I’m taking a short class on being a Quiltmaker. It’s all hand-sewing, and we pick out fabrics from his (yes, it’s being taught by a man, which is interesting unto itself) big bins of “Found” fabric, freehand cut into rectangles and sew them together without really any pattern. He wants us to use fabrics with lots of different weights and textures. And this isn’t standard quilting weight cotton folks! It’s a lot of vintage, rummage-sale sort of fabric, so lots of random polyesters and things. No machines, no patterns. Very much outside of the comfort zone so to speak, and quite interesting so far. We are also reading a book (A Way of Working) that is vaguely philosophy applied to craft. It’s from the 1970s, and I have to admit to not being drawn in as of yet. It’s got that 1970s way of speaking about it which I find off-putting. But we’ll see. I’m not going to judge when I’ve just started it! (Well, maybe a little bit, LOL.)
Here’s my little swatch of the fabrics that I chose to use so far:
And my little bit of a start. Hand-sewing is much easier than I thought it would be. Well, I shouldn’t say that. I love to hand-sew, but it’s usually felt or little stuffies or embroidery. I’ve never sewn seams like this. My stitches aren’t gorgeous, I will admit, but even after just these few pieces, they are already improving.