Guess what, guys? I taught my first sewing class and LOVED IT. :)
This summer I decided that, gosh darn it, I wanted to teach people how to sew. In person. I decided to ask Jan, the owner of my LQS (local quilt shop), Pennington Quilt Works, if she needed any more teachers. Not only did she want me to teach my improv orange peel quilt, but she chose a few other projects of mine for future classes. Plus, I was offered a chance to work at the shop on a substitute basis. It's been thrilling to say the least! How crazy is it to get paid for something you love to do? Over the last year, I've gotten better at pursuing what I really want, and I have to say I'm more than happy with the results. Thanks to Jan for a chance to do this.
Anyway, tonight was the first of 2 classes and it was all about the orange peel technique I love - "stitch and flip." We had a full house (8)! Many of my students are making baby quilts, though some are making wall-hangings or quilts with no immediate purpose. I explained a bit about the thought/technique that went into Scatter and led a demo (with constant assessments - see, I'm a teacher at heart!).
Then, students went on their way to make at least 3 fully fused orange peels tonight. Most went on to start more and began to rethink their color choices for the next stage (semi-planned improv piecing of the background). I found myself giving more advice and suggestions about design than about the orange peel process itself. I snapped some pictures of my students working with their permission. It was a fun night!
Thanks to Robin for taking some awesome photos of me teaching. Robin and Carol from my guild were there as part of the class. :) I'm lucky to have such supportive friends. I can't wait to share more of my students' work in two weeks! In the meantime, they have homework to do (make about 30 peels)!