Friday, August 21, 2015

Hexie Class Review

 I taught my Hexie class Wednesday night!!!  Oh, it was wonderful!  I thought that I might get nervous but I didn't.  Quilts is one subject that I can talk about all day long.  I enjoyed this so much.  This was hosted by the Kentucky Community of Sharing Program and they are just wonderful and are doing great things for our community. 
 I set the class size for a group of 10-12 people.  I figured that I could comfortably teach that many people.  We had a full class!!!!  

I should have taken something to cover the tables before I displayed my stuff as I think it would have shown up better but I didn't think of that.  That's okay, it went well anyway.  

My goal with this class was to demonstrate EPP to make a Grandmother's Flower Garden design, but I also wanted to show different shapes, sizes and other designs that could be made using the technique of English Paper Piecing as well.  Once you learn the technique of EPP then the designs are endless!  

So here are some photos of my display/example table.  I have made and sold two hexagon quilts in the past so I didn't have any of my own finished quilts to show, just my WIP's.  I did have this antique Grandmother's Flower Garden to display.  It is a huge quilt that is completely hand pieced and hand quilted.  I've had this quilt for years and I bought it at a yard sale for $10.  That's sad.  :(
My current 1" hexagon quilt that I am working on..
 Another one of my current hexie projects.  These are a little larger, they are 1.5" hexies. 
 Also a few more examples of EPP just to show that there are many shapes and designs. 
 A blurry photo of my display/example table. 
 A basket of around 1000 prepped hexies and a plastic container of several hundred more that I travel with. 
 A view of my demonstration table.  This is where I sat and demonstrated step-by-step how to do these as they gathered around the table.  Before I demonstrated this, I went over a typed packet that described everything from the history, papers, needles, fabrics, threads, step-by-step instructions all the way through to finishing up the quilt.  
 So after I demonstrated this process they got started with their kits that I provided.  As they worked on these, I just kept walking around for the next hour, from table to table making sure all was going well. 
 Here I am running my mouth.  :)
 Helping one of the ladies...
 One of the tables... there was a variety of people.  All were so wonderful.  Some knew my mother, one was a childhood friend of my sister, my high school teacher, Andrew's high school teacher and so on.  I also made new friends. 
 Even had one man.  He caught on rather fast as he said that he had watched his aunt many years ago. 
 There were more people, but for some reason I can't get the photos to load.  :(  

This is what the finished kit looked like. 
 I can't express how much fun that I had.  I think that everyone else enjoyed as well.  I feel confident that everyone left knowing how to do this technique and that was my goal!  I tried my best to simplify this quilt as it looks much harder than it is. 
 I am excited to announce that I have been asked to teach another class!!!  Not sure of the date yet but I am soooooo excited!!! 


Michelle said...

You GO girl!!!!

Deb A said...

That's great Kristie! It looks like you did a great job teaching the class.... wish I was closer - I would have taken it!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

so great to teach others hand work and that a man showed up too is wonderful, my husband just laughs it off it I suggest he learn a stitch or two! your quilts are great and I'm glad that you had fun with this.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Way to go! I knew it'd go well. I'm excited to hear that you've been asked to teach another class!

Carla said...

Good for you! Just think of how many people you can help discover the joy of quilting!

Annie said...

Kristie - What a wonderful class! As Deb said above, I wish I was closer so that I too could have taken it. Looks so organized and what a wonderful introduction to quilting that you have provided. What's the next class going to be?

Gayle said...

Looks and sounds like it was a successful class - glad you enjoyed it! All your projects are looking great.

Janet O. said...

Congrats on your success, Kristie! I'm so glad it was a good experience. I'm sure you were a great teacher--well, that seems apparent by the fact that they have asked you to teach again.
I would love to be able to sit in and pick up a few pointers from you. : )

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you did a great job. I love EPP too. It is great that you rescued the old quilt, how sad that no one in the family wanted her. Blessings.

Ranch Wife said...

I'm excited for you! What a wonderful new adventure! Sounds like you are going to have EPP groupies! LOL. Its very addictive. I would have loved to join you if I were closer.