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You and your machine, happily working together... it can happen! Learn the basics of threading the machine, winding a bobbin, what foot to use when, thread and needles choices.. get past the fear and get to the fun of sewing.
Small class size for personalized instruction.
(Some sewing machines available for loan for use in class.)
Just how do you safely use a rotary cutter with a ruler... and which ruler?
The basics of these wonderful tools will be taught in this 3-hour class, focusing on their use in quilting and crafts. Students will practice cutting strips and learn to cut pieces of specific sizes. Small class size ensures lots of one-on-one attention.
Learn some basic quilt piecing techniques here as you construct this traditional block. Also, begin to master sewing with a 1/4" seam allowance! There will be a review of using a rotary cutter and rulers, but some exposure and experimenting should already have happened.
Learn a basic quilt piecing technique using strips, and continue working to master your 1/4" seam allowance as you make this block. Basic skills, plus the proper use of tools and equipment are reviewed in each beginner class.
Learn the speed method of strip sewing as you create this block. (Make a bunch of these blocks and have yourself a quilt in no time!) Basic skills are always reviewed in all classes.
Continue learning accuracy in cutting and piecing, plus a speed piecing method with strips. Strip piecing and re-cutting are the basis for many quilt blocks!
This traditional block provides lots of practice at cutting accurately and squaring up parts as you go. Build your basic block construction skills, and add another block to your sampler quilt.
Learn more basic techniques used by quilters every day, including how to strip piece to save time, and one way to make half square triangles. This is one of my favorite blocks!
Learn how to make "fast flying geese" as you make this block. This one takes a little more accuracy in your sewing, but you are ready for it now!
Learn a new technique to make the hourglass pieces in this block, and practice accuracy and precision. Placement of the prints is a challenge too! This is an intermediate block, and mastery and understanding of half square triangles is a recommended prerequisite.
Learn how to make this traditional quilt block, usually with two colors. The technique you will learn is an hourglass, which is based on a half square triangle. This is an intermediate block, and you will practice your accuracy in cutting, piecing. and pressing. Some experience and knowledge of half square triangles is a prerequisite.
Learn the basics of both hand and machine applique in this class. You won't master either, but will discover which you prefer, and can then focus on that method. Make a block of each for your sampler quilt.
Learn the fun and relaxing technique called Locker Hooking. No sewing machine, just a hook (a lot like a crochet hook), some fabric strips, scissors, and a couple other things and you are set. This is my go-to project when I'm traveling because it takes so few supplies, plus I can set it down for a time and pick it up without messing anything up. Basic supply kit is required, and students will start an appx. 10" square trivet in class.
Pre-cut strips and other supplies are available.
Another hand sewing technique is Japanese-based Sashiko. Learn the embroidery technique in this class, as you work on the design of your choice. Many pre-printed panels of aquatic life are available, as well as traditional Japanese designs. Another creative and fun take-along project with few supplies. (No sewing machine, of course!)
Learn how to put your blocks together in a traditional manner, with sashing and posts and one outer border. Learn the right way! Your quilts will lie flat with this method. You choose how large a project to work on, from a table runner to a quilt; the methods are the same. (Bring your finished blocks to class.)
Learn all about battings, then how to sandwich your quilt top in preparation for quilting. Basic quilting designs with a walking foot will be covered, and a short intro to free motion quilting. The meander will be introduced, plus loopty-loops. Class is designed for you and your home sewing machine, and to do free motion, your machine must be able to drop its feed dogs.
Learn to select the right fabrics for this design, then how to blend all your floral prints, their colors and patterns. When done correctly, you see a flow of color rather than individual pieces. Fabric exchange with other students helps add to your floral collection. Scheduled classes will be at the top of this CLASS page, and I do collect names for a waitlist.