On the 4th and 5th Tuesdays of the month we put together study groups & workshops to learn new techniques, patterns, or handmade items for our Quilt Show boutique. There is $5 fee to attend these workshops to defray prep costs for the presenter unless otherwise noted.
June 25, 2019 - Items for Boutique - Joan K.
We will once again gather to make items that can be sold at the boutique. Joan will demonstrate the following items and will supply packages of the wax pebbles/resin mixture. Cost $5
Supply List for Boutique Projects:
1. Crayon Tote Bag
1 fabric fat quarter for the outside of bag ( Laminated fabric works well) and handles
1 fat quarter coordinating fabric for lining
1/16 yard fabric for crayon pouches (or 1/4 yard if you want to do the handles with this color ) fusible web... I like "Steam a Seam" which comes in a package pre-cut perfectly for this project coordinating thread
coloring book and crayons
sewing machine, basic sewing supplies.
2. Quilted Scissors Holder
Pattern (pattern will be supplied)
Ruler, pencil, craft scissor
Sewing Machine( with walking foot if you have one)
rotary cutter, mat
2 fat quarters( one for each side of holder)
One scrap of cotton batting 10” x 12” (batting pieces will be supplied) matching thread.
3. Luggage Tie
Two 3 1/2” x 22” fabric strips
3” x 5” clear vinyl – medium weight ( Vinyl window will be provided) Teflon presser foot for sewing on vinyl.
4. Bowl Covers
I suggest that we make covers for 5”, 8”, and 10” bowls.
Make the diameter of the circle 3” larger than the bowl size.( 8” for a 5” bowl, 11” for a 8” bowl, etc.)
Paper to trace circle.
Piece of laminated fabric large enough for the 3 circles.
Lining fabric. I suggest that the lining fabric be a PUL fabric ( or laminated fabric) I will bring some PUL fabric)
Package of 1⁄4 inch elastic.
Sewing machine and matching thread
5. Wax penetrated fabric bowl covers.
Around a quarter of a yard should make thee covers. Pinked edges look best so bring pinking shears or rotary cutter with a pinking blade- if you have either.
July 16, 2019 - Items for Boutique
Check back for more details
July 30, 2019 - (5th Tuesday)- One Block Wonder - Mary K.
One-Block Wonders: One Fabric, One Shape, One-of-A-Kind Quilts
By Maxine Rosenthal (I highly suggest you purchase this book to serve as a guide as you create this quilt).
The next two books are for advancing on and trying new things if you enjoy the process of creating the One-Block Wonders…
One-Block Wonders Encore! By Maxine Rosenthal and Joy Pelzmann
One Block Wonders Cubed! By Maxine Rosenthal and Joy Pelzmann
Your selection is the key to how your One-Block Wonder (OBW) will work.
“Instead of starting with a particular pattern or design and then trying to find fabric that will fit the pattern, this approach begins with the fabric: the fabric is the key element.” With the OBW you are really creating a new fabric out of the original fabric.
• Choose a fabric that features your favorite colors. Make sure it has a minimal amount of fussy background.
• Fabrics with several small design elements spaced apart is not good.
• Solid backgrounds are okay but there will be more wasted hexagons.
• Swirls are okay, stripes not so much.
• Asian, African, and florals are fine.
• People (like my Santa quilt) work, as do animals.
• The larger the print the less the finished quilt will look like the original fabric. Fabrics have a horizontal and vertical repeat, so avoid too narrow a repeat in either direction.
• If the fabric repeat is every few inches vertically or a close repeat horizontally the fabric it will make the same kaleidoscopes over and over again.
• Look for large repeats. 18 to 24 inch repeats are ideal so measure the repeat. (If you create a quilt from fabric with a close repeat the finished hexagons will look pretty much like the original fabric and you will feel like you just recreated the original fabric design.
• Purchase 6 repeats of your fabric (plus I always purchase an extra yard or yard and one half for borders.) I do this because it is always interesting to put some of the original fabric on the quilt (front or back) so the viewer can see the surprising difference.
• Do not prewash the fabric.
• When shopping for fabric you may wish to take along a V shape mirror and then you can check the images the fabric will make.
• The book suggests limiting the design with 2 to 3 colors because it is easier to design with fewer colors. I do not agree with this and never really follow this “rule”.
BRING TO CLASS:
Past workshops: click here to see more archived workshops
May 28, 2019 - Items for Boutique-Carol D.
The May 28 study group was lead by Carol D. She showed us several items which can be sold in the boutique at the quilt show. She gave us patterns for pincushions, needle book, oven mitts and potholders, coasters, and small zipper pouches. Fun!
April 30, 2019 - Gingerbread tissue cover - Sue P
Sue showed the participants how to create this cute gingerbread house tissue cover.
1/4 yard house fabric - brown print
1/4 yard roof and chimney - white or red print 1/4 yard batting - 48” wide
1-1/4 yards lace for roof trim
2” square of red satin for heart
2 purchased candy cane for trim by door ribbon/rick rack optional
Scraps for: door-tan, brown or red
windows-light colored print
lollipop - cut out of a peppermint wheel heart- red print
thread to match fabrics zig zag sewing machine