Lap Quilting Class outline

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Lap quilt club outline – We are now at Lesson 9 which will be held September  26th at 2pm. Our new meeting place will be Jenny’s Sewing Studio at 1030 South Schumaker Dr in Salisbury, MD. Please note instructions to prepare for the class!

If you wish to join in the fun you can join our quilt club at any time. Scroll down to see the lessons to find the month and current lesson. You can register on-line. You can also schedule sewing time with Jenny if you wish help in catching up with the lessons. All sessions are taught by Jenny’s Sewing Studio using power point demonstration and sewing machine demonstration. A basic  power point demonstration of previous lessons is on line.

January 31st Lesson one– I will introduce Lap Quilting and the book by Georgia Bonesteel. There will be a review of what supplies and fabrics are needed. Learn how to design a quilt using the traditional lap quilt blocks. I will also introduce electric quilt computer program to help you with block placement and colors. Your quilt can be any color you wish.

I will introduce creating templates. Homework will be to make all the templates in the book for lesson 2.

The picture below is just an idea of block placement in a twin size quilt and was created in Electric  Quilt. The blocks created in this sample are not the exact blocks created by Lap  Quilting by Georgia Bonesteel, but a color and placement plan that is subject to change as the quilt develops.

February 28th Lesson two– I will introduce cutting the blocks from fabric and piecing the 4 patch blocks. Strip piecing and template piecing will be introduced. I will show the rotary cutter for cutting some of the strip piece blocks. I will also show some of the time saving methods to create blocks. Home work will be to cut and sew several 4 patch blocks. Blocks include Rail fence, 4 patch, Double 4 patch, and Pin wheel.

March 28th Lesson three–  The subject is adding the mitered border. Learn how to cut the borders and add borders to created blocks. We will talk about marking to square up the blocks with a 12″ square. The miter corners are introduced by cutting 3 1/2″ borders. I will demonstrate how the miter is folded and pressed and marked and sewn. We will stencil the border. I will demonstrate stencils for dark and light fabrics. The “easy” Bow Tie block will be shown. ( my serger demonstration video can be applied to the sewing machine. Use the 1/4″ foot.)

April 25th  is Lesson four-  I will introduce the batting and backing. We will make the quilt sandwich. Students will need to cut the backs and batting 18 1/2″ square. ( I suggest you cut all the backs and batting at one time). Learn to baste the block. I will cover machine quilting.  I suggest you make all the blocks we have covered in January, February and March.  ( 4 patch, double 4 patch, rail fence, pin wheel, and bow tie). You will now be ready to quilt them. As more blocks are introduced in the months to come you can quilt them. I will cover  assembly of the quilted blocks at a later time. In the months to come you will be creating more blocks. Once the blocks are created you can lay them out  to see what placement you want.

I will introduce strip piecing ideas for a creative touch. I will be making a pillow cover to show how to strip piece. You can also create a quilt block using strip piecing.

I invite all attendee to bring a sewing machine to Lesson 4 to learn to quilt. I will provide some practice materials and will have a walking foot and free motion foot for any student who wishes to use one in the session but does not own the accessories. ( my accessories are low shank)

Please note: I will be using the Lap Quilting by Georgia Bonesteel book but will also be introducing additional techniques in class. I suggest you do not “go ahead” but wait until the topic is covered and do the homework required to keep current.

This is an example of a decorative fan block for inspiration. The Lap Quilt fan has 8 wedges, not 10.

May 23rd is Lesson five will be Dresden Plate and fan block. Applique will also be introduced and I will give you a pattern for Sun Bonnet Sue. I suggest you cut out the wedges for the Dresden and Fan blocks using the templates from the Lap Quilting book. You will want to use either 2 , 4 or 16 different prints to compliment the 12 1/2″ back ground block when planning the Dresden Plate.  Using the power point presentation, piece the fan and Dresden plate before class. Press the seams so they lay in one direction, I will give you suggestions and allow time for you to applique and do the centers for both blocks in class. I suggest you buy about a yard of “stitch and tear” to stabilize the backgrounds. Purchase a light weight fusible interfacing.

Bring your machine, thread, scissors, stabilizer, open toe or applique” foot, pre-cut fabric swatches for Sun bonnet and pieced Fan and Dresden Plate to class with the pre-cut backgrounds. Bring any trims you would like.

June 27th is Lesson six– class will be used to complete the Fan and the Dresden plate. I would also like to prep several 9 patch blocks in class. Read the instructions below and make sure you are prepared. Note: I am only asking you to bring the fabric for the 9 patch, please do not sew them yet.

( Bring all your plastic templates, bring a plastic ruler and a blue fabric marker or chalk. Bring the Lap Quilt book. You will need at least 3 different contrasting fabrics for the 9 patch blocks. I recommend 5 different fabrics be used if you have them.)

For Churn Dash and Shoo Fly bring 2 contrasting fabrics pre-cut 11″ X 45″. For the Maple Leaf and the Ohio Star you will need to bring 2 other contrasting fabrics pre-cut 11″ X 45″. The Ohio Star will also need one “E” square cut for the center of a 5th fabric. We will not sew these blocks, only prep them for the July meeting. ( please wait to sew these blocks until we do it in class)

July 25th is Lesson seven–  log cabin will be introduced

August 22nd is Lesson eight– Crazy patch will be introduced.

Lesson nine– The House on the Hill is on page 26 of the Lap Quilt book. To plan and cut the templates you may want to make a picture of the block in your book on page 26. Label the areas of the block with the required template letters and assign the areas a color using several color pencils. Using your chalk or blue wash away maker, draw your templates on the selected fabrics and cut them out. Place the templates in a baggie for class.

Lesson ten– King’s X – Using the Lap Quilt book and the templates required on page 15 , cut the fabrics needed. This is a fun block, you may wish to cut 2. Place the cut fabric templates in a baggie and bring them to our October meeting.

Lesson thirteen– Finally putting the quilt together will be covered in this class. Bring 2 finished, bordered and quilted 18 1/2″ blocks to our Lap Quilt session. (Note you will have to leave 1″ of fabric free and not quilted on all sides of the block, to assemble.) 

Lesson fourteen – binding the quilt

Lesson fifteen– Introduce new blocks each month as of January 2020. You can continue on or start a new quilt for the new year. For new members I will reintroduce the template and how we mark the fabric.

Additional blocks will be introduced:

monkey wrench

Moon over mountain and drunkard’s path

Attic window

I invite members to introduce any special blocks they enjoy making as we proceed in the club meeting. Just email me at with your ideas and time will be allowed in show and tell.

Lessons are subject to change and as we develop our knowledge base and sewing and quilting needs surface for members.

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