Lap Quilting Class outline

This is your 1 year Lap quilt club outline – Our meeting place will be Jenny’s Sewing Studio at 1030 South Schumaker Dr in Salisbury, MD. Once you are registered for a Lap Quilt group that starts in January 2021, you will receive monthly emails and updates.  Please enroll one month in advance to reserve your spot in our club meeting. Most meetings will be on Thursday afternoons from 2-4 pm. Sewing space is limited. Enrollment is only $5.00 but can only be used for the class reserved initially, the fee is not transferable. Our new Lap quilt session for January 2021 will start on January 15th. Space is limited, so sign up early.

If you wish to join in the fun you can email jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com with any questions.   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 a combination of power point  and sewing machine demonstration. PDF class notes of each class are available to purchase for $5.00. Make up sessions are also available for $20.00 and can be scheduled using the email address.

Our veteran Lap Quilter groups are “Piecemakers”, “Scrappy Quilter’s” and “Sew Fly Quilter’s”. These quilter’s will be meeting separately to start the “Give Thanks” Lap quilt project for 2021. 

From the Beginning

January – Lesson one-Introduction of 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. Your quilt can be any color you wish and any size.

Learn to create templates. Homework will be to make all the templates in the book for lesson 2.

You will need the book, “Lap Quilting by Georgia Bonesteel”, template plastic, a sharpie fine line marker, ruler, blue wash away marker, and 3 – 1/2 yard pieces of quilter’s cotton fabric to start your quilt with. Bring scissors to cut the template plastic and scissors to cut fabric. See power point “lesson 1” for a guide on the fabric to use in your quilt.

 

February – Lesson two– Learn tips about cutting the blocks from fabric and piecing the 4 patch blocks.  Fit the 1/4″ foot to your machine and practice the seam. Strip piecing and template piecing will be introduced. The rotary cutter will be introduced to cut some of the strip piece 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 – Lesson three– 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. The borders will be mitered. We will stencil the border. learn about tools to stencil dark and light fabrics.

April – Lesson four- Learn to use 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. Machine quilting will be covered.  I suggest you make all the blocks we have covered in January, February and March.  ( 4 patch, double 4 patch, rail fence, pin wheel). 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. You will need quilter’s pins and medium safety pins.

Introduction of strip piecing ideas for a creative touch will be demonstrated. You can practice  strip piecing by sewing a 12 1/2″ quilt block using the strip piecing technique.

I invite all attendee to bring a sewing machine to Lesson 4. I will provide a list of materials you may need to practice with. You will need to fit your machine for a walking foot and free motion foot.

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

May – 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. We will make a Susan Bonnet block so I suggest you bring a 12 1/2″ background for the Sun Bonnet. You will need a scrap (at least 8″)  for the dress, sleeve, shoe and bonnet. 

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 a 12 1/2″ back ground block when planning the Dresden Plate.  I suggest you buy “Sulky 12-Inch by 12-Yard Totally Stable Iron-On Tear-Away Stabilizer”to stabilize the 12 1/2″ backgrounds before we applique. Purchase a light weight fusible interfacing. Pellon PLF36 Ultra Lightweight Fusible Interfacing in white is recommended for appliques.

Bring your machine, thread, scissors, stabilizer, open toe or applique” foot, pre-cut fabric swatches for Sun bonnet and Fan and Dresden Plate to class with the pre-cut 12 1/2″ square backgrounds. Bring any trims you would like to use. Bring decorative thread colors to embellish your quilt block.

Lesson six– Easy 9 patch will be demonstrated so I suggest you only prep the fabric as detailed below. ( 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. Please do not cut these blocks out or sew the blocks before class, only prep the fabric as detailed above for the July meeting. ( please wait to sew these blocks until we do it in class)

July – Lesson seven–  Log cabin will be introduced. Log Cabin is a technique block so wait until I detail how to rotary cut the block. We will be using the Quilt in a Day assembly method.

August – Lesson eight– Crazy patch will be introduced. Attend the lesson and I will give each student a block of fabric that has a monogram letter on white or off white fabric to work from.

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 eleven– Finally putting the quilt together will be covered in this class. Bring at least 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.) You will need  regular straight pins, thread to match the border, hand sewing needle, sharp 8″ bend handle scissors and trimmers.

Lesson twelve – binding the quilt is the lesson for December. We will practice the binding and mitering on a sample block that has been quilted. Cut the binding 3″ X 45″ across the width of your fabric. You will need enough widths to go around your quilt plus enough for your sample block. Prepare your binding. Start by trimming off the selvages on the end of each strip. Piece the border strips end to end to form one long strip. Stream press the border in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Bring to class enough border that is prepped to go around your quilted block sample with a small overlap. See you in class. Bring your walking foot.

Additional blocks will be introduced and may include the following themes:

Paper Piecing

Baskets

Applique wreaths

monkey wrench

Moon over mountain and drunkard’s path

Attic window

Stars

I invite members to introduce any special blocks they enjoy making as we proceed in the club meeting. Just email me at jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com 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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