Friday, 14 January 2011
Friday 14th January
I have a huge amount of work to do in preparation for next week's teaching at a centre for people with mental health problems. I do all the cutting out of the pieces here and one of the girls arrived this week with a stash of new fabric for a quilt for her daughter. It all needs washing and ironing before I can start cutting. Also I have to draw quilting lines on a quilt that one of my students is hand quilting. They do all the stitching by hand, starting with a small cushion and then they get into quilts proper. The pattern they use for the cushion and sometimes for the quilt is Friendship Star in a 12" block. The construction is fairly simple and the patches are quite big which is helpful to those who find fine motor skills difficult. I usually sew on borders on my machine and a layer up the quilts as well. If they really can't do the quilting then I tend to bring the quilts home and machine quilt them. I also put on all the bindings. The class is very flexible but we often get up to six people at a time. I know that doesn't sound much but none of them can thread a needle so I am kept constantly busy!
Off to do some proper money-making work now and then to the DIY store to buy duck tape to temporarily sort out a leaking shower - what joy!