So for quite a while as I have told you I was just doing my EPP all completely self taught. I had no idea how to piece blocks. So I came across a review in the magazine Quilters Companion for a place called Treehouse Textiles. The workshop is located in Merricks North.
So I signed up for a simple quilts class with my mum. We had no idea what to expect, but we drove up a beautiful little road to an cute building. The building is set in a bushland setting overlooking a dam that you drive over when you arrive. I think the setting alone is inspiring. We were met by Emma at the door. Emma was instructing the class and her mum Sarah was assisting with catering and fabric choices. I think there were four of us in the class that day. There is an onsite fabric store with supplies available to assist in the making of the quilt.
Emma gave us all an instruction sheet and we went through the basics of rotary cutting and sewing squares together. We created a quilt top in no time.
We had a yummy lunch. Lunch is presented in a little box with a sliding lid and little compartments for the food. There was yummy tea and coffee on offer throughout the day.
After lunch we had discussions about how to make a quilters sandwich and how to quilt the quilt. The next lesson was making binding and how to attach that to the quilt. We left the class with the binding and the quilting to finish but I left feeling that it was so achievable.
My finished simple quilt to the left is all spotty fabrics.
It only took me a week to finish the quilting and then the binding. It was a great beginners class. Taking my own machine was awesome as I don’t use a foot pedal and it made it really useful to learn the techniques without having to worry about using a machine I wasn’t familiar with. I was then given the confidence to experiment on other blocks.
My sampler block to the right (which my dog Georgie chewed up a few days after I got home!)
Mum and I then booked into the treehouse sampler class. This class consisted of learning to machine piece components of the sampler blocks. All together there are 12 blocks I this quilt. Some are more complex than others. I left the class with some sample pieces and a sample block.
My sampler quilt below made with wee wonder fabric.
It took me much longer to make this quilt as I had to chose fabric and then get started. It was really nice doing the quilt with my mum. Her quilt turned out quite differently to mine as she chose different fabrics and it gives a different finish.
I would recommend this class as your next step. It has now helped me to understand block construction. The only part that wasn’t covered was the sashing and borders which I muddled my way through. Emma is very patient and clever with fixing little mistakes you make during the class so that you can learn from the,. It does also mean that you can leave the class with a finished block. The finished block is really useful as a reference. I am looking forward to my next class.
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