I’m Nancy Austin Swanwick, wife, mother, grammie, former high school teacher, and present quilter/teacher/show off. I have always enjoyed sewing, and I especially like challenges. During my time in educating at the high school level, I always told my students I would help them achieve anything they were big enough to attempt. Now that I have been retired for seven years, I have been in full quilt production, dreaming up, being inspired by, starting and even finishing many projects. I wake up each morning excited about the quilt du jour. I nearly always have at least one quilt in the process of being hand quilted (sometimes two), and several other boxes of ongoing fabric possibilities.
One of my featherweights is nearly always set up on the little roll top desk on the north end of the room referred to as the dining room, but more often used as part of my “studio” when there are only two old people in residence. It is complete with a design wall, a small ironing area, and a dining table conveniently placed for a cutting station. Another part of my “studio” is the former nursery at the head of the stairs which contains my Bernina, serger, and some fabric. Then there’s the sleeping porch, which is where my 8’ waist height cutting table, ironing board, and much more fabric lives. And the guest room is the last part of the “studio” where I store 30+ quilts between visits from kids and grandkids.
I am often asked if I sleep, and I actually do between about 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. I still love to cook (obviously) and I do actually have a few obligations outside of my house. But I’m happiest when designing, sewing, and quilting. And I love showing my creations to my friends.
Domestic Sewing Machine
An idea to use selvedges has morphed into a foundation pieced block using a center motif surrounded by selvedge strips, or any other fabric strips. The centers in my blocks are all the same for the whole project to promote continuity, but creativity happens in all forms, so use what you want.
Friday, June 14, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
I will have a kit prepared for all students. There will be a choice of several types of floral fabrics in several colors and we will be working on a neutral foundation fabric. We will see examples of a few types of Broderie Perse by examining photos of antique quilts, and will be doing buttonhole stitch and needle turn techniques. Needle, thread, bonding web, floral fabric and foundation fabric will be supplied.
Students will be required to bring small sharp scissors which cut well to the tip. Placement, balance, and visual weight will be discussed.
Hand Quilting Intro
A life-long passion for me, I will spend some time talking about and doing hand quilting. Discussions will include needles, threads, thimbles, technique, batting, and styles. The ways to mark, tools to use, and overall effect will also be discussed. Decidedly old-school, this class will be about finding your own way to create happily with minimal rules.