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Darned Quilts    NEW

Play with identical shapes and color changes to create dynamic movement in abstract art wall hanging quilts—fast, furious and FUN!

With: Dena Dale Crain
Skill Level: Intermediate

Play with identical shapes and color changes to create dynamic movement in abstract art wall hanging quilts—fast, furious and FUN!

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5 Lessons
Type: Scheduled
Price: $50.00 or $64.00
Start Date: 12 Oct 2018

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Features

Description

Build a fabulous gradated background from a carefully chosen set of fabrics, augment it with a myriad of pretty sewing tricks, then chop and swap it to bits. Darn it all back together, and "voilà!"—you have a Darned Quilt! Dena's clever ideas shine through, but you can be proud of your original design art quilt—it's a one-of-a-kind!

Level: Intermediate. You must know how to sew and quilt by machine as well as have some experience with free motion sewing.


Outline

Lesson One

  • Learn all you need to know about fabric gradations—before you buy any fabric!
  • Practice and use freehand rotary cutting techniques
  • Organize fabrics for cutting
  • Cut fabrics for a Darned Quilt
  • Learn to sew freehand-cut curves
  • Sew a background material for your Darned Quilt
  • Add an optional decorative treatment as you sew
  • Discover fusible interfacing as an aid to darning and design

Lesson Two

  • Begin to build a decorative surface on the Darned Quilt background
  • Add appliqué to enhance the background material and learn how to use fancy fabrics for this purpose
  • Embellish the top with ribbons, laces, and tapes

Lesson Three

  • Continue embellishing the background material with lines of machine embroidery; fancy threads welcome!
  • Make perfect pintucks with a double needle
  • Add couched cording and yarns to the work

Lesson Four

  • Gain an increased understanding of design and composition
  • Choose or prepare templates for cutting
  • Learn how to work in sets
  • Use templates to cut identical shapes
  • Randomly cut and reposition shapes over the quilt top
  • Temporarily and then permanently secure the shapes
  • Understand how to handle the edges of the design

Lesson Five

  • Gain a host of novel ideas for further treatments, including shadows, trapunto, ghost shapes and more
  • Learn how to flatten the quilt top
  • Square the quilt backing to finish with a quilt that is square
  • Stack the quilt
  • Quilt your Darned Quilt without prior marking or design
  • Add topical embellishments as needed to complete your quilt
  • Think about what to do with left-overs

In addition, separate pages teach you how to straighten fabrics to ensure a square quilt; use fusible interfacing, the best possible product for building Darned Quilts; and make a decorative stitch chart for your sewing machine sure to help you make more Darned Quilts.

Student Comments

Sally in Australia:

My DH likes the Darned Quilting and wants me to make him one . . . !

Judith:

Making a darned quilt was a good experience for me as I hadn't tried the techniques before. I plan to do more in the future.

Supplies Required for Workshop

Fabric: Read Lesson 1 before buying any fabrics for this workshop!

In addition to the 6-8 gradated fabrics as described in the lesson, fat quarters or 1/4 yard of full-width fabric for each value or color, you will need:

  • 3-4 printed or patterned fabrics to use as embellishments. These should coordinate or contrast with the gradated fabrics. They should be equal in width to the width of the quilt. They should be long enough to provide 3-6 strips cut on cross grain, each piece 1-3" wide, to be appliquéd to the quilt top.
  • One piece of fabric large enough for the quilt binding
  • One piece of fabric large enough for the quilt backing
  • Enough excess fabric and interfacing to make a practice sample

Other Supplies

  • Batting of your choice, 1/4" thick
  • 2 yards of lightweight Pellon, Vilene or other nonwoven fusible interfacing
  • 1/2 yard of the fusing agent of your choice, e.g., WonderUnder, Steam-a-Seam (optional)
  • A selection of trims, ribbons, cords, laces and/or tapes, 1/4 - 1/2" wide, of different materials and textures, in colors to coordinate or contrast with your fabrics
  • A selection of yarns in any fiber in colors that match or contrast with your fabrics
  • Regular sewing thread for piecing, quilting and finishing your quilt in colors of your choice
  • A selection of decorative threads: rayons, holographics, variegated cottons or metallics. Colors do not have to match the fabrics you selected, only to complement them.
  • Sewing machine with
    • regular sewing foot
    • walking foot for quilting
    • darning foot, Big Foot or Little Foot for free-motion stitching
    • decorative or appliqué foot for satin stitching
    • zipper foot for closing the binding
    • (optional) cording foot for applying cords and yarns
    • (optional) pintuck foot - consult your sewing machine manual for the correct size of double needle for this foot
  • Any tool that you can set to sew even seam allowances, e.g. quilting guide attachment, magnetic or screw on seam gauge
  • Quilters' bent safety pins or straight safety pins
  • Straight pins
  • Quilting gloves or other favorite tools to assist you with free motion quilting
  • Circular found objects for use as templates for cutting shapes (optional)
  • Various sewing machine needles used for piecing, embellishing and quilting. Because you will be sewing over many layers and different kinds of fabrics and trims, you may need to use a somewhat larger needle than usual.
    • regular
    • double needle
    • embroidery
    • Metallica or topstitch (14-16)
    • quilting

Student Comments

Sally in Australia:

My DH likes the Darned Quilting and wants me to make him one . . . !

Judith:

Making a darned quilt was a good experience for me as I hadn't tried the techniques before. I plan to do more in the future.

Pat in NY:

When I took the Darned Quilts class I had in mind an aquarium feel for the quilt but it ultimately came out as a meteor shower!

Linda in CA:

This was a very fun class with a low stress quotient. I learned some new techniques and a simple way to design and construct a complicated looking quilt. As usual, Dena's material is articulate, well organized and complete. She shares her knowledge and experience generously. She responds to questions thoroughly and thoughtfully.

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