I’m so excited I couldn’t wait until January to get this workshop information out! Kelly Ashton, author of “Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles and More: Skill-Building Techniques for 60-Degree Patchwork” will be our workshop instructor on February 22nd and February 23rd, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day. This will be a ZOOM class.
The workshop entitled “Sixty Degrees of Inspiration: Y-Seams??? Why NOT???” Offers your choice of the Tumbling Block or Inner City for projects (see pictures above). The technique for each is the same so pick your favorite! Both quilt sizes can easily be adjusted simply by adding more blocks until the desired size is achieved.
This workshop will be via Zoom (which worked out great for our last workshop), providing you the comfort of your own workspace and as in a classroom, individual attention when needed.
Please carefully read through all supplies, notes, fabric suggestions. Also, for those who register for class, an additional worksheet, Selecting Fabrics with Value Variation, will be provided with suggestions/instructions for selecting fabrics with value variation (more detailed than below) which is critical to the success of your project. Pre-workshop instructions will be provided at that time as well.
Reserve your spot soon so we can get those kits ordered!
Fabric: 100% cotton “quilter’s cottons” and/or cotton batiks – NO flannels, please. One or two stripes or other directional fabrics would be OK.
Fabric Selections for blocks:
–For the scrappy, dimensional look, choose a variety of light / medium / dark value fabrics from several compatible color families.
–A great way to select the color families is to choose one multi-colored piece of fabric and pull the color families from that fabric. (Purchase and bring one FQ of the multi-colored fabric to the workshop.)
– -Fat quarters, fat eighths, or 1/8 yd cuts work well for the color family sets.
–Please have at least 4-5 sets of light / medium / dark fabric combinations (Example: set 1: light purple, medium purple, dark purple; set 2: light green, medium green, dark green, etc.). These sets can be a combination of “read solid” fabrics (fabrics that appear solid from a distance such as mottled, single-color fabrics) and prints with a predominant color. You may bring more than 5 value sets, if you wish.
–You may decide to add more fabrics later as you see the visual effects of your current fabrics and as you determine the finished size of your quilt. To make either quilt larger, more value sets (and possibly additional multi-colored pieces) will be added to make the desired number of blocks.
–Binding, backing, and batting can be calculated once the finished size is determined.
–Tumbling Block; sample size approximately 27” X 28” Inner City: pictured size, approximately 60” X 80”
Fabric Selections for setting pieces and border:
–Neither the Tumbling block quilt nor the Inner City quilt need to have an outer border. That decision is totally personal preference. As you can see, I chose to add a border to my Tumbling Block quilt but not to my Inner City quilt.
–Tumbling Block: If you wish to make a Tumbling Block quilt the size of my sample, 2/3 yd. is ample for the setting pieces / outside border.
–Either Tumbling Block or Inner City: If you wish to add setting / border fabric to either quilt, purchase the amount of fabric that is the length of your desired quilt PLUS ¼ – ½ yard for a safety margin.** (**This calculation works only with borders 8 ½” wide or less.) Example: If you want your quilt to be approximately 108” long, purchase 3 ½ yards of setting / border fabric. If you are uncertain as to the size quilt you wish to make, I suggest waiting to select the border fabric until later. If you do not wish to border either quilt, scraps of block fabrics will be used for the setting pieces. Border fabrics need not come to class.
–Sewing machine: clean, oiled and ready to sew! Your power cord, foot control, ¼” patchwork foot (WITHOUT GUIDE /FLANGE!), machine needles, bobbins, etc.
–Patchwork foot / 1/4” foot: as mentioned above, NO guide or flange, please!
–Tumbling Block OR Inner City project kit –Mandatory for each student (see Workshop Registration Fees below for cost and instructions). Each project kit includes acrylic templates for rotary cutting the patchwork pieces for the project, Fabric Grips for the templates, and the project instructions.
–Rotary cutter: 28mm size (blade about the size of a quarter) is recommended
–Rotary cutting mat: If you have a small mat on a rotating base, this is a perfect time to have it on hand! Otherwise, a small mat, 12” x 18” or smaller will work well.
–Rotary ruler: A size such as 3 1/2” x 14” or 6” x 12” would be fine for class
–Piecing-weight cotton thread: neutral color.
–Mechanical pencils: “lead” and white chalk (such a Bohin or SewLine)
–Mary Ellen’s Best Press OR spray starch
–Sewing notions: pins, seam ripper, snips / scissors, any other notions you love to use
–Paper for notes, if desired.
Workshop Registration & Fee
$35.00 for members
$45.00 for non-members
To register, make your check payable to Forsyth Piecers & Quilter’s Guild and send to:
133 Parkway Court
Mocksville, NC 27028
Kits are: $15.00 for Tumbling Block
$20.00 for Inner City
With your registration check, please include a second check made out to Kelly Ashton for the kit. Please indicate which kit you would like.
Lita must receive both checks for you to be registered for the workshop.
Payments should be received no later than January 17, 2022 to allow for ordering and receipt of the kits.
Contact Lita Wieter, Workshop Chair, with any questions and to reserve a spot: email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 860-712-4791