I guess this would be a good time to tell you what the design specification for the book quilt was. I had only been teaching the class for a term and I wanted to see how they thought it was going. At the Christmas party I was dumb enough to ask. I think everyone came up with a suggestion, or two,
- we should all work on the same quilt
- but we have to all be able to take it home
- we have to be able to use our own fabric
- we will be broke after Christmas so we can't buy any fabric for a
- it's got to be a lap quilt
- it's got to be a single bed quilt
- it's got to be a king size quilt
- it has to be quilt as you go
OK that's an interesting list to start with then they went on to techniques they wanted
- Celtic knots
- half square triangles
- flying geese
- foundation piecing.
I came up with a round robin style sampler quilt. It works well with three fabrics or a whole scrap bag full. It has places where beginners can fudge things to get back on track (actually the experienced ones used
this more I think). I like the fact that the center panel can be pretty much completed in 3 hours which is
the standard class length (for the weekly classes) where I teach. It means they leave their first class with something they can show off.
So if you see anyone wearing a black t-shirt that says QuilTarT you will know who they are.