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All Things Quilting - Class


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$250.00 CAD
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The objective of this 10-week quilting course is to teach you the basics of many techniques used in quilting. This course covers fabric selection, colours, rotary cutting, piecing quilt blocks, curves, templates, foundation paper piecing, English paper piecing, and applique techniques. You will make a sampler quilt and learn to sandwich, machine quilt, and bind your masterpiece.

Finished size of sampler quilt: 52 in. x 52 in.

Please read our class policies before signing up.
Please provide your email address so that we may email you the supply list, updates, and reminders. 

Class schedule:

Summer School Edition NEW DATES
Monday, July 18th to Saturday 23rd @ 9 to 4

Fall Editions
Thursdays, September 8th to November 17th @ 5:30 to 8:30 PM OR (No class Oct 20)
Saturdays, September 10th to November 19th @ 9 to noon. (No class Oct 22)

Instructor: Dorothy

Know before you sign up: The instruction is very much hands-on. Classes are a combination of instruction, demonstration and practice. Your sewing machine must be in working order and is needed for all but the first class, and you may have a small amount of homework to do during the week. You can purchase the materials and supplies anywhere you choose. We offer a 10% discount for students on class materials and supplies. 

A full supply list will be provided upon registration. 

All Things Quilting by Alex Anderson is the textbook and is included in the cost of the course, as well as a selection of class materials.

Week 1 - Fabric Selection, Colour Theory, Pressing, & Rotary Cutting (no sewing machine required) 
This week we will discuss the three main things to look for when choosing your fabric: colour, value, and character. We will be looking at directional vs. non-directional prints and the benefits of both. We will also discuss very briefly the use of a colour wheel to create the perfect palette.

Rotary Cutting will cover straightening and squaring your fabric and using the rotary cutter to make various useful shapes, and how to press your seam for perfect results.

Week 2 - Machine Piecing Strip Sets and Squares
This section will examine how to pin your fabric using the 1/4" seam allowance and piece different shapes together.

Week 3 - Triangles and Flying Geese
Getting into more advanced piecing in this session by learning how to cut and sew triangles, and no-waste flying geese.

Week 4 - Y-Seams and Curves
Getting into more advanced piecing in this session such as y-seams and making and using templates. Another block is made by learning how to cut and sew curves.

Week 5 - English Paper Piecing
English Paper Piecing is another popular technique and is done by hand. 

Week 6 -  Appliqué Techniques & Foundation Paper Piecing
Appliqué is ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric in different shapes and patterns are sewn or fused onto a larger piece to form a picture or design. This section will walk you through several ways of making an appliqué and how to attach it either by machine or hand.  Foundation Paper Piecing is almost like painting by number. This portion will teach you how to "quilt by number" with FPP, making more complex patterns a breeze.

Week 7 - Setting, Sashing, Borders Now that we've made the nine quilt blocks, it's time to arrange them in a way that's pleasing to our eyes. Frame our quilt with sashing and borders. 

Week 8 - Basting, Batting & Backing
Learn about differences in types of batting, as well as choosing the backing of the quilt. Whether you choose a wide back or to piece the backing, you'll be covered.

Week 9 - Machine Quilting
We will assemble our quilt sandwich, start to quilt it together, using simple techniques like a stitch in the ditch, and framing motifs.

Week 10 - Binding and Labels
The last step, binding (how to make it and stitch it on), will be covered, and labels will be discussed.