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Monday, April 16, 2012

teaching someone to quilt

The following is what I posted on my facebook personal blog site (cinnamon holiday workshop) on March 20: "A nurse I work with wants to learn how to make a quilt!! How exciting is that!!! I am taking her books and samples today to show her. I am taking Pat Sloan's I Can't Believe I'm Quilting book!!" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Since then I have taken her what we call a "quilt inservice" on the days I work.... I spend a few minutes and show her tips and things she needs to know.... She got her fabric for a large quilt right away.... then decided as I suggested that she just do a small quilt first... so now she is working on her practice quilt in her spare time... She has a baby and works full time so her time is limited... FOR ME it is so exciting to see her excited about making a quilt and to enjoy our "little inservices"... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ SO NOW MY QUESTION to those reading this..... Give me some ideas of what you would show someone in 3-4 minute sessions... thank you so much for any help.... Smiles and hugs....Caryl


  1. accurate cutting. checking 1/4" seam allowance.
    Squaring up her blocks. abbreviations.
    You probably did all those already.
    Have fun

  2. look at the pattern she is making ... then you can decide on specific pointer...
    some ideas that come to mind as I teach a new quilter...
    1. a quick lesson on rotary cutting
    2. accurate quarter inch sewing
    3. butting seams together
    4. pressing not ironing
    5. spinning seams
    6. pinning for acurate points

  3. Let's see hm covered good, maybe show her leaders & enders whether she creates another project with them or not. Tell her little bits, but above all have fun and just do it, don't get too hung up on colors. God bless you for teaching her!!

  4. I love teaching my friend also. I get with her about 2Xs/mo. I like what you have listed and done so far. Just answer her questions, watch what she is doing and teach her how to straighten out any wrongs as they begin so habits don't develop.

  5. I loved teaching my neighbors' daughter. I had her pick four blocks and we worked on one each week. I talked her through cutting and sewing, quilting, and binding the large WH, small lap quilt. She was very proud of herself and I was also. Have gotten a few others started, but she is my only real student of quilting.
    HM covered pretty much all of it.


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