Lap Quilting Class outline

Lap quilt club outline – Our next session will be held November 21st at 2pm. Our meeting place will be Jenny’s Sewing Studio at 1030 South Schumaker Dr in Salisbury, MD.

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.

From the Beginning of 2019

January 31st 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.

 

February 28th 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 28th 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 25th  is 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 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 “Sulky 12-Inch by 12-Yard Totally Stable Iron-On Tear-Away Stabilizer”to stabilize the backgrounds. Purchase a light weight fusible interfacing. Pellon PLF36 Ultra Lightweight Fusible Interfacing in white is recommended.

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 12 1/2″ square backgrounds. Bring any trims you would like to use. Bring decorative thread colors to embellish your quilt block.

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 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.

Our 2020 session will continue with additional block instruction including paper piecing, stain glass piecing, more stars and applique. Hope to see you then.

January 2020. You can continue on with your current quilt by adding more blocks or start a new quilt for the New Year.  Meetings will continue on the 4th Thursday of the month from 2 – 4pm.  For new 2020 members, our meetings will start on January 9th and we will meet the 2nd Thursday of the month.  I will reintroduce Georgia Bonesteel Lap Quilting.  Follow the current outline used by the 2019 group. Enroll early to receive a materials list for class.

 For the 2019 group we will continue to explore new ideas in quilting. All members will receive a quilt block subject for the month to be announced at the prior meeting. It is possible the 2019 will use another book for template. If templates are available from Electric Quilt there will be a materials fee to cover printing.

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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