Sunday, 21 August 2011

My First Class

I thought you might like to see some photos of my first class (seeing as you have all been so sweet and encouraging about my new venture).

I had 4 students (2 of whom were my friends!) so it was a nice gentle start. There were a few teething problems but they didn't seem to spoil the fun too much.
Look how busy they all are! All 4 students were lovely, really friendly and nice, but they all worked so hard and concentrated for 5 hours! By 4pm we were all exhausted!
Here I am showing Sarah something (actually this was totally staged for a photo, hence our giggles!).
And at the end of the day they each (almost) finished their cushions! Just a bit of hand quilting to finish at home. Aren't they pretty?
Rebecca used a range of textures and this fresh and pretty, pink and green palette. The flowery pink fabric was from a pair of her daughter's baby trousers, and she plans to use the cushion in her daughter's room.
I was very impressed with Donna's neat hand stitching, and though there was a lot of cursing from her corner of the room (!), I think this cushion might be my favourite of the four!
Sue bought this fabric years ago and had never got round to using it. I love the dramatic contrast she got with the light and dark, it really shows off the log cabin design. Sue needs to find a slightly bigger pad for this cushion though!
I had bought a big pile of fabrics that I thought I could spare in case students didn't bring enough of their own. Sarah chose fabrics from this pile and created a cushion with this wonderful vintage feel. I didn't think I liked these fabrics much anymore, but I love them in Sarah's cushion.

Well done to all my students and thanks so much for being my guinea pigs.
I can't wait for the next class now!!

22 comments:

  1. Oh well done to you and the 'students' - it looks like a real success for everyone!

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  2. The class looks brilliant. Congratulations on a successful launch.

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  3. Oh what fun! Lovely pillows... wish I could take a cool class like this...

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  4. Looks like a fun time! I'm sure you're a great teacher and your students are very grateful for the lessons learned. Wins all around!

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  5. Great creations all round there, glad it went so well for you

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  6. Well done to all the guinea pigs, and the trainers! Looks like great fun

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  7. Glad it all went well Jo! The cushions are all lovely but I think my favourite is the last vintagey looking one. Love your log cabin quilt hanging in the background too!

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  8. Does everyone bring their own sewing machine?:)

    What did you make?:)

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  9. Looks like everyone had a fun productive time with great results!

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  10. Congratulations on a successful start, I'm glad it went well!

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  11. looks like you all had fun - well done on the first class

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  12. Looks like it went really well with great finished cushions. Well done. Here's to lots more. Juliex

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  13. Well done Jo! The cushions are gorgeous and looks like a good time was had by all. Jxo

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  14. that looks like a lot of fun!

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  15. I love that photo of you and Sarah - shame on you for saying it was posed it looked so natural, you two are always laughing together x

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  16. I love how the same pattern produces different outcomes depending on the fabrics chosen - it never ceases to make me smile!

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  17. great class!!!! I´d love to be there too!!

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  18. congrats Jo - i start teaching at the local community centre next term (i also had a gentle intro into teaching with friends round at my house) - and your log cabin pillow is a great project - how ethical is it to snaffle your idea for my class?????

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  19. I love all the cushions! They all turned out so nicely and with those stitches, just wonderfull. Good job on teaching.

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  20. That looks like a fun class!! I love how each cushion was made in such different colour combos. All of them are so pretty!!

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  21. what fun and what gorgeous cushions! Glad you enjoyed it, Jo. What are you teaching next??

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  22. Hi Jo! Sorry I have left it so long to leave a comment. Just wanted to say I had a great time at your class - you made it such a joy. You are a natural at teaching and made everything clear and simple. I'm sure your other classes will just be as successful! p.s. I think our "staged" photo looks great - really makes me giggle!:D
    Lots of love. xx

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