Monday, June 8, 2015

Paper piecing class at Sew 'n So Quilt Shop

I had a fabulous beginning paper piecing class at Sew 'n So Quilt Shop last weekend. All the students quickly grasped the technique and stitched up their first blocks of the Twisty Star with little effort.
Piece by Numbers class at Sew 'n So Quilt Shop, Rocky Face, GA.
Sew 'n So Quilt Shop is a new shop in our area and the atmosphere in the shop is warm, relaxed and friendly. The classroom is centralized between the shelves of new fabrics, pre-cuts and the cutting area. Should a student need more fabric, an alternate fabric, or a tool or notion—anything—while working on their class project, it's right at hand. Quilts, tops and class projects are displayed throughout the store to delight the eye, inspire the heart and encourage quilters and sewists to expand upon their quilting and stitching experience. The shop also offers longarm quilting services.

Here is a compilation of everyone's first paper pieced block on the classroom design board. Even the students that had done some paper piecing before (there was one or two) walked away with some new tips.
Student's in-progress Twisty Star blocks.
This is Anna, the shop's owner. While class was going on, she was busy cutting fabric and prepping her kits for the Row by Row Experience. I wish I'd taken a picture of her row as it features local attractions and local history in the design. I guess you'll just have to pay a visit yourself to pick up a kit when the Row by Row Experience begins on June 21. (And, be sure to ask about the buttons used on the row! They are totally unique and only available at the shop.)
Sew 'n So Quilt Shop owner, Anna Quarles,
at the cutting table.
Toward the end of my paper piecing class, I showed several of my own paper pieced quilts to give the students ideas on what this technique has to offer. Here is one of them: the "Fiesta Table Runner." And… I'll be back at Sew 'n So Quilt Shop to teach this class in July.
"Fiesta Table Runner" paper piecing class
July 25, at Sew 'n So Quilt Shop.
So, are you ready for the next paper pieced project? Call Anna at Sew 'n So Quilt Shop, (706) 217-8111, to sign up. She's waiting—with yard stick in hand—to hear from you!
Anna cuts her fabrics using a rotary cutter
and a yard stick. Who knew??
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