Isn’t it exciting when something you’ve been thinking about for years actually starts to happen?
A couple of weeks ago I bought a new (to me) Bernina sewing machine. It’s actually about 15-20 years old, and I’m the third owner, but it’s a great machine. It was delivered last week. And so I thought, well, I’ve got this great machine. Now what? And then I remembered a fragment of a conversation I had with a colleague a few months ago. She mentioned in passing that she was working on a quilt. Hum. I’ve always wanted to try quilting, had the time perhaps come?
So I gave her a call and found out about a quilting store here in town. Actually we have two! I decided to go and check them out. They both are filled with gorgeous fabrics and fun people. One of them has “project” classes and the other has a quilting class where you and your machine just come and for 2 hours you visit and work at your own pace. There is an instructor to provide guidance, tips and to make you feel good about your work.
I decided to give it a go. Not wanting to invest a ton of money in something and then not like it, for my first project I’ve chosen a table runner. Actually it isn’t going to run very far, it’s a square with another square (turned like a diamond) around it. I really enjoyed the first class and I’m looking forward to going to my next class this coming week. I finished up the first square today. It’s about 20″ square and made with purples, green and a black print with purple and pink flowers. Here it is so far:
Looking at it now I probably should have had the back pieces with the flowers laid out so that the purples were opposite corners from each other – and likewise the pinks. But hey, I like it!