Atlanta 2019 Sewing Expo Classes

Happy New Year! I wish all my quilting and sewing friends a year full of fabric, thread and beautiful quilting creations. I am my happiest when sitting at my sewing machine making something new. I like taking the ideas in my head and making samples for new classes.

The Atlanta Sewing Expo is coming March 6 - 9 (Wednesday - Saturday). I am teaching 4 classes and I hope you will consider taking one or more (if this is in your geographic area, of course!)

The Wednesday class is called "More the Day Before" and I am teaching my New York Beauty.
Wednesday, March 6 from 9 am to 5 pm:

What do you think? You've seen this quilt before. I finished sewing the quilt top 9 years ago, never having the courage to quilt it myself. I even took those Dogtooth borders off because another teacher saw the irregular, mismatched rows at the bottom and thought I had to remake them.

You can read the sad post here.

But then I put on my big girl pants and decided to listen to the voices in my head and not only put the borders back on, but make a few more of these blocks! Read about THAT here!

New York Beauty (quilted by Jane Hauprich)
This New York Beauty is all paper pieced. There are 3 units: the center Dogwood Blossom blocks, the Dogtooth borders and the corner Lone Stars. The supply list even has a coloring chart for you to plan your own!

Can I show you some of the Dogtooth row units in another color way? I'm using some Kaffe Fassett scraps and a pale gray background fabric.

Paper pieced Dogtooth border units
Here's another alternate setting using the Dogwood Blossom blocks. This is not part of the class but I will show you how easy it is to make these blocks with bright, happy scraps! Go read the previous post about even more quilts using these units!

Using only one of the three units from the New York Beauty quilt

2. Thursday, March 7, 8:30 - 11:30 am: Machine Quilting, Basics & Beyond,GA/AtlantaClassDetail/tabid/1652/EventID/153/ClassID/12435/Default.aspx

Start your quilting experience on the right foot --- with Debby’s liberating, beyond-straight-lines, feed-dogs-down process. You’ll enjoy her simple methods for taking your stitches beyond beginners’ meanders and loops. In the dozen years she’s been teaching beginning machine quilting, Debby’s students have been most comfortable following shapes, and so she gives you lots of practice time during class to use stencil shapes and one of her favorites, freezer paper shapes. Discussion includes quilting blocks (no matter the size) and borders, and a treasure trove of samples to illustrate how dynamic her KISS (Keep It Small and Simple) quilting style can be for you, too.

Here's the Four Block quilt version that is the basis of the class:

The Pickle Dish (actually, a fat Double Wedding Ring)

Piecing curves is easy!  Use foundation techniques and gentle curves in large size units to create this relaxed variation of the Double Wedding Ring quilt.  Add the center teardrop, squares and concave background pieces for 11-1/4 inch blocks.  Make four blocks for a wall quilt, or sixteen for a bigger lap sized quilt.  Or, think modern and use a few blocks with lots of solid color background for a dramatic quilt of your own design.  Skill level: Intermediate (must have some paper piecing skills). Bring your own fabric: see supply list for details

And you may be inspired to make a larger version:

16 Block Pickle Dish quilt
4. Friday, March 8, 8:30 - 11:30 am: Diamonds and Hexagons for English Paper Piecing

English Paper Piecing is a great take-along hand piecing project, perfect for making traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden (GFG) blocks – and more! Discover simple diamonds, which, when combined with the hexagons, offer exciting possibilities for altogether new blocks adding a creative dimension to your design options. Debby’s collection of samples is a treasure trove of inspiration, where you’ll see all sorts of ways to use your hexagons and diamonds in a variety of settings and projects. Your kit contains fabric, card stock hexagon and diamond shapes in 2 sizes, needle and thread.

Let's see some of the blocks we will explore:

Star Bouquet uses a hexagon, diamonds and jewels
And a "filled out" Grandmother's Flower Garden Block. This uses seven 2" hexagons and 6 diamonds. Isn't she lovely? Our class kits will have a variety of fabrics, card stock papers in various shapes to make several blocks. We will even have needle and thread!

What about a star made from 12 diamonds? These 3 stars eventually were joined with 4 others to make my Seven Sisters quilt

Stars made using 12 diamonds

And because I introduce you to the jewel shape, you will learn how easy it is to make HEARTS!

We will explore how easy it is to make EPP hearts!

This hands-on class with no machines is VERY popular, and you may want to reserve your spot without too much delay. I bring a LOT of samples to inspire you, too.

Hope to see you there!


  1. Hi Debby! I wish I lived closer as I would love to take your FMQing class. I actually have a quilt that I am thinking of trying the freezer paper method on, but would probably do much better with it if I could see the process hands-on. Maybe another year. I'm sure you will enjoy the experience very much. Happy Wednesday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. I wish I lived closer as I would love the FMQ class and the EPP class.

  3. Read your email when I first received it and saved to reread it. You never cease to amaze me at how you go about designing! I love your take on things and I enjoyed taking a class from you! I hope one day to be able to take another class from you. Thanks for your inspiration!


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