Friday, March 6, 2015
But my favorite part of Quiltcon was the classes I took. The blocks up there are from Lee Heinrich's Advanced Piecing Crash Course on Friday night. I learned paper piecing and partial seams! Paper piecing is something I've wanted to do for a long time, but I was afraid of it. Now I'm confident! Lee walked us through the two blocks and gave us a bunch of tips to make the pieces fit together and place each new piece. The only downside was the sewing machines ... I'll probably never buy a BabyLock. The machines in the class were BabyLock Rachels, and they were advertising a special show price that I don't remember, but I think it was in the neighborhood of $500 plus or minus 100. The machine was about the same size as my little Brother machine (which has a tiny harp space and cost about $100) but didn't sew anywhere near as well. Several of us, including me, had seemingly unsolvable tension problems. It was computerized (which my machine is not) and had a needle down feature, which was nice but not worth the other problems it had.
Elizabeth Dackson's Find Your Go-To Fill. It was great! We used wonderful HandiQuilter Sweet16 mid-arm machines and did a lot of sketching and practice of five or so different filler patterns. In contrast to the BabyLock experience in the other class, if I had a spare $5000 and a permanent space to set it up, I would definitely consider buying one of these machines. They quilted so smoothly and were really easy to use! I came home inspired to do more free motion quilting!