It's the year of the quilt! That's what I keep telling myself, even though my life is continually invaded by cupcakes and frosting.
As you may remember, I mentioned here that I was enrolled in a year-long quilting class at American Quilting. Saturday Sampler, is what they call it and I go with mi madre who, by the way has already mastered the quilt block... years ago. She's the perfect buddy!
Anyway, we've had loads of fun--and though our blocks take us twice as long because we are constantly chatting and giggling, we still make precise cuts and measurements and try to focus on that darn quarter inch seam...it's so much fun.
A word about the class. Amy, the delightful owner of American Quilting designs a themed quilt each year. This year it happens to be an Americana quilt--lucky me! She never reveals what the quilt looks like. Each month you attend a class where Amy reveals the block for the month. Each class member must complete the block and bring it back the next month in order to receive the next block! So fun, right! You bet, enrollment is around 350 members! And perfect for all of us who have a hard time finishing a project.
A highlight of this class for me is the history Amy gives about quilting in general or the specific block for the month. For instance, this month's block is called "Road to the White House" Here's Amy's description: "Designed and named by the Farm Journal in January 1938, the "Road to the White House" quilt block is 70 years old in 2008. Iowa is home to the nation's first caucus, making each presidential candidate's "Road to the White House" begin in the Hawkeye State."
Next quilt block: The Double-Nine Patch!
Be sure to go to American Quilting in Orem. If kits are your thang, than this your store! They have several classes available for all interests and skill levels. And did I mention there is some spooky and delightful Halloween fabric right now?
**Note: I cannot share patterns nor reveal any trade secrets of Amy's quilt block designs registered for "Under the Garden Moon." Patterns will be available to the general public after the entire Saturday Sampler Americana quilt is finished in August 2009.**