|Requirements: ||TEACHER: Cindy Fenster Mill House Quilts 972 W. Main St., Sun Prairie phone: 608-849-6473
Mill House Quilts 116 Front St., Beaver Dam phone: 920-356-5021
The classes are held in the shops, and there are no stairs.
Have you made your first quilt and now you are ready for the next step? This is the class for quilters wanting to become more confident in their skills. Cindy Fenster will guide you along as you piece and quilt this simple, modern quilt which is perfect for cuddling. It makes a great gift for someone special in your life. Personalize it for its recipient by your choice of theme fabric and coordinating colors. It will become a cuddle quilt favorite. This is a great workshop to try simple contemporary quilting on your home sewing machine. On the first day, she will guide you through the process of piecing the top. A week later, you will learn how to quilt and bind it.
Check out Cindy?s sample of the Chevron Cuddle Quilt hanging in the shop. Have fun choosing your fabric. The staff at the quilt shop enjoy helping you choose your fabric. Just ask them.
Purchase the required fabric, wash and iron it, and bring it to the first class. You will be given the pattern on the first day of class.
Here is what you will need:
2 ? yds of a colorful print for the back. This will determine the color pallet you will use.
5 different colored fat quarters that go with the print. A fat quarter measures 18? x 20?. These will make half of the blocks.
1 ? yds. of a white, beige, or neutral color that is in your print and will go between your five colored chevrons. This will make the other half of the blocks.
? yd. of another color that will blend with the others for the outside binding. You won?t need it until the second meeting of the class.
For batting, I will teach you how to use Hobbs 80/20 Fusible Batting. You will need the crib size batting in the package or you can buy it off the bolt, you need 1 ? yds. These are both available at the shop. You will not need this until the second class, so I can help you if you have any questions.
Prewashing the Fabric Because this will be a quilt that will be used and washed a lot, be sure to prewash your fabric and iron it before our first class. This is done so any excess dye is washed away. You need to wash the fabrics separately, so the colors won?t bleed on the other fabrics. All cottons will shrink a tiny proportion when first washed which is another reason for prewashing. The larger pieces can be washed on warm, using a gentle cycle in the washer. On these large pieces I cut a small triangle off each outside corner of the fabric before washing. This will break the cycle of threads unraveling, and you will avoid a tangled mess of threads.
Chevron Cuddle Quilt Class Supply List p.2
The fat quarters can be washed in the kitchen sink with hand dishwashing soap. Wash each color separately. To help with the colors that bleed, I use a product made by Shout called the Color Catcher. (It is available at any grocery store.)
It is a sheet that you put in the washer or the sink and wash it with your fabric. Any loose color will go to the sheet and not to the other fabrics. I dry the pieces in the dryer or lay the small pieces out to dry. Then I press them so they are ready to use. Some quilters like to use spray starch or spray starch alternative to restore the crispness of the fabric.
o Sewing machine in good working order. It is a good idea to bring along the instruction manual for your machine. You need to have a basic knowledge of how to operate your machine, namely threading it, winding the bobbin and using a straight stitch. Don?t forget to bring the machine?s foot pedal and power cord. (It is easy to forget them at home.)
o A Quarter Inch Foot for stitching a quarter inch seam or anything you use with your machine.
o Small scissors for clipping threads
o Cotton thread (50 wt. is a good choice. Aurafill is an excellent brand and is available at the shop.) Use a gray or neutral color for the piecing. We will discuss color of thread for the quilting, but you do not need that until the second class.
o Quilting Needle for your machine (New, Sharp needle, Schmetz Microtex, or those called Machine Quilting needles. The size of the needle depends on the thread being used. For 50 wt. cotton, use the size #75/11, or #80/12)
o Acrylic Ruler for drawing a straight line. The 6? x 12? quilting ruler is a great choice.
o A rotary cutter, quilting ruler and a rotary cutting mat. (no smaller than 18? x 24?)
o Good quality straight pins for quilting
o Seam ripper
o Fabric markers: Water-soluble blue fabric marker, a chalk marker and/or a Frixion pen (available at Mill House)
o A few sheets of paper for notetaking or a notebook and pen or pencil
o Walking foot for your machine and the guide bar if you have one. You won?t need this foot until the second class.
o Quilters? Gloves for gripping the fabric in the quilting process. You won?t need them until the second session. (Machingers Quilting Gloves are great and available at the shop.)
o A hand sewing needle for second session when we learn how to bind the quilt.
I love to teach, and I can?t wait to share my love of quilting with you. We are going to have a great time, and you will be embarking on a great creative adventure. Many of these supplies are available at the shop. Be sure to ask the staff if you need any help. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at (608-572-1830) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to our time together.
Class Policies: Classes must be paid for at the time of registration. Double punches will be given for class supplies. If you cancel out of a class more than one week before, you will forfeit 10% of the class fee. If you cancel one week or less before a class, you will forfeit the entire class fee. If the weather is bad, we hold the class/event if the instructor/leader arrives. Mill House Quilts reserves the right to cancel a class/event one week before if there is insufficient enrollment. You may send someone else in your place.