Sunday, July 20, 2014

You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

I've been crazy quilting for about 5 years now, being mostly self-taught. There are some wonderful books on crazy quilting which have lead me to books on beading, silk ribbon embroidery, embroidery, stumpwork--well, the list goes on. I've taken several online classes, a few classes at quilt shows, and I've even taught my own workshop on crazy quilting. I continue to get inspiration from some wonderful blogs, one of which is Shawkl.  I usually embellish my seams "free hand," meaning I don't use templates or draw guidelines. I'm pleased with the look, but I have a set of plastic templates I bought from Sharon Boggons as well as a book of templates that I bought from Kathy Shaw, so when I read on her blog that she was offering a free online class, I joined. Although the class is geared toward beginning crazy quilters, Kathy graciously welcomes any skill level. Why am I taking the class? I want to experience embellishing using a hoop and using the aforementioned templates. I'm quite certain I will learn a great deal more from Kathy, whose work is beautiful.

I truly believe that no matter how knowledgeable you are in any area, you can always learn more. I've been fortunate to meet many talented fiber artists in the 2 guilds I belong to as well as the online groups I participate in. I've learned from so many and hope I, in turn, have helped others by sharing what I know .

In this class, we will all be making the same block and embellishing it the same way. I understand why Kathy is doing this. We were given the pattern to use to piece our block and directed to use neutral fabrics in constructing it. I'm anxious for the next step.


  1. Hi Arlene
    I think it was a great idea to have a separate fiber blog. I added a page for the class to mine so I could easily access each class post. Hopefully I won't have to go anywhere tomorrow so I can sew my block.

  2. I wish I'd done that, Carol. I'm finding the "new and improved" blogger a bit of a challenge. My title variously shows up and doesn't. Oh, well. It's not like I'm out there promoting it anyway, lol. Hope you got to do your block today.