Checker hosted the Creative Grids Experience the day before the Open House officially opened. A full house spent an afternoon learning how to use the latest six rulers and templates. And, by all accounts, it was a great success. Rob welcomed everyone to the event.
By the way, the electricity in this room is run ABOVE the tables. Extension cords can be pulled down from the ceiling so no one is tripping on cords (those are yellow electric cords you see). Simply brilliant – would this work in your classroom???
And, then the fun began….Three Creative Grids designers showed how to demonstrate and use two different rulers at three stations around the room. The participants were given a fabric kit, a ruler, and a Cut Loose Press pattern featuring each ruler. They actually learned how to use each ruler and start on a sample.
As the day progressed, they became friends – and there was more talking than sewing – but the sharing of ideas between shop owners was an added bonus!
Do you see ANYONE sewing in these pictures???? We all know quilting classes are as much a social experience as a learning one – and it is no different when you own the shop!
Karen Montgomery demonstrated two rulers. The Diamond Dimensions ruler by Erin Underwood is a great class ruler. The Cut Loose Press patterns offer simple projects that give you an opportunity to demonstrate the diverse features of the ruler. Then, you can move onto intermediate and advanced projects that show that this is a ruler with pizzazz.
Item #CGREU2 Retail $28.45
I love this “Catty Cornered Table Runner because it shows how to cut strips and features the 45 degree angle on one side of the ruler. Then when they move onto other patterns, the ruler is not intimidating.
Once they are comfortable with cutting strips and angles, it is time to move onto a star. Kaleidoscope Star is cut from a variegated fabric but a stripe would look great as well. The diamond shapes are not pieced – and there are no Y or inset seams so this is a piece of cake! It literally can be taught in a six hour class – and finished!!!
Or, offer this table runner and placemat class. The diamonds are strip pieced so it is a great way to show them how to cut pieced diamonds.
Elsie Campbell used this ruler to piece chevrons – and diamonds have never looked so good! The sample is done as a rainbow of colors – but it would be just as effective if each diamond was the same. Simply beautiful!
The table runner would be gorgeous in the same fabrics as well…
Now that you know how to use the ruler, it is time to move onto the intermediate and expert patterns – and Erin has just the thing!
Item #EUQ200 Retail $9.00
Item #EUQ201 Retail $9.00
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You can do a whole series of classes and demos based on this one ruler – and what samples they will be!