Improv piecing–free form piecing–liberated quilting—whatever name you call it by, I love teaching others how to do it. Because it’s been my way of life as a quilter for quite a while now, it feels very natural to me. I have read the books by other authors and studied up on the methods and thought processes behind their styles. While I teach my own favorite way of working, this study gives me a wealth of ways in which to present ideas to my students so that they can become comfortable working outside the box.
My class yesterday was small, just the way I like it. Only 3 students, but they were all eager to learn the free form process. And oh, my—they did SO well! We really did get all the basics covered quickly.
They were all so happy to find out how easy it was to sew curves.
Everyone got their elements onto the design wall with plenty of time to talk about the finishing part of the process.
We had such a great time slicing and whacking and arranging and re-arranging. It’s a lot to absorb in one session when you are looking at a whole new way of making and assembling quilts. But it’s also a process in which it’s extremely hard to make a mistake, so it’s a lot of fun.
I know I had a great time teaching it and I think my students had a good time enlarging their skill set and becoming designers of unique quilts!