Stitching Side by Side: Diana McClun & Laura Nownes
Diana's oil painting of papayas hangs in a corner in the studio kitchen. The cookies are from Laura, who makes homemade treats for all her quilt classes. As established as they are, both women profess a fondness for teaching beginners. Their books, instructional DVD, and 40-odd patterns from their company, From Me to You, utilize clear instructions for quilting novices.
TIP: Three Tools a Beginner Needs
Diana: Beginners need to have a willing attitude to learn. They need to believe they can do it. If they bring that, they can do anything. Next, they need a mat, rotary cutter, and a plastic ruler.
Laura: Rotary cutters and mats have revolutionized the whole industry. Then you need a sewing machine in good working order. That's really crucial. Otherwise beginners can get frustrated and feel defeated from the get-go. You don't need all the bells and whistles, but you need to be able to sew without broken thread, clumping, and jammed stitches.