Ahhh fall! And, my quilting classes are in full swing and busy. It's so much fun to have busy classes with fun people in them! One thing I know from past experience is that I have to stay well on top of my class prep work or I will be frantic the night before I teach - and sometimes I teach 3-4 classes in a weekend! So, I don't like to fall behind at all.
This weekend (coming) I teach the first of a 3 part Crazy Shortcut Quilts (CSCQ) class. I have been teaching this class for about 3 years now and it is always fun! You can see my very first CSCQ here.
I make a little practice kit for every student to take home after the class so that they always have a physical reference to go back to to remember the quilt as you go method from the book. These little quilt samples take quite a bit of time to prepare as there is cutting and sewing and quilting involved with EACH one! I love the looks on their faces when they get them though - it's so worth it!
3 years ago I did A LOT of prep for this - I mean A LOT! Enough prep that I had little samples to give away for three years - and I taught a lot of people! My sample stack was over 2 feet high! But, I didn't finish it all - only a lot of it LOL - so I had some unfinished work that I could pick up and finish to make more samples - since I finally ran out. There were a lot of the little pieced tops and even some battings, backings and sashings cut and prepped.
I spent time today making samples to get ready - and I decided to just finish up everything I had started so that I could have samples for more classes already complete. But, of course, I looked for a way to stream-line it ;-)
After layering and quilting, each of the little quilt sandwiches gets squared up to 5" (for the samples) - and I thought - hmmm I have a 5" square die - I wonder . . . . .
I placed the little quilts on the die - these are all quilted with batting and backing - and ran it through my Studio cutter - the Studio can take up to 10 layers so the little quilts were under that.
I removed the excess and voila! Perfect little quilts ready to kit up - and I didn't have to square them up with a ruler! So much faster!
I bundles these into groups of two with the sashing and I am ready to go for 3 - 4 more classes!
I love finding new ways to use what I have to stream-line production like this - yey!
So what did you do with your extra daylight saving hour today?