Beginning Quilting + Learn to Sew (April)

Starts: April 15, 2017 10:30 am

Saturdays April 15 and 22 at 10:30am – 1:30pm
Saurday April 29th at 1:30pm-4:30pm

Meets on: April 15, April 22, April 29

Instructor: Rachel Rodrigues

Level: Absolute Beginner. No sewing experience required, but sewers who would like to try quilting are welcome.

Cost: $100 plus materials / Students get 10% off supplies purchased at JP Knit & Stitch

In this 3 week course, you’ll get familiar with a sewing machine and create a personalized small quilt perfect for displaying or cozying up with a good book. Quilting is a great way to approach sewing as you can create beautiful, rewarding projects while avoiding those intimidating curves and turns!

This course will introduce you to all the basic steps to start up that sewing machine and make a quilt from start to finish. You will also learn about the ample informational and inspirational resources available to you as you build your quilting skills and prepare to make more quilts in the future. Topics covered will include machine set up, fabric selection, rotary cutting, piecing, quilting, and binding.

Each class session will be 3 hours, a little longer than our normal two-hour sessions. As such, classes may cover more than described below. Students are encourage to bring a snack and take a short break during class.

Week 1: We’ll start with some basic info about quilting, useful tools, and machine set up. You will have an opportunity to purchase fabric if necessary. We will learn to adjust sewing machine tension, practice sewing scant 1/4 inch quilting seems, and pressing seems using fabric scraps. We will learn about fabric bias and how to use a rotary cutter. You will leave with all your pieces cut; and with a little easy homework, you’ll be ready for week 2.

Week 2: In week 2, we’ll get down to some serious piecing. First, you’ll sew your quilt blocks and decide how you want them arranged in your final quilt. Then, you’ll use your 1/4 inch seam skills to sew your blocks together and learn how to match your seems for neat looking corners. At the end of the class we’ll talk about how to form and baste the quilt sandwich and with a little homework you’ll be ready to quilt by week 3!

Week 3: In week 3, we will briefly talk about options for quilting your project. Most of our time will be spent at the machines quilting. We will prepare and attach your quilt’s binding. Two options will be presented for finishing your binding by machine or by hand. You will go home with a finished or close to finished quilt ready to be washed and enjoyed!

Sewing outside of class: Depending on your level of sewing experience, you should expect to do some sewing outside of class in order to finish your quilt. JP Knit & Stitch sewing machines are available for free use after class (from 3:30pm to 5:00pm when the shop closes) and can be rented for $10 per hour any other time the sewing studio is unoccupied.

Materials (all materials are available in the shop at a 10% discount for JP Knit & Stitch students, including a JPK&S Sewing Kit with the tools a sewist needs along with a handy instructional booklet written by our own Taylor McVay): 

  • 2  yards of unwashed cotton quilting fabric ( Recommended: two 1/2 yd cuts of warm or high volume prints  and two 1/2 yd cuts of cool or low volume prints)
  • 1 1/2 yds of fabric for the back of your quilt
  • 1/2 yd of fabric for your quilt binding
  • rotary cutter
  • fabric scissors
  • seam ripper
  • acrylic quilting ruler (6″x24″ and 12.5″x12.5″ square sizes both work well)
  • washable fabric pencil/pen
  • fabric scraps for practice
  • 1 spool white cotton all purpose thread
  • 1 spool cotton machine quilting thread (your choice of color – Coats and Clark, Gutterman, and Mettler all make this)
  • small safety pins
  • straight pins
  • craft size cotton quilt batting (46 x 36 inches)
  • sharp, thin hand sewing needle (recommend sharps size 9-12)
  • Because this is a three hour class, you may want to bring a snack!