Building a Strong Foundation 2017
What it’s all about: The carpenter who built your house learned their trade from a trade school, their family or on the job as they worked on the site. Just like carpentry, quilting is about structure and accuracy and going according to a plan, whether it’s following a diagram or from inside your head. Many great furniture builders create furniture from within their head, after they learn the techniques they need to know to make stable, well made items.
Throughout 2017 we will be sharing basic construction techniques and easy piecing methods of many of the basic foundation units of quilting. These versatile units are used in literally hundreds of quilt blocks and quilts.
Our kickoff event will be March 18, 2017 National Quilting Day. Join us for a fun, relaxed friendly day of learning and sharing. If you are interested in learning about quilting, this is a good place to start.
9am to 12pm—In the Garden The Four Patch and Nine Patch Unit: The Four Patch and Nine Patch unit is used in literally hundreds of quilting blocks. While they may seem simple, just like vegetables in your garden they hide among the back”ground” of blocks to add color and pattern in many quilts. Practicing rotary cutting, pressing and piecing methods with this simple unit will help you along your way to more complex construction.
12pm to 1pm— Meet and Greet…visit early or stay late (before or after your workshop) and meet some of the Quilt and Stitch ladies and Hallockville staff. Meet us in the kitchen for sweets and treats!
1pm to 4pm— The Truss – Half Square Triangles: Without support many walls would be weak and unstable. In engineering, a truss is a structure that consists of two-force members, which are organized so that the assemblage as a whole behaves as a single object. This is a great definition of what Half Square Triangles can do for a quilt. They are very stable units which can add a multitude of variety to your quilt blocks, just like trusses in the roof of your house. There are many ways to make these units and we will explore tools and techniques to stitch many of them. Pick your favorite!
More Information: YES! These are sewing machine workshops, however hand techniques will be shared throughout the year for other quilting techniques such as log cabin, cathedral window and applique (all of which can be done either by hand or machine. Class sizes are limited due to space so don’t delay. Registration is required.
Supplies to Bring:
- Rotary cutter and cutting mat and rulers (if you have them)
- Sewing machine – If you do not have a “portable” sewing machine speak to Lisa (at) Hallockville (.com), we will work with you. Don’t forget your electric cord, foot and other attachments for your machine.
- Your basic sewing supplies (BSS) such as neutral thread, scissors…
- Fabric will be provided for the class project.
- Irons will be available