NOTE: Sewing machine experience required. We will have 10 machines available if you are traveling. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a machine. If you live locally, please bring your machine and let us know so we can reserve for others!
Great grandma had her crazy quilts, we’ve got our funky improv quilts! Here is another fun project that will put your beautiful scraps to use. The techniques used in this class are fast and free-wheeling, as in they will not win you any quilt show awards, but they will allow you to express your wonky self. In this class we will do some strip piecing, and some improvisational log cabin-esque blocks to make a unique wall quilt. We’ll also be using free-motion stitching to quilt our layers together. The overall size is approximately 21 x 22 inches. Please note, almost all the work on this project is on the sewing machine.
Students should bring to class:
A variety of fun, colorful fabrics and scraps. Bring a mix of solids and prints in quilting weight cotton. Adding stripes and polka dots is always fun! Note: the longest strip in this sample is 9 ½” long, and most of the strips are between 1 and 2 inches wide, with the center squares being 2 ½” to 3 ½” wide. This should give you an idea of what size scraps you’ll need. Please spend some time before Art & Soul playing with your fabric combinations so that you’ll have maximum sewing time.
Sewing machine threads in various colors. All-purpose polyester or cotton-poly is fine.
Lightweight batting – I like Warm and Natural Cotton batting, but bring whatever you prefer, as long as it’s on the thin (NOT puffy!) side.
One larger piece of fabric for the backing, at least 24 x 25 inches big.
Double folded bias tape in a nice contrasty color to bind your quilt
Embellishments of your choice, such as buttons, beads, charms, sequins, starfish, paint!…
Sewing tools: scissors, rotary cutter, rulers, seam ripper, pins, hand sewing needles
Optional cutting mat
Optional lighting such as a portable Ott light