I went to my first quilting class put on through the local Quilt Guild. It was with Anelie Belden, a National Speaker that wrote a book on a new and easier way to make a Dresden plate quilt – sounds fancy 🙂
Before the class I had to buy a Jelly Roll (I had to ask what that was) – a roll of about 40 strips of 2.5″ wide coordinating materials and follow the pre-class instructions. I first sewed pairs of dark and light materials together. Then I had to iron them flat and starch. The next step was to cut squares that the ‘plates’ will be sewn onto (I didn’t cut all of them since I knew there was no way I would get it all done in one day).
Before class I wondered if it would really be an all day class. It definitely was and I only got 1/2 of a plate done!
Anelie Belden was a great teacher – I learned a lot and had lots of fun. I still haven’t figured out what I am going to do with my Dresden (half) Plate, but I am thinking of completing it and turning it into a wall hanging.
I think the next item I will make using this technique (assuming I ever finish this one) will be a serpentine shape and make it as a lap quilt.
What new skill have you learned? – H