2017 Class Descriptions

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Cathedral Window – Instructor, Pooa Bloomberg

In this class I will show you how to cut, press, join the background patches and lay over the printed material on the patches. We will learn how to do it by machine (or by hand if so desired.) It is a great project for very small remnants of spectacular prints that are hard to incorporate into a traditional quilt where all fabrics blend and are viewed for their value. All types of material can be used for the windows. The background fabric can also be varied to create unexpected secondary patterns but is suited for cottons that are easy and crisp to iron.

Textured backgrounds using fabric snippets & Thread painting for beginners – Instructor, Joyce Sullivan

We will put together a textured background for a small wall hanging then make thread painted flowers, fish or leaves to apply to the backgrounds.. I will provide, ahead of time to each class member, a piece of fabric of their choice to use for the thread painted subjects. You will then be able to color coordinate your fabrics and threads when you gather the items on the supply list for class. This class will require a machine with an open-toe foot that will allow you to see while doing free motion quilting. The thread painting is actually easier to do than free motion quilting on a larger quilt, especially with a commercial fabric subject to work on.

Disappearing 4-Patch – Instructor, Carol Auer

This class will be a hands-on machine piecing project.  We will start with a simple 4-patch, cut it apart, switch the positions of the parts and resew to create a new block.  The pattern can be done using a collection of high or low contrast, different color families or prints and solids and works with 5″ Charm Packs or 10″ Layer Cakes or any size in between.  The blocks can be sashed or pieced together with or without a border.  We will also be discussing some piecing and pressing techniques that will help enhance your finished quilt.

Hexies and Beyond – Instructor, Diane Linker

In this class, we’ll cover the basics of English Paper Piecing (EPP) and explore some of the many possible ways this technique can be used.

We’ll start with hexagons and move on to look at and discuss the wide variety of shapes that can be used. We will also cover fussy cutting to achieve kaleidoscopic effects in blocks, various methods of preparing and sewing the pieces and ways to quilt and finish English Paper Pieced quilts. Each student will work on a small project of his or her choice in class and will have the option of finishing the small project or using it as the beginning of a larger quilt.

Tea Time Placemats – Instructor, Susan Deshensky

Pattern by Judy Niemeyer, Quiltworx

Pattern price $20.00, makes 4 placemats, 11×22 each

The pattern is foundation paper piecing.  Learn about floating pints, stacking techniques, cutting techniques and curved paper piecing.

Fabric Collage Appliqued – Instructor, Tamara Drucker

This class will help you make a collaged picture, inspired by a photo. We will work on a pictorial landscape using raw edge applique. Bring your favorite picture (could be from a magazine) or use one of the available sample pictures in class, your inspiration, and variety of fabrics to make your art.
For most, the quilting itself will be completed at home.

Strip Tease Quilt – Instructor, Mary Cannizzaro

Pattern by Jen and Mary Cannizzaro

Pattern price $9.00.  Contact Mary directly for strip cutting service or pattern and kit option.

My class is Strip Tease, a new pattern that Jen and I created.

The quilt can be made in 4 different sizes and in many fabric combinations other than black and white.

“Sit and Sew” – unsupervised

A chance to work on your own project (or a comfort quilt kit can be arranged!!) in the company of the other guild members.