Sunday, July 17, 2016

My Sewing Room - Sewing Classes - Class Pass

One of my local sewing stores, My Sewing Room, is offering a 'pass' for sewing classes this summer.  You buy a pass and then can attend as many 'class pass available' classes as you like during the summer.  It looks to me as though pretty much all the classes are covered, and as after 2-3 classes the pass would pay for itself - I signed up.  I have taken a few dressmaking classes in the past and learned a huge amount about fit etc., so thought this would be fun too.  I am signed up for about 6 classes including four where I will make a quilt top, one making a 'tuffet',  and another making the Spicy Spiral table topper that I took last week.

This is a seriously clever pattern and has been a hit for many years.  I have been trying to get hold of the pattern but it is only available in print and has been hard to track down.  I managed to get the ruler that is needed, a 10 degree wedge ruler (actually, the pattern calls for a 9 degree wedge ruler, but the difference is not an issue) pretty cheaply for $20 at the Heritage Quilt Show in May and waited patiently until I could find the pattern.  Then guess what - yep, it was one of the patterns offered by My Sewing Room.  Woohoo!  After rummaging through my stash I was able to use up 8 fat quarters in blue and yellow.  To be fair, you do not use up all the fabric in the fat quarters, so more scraps to play with!

This is where I have got to so far - I 'just' need to quilt and bind it:

The wrinkly white fabric is the batting, I'll trim it up after quilting.

Doesn't this look super complicated?  Actually it isn't.  It really is very simple.  All straight line sewing.  The key is the wedge ruler and the cut pieces.  If you get a chance to try this pattern out - I would highly recommend it.

Once it is done, I'll share some more photos.  I think would be a great table topper in Christmas fabrics too.  One lady in my sewing class was using batiks in rainbow fabrics, and another used Laurel Burch blues/purples.  I really don't think you can go wrong with this pattern!

Do you have any 'go to' patterns that are a lot easier than they look?


  1. What an interesting pattern, very tactile and mobile. Can't wait to see the finished project!

  2. Wow! As you know I only took up quilting fairly recently and I adore the 'magic' that can be achieved with piecing. This is fabulous and so much more interesting than a rectangle. Well done


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