August 2015 Workshop: Basics of Free Motion Quilting

Workshop title: Basics of Free Motion Quilting
Instructor: Sylvia Schaefer
Date: Saturday, August 22, 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Costs:  $10
Where: Lyndon Arts House Fiber Room

How to Register: Contact Christine Langone
Questions about the workshop? Contact Sylvia Schaefer

PDF Version can be downloaded here

Sewing machine:  Sewing machine in good working order

Extension table (the largest you own)
Free-motion quilting or darning foot (open toe is preferable)
Extension cord

Quilt marking tools (e.g. water soluble marker, pencil, chalk)
Lightweight cotton gloves (such as Machingers)
Thread (a medium weight, such as 50-weight Aurifil is a good choice)
Topstitch needles (90/14 size is the best all-around choice)

Ahead of time, please make a minimum of 6 practice quilt sandwiches (about 12” square) using solid or SUBTLY patterned fabric on the front and the back (so you’ll be able to see your quilting) and a layer of batting in the middle. You can use muslin if you don’t want to delve into your stash. You may use whichever basting method you prefer (I usually spray-baste large quilts and pin-baste small quilts).

Pad of paper and pens or pencils

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August Charm Swap at the Stitch N Bitch Bee

Charm Swap

The Saturday “Stitch N Bitch” bee is hosting a Charm Swap,
mini-lesson, get together for CPQ Gals

Saturday, August 1st
At the Lyndon House Fiber Room, 10am to 4ish

Fee is $5 paid in advance

Are you interested in joining us?  Here’s the scoop:

We’re calling it a Charm Swap but it has nothing whatsoever to do with Moda 5” square charms.  In our case, the use of the term “charm: is referring to the old-time get together of quilters who  brought fabric to swap with their friends and everybody shared in the bounty to make happy, colorful scrap style quilts.  We will all be bringing fabric to swap with each other and get started on making a quilt from our new treasures.

In addition, we will be teaching a few things:  sewing a partial seam and cutting 60⁰ triangles, for those that are interested, as well as several little Deb & Terri tidbits.

You Must Bring 30 strips of fabric to be used at the swap.

30 strips of fabric cut 2.5” wide and WOF (width of fabric).

Use as many different fabrics as you can:

  • Use only print fabrics. Large or small or medium scale, tone-on-tones are good, but no solids
  • Do not use fabrics with a lot of white
  • Use good quality, cotton, quilter’s weight fabric
  • Variety is the key

You must also bring at least 1/2 yard of your own fabric to use for the triangle centers.   We recommend that this fabric be a solid or reads-as-a-solid but it doesn’t have to be.  We also recommend that it be very light or very dark – not a medium value fabric.  To save time, cut this fabric into strips that are 4.5” wide X WOF.  Cut at least 2 strips.

We highly recommend that – in addition to the strips you plan to share at the swap – that you also bring at least 5 to 10 more strips to use on your own quilt.

There is no set size or style for this quilt.  That will be totally up to you.  You can use this start to make a tablerunner or a small lap or anything your imagination can dream up.

The basic block we will make is a 10“ triangle.

You will need your sewing machine and all of your basic sewing supplies.

*** You will need to have a ruler for cutting 60⁰ triangles;

  • Most long rulers have a 60⁰ line on them – that will work or
  • Any 60⁰ triangle ruler as long as it is big enough to cut at least a 5” triangle
  • Or bring both!

It is recommended that you also bring your long ruler (aprox 8” X 24”) for cutting WOF, etc.

Bring your lunch and anything you wish to share and whatever you want to drink.

Project leaders:  Deb Henderson & Terri Jarrett

Download PDF Version of this information 

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Sneak Peak at Upcoming 2015 Workshops!

We have several workshops coming later this year!  Here is a sneak peak- be sure to check back later for more specific information!

Free Motion Quilting by Sylvia Schaefer
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Judy Niemeyer Foundation Paper Piecing
By Jeanette Walton, a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Pineapple Quilt Block
A Gyleen Fitzgerald Technique
Taught by Mary Colley
Saturday in February. Specific date TBD

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April 2015 Workshop: Whole Cloth Painting

Instructor: Chris Eichner
Workshop title: Whole Cloth Painting
Date:  Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Costs: Class ($25) + Kit ($25)
Where: Lyndon Arts House Fiber Room
How to Register: Contact Linda Zacker

Available for the class:
15 kits  available at $25 each
10 Brush kits  available for $7 each.  They are acrylic white bristles for fabric dyes, short handle

Mum_Example2 Mum_Example1

Whole cloth painting
Supply list
Thread Painting

Download Acrobat PDF Versio of Workshop Information

  • Artists paint tray, multiple compartments for mixing paints, preferably with lid cover—-craft store
  • Paper and fabric scissors
  • Mechanical pencil with soft lead #2
  • Masking tape or blue painters tape
  • Portable light (if you have one)
  • Disposable plastic cups 3 or bowls
  • 10 x 13 foam core board
  • clean up rags- 3
  • Large plastic bag for work surface or vinyl sheet
  • 3 brushes for acrylic paints( white bristles)for fabric dyes; Loew-Cornell. # 223  4-flat shader ,   #226 spotter- 5/10, # 228 round scrubber-1
  • roll of toilet paper
  • optional— container for water ,brushes, and surface to clean brushes, sold in craft stores

Required:       Kit fee: $25.00– includes:  Pimatex PFD fabric, pattern, photo, set of textile paints and extender

The beauty of these paints is that they are fast drying and do not bleed into one another. The mum photo maybe painted in your choice of colors therefore the threads you choose should complement your mum. Please bring an apron for old clothing as the acrylic paints stain.

The focus of this class will be blending primary paints to achieve a value of color which represents your mum.

Thread painting the mum to embellish veins and petals can be achieved with free- motion embroidery. I will demonstrate this technique, time may not allow for this to be accomplished during workshop; however you will know how to before you go home.

Finishing your flower at home:

Free motion embroidery

Darning foot (free motion) check your sewing machine manual
Microtex needle # 80/12 or jeans needle 80/12
Pellon 910 non fusible interfacing, – 2 layers cut 10 x 13 or 1)  10 x 13 piece of Sulky “Fuse n Stitch” stabilizer.
Optional: Sewing machine with ability to lower feed dog. Depending on finishing painting of mum.
Become familiar with stitch width and upper thread tension adjustments I used 2 to 3 values of color each for dark, medium, and light to highlight, also 2 greens for leaves and black or very dark green for crosshatching. Bobbin filled with 50 or 60 wt. thread or invisible thread of your choice Free- motion thread painting cannot be accomplished without the spring loaded free-motion foot.

Questions: please contact Chris Eichner

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Cone Challenge due at June Meeting

Due: June 2015 Meeting

Download PDF here for diagrams & examples

At the September guild meeting, Gyleen Fitzgerald mentioned during her program that quilts with cones as pieces would be favorably received by judges. Okay, we can try this! The next challenge (due at the June meeting) is to do a quilt with a cone piece featured somewhere in the quilt. You can use the cone either as the focus of the quilt, or as a border, or both. There are no size restrictions.

As I see it, there are four possible ways of doing this:

  • Y-seam piecing, with diamonds and hexagons as the other design elements. See first diagram for an example:
  • Converting the Y-seams to straight seams, by cutting one of the pieces down the middle (but add a seam allowance), sewing the halves to each of the other pieces, and then sewing these two pieces together:
  • Straight-seam piecing: adding an equilateral triangle to the blunt end of the cone creates a diamond, and it’s all straight seams from there. See second diagram for an example:

An example of a border would be the portion of this layout which is between the horizontal lines. For this, you would add the triangles to the sides of the cone instead of to the blunt end, again creating straight seams

  • If you prefer stained glass (as in the last challenge) and/or fusible appliqué, you could do this as a stained-glass quilt. It should look nice!

I’ve included a cone pattern piece (last diagram), drawn on computer. To make it a diamond, extend the short sides. You are adding an equilateral triangle, otherwise formed with sides one-half the length of the cone’s long sides. To make a hexagon, cut an equilateral triangle from the cone’s long sides, of the same size as that formed when you made the diamond. But remember to add seam allowances!

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