How to Make a Quilt From Start to Finish – Class One

This post is the first in our new Classes at Erica’s Series. Enjoy! You’ll find the entire current class listing in our quarterly newsletter.

Quilters who are self taught such as I can still benefit from professional instruction. Even though I’ve made several quilt tops and one actual complete quilt on my own, I decided to take a class to see what I was missing.

Now don’t laugh.

Sewing Machine

Yep. That’s my sewing machine. Isn’t she cute? I think she needs a name. Got any ideas for me?

You may not think you could actually make an entire quilt on a machine like that but a person could and I have. I don’t have as many choices as with more impressive machines, but hey, it gets the job done.

I’m thinking that once I improve my skills by taking a couple of classes I’ll be able to justify a machine upgrade.

Whether you’re a complete newbie or have a little bit of experience, Nancy Koski is a really fantastic teacher. She made class so easy and she’s just really sweet and helpful. But if you hear her say, “Now hold on there, Toots,” then you know to stop what you’re doing because she’s got some instruction for you to pay attention to.

This first week was all about learning to cut strips and put them together to create a nine patch block.

9 patch quilt block

I think I did pretty well, what do you think? For my first ever 9 patch I’m pretty pleased. And would you look at those corners? No overlap. Of course, that’s made possible by following Nancy’s “smoosh method.” But you’ll have to take her class to learn that one.

For next class we get to finish up the nine patches and some more cutting at home. Then next Sunday we’re going to be putting together the actual quilt top. That’s pretty impressive to me that you can come in to a class which assumes no quilting experience and have a quilt top put together in just two class periods.

pinned fabric strips

Fun, huh? And I only poked myself a couple of times. No blood, thank goodness.

Be sure to check back next week when you’ll get to see my completed quilt top. The class runs three more weeks and I’ll post an update after each week!

fabric pieces

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4 thoughts on “How to Make a Quilt From Start to Finish – Class One

  1. I took my very first quilt class at Erica’s many, many years ago while you were still in the old store. We did have a rotary cutter and mat with no lines but no rulers. We had acrylic strips the exact size of the strips we needed to cut!
    All these years later, I’m still an avid quilter, have an embroidery machine and fabric stash that takes up a whole lot of space in my basement!
    I still come into Erica’s every time I come home to visit. I’ve never had a bad experience at Erica’s and am grateful to have found you all those years ago.

    • Thanks, Karen! I remember those strips, in fact still have them and use them. Wish we could get them again. I’m glad you also found us at the “new” store, as we still call it, though we’ve been here 18 years! Thanks for following our blog. Erica

      • I think I also have those strips but do like my rulers better! wonder if they’ll become valuable someday at an antique mall??

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