Sunday, October 29, 2017

Barn Builders

These were the lovely ladies in the barn building class at Quilted Threads on Saturday. They worked hard and had a great time. (That's Julie Sefton's quilt, See Rock City, behind them. One student remarked. "You know, I have the book, and looking at the pictures in the book, I thought the quilt was okay, but in real life, oh my god, that quilt is AMAZING!"  Yeah, that's why I think everybody in the area should make an effort to come by and see it.)





I love teaching. I hear the best things. One student said, at the end of the class. "I don't like my barn. It's not what I want." She looked at me and grinned. "Of course, this morning I didn't know what I wanted, and I didn't know how to do any of this, couldn't work without a pattern and didn't think I'd be able to finish. Now I know what I want and I know how to do it."

"So I guess that means it was a good day," I asked?

"Yeah, It was frustrating, but I learned a lot. It was a good class."

Bear in mind, all these students came in with photos of REAL barns they wanted to interpret in fabric, a task MUCH harder than simply building a generic barn.

After I demonstrated how to sew a 1/8" line one student looked at me and said, "Now that's a takeaway that was worth the cost of the whole class. And that's the SECOND one I've got so far." I felt pretty good hearing that, because it wasn't even noon.

It was also nice to have one student tell me, "You are a REALLY good teacher, and that's rare."

Yup. It was a good day for me too.



Linda Swanekamp said...

Good teachers are rare. Wish I was closer than Buffalo, NY. I have the barn book and saw the quilt at AQS Syracuse, but have not been brave enough to try it. I love all of your work. I bought the birds and the butterfly. Made some birds, just bought the butterfly.

Quiltdivajulie said...

What an excellent post! I've seen you at work in the classroom and you ARE a good teacher. Kudos to your students for sharing their reactions with you. (and thanks for sharing them with us!)

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QuiltSwissy said...

Oh my gosh.....I want to fly out there and take a class with you!!!!