With: Michele Scott
Skill Level: Beginner
Tricks for designing your own softly curving blocks. Small project
This is not only a technique class, but a design class! Using one block which you design, you will sew curves easily, while learning to determine value and line. Make a wall hanging as large or as small as you desire. Michele will assist you as you design your block and provide you with lots of examples of how your designs will look. This freezer paper technique is for anyone who wants the speed of machine piecing combined with the freedom to put their seams anywhere they choose. The paper stops the fabric from stretching and accurately marks the seam line, making curved piecing practically painless. You will be sewing, NOT appliquéing, your seams into gentle curves. This is a good first step for those who want to learn to deal with construction techniques outside of the straight line geometric. Traditionalists who want to piece more difficult designs will love this class, as well as contemporary quilters who want to create designs without difficulty.
Supplies Required for Workshop
Assortment of coordinating fat quarters and half yards in light medium and dark. The amounts of each and number of different prints depends on how big you plan to design your wall hanging. For a 16" (approximately) wall hanging, you would want at least six different fat quarters.
If you plan anything bigger, go to half yards. If you are going to do a bigger wall hanging, make sure you get a decent supply of whatever you want your border to be. Purchase about a yard to be safe.
If you want to make it super scrappy, this is a good project to go into your stash and get bits and pieces of your favorite fabrics, making sure you have an equal number of lights, mediums and darks.
The sample showing the curved border is more complicated and done with Michele's hand-painted fabric. She will have many colors available on her Web site if you would like to purchase them there. If there is a specific color way you would like, just email. This project really lends itself to these fabrics.
The one shown on the Class List page is a less complicated pattern and uses prints that are more traditional.
- Drawing paper - large piece of drawing paper - at least 16" x 16" (can be taped together)
- Pencil and good eraser
- Freezer Paper
- Sharpie marker - fine point (NOT ultra fine)
- Paper and fabric scissors
- Sharp tipped clipping scissors
- Iron and mat
- Thin pins (Silk pins)
- Basic sewing supplies (machine, needles, thread)
- Light and dark neutral thread (i.e. - gray and cream)
- Square ruler 8" or bigger
- Crayons or colored pencils (optional)