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!!!!!!!!
MAIN BODY OF QUILT
36 – 8” SQUARES of neutral background fabric. Use a variety of fabrics
36 – 2 ¼” x 28” STRIPS various dark colours
36 – 2 ¼” X 28” STRIPS various light colours
36 – 5” squares of light/dark fabrics for large curve
36 – 3” squares of light/dark fabrics for small curve
BORDER WITH LEAVES
My borders are 8” wide X 66” and I used 4 different fabrics
24 – 6” squares of leaf fabrics
½ yard fabric like the background squares for light triangles on border
FINAL NY BEAUTY BORDER
28 – 2 ¼” X 23 “ strips of dark fabrics
28 – 2 ¼” X 23” strips of light fabrics
28 – 2” X 7” for curve
4 – 5” SQUARES of background fabric
4 – 3” squares of a print
28” of coordinating fabric
2 yd freezer paper & 3yards
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
for a 21" square
Pieced Star with a 6” border
Background of star (pieces H, I & A) 1 yard
“Feathers” and squares (A one & B) 1/2 yard
Triangles that surround centre square (E&F) ¼ yard
Large “Diamond” (D) ¼ yard
Centre Hexagon(G) 8" square
“Diamond” tips ( C ) 6" strip
Border & Binding 1 Yard
Backing & Wadding 1 yard of each
SUPPLIES & TOOLS
A rotary cutter, mat and ruler in inches. It will be useful to have a small (under 6") Bias Square Ruler. It is not expensive and a very useful ruler to have when making Half Square Triangles. A 12 1/2" square ruler is alo very useful!
Your sewing machine, 100% cotton thread beige or grey depending on your colour choices (I like 60 wt cotton by Mettler), pins and an iron and ironing board.
Once you decide on your colours you can head off to the shops to turn the design into fabric. You might consider using a “novelty” print in the centre to set the theme or maybe plan on an applique, embroidery or some lonely quilting!
If you have any questions write me on email@example.com
Ring me on: 01458 210432
Flying Geese in the Log Cabin
In class we will make a
4 block square
Light side 6 X 1 1/2" strips of light fabric
Darker side. 6 X 1 1/2" strips of dark fabric
Fabric for triangle "geese" 2 strips 2 7/8" wide
see photos on class page for colour ideas
Large quilt 70” X 90” 6 blocks X 8 blocks
Light Side 1: 3 yards (assorted fabrics or all the same)
Triangle “Geese” 1 ¾ yds (plus 1yd if you plan to use it in the border)
1st Dark: ½ yd
2nd Dark: ¾ yd
3rd Dark: 1 yd
4th Dark: 1 ¼ yd
Small Quilt 50” X 70” 4 blocks X 6 blocks
Light side 1: 1 1/2 yds
Triangle “Geese” 1 yd
1st dark: ¼ yd
2nd dark: 1/3 yd
3rd dark: ½ yd
4th dark: 5/8 yd
As with traditional Log Cabins contrast is the key to a successful quilt.
I used all the same fabric for my light side and 4 different darks for the other side. There is no reason you could not use as few as three fabrics or as many as 9!
Be sure to choose a “Goose” fabric that really stands out from the others.
I suggest you leave the border choice until the centre of the quilt is done.
Have fun choosing your fabrics. Prewash & press the fabrics ready for cutting!
Your sewing machine (with plug and foot pedal)
Mat, ruler (in inches)* and rotary cutter
Good quality cotton thread in natural for light fabrics or medium grey for darks (I will bring Mettler 50 & 60 weight threads for sale in case you cannot locate a top quality cotton thread)
Iron & ironing mat
* A 12 1/2" square ruler is extremely useful and I highly recommend it! I will bring some on the day in case you don't have one.
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.
Think you can’t draw? Well, you don’t really need to in order to have fun making one of my two different landscapes.
I will show you how to use an easy bonding web technique, decorative threads and decorative stitches on your machine to create a unique landscape.
We will discuss using colour value to gain perspective 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 many different threads for you to try. Also some interesting fabrics for sky, water and land in case you decide to change any of the fabric you’ve brought.
This workshop is low on pressure but high on satisfaction!
Have a look below to
see students work from a recent workshop ..
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!) 1 metre
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. Doughtys carries it as do many ironmongers!
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. Heat And Bond is OK.) I will bring Steam A Seam 2 to class to purchase if you wish 1 ½ metres
Pencil, scissors, Sharpie marking pen
Darning foot and/or Walking foot
Perhaps a personal iron and press mat would be nice?
Interesting threads that suit your fabrics