September 27, 10:00 – 4:00
Michèle-Renée (M-R) Charbonneau discusses some of the opportunities and challenges of quilting on modern-style quilts:
You will learn tips and techniques on how to set up your work station, how to test out different quilting motifs on your quilt without taking a stitch, and what free motion quilting tools are worth the money. You will learn 9 free-motion motifs for a fun modern quilt-as-you-go sampler that serves as a great lap quilt or reference tool. Ideal for those with advanced beginner/intermediate free motion quilting skills.
- Please arrive 10 – 15 minutes early to set up your work station.
- Bring a lunch and snacks.
In this class, we’ll talk about some of the opportunities and challenges of quilting on modern-style quilts. You’ll learn tips and techniques on how to set up your workstation, how to test out different quilting motifs on your quilt without taking a stitch, and what free motion quilting tools are worth the money! You’ll learn 9 free motion quilting motifs on a fun modern quilt-as-you-go sampler that serves as a great lap quilt or reference tool. Ideal for those with advanced beginner/intermediate free motion quilting skills.
Fabric Requirements: (NB: This quilt is easily expandable so if you’d like to make it larger, make sure you have extra fabric and batting)
- 1 meter of a feature stripe for the sashing and binding
- 1 meter of a neutral (grey, white, beige, black) for the block borders that coordinates with your feature stripe
- 1⁄2 metre of four solid colours that coordinate with your feature stripe
- Machine quilting thread that matches your neutral 12 – 11” squares of batting
- 2 practice sandwiches of fabric, batting and backing approximately 12” by 12” (use old fabric or scraps)
- Sewing machine in good working order, which you can drop the feed dogs.
- A darning or free motion quilting foot for your machine (Ideally open toe foot).
- Extra machine quilting needles (I tend to use 90/14 quilting or top stitching needles)
- Extra bobbins (4-5 bobbins filled with your machine quilting thread)
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- Rotary cutting ruler (Ideally 12” or 12.5” square for squaring up thefinished blocks)
- Machine quilting gloves (Rubber gardening gloves, Machingers)
- Washable marker (I use Unique)
- Pen (for taking notes on the handouts)
- Task Light (optional)
- Thread Catcher
- Pins, Thread Snips, Scissors, Seam Ripper
Modern Free Motion Quilting Sampler Pre-Class Prep
To be able to focus on the free motion quilting of this quilt during our time together, there is some preparation to do ahead of the class. Please come to the class with the fabric cut and the blocks made and sandwiched. You are essentially making 12 mini quilt sandwiches which we will start quilting in class together. Cutting directions and block preparation steps are outlined below. NB: You will not have time in the class to make these blocks.
All seams are 1⁄4”.
1 meter of a feature stripe for the sashing and binding
1 meter of a neutral (grey, white, beige, black) that coordinates with your feature stripe
1⁄2 meter of four solid colours that coordinate with your feature stripe
12 – 11” squares of batting
From your neutral, cut: 14 – 2.5” x width of fabric (WOF) strips
From each of your coordinating solids, cut: 3 – 6.5” squares 3 – 11” squares
Sewing the Blocks (Courthouse Steps style):
- Refer to the diagram at right for fabric placement. Take one of your neutral strips and sew it along one side of a 6.5” square, right sides together. Repeat on the opposite side. Iron the seams to the neutral. Trim.
- Sew the neutral strip along one of the newly trimmed sides. Repeat for the opposite side. Iron to the neutral fabric. Trim.
- Repeat for all 12 squares.
- Sandwich your block top with an 11” square of batting and a matching 11” square of solid fabric for the backing. Like a full quilt top, your batting and backing are a little larger than your top so that you have room to hold on while you are quilting. Pin or spray baste.