June 24, 2021

New Quilters

In February 2020 I started teaching a beginner's quilting class, never suspecting that it would take us 16 months to finish. We were shut down twice because of Covid and then one person had to quarantine after travel, so we delayed a few weeks so that she could finish her quilt, so what was supposed to be 7 weeks took just a little longer. But finish we finally did!

You can't see their smiles because of the masks, but they are all very proud of themselves (as they should be!). Only one knew how to thread her sewing machine when we started 😊

I love Emma's blue fabrics.
Emma's first quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
Sadie's teal background is gorgeous!
Sadie's first quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
Deanne made her quilt using fabrics that belonged to her grandmother and is giving it to her daughter. What a wonderful family connection!
Deanne's first quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
Dorothy had a cutting error that meant she couldn't make the HSTs, which is why hers looks a little different, but it still turned out beautifully. It has been gifted to her grandson 💗
Dorothy's quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
Donna commented that her wintery fabric choices suited when we started the class more than when we finished, lol.
Donna's first quilt | Devotedquilter.com
One other participant couldn't make the classes when we resumed because she was in another part of the province, but she spent quarantine making quilt after quilt, using tutorials from my blog and other sources to learn the things we hadn't yet covered in class 😊

I'm now working on finishing up this pattern so that it can be added to my shop, but I'm struggling to come up with a name. Seriously, naming quilts is waaaaay harder than making them! If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.


  1. I can see the smiles in their eyes! Hooray for the class getting to the finish line. :)

  2. Just look at the smiling eyes behind those quilts. Well done everyone. I love the differences of fabric choices. I think you could call this pattern “riding the Wave of Starts and Restarts”. Funny but everything reminds me of Covid these days. 😉

  3. That's a great design for a beginner quilt. Your students all look pleased as punch behind their masks :)

  4. Coaching newbie patchwork quilters to the finishing of their first quilt is just one of the best feelings in the world isn't it? I've so missed teaching the beginners course at my local quilt shop :-(


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