Lap Quilting Class outline

Here is your Lap quilt “One on One” outline. Since we are working “One on One” the order of construction can vary. – Our meeting place will be Jenny’s Sewing Studio at 1030 South Schumaker Dr in Salisbury, MD.

The Lap Quilting classes work great for beginner quilters and those wanting to sharpen their skills.  I will start with a “One on One” session to help you select fabrics and make templates.  “One on One” classes are scheduled any free afternoon both you and I agree to and must be reserved in advance. Here is the link to enroll.

Once you are registered we will start the quilt. I will work with you at your pace and will suggest the next block to work on in the one on one session..   Enrollment is $50 for a 3 hour session. Once you commit to a session the fee is not transferable.

If you wish to join in the fun you can email with any questions. 

From the Beginning

 Lesson oneIntroduction 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 you wish to use.

You will need the book, “Lap Quilting by Georgia Bonesteel”, template plastic, a sharpie fine line marker, ruler, blue wash away marker, and at least 3 – 1 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.


Lesson two– Learn tips about cutting the blocks from fabric and piecing the 4 patch blocks.  Fit a 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.   4 patch blocks include Rail fence, 4 patch, Double 4 patch, and Pin wheel. You may need several session to complete the 4 patch series of blocks if you are a beginner quilter.

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.

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.

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 next meeting. ( please wait to sew these blocks until we do it in class)

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.

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:


Star Flower

Oh Susannah

Fly foot

Saw tooth star

Paper Piecing


Applique wreaths

monkey wrench

Moon over mountain and drunkard’s path

Attic window


I invite students to introduce any special blocks they enjoy making as we proceed in the sessions. 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.