Need help with ideas for a quilting class- YIKES!

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I opened my big mouth and got some ideas tossing around to teach some
quilting 'stuff' at my church.  It was suggested that the first class be
something where they can take a finished project home in 2 hrs.!

First, I will not be paid for this- not a problem and what I asked for-
*BUT* I have found that when a class is free, people tend to goof around and
dawdle and not pay attention.  I will have all skill levels and both machine
and hand sewists.

What on earth can I teach to get a finished project in 2 hours or so with
all these odds working against me???  I don't think even a pot holder could
be completely finished in that time frame.

How can I cover piecing or applique', sandwiching, quilting and binding- or
birthing- in that time frame and make it interesting enough to tempt the
students to return the next week???  What should I use for a materials list
when there's no commitment to return for another class and the students may
be reluctant to make an investment in supplies???  I can bring fabric and
batting scraps and thread and needles, but I sure can't afford to furnish
everything to an unknown number of students.....

HELP!!!

Leslie- panicking! & The Furbabies in MO.



Re: Need help with ideas for a quilting class- YIKES!
Hey, that was me last year.  Only my mom opened her mouth and
volunteered me, I didn't do it to myself :-)

We met once a month from 10-12.  So, two hours just like you.

Do they need to complete something every time?  I would shoot myself if
that were the case.  If not, just do that the first time to whet their
appetite for quilting.

Think pin cushion (maybe even not pieced just two squares, stuffed and
sewn shut) or a needle case or a book mark.

Then, bring something bigger to share with them.  

We did a small sampler quilt.  The first time we learned to rotary cut,
sew a 1/4" seam, press, and they looked and felt the differences in
thread and fabrics; the second class we met at a quilt store and shopped
(the owner gave them a nice guild discount - call ahead you never know)
and then we were really ready to start.  Class by class:

Rail fence block, strip pieced

Nine patch block,strip pieced

Friendship star, draw squares on the diagonal and sew either side to
learn a technique for half square triangles and then traditionally piece
to assemble

Flying geese, used the great technique on the patchpieces site

Assemble the top

Basting (fusible batt was required) and starting simple quilting with a
walking foot.

Finish the quilting

Binding and discussion of labels, hanging sleeves, keeping a photo of
every quilt you make - because you know you'll give them away and you
want something to remember it by.

They had a good time and had their project done by Christmas so they
were happy with that.  The rule was they needed to make 4-6 blocks of
each kind.  We had a lot of fun playing with the blocks and everyone had
their own layout in the end.  They were forbidden to make anything
larger than crib size and appreciated that rule when it came to the
quilting.  It is such a great way to learn because then you know early
on that you can take something and make it your own.

After that we did meet for a few stand alone technique classes - free
motion quilting, piecing curves, etc but then the group petered out.  I
think the drive to make something real kept them coming and the little
stuff didn't.

marcella


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   Or a Christmas Ornament?  Minimal piecing, minimal quilting, no
binding, a small loop as a hanger (thread, ribbon or yarn) and it's
finished!  CiaoMeow >^;;^<

PAX, Tia Mary >^;;^<   (RCTQ Queen of Kitties)
Angels can't show their wings on earth but nothing was ever said about
their whiskers!
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Re: Need help with ideas for a quilting class- YIKES!
Leslie, with both hand and machine seamsters it will be difficult to do
anything cohesive, since so many things are somewhat different for the
two groups.
Most things that would take a hand sewist 2 hours to finish could be
done in less than half that time by the machine seamsters. <G> And the
fact that you will have all levels will make a big difference too.

I agree about "free" classes. There needs to be some sort of payment in
order for the students to think the class is "worthwhile", it seems. <G>

Maybe, what ever you decide on, you could have a "kit fee" to cover the
cost of materials you provide. That would mean you are not supplying at
no cost, and they would have an investment in the class.

A needle book, or pin cushion is a good idea. Even a pot holder could be
done, if it was a simple one. But that involves a lot of different
skills, any one of which could take most of that 2 hours.

I just uploaded some pictures of a needlebook that I have. (Album of
sewing accessories.)It is not too difficult to make, once the pattern is
made. <G>
Will post instructions in a separate message.

Have fun,
Pati, in Phx
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Leslie & The Furbabies in MO. wrote:

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Re: Need help with ideas for a quilting class- YIKES!
Sorry!  I meant the pieces ready cut.
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Best Regards
pat on the hill

Re: Need help with ideas for a quilting class- YIKES!
Leslie

Favourite quickie project for me is make two foundation
pieced log cabin blocks.  This can be done by machine or by
hand (Manx style).

Then sew them together to make a pyramid shape and stuff.

Small pyramids make great pin cushions, and larger ones can
take a small bag of stones in the middle and be used as door
stops.

The shapes can be made to look pretty or cute  -  eg. just
add features for faces, or eyes/tails/ears/fins for animals.

It only takes two blocks, you can draw the pattern on the
foundation fabric beforehand, and then they can sew along
the lines.  It doesn't take much fabric, and they can even
swap strips among the group.

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Cheryl & the Cats in OZ
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Re: Need help with ideas for a quilting class- YIKES!
What about some of these coasters Leslie ?
http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/2425970840053289228Higpox
I know that these are mine but I can't find the directions link in the
archive.
The instructions used to be on about.com but I cant find them now.


Dee in Oz

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Re: Need help with ideas for a quilting class- YIKES!
Google for "Penny Pennington"  (Just did and the site comes up.) <BG>

Pati, in Phx
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Re: Need help with ideas for a quilting class- YIKES!
I found this site easier to understand
http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2006/11/crisscross_coas.html
(....yeah I know I am a bit thick)
but I have emailed it to Leslie

Dee in Oz

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Re: Need help with ideas for a quilting class- YIKES!
Hey they're a good idea......can I pinch that one? <g>
Wendy in Nsw

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Re: Need help with ideas for a quilting class- YIKES!
It's not my idea so you don't need *my* permission

Dee in Oz


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Re: Need help with ideas for a quilting class- YIKES!
The allsorts crisscross pattern is just like Penny Pennington's except for
Penny's you don't have to mess with fusible anything.  Just put a piece of
batting (I like Hobbs 80/20 between the two squares pieces, then stack the
folded pieces as shown in allsorts directions.  I don't think I would like
them as well with just the fusible. The batting helps absorb any moisture
from whatever you're sitting on the coaster.

I've made many, many coasters from Penny Pennington's pattern.  They make
wonderful gifts especially if you put a set in a little wooden crate.  I
used to buy wooden crates that were just the right size from Create for
Less, but I can't find the crates on their website now.
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Donna in Idaho

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Re: Need help with ideas for a quilting class- YIKES!
Disappearing Nine Patch.......
http://quiltsatcs.blogspot.com/2007/04/disappearing-9-patch-tutorial.html
You could ask them to bring 9 - 12 different scraps wide enough to cut 4"
squares from and with a mixture of mediums/darks and lights.  Also to have
some left over so they can swop with others so they can have a variety to
choose from.

They could get the taste of making a small wall hanging from the squares or
a placemat.  I'm sure they could get at least four 9 patch squares done, cut
and turned around in 2 hours......depends on how much chatting goes on <G>

I think asking a small fee would be a good idea for the next lot of
classes.....running the first one for free but making certain that they know
the first one is free and subsequent ones will incur a fee.  Most folk don't
mind.

I so love the Disappearing Nine Patch.........I'm currently working on this
one..... http://www.nancybrenandaniel.com/disgallery1.html
the one called "Risky Business".


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Re: Need help with ideas for a quilting class- YIKES!
Potholders?

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Sharon from Melbourne Australia (Queen of Down Under)
http://s195.photobucket.com/albums/z37/shazrules /
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