Lakeland 2019 Sewing Expo Classes
The first one is an all day class in what's called "More the Day Before." The New York Beauty is vintage updated with today's piecing using foundations - no funky templates. The center Dogwood Blossom blocks (7-1/2" finished size) are foundation pieced and then we set in the curves. The Dogtooth borders are also foundation pieced to get those awesome sharp points. The four corner Lone Stars are quick rotary cut for - you guessed it! - foundation piecing!
|New York Beauty, quilted by Jane Hauprich|
1. Wednesday March 13, 9am - 5pm: New York Beauty
Debby has done it again, with classic blocks made simple and fool-proof. Conquer your fear of curves and points with this no-fail New York Beauty, updated with today’s fabrics and techniques. If you can sew a straight line, you can make this quilt. Using Debby’s Strip-EZ method of paper piecing, you can easily and confidently sew really sharp points, every single time! Set the blocks into the gently curved background units, surround with simple paper pieced Dogtooth borders and Lemoyne Stars and see how simple and fun paper piecing can be. Impress yourself!
|Just a sample of those Dogtooth border strips in other colors|
2. Thursday March 14, 8:30 am - 11:30 am: Bubbles Quilt
Now you can make a hexagon quilt without y-seams! A real scrap buster project, this is a perfect way to use all the leftover 2 ½” jelly roll strips in your stash. Everything is pieced in vertical rows, so it’s easy to make this as big as you wish once you see how easy the technique is. Quilt size as shown: 41” x 51”.
|The Bubbles Quilt|
Pattern/kit contains well-illustrated, multi-page directions AND an acrylic half-hexagon template for ease of cutting!
3. Thursday March 14, 1pm - 4 pm: Pickle Dish Quilt
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).
The first sample is 4 blocks in black, red and white. Our class focuses on making a 4 block quilt.
|Pickle Dish Quilt|
|Single Pickle Dish block|
|Single Pickle Dish block|
And four of these blocks together:
|Four Pickle Dish blocks (22" x 22"|
|16 block Pickle Dish quilt (58" x 58")|
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.
5. Friday March 15, 1-4pm: Big Block Palm Quilt
Recreate this vintage Palm block in a 10 inch size without weird templates. Experience the trick in class: it’s paper pieced in ONE section, using an off-center Log Cabin technique. Amazing! Make 8 blocks and learn how to set them on point to create this 42 x 56 inch quilt. Pre-cutting of your fabrics before class gives you a head start!
|Big Block Palm Quilt: 42" x 56"|
|Four Palm Blocks set on point|
And I really went crazy here and pieced 16 blocks and set them into my "When 4 Becomes 5" setting. This is one block that I've made several quilts with.
|16 Block quilt using the Palm block|
6. Saturday March 16, 8:30 am - 11:30 am: Dogwood Blossom
This updated, popular vintage pattern is made doable with paper piecing, for reliably achieving all those sharp points! Learn how easy it is to sew curved pieces to the foundation arcs, and how to set the 12 blocks on-point with perfectly cut triangles. Choose your own color palette and precut your strips for an adventure in piecing curves with accuracy. Block Size: 7 inch. Quilt Size: 37 x 37 inch.
|My first Dogwood Blossom quilt|
And another one I had published in a quilt magazine about 12 years ago:
|Dogwood Blossom in brights|