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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Quilting Basics Class

There's a new quilt shop in Kingsport, folks: Heavenly Stitches. They're new, but they've doubled their fabric selection since November and they have great variety, including orientals, batiks, country, kitsch, traditional, blenders, etc., and they sell and service sewing machines. They also are developing a great selection of notions and batting and I WANT one of their large free-standing design walls that folds up to fit in a 3" x 3" x 15" bag (dimensions from approx. memory, so don't shoot if I'm wrong).

Anyhow, as you can see I'm excited that Kingsport has what is shaping up to be a fabulous independent quilt shop. They also have an amazing classroom . . . where I'll be teaching. So . . .

Quilting Basics
April 16, 23, 30; May 7
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (we'll take half an hour at noon for lunch)
The fee is $100 for all four 4-hour sessions, a total of 16 class hours

Boot camp for quilters—but so much more fun! Whether you’ve never quilted before or you want to become more accurate, this is the class for you. Get comfortable with hand and machine piecing and appliqué techniques, paper foundations, rotary cutting, mitered corners, drafting, and templates. Perhaps most important, learn how to troubleshoot and compensate for human error. Do your homework and you’ll leave class with a completed sampler top.

During the course of these four sessions we will cover:
  • Hand piecing.
  • Machine piecing.
  • Basic applique.
  • Paper foundation piecing.
  • Set-in pieces—and how to avoid them.
  • Mitered corners/sashing.
  • Lapped borders/sashing.
  • Block-corner borders/sashing.
  • Triangles and bias.
  • Rotary cutting.
  • Templates—hand vs. machine.
  • Tying vs. quilting.
  • Easing in.
  • Drafting designs, drafting templates.
  • Pinning—when, where, how often.
  • Butting seams.
  • The “swirly.”
You can see my supply list and bio and register here. Hope to see you there!