Sunday, June 10, 2012
The Worlds WORST Quilt Lesson
I am about to tell you about the worst 2 hours I have spent in a LONG time. I told you guys I was going to a quilt class on Saturday. And go I did...and wish I didn't!! Can I just tell you IT WAS THE BIGGEST WASTE EVER!! The class was called Quilting Part 1: Rotary Cutting. Perfect I thought. I know that quilting is mostly made up of cut up pieces of fabric. Cutting and measuring is HUGE in quilting so I thought getting a class on the right way to cut would be a great start to my new adventure. I was sitting in my chair for 5 minutes and I knew things were not going to be good. The lady teaching the class was there chit chatting for the first 15 minutes of class...just shooting the breeze like we were not there to do something specific!!
Me, not being the most patient of people to start with, started getting a little antsy. The class was to go from 11:30-1:30. It was 11:45 and this gal was yakking like we had all day. So when she finally begins the class she starts talking about the dangers of rotary cutting. You know the sharp blade and the needles that are used in quilting. She talked about this for about 30 minutes. I am not kidding. We got to hear about every story she knew where someone left the rotary blade exposed and nicked themselves while they were doing the dangerous deed of cutting quilt squares!! I was DYING!!
But I figured after we covered all the possible things that could go wrong while using a rotary cutter, we would be on to actually USING the dangerous tool. ..
.but alas, she had to talk about the SELF HEALING MAT!! And why it was called self healing and the many different stories that all came back to using the DANGEROUS rotary cutter on the SELF HEALING MAT!!! I am about to DIE at this point. All I can think about is raising my hand and shouting..."CAN YOU PLEASE SHOW ME HOW TO CUT, MEASURE and USE ALL THESE THINGS...AND JUST STOP TALKING!!!"
I was running all these different scenarios through my head...should I say it nicely like, "I really have to keep to the time the class is supposed to end, do you mind showing us some the cutting techniques while you tell us every story that has ever happened to you relating to the ROTARY CUTTER!!! Or should I say what I really wanted to say, "I have paid $20 to learn how to cut a piece of fabric..move it along lady. I do not care about your stories!!"
Instead I just sat there thinking that I must be going insane and I have entered my own personal hell. I finally get a few hours out with no nursing baby and I am STUCK listening to the most ridiculous precautionary stories involving a rounded scissor!!! Finally at 1:15 (I am not exaggerating), we finally stand next to the cutting table. By this time I am so mad I can not even stand to watch her "SAFELY" use her cutter.
I left the class!! The owner said, "I hope you learned something!" I said I wish I actually got to cut a piece of fabric instead of hearing about it!!" I plan on writing her an email giving her some real feedback. But I have to wait until I can do so without sounding so MAD!! I think she should know that her instructor just lost her a customer on many levels. I will NEVER take another class there again and I will not be buying my expensive quilt supplies there either. This story could have gone so differently. If the class was even a small bit more informative and productive I would have signed up for the next class and left that store yesterday with a quilts worth of fabric!! The owner should know . I plan on telling her..very nicely!
OK...that being said I have a few quilting questions. The first is this...with a regular sewing machine is it possible for me to quilt the whole quilt myself. The way the lady at the store made it sound NOBODY quilted their own quilt. EVERYBODY sends their quilt off to a long arm professional quilter. This can not be the case!! Does all top quilting have to be done by hand if you have no special machine. Do you quilt each square on its own they sew the squares together? I am having a hard time getting all the parts of quilting straight. Can I quilt with a regular sewing machine? Anything you can offer would be helpful!! Until then I am making a small practice quilt project...very carefully cutting out 2 x2 squares!!!