On Saturday, I had one more class in the lovely Gammill studio about Pantographs. In quilting, using a pantograph is where you take a paper that has a quilting pattern printed on it and lay it below the long arm on the table. Then you use the laser light on the longarm to follow the pattern on the paper. It allows a beginning quilter to achieve more intricate quilting patterns and helps make sure your quilting stays even and straight. Here's an example of a pantograph pattern:
12:30pm - 3:30pm
After my pantograph class, I had a short lunch break with Doreen and went and bought my Bejeweler that I mentioned before. Then I had one last hands on class called "Jiggling Jelly Rolls" where we were supposed to bring a jelly roll (40 strips of fabric, each 2.5" x 44", you can buy fabric pre-cut like this) and then we were going to make a quilt top. The first hour, the teacher went a little too slow teaching us how to make blocks and then even though I was one of the fastest sewers (but not most accurate or perfect) in the class, I only finished 12 blocks out of 48! Here's a few of the finished blocks I made, it's going to be an ADORABLE baby quilt!
Finally, we were down to the very last session of classes you could take at this expo. Doreen and I went together to a lecture about how to do the Double Wedding Ring quilt. I've always wanted to do one and I even have a set of acrylic templates (hopefully they were a good set, I can't remember where I got them) but I've always been too intimidated to try one (and unsure of where to start). The lady showed us step by step, how to cut the pieces and then what order to put them together in (the most important part). She also gave us a few pointers on the seams and which fabric to put on top to help make the quilt come out great. If you've never seen a double wedding ring quilt and don't know what i'm talking about, here's an example of one (not done be me):
We also talked about a block called Cleopatra's Fan which Doreen was SUPER excited about because she bought the Cleopatra's Fan templates and instructions. The Cleopatra's Fan is really interesting because of how totally different it can look depending on the color and arrangement of the blocks. here's a few examples of the cleopatra's fan: