Please contact me to discuss other class options or for information on fees. I have a lot of teaching experience so other classes are possible.
Adventures in String Quilting is a lecture/discussion/trunk show. String quilting can make use of leftovers, stash, unwanted UFOs, and of course, new fabrics. I use the term "string" to distinguish the irregular shapes welcomed in string piecing from the term "strip" which refers to precisely cut fabric - which can be obtained as precuts. I will discuss string quilting, particularly the many possibilities for creating design using simple arrangement of strings or highlighting certain parts of blocks. I've also explored many foundation types for string quilting and these will be discussed. Participants will leave the lecture with a new or renewed appreciation for the tradition of string piecing/quilting.
My book, String Quilt Style, will be available for purchase.
Quilters have long made quilts from hexagon shapes. Mary explains the English Paper Piecing technique and shows several of her quilts using this technique. Mary's book, Fast-Fold Hexies, introduced a very different method of making hexagon quilts: creating small quilt-as-you-go hexagon units. These hexie units can be sewn together by hand or machine. Discover the benefits of this technique as she shows you new designs using this method. You'll be amazed what you can do with this technique.
The book, Fast-Fold Hexies, will be available for sale.
The objective for Design Play Date is to generate designs. A number of exercises are used to foster new ideas. Participants work quickly with pre-fused fabrics to make designs on background fabric. You will develop small compositions, while playing with shape, color, repetition and variety. Learn to appreciate and use your own style and preferences. We’ll focus on small compositions (14” X 18”). The finished pieces may be used as is or put together into a larger piece.
These soft fabric bowls can be used to hold a bowl or container, or the fabric bowls can be used alone to hold household items (napkins, paper towels) or snacks (popcorn, candy, chips). In this class bowls are custom-made for a particular container, or you can choose from specific sizes if you like. Embellishment of the fabric is part of the fun.
Learn how to make Fast-Fold Hexies by hand or machine.
Make a table runner whiile learning this new approach to hexagon quilts. By folding circles to make hexagons and enclosing batting you’ll create small hexagon units. When you put the hexagons together, the quilting is done! Learn how hexagons can be put together by hand or using a sewing machine. You can go from here to making larger Fast-Fold Hexie projects.
One of the most important things in string quilting is having FUN. Students are encouraged to relax and enjoy improvising as they construct their blocks. Participants will make diagonal square string blocks and string circles. The string circles will be appliqued to background squares. Techniques to add interest to string blocks are emphasized. After making two square blocks and two circle blocks participants are ready to string on their own.
Some background fabric and some strings of fabric sew up quickly into Churn Dash (also known as Monkey Wrench) blocks. No worries about points. Using strings of fabric leads to really interesting blocks. Yours will be unlike any others. In class you will learn how to make Churn Dash blocks. Making two or three will give you a nice size table runner.
Mary will show you how to use large coffee filters (provided) as your foundation for circles. You'll use fabric strings sewn to the circles and appliqué them to background squares of fabric. It is really easy and looks great. In class we'll focus on preparing four circles and appliquéing them to the background. You can use this as a wall hanging, table topper or runner, or as the start of a quilt.
Mary will show you an easy way to make these star blocks. Some background fabric and some strings of fabric sew up quickly into Super Stars. No worries about points.
In class you will make a star block and borders, suitable for a wall hanging. Mary will provide you with tips to easily construct these stars and how to make them into a quilt.
The Circle Quilt is a great way to play with color.
The class project will be to construct four circle blocks that you can make into a table topper, wall hanging or table runner. Mary will demonstrate techniques and coach you through sewing curves. After trimming squares, you will arrange and sew squares together. You will receive detailed written instructions. Don't be afraid of curves!
There is a pattern fee of $8 for detailed instructions and templates. This is paid to the instructor.
This is a quick way to use leftover fabrics or a new collection. In this class you will learn to use strips of fabric with a paper foundation to make quick quilt blocks that can be used in quilts or other smaller items. This is a great scrap buster! It is easy and fun. Your instructor will demonstrate techniques and coach you through making some squares. After trimming squares you will learn how to sew squares together. In addition, fabric and layout options will be discussed. You will work toward making either a small quilt or a decorative item, such as a hot pad or mug mat.
English paper piecing uses a paper shape for each piece in the quilt. This is hand sewing technique that is easy to learn and requires very few supplies. Participants will learn to baste the paper to fabric and how to sew fabric pieces together. Variations in techniques will be discussed so that you can decide what works best for you. There is no specific class project, but Mary will show and discuss examples of what you can do with paper piecing.
This is a brand new way to approach a hexagon quilt, often known as Grandmother's Flower Garden. In this class you will learn a new technique that uses circles to make hexagons. The batting is enclosed in each hexagon and when you put the hexagons together, the quilting is done! This technique can be done by hand or machine. You will work toward a small item which can be used as a decorative item, a “hot pad”, coaster, or trivet. You'll get tips on other layouts for your hexagons and embellishment ideas.