When I teach classes I create detailed pattern notes for the students full of hints and tips as well as step by step sewing instructions including how to set up the sewing machine at each stage. Sometimes it's difficult to create these instructions as I already know well how to do each stage and process and it would be easy to leave out something that to me is obvious but isn't to a less experienced sewer.
If my daughter, Flicky, is home from St Andrews then I get her to trial my patterns - I've already shared with you her fab Hidden Zippered Cushions
During her summer visit she added the final binding to a quilt she trialled for me back in March ready for my QAYG Wholecloth Strippy Quilt classes
She couldn't fit the finished quilt in her case as she headed back to Scotland for the new uni year so after she left I took the opportunity to give her first quilt its very own photo shoot.
I saw Flicky for a few days when I visited Seville this month, she flew in to meet Oliver and we celebrated both our birthdays which only have a day between.
I took her finished quilt with me to Seville and it's now on Flicky's sofa in St Andrews along with her cushions - she'll need it to keep warm on cold Scottish nights!!!
Oh and the best news yet, Flicky now loves sewing so much she asked for her own machine for her birthday. You know I'm crazy about Bernina but while she's away at Uni and travelling we thought a lighter weight Bernette London 7 would be more practical. I phoned David Drummond Sewing Machines in Edinburgh and can't say enough good things about their customer service and how wonderful it was to work with them. They delivered her machine a couple of days before her birthday and Flicky sent me this video of her opening her new best friend.
I wonder what she'll make next?!!!