Dresden Neighborhood – a fun class based on Persimmon Dreams’ Dresden Neighborhood pattern. Make it your own – scrap friendly. You’ll finish the top in class.
Dresden Neighborhood Supply List
Michelle Banton, Little Pup Designs 508-735-2244
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
- $8.00 pattern fee (I will have these at the workshop) – there is NO homework or need to purchase prior to the workshop. To respect the designer, each person must purchase a pattern.
- Dresden Plate acrylic ruler/template – I will have some available for purchase ($8) if you don’t have one.
- Background – 2/3 yard of background fabric (I will have some backgrounds available for $5 each. Or bring your own)
- Houses – 20 scraps, approximately 4” x 10” for houses (that is using a standard 18 degree Dresden template) Wedge rulers of different degrees will take more or less scraps depending on the size. (you can choose 20 different fabrics, 10 each of 2 different; 4 each of 5; any combination to equal 20) DO NOT pre-fuse your house fabric.
- Doors & Windows – small amounts of scraps for these (I will have some available)
- Roofs – 20 scraps, approximately 4” x 2” for roofs – can all be one color, or scrappy. I like to use black. (I will have some available)
- One scrap approximately 4-5” square for the center.
- Backing fabric – 2/3 yard
- Batting – 24×24”
- Fusible web – I like Mistyfuse. Bring your favorite, or get some Mistyfuse from me. I will bring enough Mistyfuse to “baste” the buildings to the background. You might want to bring more fusible of your own or have it pre-fused to your roofs, windows and doors fabrics. If you don’t have a favorite, I will bring extra Mistyfuse. (If you DO pre-fuse, only do the roofs, doors, windows)
- Sewing machine – in working order
- Thread – black, neutral or colorful thread. The thread WILL show as you stitch down the buildings, windows, doors and roofs. Some people prefer all black; some want colorful – it is your choice.
- Basic sewing supplies.
- Rotary cutter and mat.
- A small ironing station is handy. I will bring a couple of irons and ironing boards for general use.
- If you are a quick worker, you might have time to baste and quilt the top. If so, you might want to bring a darning foot for free motion quilting.
I WILL bring a number of scraps that you are welcome to use for houses, windows, doors and roofs.
COLOR WHEEL HOUSES – If you wish to create a Color Wheel Neighborhood, you will need a 30 degree ruler which will use 12 different colors to create the circle of houses. I have those rulers available for $14. I also have Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric in the 12 colors of the color wheel available for $10. Please let me know ahead of time if this is the option you want to go with.
By the end of the workshop you should have the project finished, or nearly finished. YAY – not another UFO!
Map Making with Fabrics
Use fabric to capture a special location. Maybe it’s your favorite vacation spot, your neighborhood, or your hometown. Over the course of the workshop, participants will learn both pattern-making and improvisational quilting techniques to create personal map quilts. Bring a large paper map of a location you would like to replicate (approx. 24”x36”), your favorite fabrics and threads, and a willingness to experiment. Mark your place in the world!
On the Edge – Includes edge preparation, different types and widths of bindings, piping, easy prairie points, scallops and even a fun “coin” edge. Our newest technique is a fabulously easy mitered border with scallop flange. Tips, tricks and, of course, new products! This class is all about the many options for quilt edges, and perfecting your techniques.
We all know sometimes the best way to get some quality sewing time is to get away. Join the programs team for an open sew day. Lunch, prizes and entertainment, to be provided!
“A Day at the Imrov with Billie and Kassie”
Let loose and go wild! We will push you to quilt outside the box and creatively sew blocks together without a pattern. Several improv piecing techniques will be demonstrated such as deconstructing traditional blocks and learning to create new ones. Even though you are going wild, you will also be in total control. This is a great way to use those scraps and bust your stash! Great for everyone from beginners to advanced quilters.
- Scraps in all shapes, sizes, colors, and designs (no scrap too small)
- 1 yard background fabric
- Sewing machine in good working order with a quarter inch foot
- Rotary cutter and cutting mat
- Basic sewing supplies – scissors, pins, thread, bobbins, seam ripper etc.
- Spray starch
- 6 x 12-inch ruler or larger
- Gifts for teachers so you get a good grade (optional)
Tea and Ephemera
Using textile paint, printed paper vintage imagery, thermo fax screens, colored pencils, rubber stamps, paint sticks, tea bags and more, learn multiple mixed media techniques while creating a mixed media fabric collage that you can stitch or quilt.
STORM AT SEA
Using my “No More Tears”© Foundation Piecing Method
Are you curious about paper piecing? Do you and paper piecing already have a love/hate relationship? Do you love the accuracy you achieve, but hate the process of getting there? Well, this class will change that to a LOVE relationship. We’ll be using the versatile Storm at Sea pattern to learn my “No More Tears”© method of paper piecing. Although we won’t be finishing the entire project in class, you’ll have at least one full block, and the tools you’ll need to finish it at home, in half the time you’d expect from paper piecing. Don’t believe me? You’ll just have to come and see for yourself!
Have you seen Diana Funke’s beautiful bags? We have the pleasure of hosting her and Diane Antestenis for a workshop where they will teach members how to make these fantastic beach bags. We will make the medium tote and an 8” by 5” wallet. Student provides 1/3 yard of fabric, matching thread, black thread, jeans/denim sewing machine needle, walking foot. Kits available from Diana.
Kit contains Pattern for a small, medium and large tote, the pattern for zippered wallet, black pet screen, zipper, strapping, hook and loop tape.
Bluebird of Happiness
I am so excited about this project. Yes, there are a lot of pieces and yes, it’s going to take you a while to sew all of the pieces. But, while sewing you will learn a lot. You will learn how to make perfect points, perfect circles, perfect ovals, smooth curves, smooth stems, some hand embroidery and just for added fun…..a little reverse appliqué.
The inside appliqué area is 14”x 14”. With the additional black border area the piece finishes 20” x 20”
Please use the Upper-level entrance.