“Learn to Sew” is my most requested class at Jenny’s Sewing Studio. Some learn to create fashion and have dreams of being a fashion designer. Other students learn sewing as a hobby and have fun making pillows, purses and projects to give as gifts. Learning to make your own clothes also let you have a unique wardrobe. Most sewers can dream it and sew it. I love to see the energy created from learning the skill of sewing. I had several new students this winter and would like to share a few photos with you. I do not always remember my camera but it is a great way to remember the students and their sewing dreams.
If you would like to Learn to Sew or Quilt or learn to use your sewing machine or serger click on my sewing class link to read more about the classes I offer.
It was great to see everyone at the February 28th meeting of the Lap Quilting Club!
The Quilt Club monthly session started off with a “show and tell”. Quilters Diane, Faye, Jane, Shashi, Sharon and Janet showed template sets made, quilt blocks they had constructed and materials they had chosen for their Lap Quilt. Plans are coming together! To inspire everyone I displayed my completed twin size Lap Quilt. Everyone was able to see how the blocks fit into the quilt.
Once the show and tell was over I showed the group how the 4 patch blocks are created from the 12″ square. We covered the 4 patch, double 4 patch, pin wheel and rail fence blocks. You should create these 4 blocks at home to keep on schedule with your Lap Quilt creation. I have created a link to the construction and lesson plan so you can make a plan. I hope you will let me give you construction tips before you create additional blocks. I have been working on a power point demonstration of the Lap Quilt construction. When we are are done creating the quilt I will give you a link to reference the notes. Our next meeting is March 28th at 2:00pm in the Bradford room at MAC center in Salisbury, MD. All are welcome. each club meeting is $5.00 and you can enroll at the door.
In our February meeting I demonstrated the pin wheel block construction and showed how to use the “E” template from the Lap Quilting book. Two fabrics were placed right sides together and the “E” template was used to determine the width of a cut strip across the 45″ width of fabric. I drew the “E” template on the strip back to back and showed how to sew the 1/4″ seams for easy and fast construction. Once I sewed the 1/4″ seams on both sides 45 degree line of the triangles drawn, I cut the pieced triangles apart. Janet demonstrated how the triangles are pressed. The seams are pressed in one direction to make piecing perfect. Diane had a flannel layout board and I used it to form the pinwheel block layout to make it easy to piece the block. I included pictures of all the techniques demonstrated.
I showed how to use a rotary cutter and how I chose the strip size to cut using the Lap Quilt book. I pieced the rail fence strips together and pressed the seams to one side from the right side. Using the “A” square I drew the 6 1/2″ squares and cut them by hand. The layout was created and then the rail fence block was pieced using the 1/4″ foot.
We talked about the importance of the 6″ square, the 12″ square and the 6″ by 24″ ruler to use in creating the Lap Quilt.
Next month we will work on the mitered borders. Plan on purchasing your border fabric in one piece to fit the size of the quilt you making. The yardage chart is on page 11 of the Lap Quilt book. For my demonstration quilt I am using white to set off a pastel quilt block of pinks, blues, greens and yellows. I recommend quilters add the borders and mark the borders as you go so the job does not become an overwhelming task. I will show you how to use a stencil to mark borders in lesson 3.
For Club meeting #3 cut your borders across the width of the fabric using a 3 1/2″ strip. You will need 2 strips 45″ X 3 /2″ per block. You will need a 12″ square to mark the backs of the 4 patch, double four patch, and rail fence to define the 1/4″ seam. You will be able to find all the rulers on Amazon.
In Lesson 3 I will also demonstrate an easy version of the bow tie quilt block. Bring 3 “A” squares of one color and 2 contrast “A” squares of another fabric to make the bow tie. I will sew the block and let you try the technique on my machine as time allows.
Each month Jenny’s Sewing Studio will introduce a brand new quilting skill or Quilt block in our lecture demo Lap Quilt series at the MAC center in Salisbury, MD. Beginners are welcome. Sessions are only $5.00 each and will be scheduled in the Bradford room at 2:00 pm each month. You can enroll using my web site shopping cart at this link. You can also register at the door of the seminar with Jenny. It helps me plan hand outs and seating when you enroll in advance.
Our first meeting is Thursday January 31st at 2:00pm. The series will be lecture demonstration and you will learn the steps needed to start your quilt. Beginners are welcome. I will demonstrate some of the basic tools needed for quilting. This month I will also introduce electric quilt to help you visually understand how your quilt will look and how much yardage you will need to create your quilt. I have a few handouts to share. We will talk about fabric choices. I will make a few templates and sew a few seams using a 1/4″ foot. Plan on the session taking about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Bring paper and pen for notes.
I suggest you purchase the Lap Quilting book which contains patterns for 70 Lap Quilt blocks. Attend as many months as you can and work along with me each month to complete your quilt. I will hold a Show and Tell session at the beginning of each club meeting starting in February.
Club meetings for 2019 will be January 31st, Feb 28th, Mar 28th, April 25th, May 30th, June 27th, July 25th, Aug 29th, September 26th, October 31st, November 21st and December 19th . Time for club is 2:00 pm.
Let’s start quilting! See you next Thursday January 31st at 2:00pm.
Lap Quilt Sew Along!
Bring your sewing machine and sew. Following each monthly Lap Quilt club meeting I will schedule a Lap Quilt Sew Along at my Sewing Studio at 1030 South Schumaker Dr, in Salisbury, MD. My first Sew Along for Lap Quilting is February 7, 2019. The fee is $20.00 per session. Enroll for the 1:30 – 3:30 pm session or the 6:30 to 8:30 session. Class is once a month. This class is designed to help all beginner quilters with hands on sewing help while you are constructing the quilt. Classes are limited to 6 sewers. You can enter by the front door unless there is snow on the walk, then come in the back door. I always clear the back walk.
Bring your sewing machine or reserve one of my machines to use in class. Bring Lap Quilting by Georgia Bonesteel, template plastic, a black sharpie marker, a wash away marker, clover chalk triangle for dark fabrics and a ruler to begin making templates for your quilt. You will need sharp bent handled scissors and straight pin for cutting. We will make a few templates and cut a few blocks. Let’s get started making your quilt.
For the quilt blocks I suggest you color coordinate at least 4 different 100% cotton fabric prints for your blocks. Bring at least one yard of 4 different fabrics to mark and cut. That way you have choices when designing the blocks. We can add more prints later. You can also buy additional yardage of a favorite print. The choices are up to you. Bring your fabrics and a neutral thread to class. It will speed things up if you have your bobbin filled and your machine threaded and are ready to sew. I will have plugs and places for sewing machines to set up and sew. I also have cutting mats available.
You can always bring scraps of 100% cotton fabrics and border the blocks later with a neutral color like off white or black. We will talk about borders, backing and binding in another class.
Bring a neutral color thread like off white or black.
I hope to see you in class. Questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny’s Sewing Studio will present “Learn to Quilt” on January 15th and “Learn to Sew” on January 22nd at 1:00pm at the MAC center in Salisbury, MD. I hope you will join me, Jennifer Friedel, as I present ideas on Quilting and Sewing you will want to try. Free projects will be offered for you to start your quilting and sewing adventures. Plan on 2 fun afternoons of quilting and sewing inspiration. Both events are $3.00.
MAC’s Winter Institute offers 27 different classes for you to choose from. You can register now using the MAC registration form link (Page 1 and Page 2) I have attached. You can then mail the registration form to MAC, Inc., 909 Progress Circle, Salisbury, MD 21804 ( postmarked by Jan 3) or register at the front desk by Friday Jan. 4th. For more information call 410-742-0505.
Here is a link to “A Gift for You!” You can give a friend a gift of a class for Christmas or a birthday. Invite friend’s to come with you and register them for the classes you think they will enjoy. Registration is $3.00 a class. Call MAC at 410-742-0505 to register for the classes of your choice no latter than Jan. 4th 2019.
Join Jenny for the 2019 monthly Lap Quilting Club at the MAC Center in Salisbury, MD.
Club meetings for 2019 will be January 31st, Feb 28th, Mar 28th, April 25th, May 30th, June 27th, July 25th, Aug 29th, September 26th, October 31st, November 21st ( 3rd Thursday because of Thanksgiving) and December 19th (3rd Thursday because of Christmas). Time for club is 2:00 pm. The clubs are scheduled every 4th Thursday of the month and the sessions are 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Each session will introduce techniques to help you piece a traditional sampler Lap Quilt. The quilt size you decide to make is up to you. I will be completing a quilt along with the sessions. After we get started I will hold a “Show and Tell” at the beginning of each meeting so you can share your sewn blocks and fabric choices with the group.
Our first Club session will be held on January 31st, 2019. I will introduce supplies and fabrics you will need to gather to complete the quilt you would like to make. We will talk about templates and I will demonstrate a few 4 patch blocks. I suggest you purchase Lap Quilting by Georgia Bonesteel. The book contains over 70 patchwork blocks with template patterns and will be your guide for making a Lap Quilt. Amazon.com has the book at a very reasonable price.
You will need to register for each club session in advance and can register in club for the next session or use this on-line link to enroll. Please enroll in advance so MAC sets up enough seating and tables for you to attend.
All club meetings will be power point demonstration. I will also introduce “Electric Quilt” software to show you how you can design your quilt and blocks using the computer.
All club fees will only be applied to the upcoming club. Enrollment date will show the session you are choosing. No carry over fees please.The MAC center is at 909 Progress Circle, Salisbury, MD 21804. Club will be in the Bradford room near the gym.
Don’t let the cold, gray days of January keep you stuck in the house. MAC’s first Winter Institute offers the chance to get out, meet new people and hear about a variety of entertaining topics!
An exciting schedule of classes is planned for this first Winter Institute, including basics of sewing and quilting, gardening, local history, tips for taking great pictures, scrap booking, local history, Musical Magic with WBOC’s Charlie Paparella, and more! Learn how to connect with your children on Facebook, get information on investing, find out what amazing opportunities are available through the Salisbury Kennel Club and your local library, and learn about user friendly apps for iPads and iPhones; and still more. A total of 27 sessions are planned. Classes will be held Jan. 9-10; Jan. 14-17, and Jan. 22-24 in the Perdue Family Living Well Education Center at MAC. Three 90-minute sessions will be held each day, starting at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $3 per session. Registration forms and complete class schedules are available at MAC, at the main reception desk. All ages are welcome.
Advance registration is encouraged; registration at the door will be accepted as space permits.
For more information on classes or registration, call 410-742-0505.
The following is the complete schedule of classes:
Wednesday, Jan. 9 Session two: Tips & Tricks for Taking Great Photos, with Brice Stump, noted local photographer, author Session two: The Art of Scrap booking, Jennifer Johnson with Pat Wilgus, scrap booking enthusiasts Session three: Antiques: What You Need to Know, with Steven Blumenauer, From Charlene Upham Antiques
Thursday, Jan. 10
Session one: Downsizing Do’s and Don’ts with Jill Yost, Realtor, Long & Foster Real Estate, Salisbury Session two: Get Ready to Run Your First 5K, with Vanessa Junkin, Eastern Shore Running Club Session three: King Tut: The Boy King of Egypt, with Dr. G. Ray Thompson, retired SU history professor
Monday, Jan. 14
Session one: Unlock Your Local Library from Home, with Wicomico Public Library Staff Session two: iPads & iPhones: Got Apps? With Janet Parke, MAC trainer
Session three: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Salisbury Kennel Club, with Peggy Bradford, Kennel
Club board member
Tuesday, Jan. 15
Session one: Fiber Art Traditions, with Cynthia Byrd, curator, Julia A. Purnell Museum, Snow Hill Session two: Ward Museum: Wood & Soap Carving Demonstrations, with Ward volunteers Session three: Quilting How-To with Jenny Friedel, owner Jenny’s Sewing Studio
Wednesday, Jan. 16
Session one: A Lighter Look at U.S. Presidents, with Sylvia Bradley, SU Professor Emeritus of History Session two: Improve Your Memory Skills, with Mary Slate, retired nurse Session three: “Graves, Tales and Incredible Tombstones,” with Brice Sump, noted photographer and writer
Thursday, Jan. 17
Session one: Your Brain on Investments, with Eric Johnston, InFocus Financial Session two: Get Your News in the Newspaper! With Greg Bassett, editor, Salisbury Independent Session three: Let’s Get Social! Using Social Media to
Connect with Family, with Victoria Kent, marketing officer, Community
Foundation of the Eastern Shore
Tuesday, Jan. 22
Session one: Adventures of the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, with Lou Hyman, first mate Session two: Writing Your Stories, with Dr. Carolyn Stegman, author and educator Session three: Sewing How-To With Jenny Friedel, owner, Jenny’s Sewing Studio
Wednesday, Jan. 23
Session one: Creative Container Gardening, with Ginny Rosenkranz, Extension educator Session two: Master Gardening: Building Healthy Gardens, with Ginny Rosenkranz, Extension educator Session three: The Ugly Pie: A Small Business Start, with Shaina Bounds, owner, The Ugly Pie
Thursday, Jan. 24
Session one: Twists and Turns of Annuities, with Eric Johnston, InFocus Financial Session two: Origins of Salisbury, with Dr. G. Ray Thompson, retired SU history professor Session three: Musical Magic with Charles Paparella, musician, storyteller and WBOC personality
Pin ItMy mom loves country curtains! After 26 years her curtains are ready to fall off the rod so I am replacing them. It is a great project for a hot summer day, (make that a week) especially if you have air conditioning and time. I wrote an instructional sheet on how to measure the window to figure out the fabric yardage. You can also take a class on ruffled curtains from me.
For this project it is important to own a ruffler. Jenny’s Sewing Studio has one available for your machine.
To figure the ruffles I calculate 6″ for the ruffle width. I also figure 3 X for fullness. The ruffles go on one side of each panel and across the bottom. The total yardage needed is 31 yards for these 3 windows. Since ruffles are not and exact science I always allow so extra yardage.
I use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut all the panels first. 3 thread serger edge was used to finish the cut edges and I took advantage of the selvages. The selvage is great for the outer edge of the curtain.
My bolt is 36 yards and so I am cutting the ruffle on the remaining length. I used a narrow rolled hem to finish each side of the ruffle. That was a lot of serging and took me a few days.
Once I started the ruffle edging I had to continue until done. I took a few hours to ruffle over 3,000 inches. The ruffler was connected to the machine and I figure the fullnes by ruffling a small section. I measured 3″ of the ruffle and than pulled it out to see how full the ruffle was. I adjusted the ruffler until I had the best fullness fit.
The last thing to do is sew the ruffle on the panels. Make sure you make 3 curtains with the ruffle sewn on the right and three curtains that are sewn on the opposite long edges so you have a left and a right curtain for each window.
Grace did a great job finishing her purple Quilt Trip quilt. She says she wants to make curtains and pillowcases. Great job Grace! If you are interested in learning the Quick Trip quilt here is the link!
I offer the cardinal as a free pattern for a 9 block wall quilt. I love to decorate my walls in wall quilts for the different seasons and holidays. I can also supply another simple applique besides the cardinal, like hearts, cats, bunny, butterflies and more. Just ask. You can start a quilt and follow-up with as many 3 hour classes as you need.
Pin ItGrace has been taking classes from Jenny’s Sewing Studio to learn to sew and make pillows and curtains. She is working hard on a new quilt for her daughter in purples. Here are some pictures of Grace’s latest creation. This quilt is an Eleanor Burn’s Quilt in a Day called “Quick Trip”. I think the colors are very nice. Grace had to pick 12 colors for a twin size quilt. This is the 3rd 3 hour lesson and it will probably take 2 more classes since she wanted to do a larger size quilt. Her next step is the borders and quilting. Once that is done she will bind the quilt. Great job Grace! To see the pictures better you can click on them for a closeup.