Easy Peasy Piecing

Last night was the first night I taught a Beginner Piecing class at my great friends’ quilt shop, Inspire! We started with this cute block design called Deck of Cards. The one above is mine and the beautiful ones below were completed by first-time quilters.

I had been working at my other job all day and came into the shop frazzled and without a game plan. I immediately launched into talk of fat quarters, sashing, and batting and soon realized that the looks on their faces meant that I had completely and utterly confused them.

I knew these ladies had been sewing for many years, but I just wasn’t thinking about the fact that they’ve never quilted. It really is two completely different things. Each one has their own terminology, tools, and techniques. When I realized I had completely skipped over the basics, I started from the beginning and got everyone on track.

Ultimately, each student will complete twelve squares and then put them together for a great throw quilt. Maybe next time I’ll remember to bring a good camera and not resort to taking pictures of their beautiful blocks on my three-year-old iPhone!


  1. Cindy says:

    Can you tell me where to get this block pattern?


    • Ginny Ginny says:

      It’s the Deck of Cards block from the book “Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters” – you can see it here. I’ve made about half of the blocks in the book and it’s been a lot of fun. I will say that, while they are all supposed to come out to 12.5″ some come out much smaller.

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