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The Quilting Adventure Continues

Emily Achondo

My Creative Adventure Continues. Next stop: Quilting. Part 2

I’m halfway there!

Three beginning quilting classes down and three to go.

So I’m checking back in to provide a quick update on my progress in Jeanne Powell’s Basic Beginning Quilting Class at Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Center in Sacramento.

Click here to read Part 1!

After completing Sew Fun & Easy! in January, I began the six-class beginning quilting series on Valentine’s Day. In the first class, we created three blocks for the nine-block quilt we are working toward completing. In the subsequent two classes we continued building on our new skills, and we created two more blocks in each class for a total of seven completed blocks.

Click here to read more about my Sew Fun & Easy Experience! 

Up to this halfway point in the series, we have created blocks of various styles, including a Flying Geese block, a Rail Fence block, a Basic Pinwheel block and others. In true quilting fashion, we are creating several half-square triangles, using this as the foundation for many of the block patterns.

The Janome Anna Maria Horner M100 sewing and quilting machine has been my trusty sidekick throughout the whole process, and this machine is equipped with all the features (plus many more) that I have needed to create the quilt blocks.

In addition to developing my stitching skills, I have also become more comfortable following the patterns and written instructions, using a rotary cutter to cut the pieces needed to assemble each block, and finally stitching the pieces all together.

Flying Geese Quilt Block

With each finished block, I become increasingly more confident in my overall ability to quilt. I am starting to imagine what my finished project will look like, and my excitement is growing.

In the remainder of the classes, I will construct the final two blocks of the quilt. Then, after piecing the top with sashing and borders, we will learn to baste it to the batting and backing. Following this step, we will stitch in the ditch and finish the edges.

By the time, that this class is finished I will have my very first hand-made quilt! I look forward to growing my quilting toolbox, adding more skills and techniques to complement the tools I have acquired so far.

Stay tuned to see my finished project!

Note: This post is part of an ongoing series. 

Click here to read the first post in the “Diary of a Beginning Sewist” series.

Click here to read Part 1 of my quilting Adventure.


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