Invisible Machine Applique
This is what I call a Process class.
The emphasis is on learning rather than actually making something.
Everything we do will be a sample! Do not stress over your fabric choices. Use up what you have and all will be fine.
10" square of dark fabric without any print for stitching sample
Three 8" squares of plain fabric (a pale colour woud be nice!) (A)
One 8" square of printed fabric (B)
One 10" square of novelty print ( birds, animals or a scene) (C)
A strip of striped print or a border print 5" (aprox) x 40"(aprox) to make a border sample. The stripe can run either way.
Your best sewing machine with plug, lead and foot control pedal and instruction book
An Open Toe foot if possible. I will have some generic ones for sale but not for Bernina which uses #20
YLI or Mettler invisible thread in CLEAR (I will have some available for sale)
100% cotton thread (I like Mettler 60 wt and will have some available)
Scissors that cut well to the point
Freezer Paper 1/2 metre
If you have a small travel iron and pressing mat bring them as it will save you heaps of waiting time on the day!
New York Beauty With IMA
We are not making a quilt in the workshop but you will be learning HOW to make the block using Invisible Machine Appliqué and Foundation Paper Piecing.
This block is great fun to make and looks AMAZING!. Once you begin you won’t be able to stop!
The more fabrics the better but we only need 2 strips each 2 ¼”
X 30” for sewing the points in each block.
Lots of contrast makes for a more exciting block. Sort your fabrics into
Lights-Mediums-Darks .. not just different colours but different values!
Avoid directional fabrics and novelty prints with pictures on them.
Why not raid your stash and bring various fabrics along for your sample blocks?
You will also need 8”squares for the background (neutral colours) see photo above
A few 5” squares to go with your strips for the larger curve and 3” squares for the smaller square.
I can’t really say how many blocks we will be able to make but bring enough to make a few of each.
If you have a colour way in mind and want to actually begin
a quilt then please see the requirements below for the full size
Bring rotary cutter, ruler and mat plus your general sewing bits. One half meter of Freezer Paper.
A six inch “Add-A-Quarter” ruler is invaluable ( I will have them for sale if you need one)
Invisible thread and a good quality cotton thread. I recommend YLI or Mettler Invisible and Mettler cotton 50 or 60 weight.
Also Denim/Jeans or Microtex Sharp needles in 70/10 or 80/12 (also available on the day)
All of these items are available for purchase in class if the products you have are not suitable.
And of course your sewing machine, plug, instruction book and foot pedal!!
A wee press mat and iron will speed thing up for you.
FULL SIZE QUILT FABRIC REQUIREMENTS NOT needed on the day!!!!!!!!
Beginning Machine Quilting
Please have your machine (and instructional manual if possible ) cleaned and ready to sew. Check that your bulb works! And don’t forget your foot pedal (don’t ask how often people forget it!)
You will need a DARNING FOOT . Do not tell the salesman that you want it for quilting as he may give you the wrong foot....if anything tell him it is for free form machine embroidery.
Also necessary is the WALKING FOOT. It is a cumbersome looking contraption that is vital for successful straight line quilting. Most Pfaff machines do not have this attachment as they have a built in dual feed, called an IDT.
You will also need:
2 Fat Quarters of a plain calico (no prints - a light colour is best) 18” X 22”
A good quality invisible nylon thread ( I strongly recommend YLI and generally have it available for purchase in class)
A new Sharp or Quilting needle size 80 or 70 ... (70 is best for Invisible Thread. 80 for sewing with 50 wt cotton thread. These will be available in class)
A neutral coloured 100% COTTON sewing thread ... not quilting thread...NOT polyester. I recommend Mettler thread 50 or 60 wt (available from me)
A thin cotton wadding.
I look forward to meeting you! We are going to have a great time!
The Famous Snuggle Quilt
Supply list for a 70” square quilt
For piecing the MAIN BODY of the quilt
- ¼ yard each of 4 different red prints
- ¼ yard each of 4 different green prints
- ½ yard dark green for the Holly Leaves
- 1 ½ yards of plain or tone on tone fabric in white, cream or soft gold or silver*
*This fabric MUST measure at least 57” long after washing and pressing. It is the light sashing fabric between the red & green blocks
BORDER FABRIC 1½ Yards
- You may wish to wait and choose this fabric after the centre of the quilt is done.
- You could also do with less fabric if you are willing to piece the border.
BINDING FABRIC 30”
THE BACKING OF THE QUILT 4 yards
We will be exchanging fabrics in the class so each quilt will have 2 each of 80 different fabrics! You may add additional fabrics if you wish to make a larger quilt. But be aware that you will need to add a minimum of 12 blocks to keep the quilt design balanced.
On the day please have all your fabrics washed and ironed. They MUST be a minimum of 8” X 40” each. This is why fat quarters will not do!!
When choosing your fabrics please keep the Christmas theme in mind but try to find fabrics that do not rely too heavily on Santa and other “la-la” cute images. Also avoid very white or light backgrounds. They stick out like a sore thumb.
Think LARGE and small prints. Plaids! Stripes! Look for all shades of red & green. This will help your quilt to sparkle!
If you purchase your fabrics at a shop where other classmates might shop, please tell the shop that you will be using these for the Famous Snuggle quilt class and ask her to mark the bolt so no one else buys it.
You will also need your sewing machine, rotary cutter, mat and 6”X 24”ruler. A 12” square ruler would be handy! Don't forget a good quality cotton thread & a new needle (I will bring both on the day for sale if you cannot find them)
Thread-u-cation, formerly Thread Play Day
Left on our own we seldom allow ourselves time to just “play”... which is actually the best way to learn! In this class you will have the opportunity to experiment with dozens of different and exciting threads. Learn what needles to use, how to control your tension and really get to know your machine whilst making lots of samples to take home in your personal “Thread Bible”.
Your machine, instruction book & foot control
Scissors & pins
Two hole binder and a dozen A4 punched, plastic pocket pages
Applique foot. An OPEN TOE applique foot is best! (I will have some generic ones for sale if you want one) Optional darning foot... only if you want to use it
For samples for the Thread Bible:
1/4 Yard thin, flat wadding (cotton or needlepunch would be best)
1/2 yard plain calico
These need to be cut into 16 - 6” squares which make eight "sandwiches"
Feel free to bring any threads you’ve collected but are apprehensive about using!
Any questions please get in touch : firstname.lastname@example.org
Flying Geese in the Log Cabin
This is a lovely classic block that I've taught for over 20 years. But recently I've come to think about using Foundation Papers to improve the speed and accuracy of this quilt. We will also use fabric glue rather than pins. This creates a perfect block quickly and easily...even for beginners!
In class we will make one block (more if you are a speedy stitcher!) of the Flying Geese Log Cabin and one or two of the Invisible Machine Aplique Seed block for the border.
If you want to eventualy make 4 FGLC blocks (makes an 18" square) you will need a long quarter each of two strongly contrasting fabrics. The Geese will need to be very strong...white, black or other colour that will really stand out!
Study the photo below to see the various blocks from a previous class put into one scrappy quit layout...I bet you will instantly notice the low contrast block? Far right...second row from the bottom, far right..
If you wish to make the full size quilt I made which is 60" square, please contact me for fabric requirements.
Mat and rotory cutter
cotton sewing thread* and appropiate needle*
YLI Invisible Thread*
travel iron and mat
Open Toe applique foot*
I will provide 4 foundation papers* & Freezer Paper
All items with an * (and a few more more!) will be available for purchase at the workshop so dont panic...
Any questions please contact me on email@example.com
Check out the variety of colour combinations you can achieve!
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Perfectly Portable Paper Piecing PPPP
- 50 or 60 wt cotton thread in soft grey and/or cream (available in class)
- Hand sewing needles. Sharps size 7 or 9 or Milliners/Straw size 10 or 11 (these are my favourites as they are amazing for hand applique as well. I will have some for sale on the day)
- 6" X 6" approximate, template material
- Several bits of fabric, minumum 3". I will bring some fabric for you to experiment with...but if you have scraps with interesting patterns then definately bring those! See examples.
You don’t really need to be an artist to have fun making one of my two landscapes!
Learn how to use an easy bonding technique and overlay, to create a unique landscape.
We will discuss using colour, value and different threads to add drama to your work.
Raid your batik stash, hand dyed fabrics or some of your favourite tone-on-tone collection.
I will bring some interesting fabrics for sky, water and land in case you decide to change any of the fabric you’ve brought.
IMPORTANT NOTE !
Every workshop is different and we all work differently. I will leave the decision about bringing your sewing machine to you. In most cases everyone gets their landscape designed, cut and bonded ready to sew. But sometimes there isn’t time left to actually sew.
I will demo, offer ideas and discuss how to do your decorative stitching which should help you stitch happily at home.
If you work fast, or are insecure about doing decorative stitching please bring your machine and let me know before the class begins. Then I will be sure to allocate time to help you personally.
Questions? Feel free to contact me on 07813 610405
Please read the note above on bringing your sewing machine to class
You will choose to make one of two different scenes.
If you wish to have the pattern for the one you don’t make, please bring enough Freezer Paper to copy it.
These designs are too large for me to photocopy.
Batiks, hand dyed, tone on tone, large prints … be imaginative! Bring lots!
Please DO NOT CUT ANY of your fabrics to size. The measurements given are only to give you an idea of the maximum size you might need.
SKY 20” x 30”
WATER 20” x 20”
HILLS, MOUNTAINS/LAND 12” x 15” for mountains / 8” x 18” for land
TREES 5” X 20”
WADDING 20” x 30”
BACKING FABRIC 20” x 30”
Freezer Paper (18” wide minimum. check before you buy!)
Clear plastic 20” x 30” (the kind of thing you’d use to protect a good tablecloth) Contact me if you have trouble finding it. I will bring some on the day.
Steam-A-Seam 2 bonding paper. (I don’t feel that Bond A Web is the best one to use as it tends to separate) I will bring Steam A Seam 2 to class to purchase if you wish 1 metre
Pencil, scissors, Sharpie marking pen
Open Toe Applique foot
Perhaps a personal iron and press mat would be nice?
Interesting threads that suit your fabrics
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First of all look for a fabric that will provide an interesting setting for your Hare (s)... Is it in a forest? In a copse of trees? In space? This piece needs to be about 20" x 40"
Then consider the hare itelf...is it snowy white? A warm, natural brown or perhaps a fantasy hare?
Each large hare is 12" x 22" and each small hare is 6" x 12"....
you have lots of room on your background so consider if you will want 1,2 or 3 hares..large or small? Maybe a family?
If you are unsure bring lots of choices and we can create togther on the day!
One metre of Freezer Paper
Eraseable fabric marking pen NOT FRIXON PENS! They are dangerous on fabric and dont always vanish permandently.
Your best, cut to the point, small embroidery scissors. Kai, Davo, Karen K. Buckley and Gingher all make excellent ones.
Your favourite Sharp needle
A 50 or 60 weight cotton thread to match your backgrpund fabric.
Any questions? Please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org