At most surgeries I've worked in, eventually word gets out that I like quilting and invariably a group of staff will emerge who have always wanted to learn, so we start with a beginners class and they are quickly addicted.The last surgery cottoned on big time and ended up with this beautiful set of wallhangings for their waiting room.Scroll down to The Abbey Surgery Team link, fight your way through the staff lists and there they are.
I moved on to another GP practice 7 years ago and currently the "Girl's Night In" group still meet monthly but came along to Week One about 5 years ago with intros like "You know I've never threaded a needle". That is never a problem and I've yet to teach anyone who hasn't picked up the basics, caught the bug and become a proficient quilter very quickly. That's not down to my teaching, it's down to the craft itself which is so welcoming and wonderfully all-consuming once the basic mysteries have been revealed.
Here's the "Girl's Night In" first attempt at a group quilt and made for a baby expected by another member of staff, in fact we've just finished our fourth one of these, it's clearly a fertile place to work.
A rather grainy photo and nervous breakdowns over tiny little mistakes...spot the applique butterfly concealing a hole snipped while cutting quilting thread, but I just kept saying, "Don't worry, it's perfectly lovely gorgeous" and so that is the name we gave this quilt.
We also bought baby Joe a pair of sunglasses because it's quite a dazzler.
We've re-convened after Christmas and, with no babies on the horizon that we know of, it was be down to work on all our own unfinished projects.
I'm sure you're all really good and finish everything you start but surprise, surprise, I don't and so I'm going to share a few more of my UFOs on here occasionally, some of them go back decades.You will be shocked I'm sure.I clearly need to hone my completer-finisher skills.
Sunday confessions later and shock revelations about the state of the toilets in the world's largest bookshop, bet you can't wait.