Lakeland, FL 2020 Sewing Expo Classes

We're back again for some awesome quilting classes at the Lakeland, Florida 2020 Original Sewing and Quilt Expo. I am teaching 5 again this year. The dates are March 19-21, 2020 (Thursday through Saturday).

Lakeland Sewing Expo
Thursday, March 19: 8:30 - 11:30 am. Big Block Hexagons
This is perfect for those Layer Cake 10" squares you've been hoarding!

Big Block Hexagons: 50" x 59"
Are you looking for a creative way to use a stack of 10-inch squares? Often referred to as Layer Cakes (yum, yum), we often wish there was some icing to go along with them, right? 32 squares (plus some light background fabric) will make this Big Block Hexagon quilt. We cut our hexagons – and setting triangles - with a multi-sized 60-degree triangle ruler (included in the kit fee). (If you have your own 60-degree ruler, bring it to class and Debby will rebate you the price of her ruler). Bring your own fabric, see supply list for details.

You can also make this using novelty prints!
Big Block Hexagons using novelty prints
Thursday, March 19: 1 - 4 pm. Diamonds and Four Patch

Try your hand at stitching 4 Patch Diamonds and setting them with a bold and beautiful single print diamond. There are NO set-in seams or funky templates. All are rotary cut using a standard acrylic ruler with a 60-degree marked line. The option of making a variety of sizes will appeal to everyone - from child's quilt to lap and twin size. Bring your own fabric, see supply list for details.

This is the first quilt I made, which I called Cloisonné Diamonds. I have since given it away, but the supply list has the yardages should you decide to make one this large!
Cloisonné Diamonds: 71" x 77"
Or a lap quilt:
Lap size: 47" x 60"
Or even a small child's quilt or wall banner:

4 Patch and Diamonds: 31" x 44"
Your kit fee includes all the info for making several sizes of this pattern, along with a multi-sized 60 degree triangle ruler. If you already have one, you just bring it to class and I will refund a portion of the kit fee you have already paid. No need to have two rulers that do the same thing!

Friday, March 20. 8:30 - 11:30 am. Flying Swallows
Update a vintage pattern without all those pesky y-seams!

Recreate this vintage quilt using NO templates and your rotary cutter and ruler. 45-degree diamonds and simple half-square triangles swirl around a center as swallows might in the air. No y-seams make this doable for just about any quilter (who can sew with an accurate 1/4-inch seam). Bring your own fabric, see supply list for details.

Here's my first Flying Swallows quilt:
Flying Swallows: 33" x 33"
Here's my class sample with a 24" center block.
Flying Swallows: 38" x 38"

Flying Swallows using Fairy Frost

The Supply List includes details on what fabrics to bring, along with a coloring chart like this:
Plug in your own fabrics in the coloring chart!

Friday, March 20. 1 - 5 pm Three Dimensional Garden
All fabrics are included in the kits (colors will vary)

Three Dimensional Garden: 12-1/2" x 14-1/2"
Here’s your opportunity to expand your hand piecing skills with 3-Dimensional fabric techniques. Create a garden inspired mini quilt with folded fabric hexagons (our flowers), yo-yos (made from fabric circles), prairie points (from folded squares) and even bias binding for flower stems! Each student will then create her own unique assembly and add assorted buttons if desired. Kits will have similar fabric for samples as shown in a variety of color families. (Kit will include binding, but not backing.)

This was the first one I made several years ago:

My first 3-D Garden mini

Saturday, March 21. 8:30 - 11:30 am   

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.

I have a LOT of samples to inspire you.
We work with stencils (your kit includes one of your choice, such as this one)

Working with stencils
Freezer paper shape to fill in my Fat Cat design
And we'll talk about wreaths and feathers using my pattern. Not as hard as you might think!

Wreaths are just two sets of half-hearts!

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