With: Daphne Greig
Skill Level: Beginner
Learn to draft your own realistic windows. Sew starter project
Tags: Patchwork, Attic Window, theme fabric, rotary cutting, perfect mitered corners
What's in your Attic Window? Is it a country or woodland scene? Wild animals or fish in a pond? A bright children's print? Theme prints are perfect for windowing. Daphne will show you how to explore a variety of window options to suit your window fabric or to design your own one-of-a-kind quilt. You will learn to select the supporting fabrics and sew traditional mitered windows with Daphne's fool-proof technique. This is both a design and sewing class and is suitable for confident beginners with rotary cutting and basic quilt making skills.
Supplies Required for Workshop
You will learn to design an attic windows quilt to suit your particular fabric. Ideas to test design options will be presented and practiced.
You will learn by exploring a variety of designs using graph paper and pattern drafting techniques.
You will experiment with a variety of supporting fabrics to enhance your design and then learn a fool-proof method for cutting and sewing your project.
When you have completed this class, you will have learned how to make perfect mitres every time. This skill can be used in many future quilt projects. You will also learn how to select fabrics for their value, rather than colour.
To take this class, you must already know how to use rotary cutting tools, sew an accurate 1/4" seam and have basic quiltmaking skills.
For instructions on getting a perfect 1/4" seam and a review of rotary cutting techniques, please see Quilt Terms in our Library.
Main fabric for windows: choose a scene print or a print with any motifs widely spaced across the surface or a set of 'companion' prints that complement each other - any fabric you want to 'window'.
Here are some possible choices (I have placed a penny in the scans so you can see the relative size of the fabric images):
Bow Wow Chow Mein
Newport fabrics - companion prints
Buy a minimum of 1 yard but you can buy more if you want a larger project. One yard will make a wallhanging size; 2 yards will make a lap size.
You will need a minimum of TWO other supporting fabrics for your project. We will discuss how to select these fabrics and how much you will need in the second lesson, so don't buy them now.
- Graph paper for designing (I recommend the quarter square paper – 4 squares per inch)
- Sharp pencil, eraser and drafting ruler
- Neutral piecing thread
- Sewing machine in good working order
- Basic sewing kit (scissors, pins, fabric markers, etc.)
- Rotary cutter, mat and ruler (I recommend a 6" x 24" ruler with the 45° angle clearly marked AND a 12 ½" or 15" square ruler for cutting the windows)
- Plain white paper - at least EIGHT 8 ½" x 11" sheets and paper cutting scissors
- Scotch tape or masking tape or one of the 'temporary paper glue' dispensers. The one I use is called 'DryLine' and I buy it at Office Depot. It is the yellow (temporary) one, not red (permanent).)
- Coloured pencils
- Design wall (Although I have this listed as 'optional' it is a very important tool. It can be as simple as a piece of flannel or batting pinned temporarily to a wall or a more permanent surface covered with flannel and hung on your wall. If you have not used a design wall, please try one. You will find it invaluable when designing your quilts.)