Well not exactly alongside…. let me explain.
In order to expand my skill base in 2015, I have joined up for Jinny Beyer’s Block-of-the-month online at Craftsy. While not exactly my style, it provides great opportunity to learn techniques I do not currently use from a Quilting Master – Jinny Beyer.
Apparently, I will be learning time-saving techniques for piecing by machine and by hand, Jinny’s favourite way to appliqué, paper piecing, colour theory and more. And my favourite part – it is free!
Each month, I will receive a pattern and access to an online video with instruction from Jinny Beyer. I have watched the introductory video and the January video and I am thus far impressed.
It was very interesting to learn how Jinny chooses colour combinations for her quilts, and how she packs her travel case for hand piecing on-the-go.
So month one – January. I have already learnt how to make my own templates (yes, I have never done this, using the rotary cutter instead), cut my fabric and sewn the block together by hand.
Again, another first was piecing by hand. I was a little apprehensive at first, however, I was pleasantly surprised.
Hand sewing is very peaceful… and you can do it on the couch! I have long been a fan of cross-stitch in front of a BBC period drama, and now I can couch quilt! (last night it was Death Comes to Pemberly – have you seen this? I recommend if you haven’t)
So this is the result of my work. Not too wonky for my first go, hey? I might try it again though to see if I can improve.
2015 Jinny Bayer Block-of-the-month January. The vase fabric is a batik. The pink and jade are my hand dyed fabrics.
If you would like join me and complete the 2015 Block-of-the-Month with Jinny Beyer, simply click the link below and join Craftsy and the class – both for free. Would love to swap war stories during the year i.e. share photos.
2015 Craftsy Block of the Month (w/ Jinny Beyer) <<join here
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