Quilting circles in a virtual world.
We’ll be promoting our new social enterprise, Breightmet Long Arm Quilting Studio, and working on a social media quilt project. We’ll be teaching how to do English Paper Piecing (hexagons) and having people write a secret message on the underneath side of the paper which will be revealed when the quilt top is complete. The theme of this project is "comfort". I’ve chosen this topic because quilts are comforting, something to snuggle up under when we are cold or ill or relaxing on a lazy Sunday morning. When the quilt is complete, and the paper is removed, I will tweet the positive messages daily and do regular Facebook and blog posts as the quilt progresses. People can join in the “virtual quilt-a-long” or visit our studios and work on the project with us. I'll also use the text as my quilt design using on our long arm quilting machine.
We will be teaching visitors how to make a quilt using traditional English Paper Piecing. Visitors can make-and-take a small sample of patchwork with them which can be finished at home and can join in our virtual quilt project.
People have been using this technique for centuries. It is simple and effective. All ages are welcome and no experience is required. It’s also good fun.