My quilt sandwiches are now ready for my Houston students-whoop! Last year I was frantically assembling at the last minute because I severely underestimated the time it would take as well as how much fabric I needed. All of my Houston classes are already full except for a few spaces in Monday afternoon’s Fills and Frills class-wahoo!
A note about how IQF handles a full class: you can check current availability of classes here. Even though a class might be full now, keep checking back, as students might drop and choose another. Online enrollment closes Sept 25. But if you’re still looking to get into a class and it is full at the close of online enrollment, you still enroll onsite. When you get to the show, check with the Enrollment people on the second floor and you may just snag a spot.
My photos this week are from my old phone-a virus attacked my computer and somehow my latest photos are nowhere to be found.
I’m teaching 4 half-day classes, one full-day class and participating in both the Machine Quilters Forum and the Friday Sampler. I have committed to kitting the classes for my students so that meant a whole lot of quilt sandwiches-400 to be exact, plus a few extras.
I probably way over-thought my fabric choices-not that I ever over-think, ahem. I used Kona cotton because so many quilters favor it. I wanted to choose happy colors, not too bright, certainly not dull. So I went with a “sand and sea” theme of Bahama Blue and Parchment. Research shows blue as the world’s favorite color so that was a good start. I hope it gives my students a wee bit of a smile.
I ordered 110 yds of Kona-just the right amount this year. It sounds like a lot of cutting (it was) but not nearly as bad as I thought. It took maybe 4-6 hours to cut it into 14″ squares.
My batting arrived later than I anticipated so I was so happy when it finally came. I immediately went to work cutting it into squares.
My dining room table became Sandwich Central for awhile. I hear that in some parts of the world people actually eat on these!
Yes, 400 squares of batting. Again, took less time than I thought.
I did not realize that hard part was the assembly. Each sandwich needed 5 pins. Okay, 5 pins times 400 sandwiches is 2,000 pins! The Kwik Clip did not help in this case. I ended up putting a Machinger glove on my left (closing) hand to lessen the discomfort. I am soooo lucky that I have no hand issues!
I’m a counter by nature. It took about 70 seconds/sandwich for assembly (that calcs to 7.78 hours, giggle). It was incredibly boring. About halfway through I realized that if I called friends on my phone’s speaker, time went by in a flash!
And this was my reward-I got the sandwiches done just in time for a class with Modern quilter Latifah Saafir:
We made a quick little bag using no pins (gasp!) to do those curves. I decided to cheat later in the project-I have a pin addiction. It’s all about control…
And our treat at the end of class was a quick Trunk Show of Latifah’s quilts. Latifah is co-founder of both the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild. She is an engineer by training and you definitely saw that in her quilts. The Modern movement is gaining hold in the Sacramento area so it was fabulous to have Latifah visit and inspire. I’ll be linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday as usual-always great links there.