This is an 8 week introduction to quilting course that begins absolutely at the beginning and will take you all the way through quilting your own quilt!
Classroom instruction time is 2 hours each week, but you are welcome to continue at your machine after class. Our shop also has Sew Together days all day each Friday and Saturday that you can use to work on your quilt if it is easier for you than doing it at home.
Participants will get individualized attention and will receive a printed class guide with tips about that day’s topic and the homework to be done before the next class.
INSTRUCTOR: Kathy Shaffer
Cost: $70 class fee, $10 supply kit, plus fabric
- Machine Maintenance, Cutting Tools & Fabrics – We begin by learning to perform cleaning and maintenance on your machine. Maintenance concerns oiling many of the movable parts of your machine with sewing machine oil. Cleaning refers to brushing out lint and wiping down external parts. We also go through changing the needle and threading the machine. BRING YOUR MANUAL!! There is a kit to purchase for this class session and it includes the oil, one needle, a needle holder/threader, and a spool of thread. Cost $10.We will also discuss various cutting tools, meaning rotary cutters and scissors and get in a little practice with measuring and cutting fabric. If you have not purchased them yet, wait until you have attended this class. During this class session the discussion of fabric will be at a general level, such as fabrics used in quilting and exceptions you can make.
- Plan your quilt, Choose your options, Prepare – We will do a walk-through of the printed pattern, identify the various pieces and shapes used, and which fabrics will be used with each pattern piece. It is important to understand the pattern instructions before we begin…right down to which direction we should press seam allowances. We’ll also discuss supplies needed for the next class.
- Get Ready, Get set…Cut it out! Make a test block – We will make some notes on cuts we will make per fabric, practice how to read the ruler and then begin cutting. At first we will make enough cuts to create one block so that we can see how it is going together. It help prevents a mis-cut and learning about it too late. We will practice a quarter inch seam as well as a scant quarter inch so that you will understand the difference. After the practice you will make your first block for the project. Make the rest of your blocks before the next class session.
- Make & Join Rows – Before joining blocks into a row, we need to square up the blocks. This involves truing up the cuts and making all of them a consistent size. They may end up a little smaller than stated in the pattern, but it is important that they all be a consistent size. Then we lay out the quilt blocks to determine the order we will make them into rows. Before we join rows, we need to ensure that the block seams are pressed into a consistent direction so that the intersections will join properly. All rows need to be joined before the next class.
- On the Border – Measure & Attach – Borders frame as well as accentuate your project. The way you go about this particular process will impact the drape of your project. It is an important step. Try to complete the border step in class.
- Back it Up – Construct a backing, make a sandwich – We will discuss methods and advantages of types of battings and then make one for your project. Bring 100% Warm & Natural Batting to class and a can of basting spray. Wonder Clips and/or pins will be needed for this session.
- Quilt that quilt! – We will talk about quilting methods at a high level and then focus on the stitch in a ditch method. Using an earlier practice block, we will do a little practice with stitching in a ditch. The majority of class time will be used stitching in the ditch on your project. Have it completed before the next and final class session.
- Trim, bind & Celebrate! – Trimming involves removing excess fabric and batting before the binding begins. We will discuss bias vs. regular binding, and then proceed to cutting and pressing the binding for our project. The last machine step of the class will be to attach the binding to the quilt. The technique for joining the ends of the strips will be covered so that they will look perfect…along with your perfectly mitered corners. The last step is hand sewing the binding to the back of your project. Methods will be covered to make the binding neat and tightly attached.