Today I started my very first sewing class.
I was excited and so very nervous.
Like most, I took sewing subjects at school and that is where it ended. I have my sisters very old sewing machine, which for sentimental reasons I have never been able to part with or upgrade. I had it serviced a while back but has since stayed put in its bag.
I just never knew how to get going. Luckily for me we have More than Fabric here in our town, some of you may know the wonderful mother and daughter team who run this amazing fabric filled patchwork and quilting store. These ladies are not only running this beautiful store but are creating a creative community here. On my visits there are always ladies popping in with various craft projects, who stop by for a chat, tea and some making.
I had been chatting with Fiona about quilting and how I had always wanted to start but lacked the confidence. When it comes to sewing, I am an absolute beginner. So I signed myself up for some classes.
And that's where I was today, bliss. And I go back again next Wednesday.
I dropped the kids at Em's this morning and then hot footed it to the shop along with my machine and butterflies in my stomach.
Time flew. We chatted lots, I asked loads of questions. We drank tea. Cut fabric and got to finally set up my machine and sew.......after Fiona showed me how to thread my machine - I had forgotten. And change my needle.
I'm not only learning new sewing skills but am at the beginning of a quilting journey. See the square above..........I did that! My old machine and I.
Today was just the boost I needed. A good nudge in the right direction. The above square will be added to and made into a placemat sized mat (perfect to sit under my machine). It will incorporate the start and sound basics of quilting. I will get to practice measuring, and cutting, pinning, stitching and binding.
My hope is to one day make a quilt from my many FQ's of retro and vintage sheets that I have been collecting. And then go onto make quilts for Bell and my boys.
I can't wait to go back next week. I will take a few more photos next time (row after row of material ladies....heaven) I was just so absorbed in what I was learning today that I only remembered towards the end. I can sew a straight line.......there is no stopping me now.
What are you learning at the moment. Have you started a new skill? What made you decide to take the plunge?
Any sewing or quilting advice, hints or tips?