I signed up for a beginners quilt class at Quilters Quarters. Sadly, the class doesn’t start until the middle of October. If you asked, my friends and family would tell you that there is no way I can wait until October. I am both compulsive and impatient when I want to start a new project. So this morning, as everyone fully expected, I went in search of some fabric so I can get a proper “head start”.
If you’ve ever walked into a good quilt shop, you know how amazing it is to see all of the wonderful fabrics, not to mention the beautiful quilts that are displayed. It can also be a bit intimidating if like me, you can barely thread your sewing machine. Having already been to the shop to register for the class, and having managed to not yet make a total fool of myself, I deliberately set out for Walmart instead.
I live in a small town and our local Walmart is probably one of the hot spots for a lot of the folks that live here year round. To be honest, it was the first time I have ever been there and I was thrilled to see they have a craft department!
I did my usual sweep of the aisles and then stopped and stared at a shelf labeled Charm Packs. What the heck is a Charm Pack? A quick glance around confirmed that like most stores, this one is also understaffed. I was either going to figure it out on my own or be forced to actually call someone for help.
It didn’t take long for me to figure out that a Charm Pack is basically pre-cut quilting squares. These looked to be about 5″ x 5″. I liked the pattern and realized that if the pack only held pre-cut squares, what was I supposed to put on the back of the thing? Another sweep of the aisles and I found some soft, pink flannel which I guess is what I am going to sew onto the back.
The saleswoman was finally at the cutting table and asked me how many yards I wanted of the flannel. Huh? Yards? What’s a yard? I told her I’d take two… She clearly realized I was clueless. She then asked me what kind of batting I was going to use and if I wanted to add a coordinating Jelly Roll? I must have looked like a deer caught in the headlights. She rolled her eyes and waved me to a wall that had more quilting stuff on it, and she began helping the next customer.
Once I got home, I went directly to YouTube and started watching some videos that attempted to explain, in clear English, the concept of Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls and Batting.
I took another nap, to digest it all, and can now say that I basically get the drift and I know exactly where I’m going to begin…
On October 13th, from 3:00 to 5:30 at the Quilters Quarters. Until next time…