Thursday, September 20, 2012

"Storm at Sea"

New gallery of my "Storm at Sea" students' work below.
Check it out!!!

Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers and teachers.

Teaching is more difficult than learning because what teaching calls for is this: to let learn. The real teacher, in fact, lets nothing else be learned than learning. His conduct, therefore, often produces the impression that we properly learn nothing from him, if by "learning" we now suddenly understand merely the procurement of useful information.

Today was the day. Three months ago, the owner of The Joyful Quilter, my local quilt shop, asked me to make the above "Storm at Sea."
 It is a fabulous pattern from Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day Company.

 I proceeded by chain piecing as much as possible, squaring up exactly as the pattern suggests, and focusing strongly on not sewing right through all those fabulous points on the diamonds and squares.

 Today my skills were stretched in my first quilt class where I was the teacher and not the student.

The class consisted of three students: C,  L and N. Like all students, each brought a certain set of experience and skills to the classroom. My job was to help guide their way through this pattern. Eleanor Burn pattern not only lays out every moment of making this quilt, but provides useful templates for creating the diamond blocks with ease.

Here is my sample for the day. It uses white as the background instead of black.

Here are the student's results. Check out C's points! She did a great job.

N is using a variety of fabrics including numerous different whites for her background.
 I can't wait to see the whole quilt!

Lastly, L is using a navy and black for her backgrounds and then scraps for all the other colors. 
What an awesome and different look it gives the blocks!

 The ladies each shared helpful hints with regard to cutting, measuring, pinning and staying organized. It was a pleasure to guide these ladies and to learn in the process of teaching.

Thank you, Susan for the opportunity, C, L and N for sharing your time in class today, and especially to Eleanor Burns for your fabulous patterns, tools and structure for making beautiful quilts!
More of my students' work from the October 20th and 26th, 2012 classes. Thank you for a great run of classes, Ladies. 
What a great time I had!!!!

 Finally, my light background sample runner in progress:


  1. Congrats to the teacher! Yeah!!! Looks like you had some very talented students - great blocks all!

  2. Nicely done teacher. You certainly deserve an apple for all your efforts.