I teach classes at several local quilt shops in my area. A schedule of currently planned classes and quilt shops is shown on my calendar page (see headings above).
You can click on any of the photos below to see an enlarged version.
SUPPLY LISTS FOR ALL CLASSES CAN BE DOWNLOADED AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.
Beginning Quilt Bindings – Four hour class
Learn the basics of a fast, beautiful French or double fold binding with square corners and a perfect end join. Learn the secrets to successful “all by machine” binding techniques and where they should be used. The instructor will demonstrate her unique methods for achieving perfect sharp points, as well as a simple, no measuring method for joining the binding ends.
In class, students will bind small quilts with: 1) a wide double fold binding and 2) a binding with an integrated contrasting flange completed all by machine. A class kit is provided (cost $15) that includes the quilt sandwiches and binding so no prep work is required before class. The completed small quilts can be turned into notions holders or travel bags following the instructions posted last spring in my blog (search “notions holder” to find the post).
For students interested in advanced binding techniques (two fabric bindings, piping, prairie points, curves and sharp points, etc.) please leave a comment here on my blog telling me your interest and I will contact you when I schedule an advanced class.
Quilting By Machine – Two sessions, four hours each
Put more creativity into your quilt making by learning techniques for machine quilting. Save money by completing your own quilts! This two part class starts simple and advances to more complex techniques. You do not need to take both classes, but you must know how to sandwich a quilt and use a walking foot if you intend to take the Beginning Free Motion class only.
Class I – Machine Quilting Using a Walking Foot
|–Selecting batting and thread-Simple marking techniques-Sandwiching the quilt and deciding on a quilting strategy- Packaging the quilt and setting up your work space for quilting- Use of the walking foot and the variety of stitches that can be achieved (stitch in the ditch, outline stitches, curves, and decorative stitches)- “Hands on” practice with instructor supervision- Students will prepare a sampler with a variety of walking foot quilting patterns, as shown in the photo below.|
Class II – Beginning Free Motion Quilting
– Set up your machine for free motion work- Diagnose common problems, such as tension and control- Try out tools for improving your control of the free motion process- Learn meandering and discover that you can quilt a lap size quilt in under two hours!- Learn stippling and a dozen other free motion designs, most requiring no marking- Students will practice on scrap fabric and learn how to complete a fat quarter sampler similar to the one shown on the left.
Landscape Quilt Class – Six hour class
This class is based on a newly published book by Cathy Geier, “Lovely Landscapes: Using Strings and Strips to Piece and Applique Scenic Quilts”. [Here is a link to purchase the book at Amazon; it is also available at the shops where I teach the class: Lovely Landscape Quilts: Using Strings and Scraps to Piece and Applique Scenic Quilts ]
Have you wanted to make a landscape quilt but been afraid to try? This class will teach you easy techniques suitable for any skill level. Once you have mastered the techniques in class, you can do any of the 15 projects in the book or build landscapes from your own photographs. Class project will be a small ocean landscape designed by the teacher, but students can choose to do any of the projects in the book if they prefer. Kits will be available for purchase for the ocean landscape class project; be sure to indicate if you wish to purchase the kit when you sign up.
Pieceless Applique – Four hour class
This satin stitch machine appliqué technique works with any appliqué pattern but is particularly suited for complicated appliqués with many pieces and where the pieces overlap. The appliqué fabrics are not cut into small pieces ahead of time, so there are no little pieces to keep organized and the technique is fast. A couple of examples of these patterns are shown below (patterns from the book, “Flowers, Hearts, and Garlands”, by Liz Jones). For this class you must know free motion stitching well enough to follow a line on a pattern, and have a sewing machine with a darning or free motion quilting foot.
A simple flower pattern similar to the one below will be used as the class exercise.
Supply Lists for Classes
1. Beginning Quilt Bindings
2. Machine Quilting Using A Walking Foot
3. Beginning Free Motion Quilting – be sure to download both files
4. Landscape Quilt Class
5. Pieceless Applique
Scheduled classes are listed on the Calendar page of this blog.