Classes

Seminar and Sew®  Class Descriptions

All classes are part of the Seminar and Sew®  series and will include TEA!:

  • Theory
  • Experience
  • Activity

Jane Austen Quilt Projects from Jane Austen’s Quilt & Patterns Inspired by Her Novels.

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 New Class: Radiant Moondance, 6-hour class

Learn how to make this dynamic quilt while perfecting your curved-seam piecing. One-piece tie-dye background (available on instructor’s website or you can bring your own) is cut into squares with the circles pieced in. Laminated pattern will be provided for the squares and circles, and paper patterns for the paper-pieced border. The result is a showstopper!

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New Class: 20 Strips, Beginners Welcome! 3-hour class

Use 20 different 2 ½” wide strips from your favorite pre-cut strip pack to create the center of this easy-to-piece, 60” x 49” quilt that is the perfect size for a baby or lap quilt. Makes a great gift.

 

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 New Class: Stashola

Overwhelmed by your fabric stash? Challenge yourself to shop in your closet and bring your favorite pieces to sew into this geometric dynamo of a quilt. The repetition of the design will make any fabrics you choose work well together.

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New Class: Gossamer Leaves, 3-hour class

 

Go home with a finished project! Choose your own colors and designs to make leaves and flowers and create your own motif on the linen background. You can apply this method to any quilt where you want to add three-dimensional texture.

Jane Austen Traditional

The Jane Austen Quilt, 6-hour class

In the first half of this 6-hour class, students will cut and begin piecing the border units, and will start to see how the quilt will be assembled. The second half of the class is spent on sashing the medium blocks.

Materials List

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Pride and Prejudice Quilt, 3 or 6-hour class

Choose a light fabric and a dark fabric that contrast nicely, and throw in some of your favorite fabrics that contrast with the first two, and you have a recipe for a beautiful and stunning quilt that is very easy to make. The student will choose the final layout which will make each quilt unique.

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Sense and Sensibility, 3 or 6-hour class

This quilt is made up entirely of Sister’s Choice blocks. This is a color and value class where students can bring large scraps and small pieces of fabric and experiment with the best layout. Each student will need space for a design wall or foam-core board.

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Northanger Abbey, 6-hour class

This quilt parodies the work-intensive pieced border of the Jane Austen quilt by using iron-on 2” gridded interfacing to create the center of the pieced block. If students desire, a short watercolor-quilt instruction will be given for those choosing to make their centers like a watercolor quilt.

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Persuasion Quilt, 3 or 6-hour class

Equilateral triangles are pieced together without any Y seams to make an outstanding quilt. Triangles can feature tucks, precise strip piecing, or string piecing.

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Emma Quilt, 6-hour class

This class will have students take handkerchiefs, or linen napkins and turn them into fans in a quilt block. This is a nice way to preserve heirloom linens that you wouldn’t put on the table or use to wipe your mouth. Students will need to bring their own linens and doilies which can be found at antique stores, second-hand stores, and flea-markets.

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Mansfield Park, 6-hour class

Choose a good variety of fabrics and something that will pop for the “chain” fabric that travels diagonally through both blocks and the sashing for a stunning quilt. We will review color and fabric choices before sewing.

 Shining Star

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Shining Star

Shining Star is an original design by Karen featured in McCall’s Quilting Magazine. Students new to paper piecing will learn how to do this technique. The Log Cabin blocks are traditionally pieced.

Other Seminar and Sew®  Class Selections

Watercolor Quilt, 3-hour class

Watercolor quilts were all the rage twenty years ago, and they are still fun to do today. In this class you will learn about color value and work with 2” gridded interfacing to easily sew your creation together. Each student needs their own design wall or flannel-covered foam core board. For variety, students will be asked to bring a small stash of 2” squares of large floral fabrics that they are willing to share.

Moondance with a directional background, 6-hour class

This class will have students cut up their beautiful background fabrics and curve-seam piece the “moons”. This is a little more advanced, as students piece a half circle, not a quarter circle. A design wall as big as the background fabric will be needed for each student.

Shining Star Quilt, 6-hour class

This introduction to paper-piecing class will get students comfortable with paper piecing. The log cabin block is finished with traditional strip piecing.

Binding Class, 3-hour class

Bring those quilted, but unbound quilts and a big square of your binding fabric. Students will make their own bias binding with no bias sewing, will apply the binding to the quilt without pins, and will have a binding with no visible beginning or end!  Students will leave class with their bias binding sewn on the quilt and ready to be stitched down on the back side. If students don’t have a quilt to bind currently, they can bring one yard of fabric to make a long apron and make a bias binding for the perimeter. Except for sewing down the binding on the wrong side, apron can be completed in class.

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