It had been a month since our first quilting class, so the first order of business, when we gathered together in the break room for our second class, was to ooh and aah over all the Stepping Stones, Bow Tie, Snowball and Flying Geese blocks that had been made since we last got together.
Two old traditional patterns with corner triangles, Shoo Fly and Churn Dash, were the blocks we worked on for this lesson. Beginners were shown how to make triangle blocks by putting squares together and sewing diagonally across the squares. Once the quilters mastered half-square triangles in their Shoo Fly and Churn Dash blocks, they were shown how they could turn those half-square triangles into Pinwheel and Broken Dishes blocks—their homework for next month. Unlike real school, homework is definitely not a requirement. If someone only wants to quilt during class time, that’s perfectly fine. Quilting should be a fun, pressure-free, pastime. Of course, what happened after the first lesson was that many of the gals made far more blocks than were expected and were asking for cutting directions so they could get a head start on their next lesson. We can’t wait to see all the blocks that will show up at the beginning of the next class.