Instructor: Jill Banta
Thursday, November 7, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Who doesn’t love a llama, especially a Mama Llama? This is a great class to get creative. Go on the wild side and design a wall hanging for yourself or a friend with these adorable Mama and Baby llamas. Learn how to create the collage quilt by creating a working template and using the fusible applique technique that Jill has mastered.
Instructor: Joan Privott
Friday, November 8, 9:30am – 4:00pm
The Pickle Dish pattern in a timeless pattern. Today’s modern designers have put a modern twist on it and made it current. Whether you would like to do an old-fashioned Pickle Dish pattern or a modern one, join us for a day of learning.
The class sample is from Kaffe Fassett’s book QUILT ROMANCE. The class will take you through all the steps of paper piecing the arc and sewing the melons and corner pieces. By the end of class, you should be well on your way to piecing your very own Pickle Dish.
Instructor: Eve Murphy
Saturday, November 9, 9:30am – 3:00pm
The improv is in the patchwork design of this handy bag that has a nice, wide handle for hanging on your arm. Come make this cute improv bag using the quilt-as-you-go technique. There are two sizes to choose from: Medium 16” wide x 15” high x 4” deep or Small 11” wide x 13” high x 3” deep.
Applique – the Next Step
Instructor: Dianne Lee
Friday, November 15, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Are you feeling comfortable with your basic hand applique skills? Are you ready to perfect the points of your leaves, make those skinny stems look real, make those roses look realistic? Then this is the class for you. Join Dianne and learn these finer skills from one of our best!
Instructor: Eve Murphy
Saturday, November 16, 9:30am – 3:00pm
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Want an easy-to-make scalloped basket to help organize your sewing room or any other room in your home? We will use pre-cut scalloped Craf-tex squares to make a pretty fabric basket for your storage needs. The basket will be made 12” x 12” square and 3 ½” deep using leftover 2 ½” jelly roll strips or you can cut your own 2” strips to use.
Beginning Hand Piecing
Instructor: Gigi McEver
Friday, November 22 & December 13, 9:00am – 12:00pm
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Hand piecing is one of the most relaxing ways to sew. It’s easy to bring with you in carpool lines, waiting rooms, or just to your favorite chair. It also makes it as easy as pie to match points – that is an added bonus! You’ll learn the basics of marking lines, sewing seams, pressing, and matching points.
The pattern we will use in class, Falling Charms, is designed for charm packs, but you may cut your own squares if you choose; either option is fine. One sample I will show in class is made with 2.5″ mini charms, which would make a fun table-topper.
Note: There will be some fabric cutting required before class. If you need help with that, please let me know.
Fussy Cutting Workshop
Instructor: Kathy Spivey
Saturday, November 23, 10:00am – 12:00pm
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Fussy cutting is very popular right now. We will go over a variety of techniques for fussy cutting your fabric for use in piecing, applique, and especially English Paper Piecing (EPP). We will cover what fabrics work best for fussy cutting and will practice creating a simple EPP sample that you can take home. This would be an excellent class to take if you are planning on taking any of our EPP classes (such as Lucy Boston or Brimfield Meadows & Blooming Star). Fussy cutting will take your blocks to a whole new level.
Note: Fabric and template kit must be purchased from the instructor at the time of the class for $5 (this is in addition to the cost of the class).
Brimfield Meadows and Blooming Star
Level: Intermediate (Basic EPP skills required)
Instructor: Kathy Spivey
Saturday, November 23, 12:30pm – 4:00pm
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Kim and Nisha of Brimfield Awakening hit the jackpot with their ingenuity and creativity when they spotted an old quilt at the Brimfield Antique Show in Massachusetts, recreated the quilt’s block using English Paper Piecing (EPP),the Brimfield block was born and Brimfield Awakening was off and running full speed. Since then, they have released many more EPP blocks based on Brimfield vintage quilt finds. We will be constructing two of their newest blocks – Brimfield Meadows and Brimfield Blooming Star.
Brimfield Meadows is an extremely versatile block and we will go over many of the variations that have been created and shown on Instagram, including the very clever Poinsettia block – you can then pick which variation you would like to make in class. Brimfield Blooming Star has just been released and we will also create one of these blocks.
In this class, we will briefly review how to create templates, use already made acrylic templates, and then focus on layouts, creating straight and curved EPP pieces, and sewing them together using the shapes necessary to create the two blocks.