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Lap Quilt Club at the MAC in Salisbury, MD



All are welcome! If you sew or quilt now or you are just learning, join Jenny for the 2019 monthly Lap Quilting Club at the MAC Center in Salisbury, MD. The fee is only $5.00 per meeting.

Upcoming Club meetings for 2019 will be 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 about 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.  "Show and Tell" will be held at the beginning of each meeting so you can share your sewn blocks and fabric choices and questions with the group. Here is the revised Club outline. 

Here is a link to the power point presentation of the lap quilt club by lesson. If you click on the lesson window the power point presentation  window will allow you to click on the 4 outward arrows at the bottom of the screen. In a new screen you can choose start slide show. You can hit esc to escape the screen.

June 27th class will be used to complete the Fan and the Dresden plate. I would also like to prep several 9 patch blocks in class. Read the instructions below and make sure you are prepared. Note: I am only asking you to bring the fabric for the 9 patch, please do not sew them yet.

( 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. We will not sew these blocks, only prep them for the July meeting. ( please wait to sew these blocks until we do it in class)

To finish the Dresden Plate and the Fan blocks:

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 the 12 1/2" back ground block when planning the Dresden Plate.  Using the power point presentation for Lesson 5, piece the fan and Dresden plate before class. Press the seams so they lay in one direction, I will give you suggestions and allow time for you to applique and do the centers for both blocks in class. I suggest you buy about a yard of “stitch and tear” to stabilize the backgrounds. Purchase a light weight fusible interfacing. Below I have listed all your needs for the May 23rd class.

Bring your machine, thread, scissors, stabilizer, open toe or applique' foot,  pieced Fan and Dresden Plate to class with the pre-cut and stabilized background blocks ( as we did in the May lesson). You do not have to finish the Fan or the Dresden Plate blocks before class. Do not applique them yet! Bring any trims you would like. Please read the following detailed list and watch the power point presentation before class. Please double check your supplies before you come to class and make sure you have all your sewing machine feet with you. Also check to make sure you have all your fabrics and stabilizers with you!!!!

If you want to keep up with our Lap Quilting progress you will need to do some home work each month and this page documents the steps we have covered since January 2019. For hands on help, you can enroll for "one on one classes" with Jenny to catch up. Just email jeny@jennys-sewing-studio.com for help and with your questions.

May 23rd was lesson five for our Lap Quilt club.

The lesson for May has been extended into June. In May we did the Sue Bonnet Sue applique and learned what stitch we had on our machine to do the blanket stitch applique. We will use the same stitch on the center on the Dresden Plate in June.

Our May class was on the Sun Bonnet Sue block. We used an interfacing technique to applique and to create the block.

I gave everyone  a pattern for Sun Bonnet Sue. The first step was to trace the parts of the applique on the rough side of fusible interfacing using a sharpie marker. With rough side of interfacing to right side of the fabric, the next step was to stitch the applique piece with the straight stitch. Stitch was done on the drawn black line, overlapping at the beginning of the stitching to complete. Next the applique piece was turned. Some pieces required the sewer to cut a small slash in the interfacing then then turn the piece through the slash to the right side. I showed how trimming the applique with pinking shears on the curves will reduce bulk in the seam. The next step was to place the completed applique on a stabilized 12 1/2" block. I used stitch and tear light weight stabilizer on the back of the 12 1/2" block to keep the fabric from puckering when stitch the edges.

Most students used the blind hem at a 3 width and a fine stitch length to applique with. If you have an electronic machine you can use the blanket stitch. Test stitch to adjust the width and length of the stitch before you apply it to the block. Everyone was going to take the applique block home and continue to finish the applique. They can also apply and lace or trims they desire. I also used decorative stitch to complete my Sun Bonnet Sue block. Once you have completed the block you can tear off the stabilizer that was ironed to the back. Next apply the border to finish the block. Finally you can quilt the block and border.

 

 

Our April club meeting covered many styles of machine quilting. We  practiced outline quilting with the walking foot, stippling, stencil outline free motion quilting and strip quilting.  I demonstrated how to make and prepare the lap quilt sandwich of the top, batting and backing layer. 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). To baste the blocks we used quilter's straight pins and a few medium safety pins. Everyone was able to test out stippling and walking foot quilting in class.

Once you learn to quilt the block in lesson 4,  I suggest you make all the introduced blocks and quilt them. When we are finished with the blocks and ready for assembly, you while be able to lay out your blocks to see what placement you want and you will then be ready for assembly.

I  introduced strip piecing ideas for a creative touch. I will be making a pillow cover  to show how to strip piece.

Previously- Lesson 3

In our March 28th meeting we covered squaring up the block with your 12" square. The back of each completed block was marked with the 1/4" seam line. The borders are cut 3 1/2" wide across the 45" wide fabric. You will need 2 border strips per block. I cut each 45" strip in half and pressed it in half again to fit the strip to one side of the marked block. The borders are then pieced to each side of the block by only sewing on the marked seam. Stop sewing  at the marked corner. Each corner is then mitered by pressing the touching borders together.  Press in a 45 degree angle. I pinned the two borders together and then marked the angle. I sewed the miter from the outside into the corner point, sewing, pressing, marking and trimming the mitered border. I made a large press board 24" square with foam installation board and covered with quilted muslin to size my finished mitered square. The finished size of each bordered block is 18 1/2".

There are several methods to mark the stencil on your border.  I used a computer program to make 2 - 6" x 2 1/2" border stencils and taped them together to fit the 18" finished block. Stencils should not be larger than 2 1/2". Make sure to leave at least 1/2" to 1" free on each border so you can assemble the finished quilt blocks later. If you darken the printed stencil borders with a sharpie marker, you can see the drawing through the border fabric and mark it. Another consideration is how you are going to sew the quilting outline. Most designs will require free motion. Some designs can be quilted using the walking foot if there are a not a lot of turns. Designs with cutouts and centers are designed for hand sewing. The stencil design program is written by Electric quilt and enables you to size the design to fit your space. If you are using a grooved stencil you will need to plan out the placement of the stencils. Sometimes stencils need to be "stretched " when drawing them to fit the border.

I  also taught a new way to make a bow tie block in lesson 3. We used  3- "A" squares of one color and 2 "A" squares of another color. Here is a link to a serger demonstration I did years ago. Use the demonstration to jog your memory of how the block was created.

Homework: For lesson 4,  you will need to complete the bow tie block, 4 patch block, double 4 patch block, pin wheel and rail fence block. Cut your 3 1/2" borders and sew the borders to your blocks and miter the corners.  Stencil your borders. Cut your 18 1/2" batting and backing for all your blocks.

Lesson 2

Please buy your border fabric before March 28th to be ready to sew. You will need 2 - 3 1/2" X 45" strips for each block. Use the rotary cutter to cut the border strips needed for your quilt. Wait until I demonstrate the mitered borders to sew and complete the blocks. It will save you time to be precise, so wait for the lesson.

You will also need a 12" and a 6" square ruler for squaring up the blocks. You can buy these rulers locally or at Amazon. You can also create one out of a heavy poster board. Depending on the color of your border will determine what you will be marking your block with. Bring your blocks and marking pencil to our March club meeting. Since the sewn border is only 3 " finished, you will not need a stencil wider than 2 1/2" to quilt. You can shop for a stencil to trace through or use a stencil from the book if your border is a light color. To make a plastic stencil you will need a stencil iron to cut the trough. I think it is easier to buy one. Consider a stencil with a corner and a stencil that is easy to stitch continuously. Refer to pages 68 to 76 of the Lap Quilt book.

Complete your 4 patch blocks ( 4 patch, double 4 patch, rail fence and pin wheel) before the next club session to keep up to date.

In our February club meeting we  reviewed how make and mark templates and how to sew a 1/4" seam. The 4 patch, double 4 patch, pin wheel and rail fence were also covered. Make sure you keep up to date with the block construction so you have blocks to border and stencil in the March lesson.

The rotary cutter and strip piecing with the rail fence block was also detailed in the February session. We also did the pin wheel block. templates A square, B square and E triangle were used.

You will need a least 3 colors of fabric to complete your 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.

It does help me for students to register for each club session in advance. Enroll at the door by paying the instructor $5.00.  To enroll in advance click this link.

All club meetings will be demonstration using the sewing machine with an overhead camera.

You can ask questions at each session and bring your work for any help needed.

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.

Need more help with your Lap Quilt ?

Make an appointment with Jenny and bring your sewing machine and materials and book to Jenny's Sewing Studio at 1030 South Schumaker Dr. in Salisbury, MD for more help or to start the lap quilt and join our group you can schedule class by the hour. Here is a link to enroll.Place information on when you wish to attend in comments of the order or email for additional scheduling information. jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com

For an outline of the Lap Quilting monthly sessions you can click here. The content of the sessions can change slightly so check with Jenny to make sure your quilt block is being demonstrated and sewn.

 

If you have questions email me at jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com