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)