22 July 2012

Step Down Sunday – Learning New Skills

Step Down SundayReducing our carbon-footprint isn’t just about making better purchases, but also learning new skills so we can make things ourselves. Joining the WI has been a brilliant way to learn new skills from other women. We have members that can bake, cook, grow, sew, crochet, knit, embroider, craft and quilt – and they are all happy to share their expertise! Personally I’ve been dying to learn how to knit and quilt, so when Val offered to run a five week quilting class my name was first on the list!

There were ten of us in the class, and despite having different levels of experience we all had the same concerns. There were a few stressful evenings as we all worried that the quality our individual work might let the group down – but everyone was wonderfully supportive. Val was amazingly patient and rescued us when things went wrong. Finally after five weeks of hard work, we can reveal our finished quilt!
I'm afraid this post is a bit late, as I didn't have a big enough space to photograph the quilt in all it's glory. (I did try, but there's no way it was going to fit on my kitchen dresser.) So Cara from Freckles Family was kind enough to take these fabulous shots.
At the end of the course we put everyone’s name in a hat and drew a winner. I couldn't believe my luck when my name was drawn! I’m really pleased as I need a cover for the spare bedroom and I don’t think I’ll ever tackle a quilt this big again. Instead I might try me hand at a smaller project. Mr Goldfish has banned me from making cushions, but I might attempt a small throw or baby blanket.
Besides having fun, making some brilliant friends and creating a fabulous quilt, I've learned new skills to use in the future!


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