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0316 Class: So You Want to be a Quilter? | Beginner | March 16, 2024 | 10:00 AM-2:30 PM

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(Please Read Full Class Description in Tab Below) This class is designed to help those new to the craft of quilting to become familiar with the “tools of the trade” and use those tools to create a simple project.
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Class:  So You Want to be a Quilter?

Date:  March 16, 2024
Class Duration: 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Fee: $35.00
Instructor:  Diane Quirk
Skill Level Required to Register:  New Beginning Quilters
Request:  All attendees are respectfully asked to refrain from wearing perfumes and scented lotions/oils due to allergy and olfactory sensitivities of some students and instructors.

Class Summary:
This class is designed to help those new to the craft of quilting to become familiar with the “tools of the trade” and use those tools to create a simple project.  Please read the details below and continue down to find the supplies needed when you come to class.

In this class, we’ll do an overview of tools and materials that are needed to help you achieve success.  Just like any craft, there is a monetary investment but with a few basics you can be on your way to creating some simple projects.

After a review of some basic tools, we’ll discuss how and why we do some prepping of our fabrics before cutting, how to cut for accuracy, and safe use of the rotary cutter.  Once we have some fabrics cut into strips, we’ll discuss setting up your machine to sew an accurate and consistent ¼” seam then begin to sew our fabrics together into blocks. These blocks sewn together will give you the beginning of a simple top for a placemat.

The instruction in this class will give you a starting point for learning to create simple quilts or help you be prepared to jump into the Block Evolution class where you’ll learn even more  basic skills and techniques to create a variety of blocks.

As in any of our classes, everyone comes with a different machine.  It’s important that you know how to operate your own machine which means that you can sew with it and that you understand how to thread your machine, wind a bobbin and know where your stitch width and stitch length controls are located as well as how to select various stitches allowed by your particular machine. Your manual will help you with this.  If you don’t have a manual, usually a simple Google search using the model of your machine will give you access to a manual. (For example, Brother PS 500 sewing machine manual)

Before Coming to Class
  • Be sure your sewing machine is in good working condition and you have  your manual
  • Purchase 3 fat quarters of fabric - a fat quarter is a piece of fabric that is approximately 18” x 21”. You will need a dark, medium and light fat quarter.  (The staff at Sewendipitous can help you with fabric selection.)
  • Gather all the required supplies as listed below
Class Supplies:

  • Ruler - the minimum needed is 6 ½” x 24”
  • Fabric fat quarters (as described above)
  • Best Press (or similar)
  • Rotary cutter and extra blade(s) - starting this class with a new blade is recommended
  • Cutting mat (at least 12x18 but 18 x 24 is even better to accommodate future quilting needs)
  • ¼” foot made for your sewing machine
  • Sewing Machine in good working condition (with the manual and accessories)
  • Pins - fine silk pins are best
  • Spare sewing machine needles (I prefer to use an 80/12 needle.)
  • Small snipping scissors
  • Neutral color thread and full bobbin(s)
  • Seam ripper
  • Pressing mat
  • Portable iron
Recommended: 
Cleaning your machine on a regular basis (and before a class) helps it to work efficiently and helps you to avoid issues while in class. 

Important Considerations:  
  1. All attendees are respectfully asked to refrain from wearing perfumes and scented lotions/oils due to allergy and olfactory sensitivities of some students and instructors.  
  2. Additionally, must be 18 years or older to register unless otherwise approved by instructor in advance.
Classes and Events are Non-Refundable Unless:
  1.  You are able to find another person to take your spot.  
  2.  You cancel 30 days prior to the Class/Event.  
  3.  The instructor cancels.
  4.  No exceptions.