I never thought I would learn how to quilt. I didn’t even know how to sew. (I know, it’s tragic!). However, I love learning new things. When presented with the opportunity to spend 5 days learning how to quilt with the one and only, Judy Niemeyer, I jumped at the chance! Here’s a little overview of my week with Judy.
This was me, I’m afraid. Just like our friend Lucy here, I didn’t know how to wind a bobbin, thread a needle or sew in a straight line! Yep. Not exaggerating. It was going to be a long, but fun, week!
Step 3: Paper Piecing it all Together!
Each day was spent watching live demos from Judy then attempting to mimic what I saw. Watching Judy demo quilting techniques was like watching Leonardo da Vinci casually explain how to paint. Gulp. For all the newbies out there, if you start feeling overwhelmed, just start with the getting the rhythm: Match, Glue, Sew, Press, Trim, Rinse & repeat! It didn’t take long for me to see why people enjoy spending hours and hours sewing. It can be very therapeutic.
A few key takeaways from this process (newbies, make note!)
“Measure twice, cut once.” I think we all know how I learned this lesson. That ¼ inch seam allowance sure is important!
We’re working with “thread,” not “string”.
We’re making “quilts,” not “blankets” (very key).
“The purple thang” is an actual – and very important – quilting tool.
Basting is not just something you do when cooking a turkey.
Matching points is super fun!
Check out these center points! No pins, no glue, (only on the center seam) #JudyNiemeyerStyle #NailedIt #Quiltser #Quiling #SewistInTheMaking
At the end of day 5 with the finish line in sight and 16 pretty little Y-seams standing in my way, I almost broke this rule. #breathe Bound and determined to finish, I hiked up my big girl pants and got to it! Thank goodness for Judy and her calm, “Mistakes happen. They can be fixed” philosophy! With her help (and more than a few adjustments to my Y-seams), I finally finished my quilt top! Hooray! Time for a celebratory glass of wine!
Just look at that concentration! LOL!
Step 4: Admiring the Handy Work
There’s something so fulfilling about creating something with your own two hands, especially when it’s something that you’ve never done before. I sewed for 5 days straight and up to 15 hours each day. I was exhausted and super happy! I feel so accomplished and empowered now; a door to a whole new world has been opened for me. A huge thank you goes out to Judy. Without her, I would not have gone home with a completed project. She is professional, smart, creative, inspiring and an overall amazing person to be around. I’m going to love being a #quilter and #sewist! I already have fabric picked out for my next project… now I just need to pick a pattern. That’s how it works, right?
Rockin’ my new quilt top! #followyourbliss #feelingood #lovinlife #sewistinthemaking
Fabric for my next project. #fabricaholic
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