Classes on Hot Ribbon
See Williston classes, plus the Introduction to Hot Ribbon. I keep thinking of hot new ideas for Hot Ribbon, so book your classes and we'll decide on the exact project as the time gets closer.
If your guild logo is appropriate, you might want a project of making fresh new name tags featuring your guild logo outlined in ribbon.
Classes on Potluck Appliqué
Check out this new approach to appliqué. This is the subject I am most enthusiastic about nowadays. Six people make 6 designs with 6 different fabrics all mixed up. But each student brings only one fat quarter! There's no waste, the process is fun, and you'll help free yourself from inhibitions (if that's a problem with you).
Designs can feature many different subjects so I feel
a new book coming on.
Sixteen blocks can be made quickly (in little more than an hour by many students, if kits are used). The remaining class time can be used to explore ways to arrange the blocks. This is a simple project, Project 1 in Sizzling Quilts from a Simple Block, but advanced students will be interested in how to design with this new block. Kits are recommended.
NEW! Check out the "Answers & Extras" pages for handouts and lots of other information on the Super Sixteen project.
When four small Woodpile blocks
are combined, they make the traditional old block, Card Trick, Project
5 in Sizzling Quilts from a Simple Block. This is a good baby
When triangles are added to the blocks, Pinwheels emerge. Accuracy is important where eight seams come together. Project 13 in Sizzling Quilts from a Simple Block would be a good class project.
If you want to copy the quilt on the front cover of Sizzling Quilts from a Simple Block, click on Bonfire quilt.
This looks sophisticated as a wall
quilt in Southwest pastels, but it's also a great children's quilt which
can be made from heavier fabrics for durability. This is Project 15 in
Quilts from a Simple Block. It would be good for community service
projects since a large children's quilt goes together fast.
Learn the Fast Patch Two-Square method to make these blocks. Fish are especially popular so they would be the focus, but students can also explore other Nature Blocks shown on the Fast Patch Kids' Quilts page. Students can make as many blocks as they wish and assemble them in creative way.
Make 16 miniature (4") boats.
Scrap Quilts Using Fast Patch
Skill level: Beginner
Time: 6 hours (or multiple sessions)
This a wonderful scrap quilt made of 9-patch blocksˇall squares except for a set of triangles in the center. It's economical because it's made from scraps (which can be as small as 2" x 10" or so), and it's quick because it's all strip-pieced. My traditional Fast Patch checkerboard method works great for this since the bias edges of the triangles make it easy to line up seams.
Variation: The project shown is a 48-block baby
quilt or wall hanging, but the same number of triangles can be used for
a 96-block twin quilt. Making half the blocks with triangles, half with
eight dark squares and one light square creates a quite different look
which is even more versatile. Send me an e-mail at email@example.com
I'll add a picture of it to this web page.
If I am not scheduled for your area, please suggest a date far enough in the future that we can build a trip around your event and suggest guilds in your area which might be interested. (I am especially easy to negotiate with on travel expenses if you are near my grandchildren in Western Massachusetts, central Colorado, and Northern Utah. I also like an excuse to visit relatives in Southern Nevada, Southern Wisconsin, and Florida. I'll count my family as one of the "sponsors" when dividing travel costs.)
Remember to check the "Answers & Extras" page for handouts on Woodpile quilts. I can often provide supply lists, step-by-step instructions, etc. to promote other classes.