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Machine Needlefelting Series
If you own a needlefelting machine such as the Babylock Embellisher then lucky you. Now you can reproduce beautiful Art Quilts and learn a new technique on your machine.
If you have been looking for some classes that teach you how to use your felting machine than look no further. Following are several different workshops that get you well acquainted with your machine and teach different ways of using it. These are one-day workshops with instruction included for finishing at home.
1. Santa Fe Medallions
This small art quilt is made entirely of wool roving, wool yarn and wool fabric, put together on the felting machine. The circular medallions are made emtirely on the felting machine and then appliqued onto a flannel pre-quilted quilt. Quilt pattern is included in the class notes. Of course, you can use the panels any way you wish, such as a bag or garment adornment or an individual quiltlet. This project measures 15" x 32".
Imagine the maple leaves turning colors and falling gracefully to the ground. Now you can reproduce this beautiful autumn Art Quilt by creating the leaves on the felting machine and then attaching them on to a pre-quilted quilt. Pattern for the quilt is included in the class notes. The quilt is machine quilted and measures 34” wide by 48” long. If you don't want to make the quilt, you can just come and learn how to create leaves on the felting machine for another project.
This walhanging is machine needle felted on flannel. It is a good first project for getting used to needle felting landscapes and creating light and shadow effects. A kit is provided in class that includes the base flannel, wool roving, and a hand-felting needle. The project measures 16" x 20".
4. Nuno Felted Scarf on the Embellisher
With the cold weather just around the corner, come in and create a warm scarf and a fashion statement at the same time using the Baby Lock Embellisher. Even if you have never tried an Embellisher before
you can finish a beautiful, one-of-a-kind fashion accessory with a lovely drape and take it home at the end of the day. Silky base fabric and wool roving are provided in a kit in several color ways. More
colorways coming soon. Scarf measures 60" x 10"
5. Yarn Embellished Scarves
These scarves are created on the Baby Lock Embellisher also using only silk and yarn. They are quick and easy to make and can incorprate many different kinds of yarns.
6. Flower Power Placemats
Punch up the color in your kitchen with floral appliques created with the Baby Lock embellisher. Any floral shape and color can be cut out with felt you create yourself with your Baby Lock Embellisher. You can
create your own colorway for these placemats, depending on the flower fabric panel you choose.
7. Autumn Leaf Table Runner
Cotton batik fabrics can be coordinated to create a warm, inviting patchwork table center or wall-hanging. Leaf appliques created with the Baby Lock embellisher can be sprinkled on top and sewn in place to finish the look. Get started using your Baby Lock Embellisher to create autumn leaves that can decorate a wall – hanging, hat, bag or table center. Project measures 43" x 16"
8. Autumn Leaf Placemats
Cotton batik fabrics can be coordinated to create warm, inviting patchwork placemats that go together with the table center above. Leaf appliques created with the Baby Lock Embellisher can be sprinkled on top
and sewn in place to finish the look.
9. Zen Pool Table Runner
Similar to the Autumn Leaves Table Runner, the Zen Pool has lifelike water lilies floating on the surface.
Machine Quilting Series
1. Introduction to Machine Quilting
Are you a quilter with projects that need to be quilted but don’t have the time to quilt by hand? Do you want to finish your quilts but don’t know how? Well, bring a sample to class and learn how to put your quilt layers together and quilt it with your sewing machine in no time. The class is designed to teach you how to prepare your quilt top and machine quilt it using two different methods – straight stitch and free-motion quilting.
2. Machine - Quilting Next Step
This is the second machine quilting class which is a further development or continuation of the first session. We will learn more ornate and delicate machine quilting patterns as well as using specialty threads, bobbin adjustments, types of sewing machine needles, etc. For those of you who would like to move beyond stippling to more interesting quilted backgrounds, this is the class for you. You must have some machine quilting experience and be ready for more interesting designs.
3. Fantastic Feathers
Try your hand at fantastic free-motion feathers – even if you have struggled with this motif before. This method will have you conquering the design and mastery of fine feather quilting on the very first day of class – really!!! We will learn the basic free-form feather and go on to embellish them. We will also discuss the perils and pitfalls of this timeless and beautiful motif. You must have some free-motion quilting experience – no drawing ability necessary.
4. Vivaceous Vines
This course presents another type of Machine Quilting expertise– leaves, vines, garlands and more. You must have taken a previous machine quilting course or be somewhat familiar with free-motion quilting. These vines will utilize and combine aspects of other Machine Quilting Courses as well as embellishment ideas for new designs. You will have an extensive repertoire of interesting leaf designs to use in your future quilts after this class. In this session, we will be stitching leaves and vines of various sizes and styles, as well as embellishing and combining patterns. The goal is to become comfortable with leaf shapes, flowing vines, and changing patterns back and forth “midstream”.
5. Fast Fabulous Fillers for Machine Quilting
There are so many new machine quilting patterns to learn and not enough time to try them. Spend a day with some new and unusual filler patterns for your quilts to make them pop! If you need more background fill pattern ideas for machine quilting your quilts besides stippling, this class is for you. These can be used anywhere an all-over pattern is desired including around Appliqué motifs or throughout borders in a quilt.
6. More Fantastic Feathers
This class is a continuation of the Fantastic Feathers class, with new ways or creating and embellishing feathers. There are so many things that can be done with the feather motif, I tried to get more into another one-day workshop, but there is still a whole lot more. Maybe there will be a Fantastic Feathers 3 soon.
7. Quilt Design Elevation
You can add interest and dimension to your finished quilts with elevated areas of machine quilting. Just like an Oreo cookie, you can “Double Stuff” certain quilting design areas and “Single Stuff” others to bring out certain areas you want to dominate or showcase. The class sample will include different machine quilting patterns with some lifting off the surface more than others. You should have some machine quilting experience to take this class.
8. Thread and Needle Guide for Machine Quilting
There are so many fabulous new threads available to the quilter, you could spend a small fortune buying them all. Maybe you have already done this and are less than pleased with how your machine accepts them. If you dare to try them they do what nothing else can do – make you look like a sewing genius! And who doesn’t need that once in awhile? These threads include all the unusual fibers and combinations - the metallics, the variegateds, the fat cottons, the slivers, holograms, razzle dazzles, trilobals– even the names make you reach for your meds. From the Understated, the Hard Working Middle Class, the Attention-Getters or the Drama Queens, spend a day learning how to use common as well as unusual threads in your machine quilting motifs.
For those who love floral quilts but are daunted by traditional appliqué, this might be a method you want to learn to do yourself. Traditional appliqué, with cotton quilt fabric, requires you to finish the edges, either by hand or by machine. Your options include freezer paper, fusible web, machine appliqué, satin-stitch, etc. etc. and you have to do this for every flower petal, leaf and stem. What would you think if you could find a much quicker, easier method and get more beautiful and realistic results – REAL-LOOKING flower petals and leaves? This method can be adapted to any appliqué quilt pattern you already have – no need to purchase any new book or pattern. This technique is called Hand Carved Applique because you cut and seal the edges in one operation. The fabrics used here are different colored synthetic sheers.
This method uses heat tools with synthetic fabrics to carve and seal the edges. The heat tools are easy to find in any hobby store and are not expensive. You can use a soldering iron, wood burning tool, leather burning tool, or Textile tool with a stylus tip. Simply using the tool like a pencil to draw around a cardboard shape carves and seals in one operation. The tip is very hot and and must be used on a glass surface – an old empty picture frame will do.
These workshops are designed to teach the technique in one day, but you can apply this to any floral pattern you already own. There are 4 workshops to choose from in the Hand Carved series.
1. Tulip Wallhanging
This is the simplest version of this technique. Each tulip is carved from layers of sheer synthetic organza in different colors and machine appliqued onto a pre-quilted background with monofilament thread. Patterns and directions are included in class. Heat tools are also available on loan for the day. Project measure 10" x 22".
2. Iris Wallhanging
You can create a realistic bloom of Iris for your walls with this hand-carved appliquéd wall-hanging. The leaves and blossoms are three – dimensional and lift off the surface of the quilt and twist and turn – just as they do in a real garden. The leaves have a light amount of machine embroidery and the quick and easy hand carving makes the project fast and accurate – you might even want to make a pair for a bare winter wall. Project measures 15" x 20".
3. Blooming Flowers
This little art quilt is a further development of the Hand-Carved Applique technique. In this workshop, layers of synthetic sheers, satin, lame and Angelina fibers are sandwiched together and cut out with the heat tool. It is then lightly machine embroidered in a hoop, then cut out with the heat tool. the flowers and leaves glitter and shine and can be used in a wall hanging as shown or attached to a hat or bag. Project measures 17' x 21".
4. Caladium Garden
This small wallhanging is designed for those who are tired of conventional applique and want to learn something more interesting and realistic to nature. It features a Caladium Garden on a dark velvety background. We will be using the Hand Carved Appliqué and Free-Motion embroidery techniques for the leaves and stems. If you haven't heard of Hand-Carved Applique, you are in for a treat. The leaves are created using a soldering iron (or fabric texturing tool) to carve the shapes out of shimmering sheers and satins - just like real flowers and leaves. The leaves have some light machine embroidery as well as the magic of Shiva Paintiks for altering fabric for artistic advantage. Paintstiks are provided, depending on class size. This is such a quick and realistic “garden” you may decide to make up several with different velvet colors as gifts for your loved ones. Project measure 30"x 16"
Kids Can Sew Series
These classes are designed to introduce children to the world of creative sewing. They included instructional exercises in learning about sewing, the sewing machine and sewing safety. Age suggestions are included.
1. Cellphone/ Game Pouch
For children 4th or 5th grade and up
Kids can learn to sew too with this simple camera/ipod/game pouch. The class will start with instruction on the sewing machine, the different parts, how they work, threading, sewing practice lines and pressing. The project is a small pouch that can be used for technology, jewelry, toys or even secrets. If you want your child to learn how to operate a sewing machine and come home with something to keep this is a good first class to take. Because this is a class for first-time sewers, I will be providing a kit with most of the materials needed for the sewing session. The kit ($8 each) contains fabric, batting, Velcro and I will provide matching thread for the children to use for the day.
2. Tote Bag
For children 6th grade and up
Tote bags are not only fun to make, but they are useful too!! This is a good “first” sewing project for children 6th grade and up. The class will start with instruction on the sewing machine, the different parts, how they work, threading, sewing practice lines and pressing. The bag includes 2 pockets and can be reversible. Parent volunteers are welcome.
3. Quilt –Go Pillow
For children 6th grade and up
Create your own whimsical pillow with the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter. This little machine cuts fabric quickly, accurately and safely. It is a fast, precise, fabric cutter
that allows quilters and fabric crafters to cut fabric as much as 90% faster than scissors or rotary cutting. Perfect for children and beginner sewing enthusiasts. If you
would like your child to learn how to sew, this is a fun class in which to learn and you will be surprised at how cute the end product looks.
4. Homework Mat
For children 6th grade and up
With “back to school” just around the corner, your child can create their own space for doing homework with their own decorative mat they made themselves on their sewing machine. This mat can also be used
as a placemat or
even a dresser topper. It is very simple to make and is a good first or second project for new sewing enthusiasts. The project introduces patchwork quilting skills and includes pockets for
storage and organization of supplies,
Learn to Quilt Series
At the request of the venues where I am teaching classes this year, I have been asked to create some classes for those who are just learning to sew for the first time.
This series of classes is geared toward beginners who want to learn how to sew or make quilts. Each one teaches foundation skills required in sewing and quilting many different types of quilts. You can take just one or two classes or all of them in the series.
1. Patchwork Trivet
Use your stash of scraps or fat quarters to create this functional and decorative trivet. The trivet is constructed from a cover that allows for a ceramic tile to be inserted from an opening on the back. Just remove the tile for easy washing. Learn to patchwork quilt with this quick and fun project. This project measures 12 inches square and will accommodate a 12” tile.
2. Learn to Quilt- Patchwork Table Runner
Learn Patchwork Quilting with this quick and easy table runner. You will learn how to rotary cut squares and triangles, sew them together with matching points, assemble the blocks into one piece and sew simple borders. The block pattern allows for large colorful printed fabrics with coordinating colors and can be increased in size for a longer table runner. The project size is 32” x 20”
3. Learn to Applique
Applique is the name given to free-form shapes such as flowers or leaves stitched on the surface of a quilt top. Once you learn how to do this easy technique you can apply it to adding foliage, landscapes, animals or even people into finished quilts. This class is designed to teach the very basics of machine appliqué quilting. The project is a Tulip Trio Pattern by Bee Creative Studio and measures 10” x 18.”
4. Basic Borders for Quilts
This class is for those who want to learn how to apply different kinds of simple borders to their quilts.
Often, when making a quilt, there is very little instruction as to how to put on the borders so that the quilt lays flat and is framed to its best advantage. In this class we will be working on a small sample that will teach the following: Preparing your quilt for adding borders, straight borders, mitered borders, Bias Square borders. This project provides a good opportunity to frame a preprinted 12 inch panel or large scale floral fabric in the center. It measures 24” x 24” and can be used as a table center or the start of a larger quilt project.
5. Best of Show Binding
This class is for those who have made a quilt and don’t know how to finish the edges.
No matter how you construct your quilt, what methods you use, or how well it turned out, you still have to bind and finish the edges. This class will teach you how to apply a classic French Double Fold Binding on a small sample that has been the method used to finish quilts for generations. We will also cover a quick quilt binding on machine. The project measures 12” square and can be used as a pot holder or table center.
6. Bias Binding Method for Scalloped or Curved – Edged Quilts
This class is for those have taken the first binding class and want to learn to bind curved edged quilts.
If you want to have smooth edges on a curved edge quilt you will need to learn how to use bias strips to finish your binding edges. In this class we will learn how to do classic French Double fold and Quick bias bindings for curved edge quilts.
7. The Many Ways of Applique
This class is designed to teach many different ways to appliqué a single motif, in this case, a heart motif because this shape contains the different types of shapes you will encounter with most other appliqué shapes. We will be working on 8 different ways to appliqué including Classic Hand Appliqué, Straight Stitch, Satin Stitch, Decorative Stitch, Raw Edge, Fused Edge, Solvy Turned Edge, and Mock Hand appliqué.
8.Tote Bag for the Beginning Sewer
Tote bags are not only fun to make, but they are useful too!! This is a good first sewing project for anyone! The class will start with instruction on the sewing machine, the different parts, how they work,
threading, sewing practice lines and pressing. The bag includes 2 pockets and can be reversible.
Beginning Quilt Making
Also Known as Introduction to Quilting Arts
I have been teaching this class in many different places and a variety of age groups for 17 years now. It is the foundation class for new quilters and is the most comprehensive Beginning quilting class in the area. We cover the craft of quiltmaking from beginning to end and don't leave you hanging with an unfinished project. You will learn all the basics for completing a nine- block sampler, which includes the following: fabric selection, rotary cutting, several block categories, hand-quilting, basting, binding, and more. Most students are amazed when they see their own work and realize their tremendous accomplishment after just one quilt course. No previous experience necessary. Material lists will be given out the first night of class. Complete Quiltmaking Manual available for purchase at $20 each payable to the instructor the first night of class.