International Quilt Festival #4: Fine Finishes (to be retitled to Bindings and Piping and Facings, Oh My!)
I LOVE teaching this class! I LOVE that EVERYONE gets how to achieve a perfect mitered corner no matter what width your binding! I LOVE showing students how to use Susan K. Cleveland’s Piping Hot Binding tool–students come into class thinking “I’ll try it but don’t think I’ll ever use it” and leave with the tool in hand planning how they CAN use it because it rocks! Then I teach my perfect facings for art quilts which by the way is also how you can do perfect prairie point “bindings” etc. I LOVE that this class has something for everyone: traditional, modern, art, contemporary, whatever you do, it works. I also LOVED that this class more than any I have ever taught immediately embraced the idea of taking notes ON their class samples: that way the notes don’t get lost, what you need to remember about how YOU sew and what to do to improve is right there on the sample.
The absolute BEST PART of International Quilt Festival is FRIENDS! Over the summer I learned that Linda, a BFF from my life on San Juan Island, would have a quilt in a special exhibit and was coming to Festival. On Tuesday she showed up at my classroom door at lunch break with her friend from SJI. They decided on the spot to take my Bindings class on Friday, their last full day at Festival (pitter patter, tear in my eye)! It was like the intervening 14 years since I left the island evaporated.
She and Barbara managed to get the stuff to make the quilt sandwiches (class prep) and amongst the three of us came up with the requisite thread, scissors, rotary cutters, etc. to use.
And miraculously, I remembered Linda and I needed to get a photo before she packed up for the day!