SEPTEMBER 9, 2015
Class was taught by the talented Kristie Layne
Scraps of fabric, strands of thread and ladies eager to learn filled Blaine Community Center Tuesday evening as the Kentucky Community of Sharing hosted a Quilting Class, the first of its’ kind in this area.
The class was taught by the talented Kristie Layne. A Lawrence County resident who has been quilting for over twenty years.
“I’ve made over 250 quilts,” said Layne. “I’ve sold a few, gave several as gifts and have over 100 that I’ve kept.”
At no charge to participants, each received a starter kit that provided them with the pieces and tools needed to make a quilt piece following the pattern Grandmother’s Flower Garden. Layne taught using a method called English Paper Piecing, an age old technique that dates back to the late 1700’s and became popular in the United States during the Depression era. Paper piecing is the process of taking a piece of fabric and basting to a thin cardstock or paper to add stability making it easier to work with and keep points precise.
Following Layne’s example, the class was able to cut, stitch and piece a full hexagon quilt piece.
“The possibilities with the hexagon shape are endless!” said Layne, who had multiple examples on hand to demonstrate.
While most participants had never had any quilting experience, many found it to be very rewarding.
“I feel accomplished,” said Marcella Staniford of Martha. “Just learning to complete this one piece is very rewarding.”
Throughout the class Layne reminded students to not “over think” or “rush” the process.
“It’s not a project that is finished quickly, so don’t get discouraged,” said Layne. “Just relax and enjoy the process.”
For more information on quilting classes, contact Layne at 606-652-9880 or firstname.lastname@example.org She can also be reached via Facebook by searching Kristie Layne or through her blog, www.quiltingcowgirl.blogspot.com