This is my 5th year coordinating senior quilts. Some years our group put together 5 or 6, other years it was 10 or more. This year, we have 13 quilts to put together.The first year I was coordinating, I was really challenged, because, as I mentioned yesterday, I had NO idea how to cut a quilt square, didn’t own a rotary cutter or mat. I just had a sewing machine and basic sewing tools. I did however, have great people helping me along the way. One thing I figured was MAYBE, just maybe somebody else would want to stitch these quilt tops if there was a little more instruction. So, I scheduled “workshops” in the church fellowship hall, and 4 or 5 “newbies” showed up with their machines, and one long time quilter. While Kristen was the experienced quilter, I was the organizer, and between us, we managed to get a bumper crop of quilts made, eight in total. Kristen had a son graduating, so it was nice to have her experience both as a quilter and a parent of one of the receipients working with us “newbies”.
When we were finished in the spring, Kristen offered to teach me the ways of cutting quilt squares, and I was on my way to learning another skill set. Off to buy a rotary cutter, a mat and a SHAPECUT by June Tailor! What a tool to use when cutting upwards of 800 squares. I love that thing. In fact, I now own three. It was 3 years before I purchased a basic quilting ruler. But, as most quilters know, you can never have too many gadgets or tools or rulers!