This four-part workshop will walk you through the basics of pieced quilting – you will choose, prepare and finish your own 12″ pieced quilt block design, and will be well prepared to tackle your own full-sized quilt once you finish this course. You can use your finished 12″ square as a potholder, trivet, mini “wall quilt” or inspiration for a larger quilt project!
Beginners are welcome, and this also is a perfect second class for those who have taken our Sewing Fundamentals class. If you have 3 or more people interested in taking this class, please contact us, and we can arrange a custom class at a time that works for you.
This class runs for 4 weeks and each class is 2 hrs.
Course fee is $160 + HST (or $175 + HST including $15 optional supplies fee).
4 weeks – 2hrs each week
- Intro to quilting – types of blocks, possibilities for combination, colour theory, etc
- Choose your block design, and fabrics
- Learn how to use a rotary cutter
- Cut your block pieces
- Lay out your block design
- Mark and sew a “scant” 1/4″ seam to prepare for quilting
- Construct a quilt “sandwich”
- Bast through all three layers
- Machine or hand quilt the layers together
- Demonstration of “free-motion” machine stitching and “walking foot”
- Cut your own binding to match your square
- learn how to sew binding and make “mitered corners”
Supplies & Materials
All necessary equipment for this class (rotary cutters / mats, rulers, pins, sewing machines) is included in the class fee. If you’ve paid for the ($15) materials fee in advance (or would like to pay it in person at the class), we will provide all necessary materials. If you prefer to shop for your own supplies, here is a shopping list (note: the main thing we’ll need for the first week is fabric):
- 2-3 colours of quilting cotton, 1/4 yard or “fat quarter” of each: Woven, non-stretch 100% cotton, light-medium weight, in solids and/or prints. Please try to pre-wash and iron your fabrics if you have the time.
- disappearing fabric marker: You can get purple ones that disappear over time or blue ones that dissolve in water. In a pinch, we can also use pencil.
- matching thread for piecing and quilting: we will use the polyester thread for machine piecing, cotton quilting thread if you’d like to hand quilt your square.
- 1/2 yard of quilt batting: Cotton and wool are the nicest, but polyester is fine for this project too
- Optional / toys: rotary cutter + mat and sturdy grid ruler, clear template plastic
Current and former students are always invited to use our open studio time from 6-9pm on Friday evenings in addition to their regular class time. Click here to register online – space is limited.
***Class registration fees are non-refundable. If you need to cancel you class, you can use your credit towards a different class date or towards materials from our retail space. There is a $35~ fee for classes cancelled or changed with less than 7 days notice from your registered start date.