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Modern Echino baby quilt

by Clare Mansell
Echino charm square baby quilt

Echino charm square baby quilt
Next month I am going to be teaching a beginners quilting class in Cyprus. Wherever the military are there’s nearly always an adult education centre, and pretty much anyone with experience of a subject can put in a pitch to teach a course in it… and get paid!

The sign up day happens next Monday, often there are queues and sometimes courses get booked up quickly… sometimes they don’t! I need a minimum of six students to make my course viable, so fingers crossed!

Echino Baby QuiltIMG_1915

I have decided to teach a patchwork quilt, so that if they want, students can skip the cutting and just buy charm packs. I very much want to avoid a repeat of my dressmaking course where few of us actually completed our projects, so simple is the plan!

I’m making two sample quilts for the class. One in very bold modern fabrics and a second in more traditional paler fabrics. The former to shatter a few illusions about quilting being old fashioned and chintzy and the latter so the students aren’t entirely scared off – I hope I have got the balance right!
Echino baby quilt
So anyway, the first one was completed today. It’s made with Japanese Echino linen (front and back) from my new favourite fabric store The Eternal Maker and I have quilted it about a third of an inch in from the ditch with contrasting turquoise stitches. The second quilt will be made by the end of the week, before I fly back to Cyprus on Saturday…

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8 comments

Susanna Zabulis August 30, 2010 - 6:34 pm

I hope you get the students, it sounds like a great course! Why are charm packs so called, by the way?

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Little Island In The Med August 30, 2010 - 6:48 pm

Good question, almost certainly down to a fabric company called Moda who I think first produced them and also produce “jellyrolls” “layer cakes” and “honey buns” which are all fabric packs of various sizes!

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Berni August 30, 2010 - 9:29 pm

Congratulations I expect you will have no problem getting students. Great gifts for Christmas

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Claire Allen August 31, 2010 - 5:02 pm

I want to do it…(as you know) Just got to work out what to do with 22 4yr olds while I cue at the education centre… Any suggestions???

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Little Island In The Med August 31, 2010 - 6:18 pm

Leave them with the fabric and a rotary cutter to cut out your squares? 😉

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Jenny September 1, 2010 - 6:26 pm

That sounds brilliant and I’m sure you’ll get plenty of students. I’d sign up if the travel wasn’t so difficult.

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Michelle Towers September 1, 2010 - 7:20 pm

You need to come back to Canada and teach one here!!! I’ve wanted to learn for years.

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Sophie - Chez Sophie September 4, 2010 - 11:37 pm

Sounds like a wonderful course, glad you like the Eternal Maker. I did a cushion making course there and loved every minute of it.
Good luck getting students bet you have a huge que and have to put on a second class for all the students.
Looking forward to hearing all about it.
Luv Sophie xxx

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