Monday, February 17, 2014

Back to Basics

The grocery bag tutorial will have to wait a few weeks as hubby gave me a laundry list of adjustments to make to my pattern.
 
For Valentine's Day was this past Friday I had a little fun with breakfast and added some red food coloring to the pancake batter. I kept adding what seemed like a massive amount only to end up with pepto-pink pancakes. Hubby said they looked more like candy than a healthy breakfast item. That's what I get for trying something fun and different... I think they still tasted good. :-)
 
Pink pancakes on the griddle.
 
If you remember I got a new sewing machine for Christmas from my family. I've been happily creating away on it, learning that it could likely do everything for me if it became sentient. Let's hope that doesn't happen as I enjoy being the creative force. With the sewing machine purchase came the option of two classes: Beginning Sewing or Beginning Quilting. Initially I scoffed at both. I've been sewing off and on for most of my life, and quilting for over half of it. Then I thought to myself, I have never taken a formal quilting class it couldn't hurt to try one now.
 
So my first quilt class was this past Friday. It did begin on a rather tedious note for me reviewing seam allowance, how to use a rotary cutter, and the like. Finally we got into the meat of the subject and started cutting pieces for our first pieced block. A basic log cabin 

A basic 18" log cabin using dip dyed batiks.
 
It felt right to me to start this class with a log cabin block as that was the very first pattern I sewed with my mentor back in 8th grade. I also learned a little historical tid-bit with log cabin quilts: traditionally a red center symbolized the hearth of the home, and a yellow light was a welcoming light through a window. I managed to have both.
 
Happily, it wasn't all review and history, I did learn some new cutting techniques and that I have some bad habits that I need to break. Next week we start on 9-patch and flying-geese blocks.
 
Would you ever take a beginner's class for a hobby you've been doing a while?

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