Steph and Lauv here! As you can see: the very serious teacher, and the very happy student (disclaimer: the serious face is part of the clowning around that went on throughout the lecture). We had a lot of fun with this series. So we had decided to interview each other to end the series about the process, the expectations, and the outcome.
Here are a few questions I asked Steph about the process.
Lauv: So Steph, are you happy with how your mini turned out?
Steph: Yes! It actually turned out exactly how I imagined it. I’ve been showing it off to all my friends and they’ve been telling me that it turned out really cool.
Lauv: Was there any scary or intimidating part during the process?
Steph: I think the whole process for me was scary at the beginning. Just the idea of doing math intimidated me, but once I learned everything step by step I felt more comfortable with the process.
Lauv: Now that you are done, was it easier or harder that you had expected?
Steph: Once I was done, I realized that quilting is harder than I thought! I think what makes quilting difficult is that you have to have lots of patience. You have to be comfortable with making mistakes and doing things over (especially if you’re a beginner).
Lauv: Do you think you'll keep sewing, and is there a particular area of sewing that you want to try?
Steph: I think it would be fun to venture more into sewing! I want to try to make pillows for my living room next and in the future I would love to learn how to sew my own garments. :)
Hello again! It's one thing when you're the student and you're just absorbing information, but being the teacher is a different story. I was really interested to find out how Lauv figured out what and how she would teach me. Here's what she said. ;)
Steph: How did you organize yourself to know what to teach me?
Lauv: I tried to go in an order in which I'd like to be taught. First going over what it is, the history, the styles, and then getting into the making, following the usual steps that are taken to sew a quilt.
Steph: What was the most difficult thing to teach?
Lauv: First, it was the way to break down your design to maximize fabric usage. I didn't know what you would design and then having to explain how to compartmentalize it was a bit challenging (as you saw) so that you wouldn't get confused or overwhelmed by the amount of different pieces. Then, I think it was the binding because it involves the calculation, the cutting, turning at the corners, and then finishing it.
Steph: What was your favorite part about making your mini quilt?
Lauv: Seeing the colors come together to create the sensation I had in my mind. It's one thing to see it on paper and another one to see it complete.
Steph: Do you have any advice to encourage me to continue sewing/quilting?
Lauv: Get the best tools you can from the beginning because they will make any design you have in mind a smoother transition into real life, and always keep a good attitude. If you make a mistake, gently go back and fix it. I've seen that most of the time when people get frustrated, all they do is make their projects a complete nightmare, and it's really just sewing. It should be a fun learning experience.
Lauv: It makes me happy to see Steph gain a new set of skills through everything I shared with her. The best part is that she's really happy with how her mini turned out. Our minis are not the most miniature, but they're the perfect size for a first time quilting project.
I was also happy with my result. I named my mini Showtown (keep reading to know why). As I had mentioned on the last post, I used HST to give the illusion of diagonal rhombi, and I also used appliqué to incorporate my fussy-cut porcelain silhouette from the main print in Pastel Thrift. Since I love red, and it represents well the art-of-the-circus-inspiration (I performed as a clown when I was little) of my mini, I included London Red from Pure Elements, and the neutral Black & White to give it a modern feel (I used Snow & Caviar from Pure Elements).
I went to a town called Gibstonton, also known as Gibtown or Showtown; which is the name I chose to pay homage to this magical place. Many years ago, this town was known for their sideshows and now it's the city of choice for many circus and carnival folk to retire. I took advantage of the trip and brought my mini with me to photograph it around the town. It was very exciting to show the final result!
Steph: Ok, so the moment I've been waiting for is finally here! Take a look at my completed mini quilt!
Like I mentioned in one of my previous posts, the inspiration for my mini quilt was a giant outdoor sculpture (Spiral Jetty) located in Utah. I couldn't resist using natural colors for my mini! As you can see in the picture, I chose Premium Linen from the Denim Studio for the background, a variety of prints from various AGF collections along with Pure Elements and Solid Smooth Denim for the spiral, and Textured Denim for the binding.
I must admit, learning how to sew and quilt was definitely a learning curve. In the past I had attempted to hand sew buttons and hem a pair of pants but I never ventured into a full creative project until Lauv lead the way for me. During the process I was frustrated many times, I had to re-do many seams, and I felt like I was never going to finish. But I took things slow, tried to be as patient as possible, and eventually I got the hang of sewing.
Since this project was so involved, I now feel comfortable using a sewing machine and I'm completely satisfied with the result of my mini quilt! I wouldn't have been able to get far in the process if it wasn't for my great teacher, Lauv. She explained everything step by step to make sure that I learned everything correctly the first time (a round of applause for Lauv).
We want to thank everyone who has been part of our sewing journey! We hope we've inspired many of you to pass on your love for sewing by teaching a friend or family member how to sew. To celebrate Steph's first successful mini quilt, she's giving away strips/scraps of the fabrics she used in her project!
To enter the giveaway simply fill out the form below. Three winners will be chosen at random using random.org and will be announced on this post and contacted via email. Giveaway ends Monday, July 25th.
We can't wait to share more exciting projects with you in the future!
Stephanie & Lauv
Congrats Allison C., Rosemary B., and Corinne O.! Check your email.