a barn they wanted to recreate in fabric. This was Laudell's.

Brenda thought the barns were a lot easier if you had prior free-piecing experience. She said taking my letters class helped her wrap her brain around how things got sewn together, and in what sequence.

As usual, I learn from my students, and I have several ideas to improve the class the next time out (which will be July 22.)

Funny story: There was a Lynn in the class (she's the second from the left in the photo above, hiding behind one of her friends.) We hit it off right away. Turns out she teaches quilt classes also. We were talking and she said that we were on the same wavelength. She said something about her age, and I said, "Well I'm 62."

"So am I," she said. "I'm going to be 63 this summer."

"Me too."

"Don't tell me your birthday is in July!"

I made a face. "Um, yeah, my birthday is in July."

"Well don't say it's on the 20th."

"OK," I said, "I won't. It's the 21st."

"I can't believe it. It's like we're related."

The world is a funny place.


Brown Family said...

Lovely barns! THe flowers do make a statement!

It is always fun to connect with someone Like Lynn

Nancy J said...

July is a really good month for birthdays, mine, a dear friend, my Mum's was, another friend too , and all between 20 to 25. The day, not the age!!! Love that barn with the long sloping roof.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I agree with Brenda -- trying to build a barn as the very first free piecing project does feel pretty awkward but it is the very best way to learn. When there is something specific we want to do and we don't know there might be some sort of rules to keep us from doing that, we just jump in and make it happen. Kudos to your students for being in the class and starting their very first barns!!!

Ann said...

What a wonderful class you had and such clever results. I know they were all excited to create freehand. Congratulations.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I love this!! How I wished I could have been at QT for this class, the results are amazing. Reach around and pat yourself on the back, teacher!

QuiltSwissy said...

I KNOW! My neighbor is actually Glenda Parks too! Crazy. And our middle name is Anne.....with an E! l Like, what?