WIP: Handsewn Heirloom Patchwork Quilt
December 17, 2013
A few months ago, I was contacted by The Amazings, a London-based company that facilitates the teaching of craft skills from one generation to the next. Recently, The Amazings have decided to expand internationally, offering online classes in a wide and growing variety of subjects, and I was asked to help sense-check and review a few of these video classes for them.
Once I learned about The Amazings and their mission, I got really excited. I wasn't taught much about crafts as a kid, so most of what I now know about knitting, crocheting, and sewing has been self-taught. And although self-teaching has its merits, I find there are often gaps in my knowledge that would've otherwise been filled had I learned from a skilled family member or craftsperson.
That’s where The Amazings’ online courses come in. For each class (I've taken three so far), there is an elder who is highly skilled in their particular craft, and a student who learns from them, asks questions, and partakes in the act of creating. As you experience the student-teacher dynamic in each video, you learn about the craft in such a way that you feel immersed in the whole experience. It almost makes you feel like you're right there in the room with them, which is something I found particularly helpful.
Of the three classes I enrolled in, I was most looking forward to the class about Handsewing an Heirloom Patchwork Quilt. I've been collecting fabric (mostly bed sheets and pillow cases) from thrift stores for a few years now, and this class finally gave me an excuse put my collection of fabric to use. And although my sewing knowledge was limited, and my quilting experience was absolutely non-existent, I was able to start piecing my own quilt together right away, and I’m super excited about how it’s turning out so far.
Unfortunately, the holiday season hit just as I was in the middle of my quilt-making, so I’ve had to put the project aside until after the New Year. My initial goal was to completely finish the quilt before sharing it with you here, but I decided I couldn't sit on it any longer.
I still have a few choices to make regarding its final size (right now, it's the perfect size for a lap quilt) and edging. Do I want to keep the edges jagged? Do I want to make them even and bind them? There's a lot to decide, but I'll keep you updated as I go along.