Update on our Lap Quilting Club

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Here is a detailed post of what we did in our May 2019 Lap Quilt club at the Mac center.  If you would like to join us please contact me at jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com or text me at 410-543-1212. To read all about the Lap Quilt club you can click here!

Our Next Meeting

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!!!!

  • Quilters will need to cut at least 2 – 12 1/2″ back ground blocks to prepare for the fan and Dresden Plate. You will also need to purchase about a yard of a sheer to lightweight fusible interfacing for your applique. 
  • Bring a black sharpie pen to trace the applique’.
  • I will bring the Sun Bonnet pattern for every student. We are doing an applique Sun Bonnet, not the pieced pattern in the Lap Quilt Book.
  • Purchase some “stitch and tear” or “tear easy” stabilizer.  You should be able to buy the stabilizer by the yard or in a package.  I have provided links for you to purchase the stabilizer from. Make sure you purchase a lightweight stabilizer you can tear away. Fuse the stabilizer to the back of each 12 1/2″ block as we did with the Sun Bonnet Sue block,
  • Please bring black or dark brown or dark gray  thread for the applique stitching. The color thread you pick depends on your quilt fabric colors .
  • If you would like to introduce decorative stitches to your blocks for a special accent, gather a few colorful  threads for your additional decorative stitches.
  • For the Fan and the Dresden Plate you will also need a narrow lace edging, rick rack or some prepackaged 1/4″ maxi piping. I will be bringing a very limited supply of snap on piping feet to the class in June. If you want one please reserve it as I only have 3. I also have several adjustable zipper feet to sew on the piping. Click on links to see the feet. Both feet will help you get close to the piping as you stitch it.
  • Bring your machine to the class threaded with a neutral to finish the centers of the Fan and Dresden Plate. Also bring the thread you will need to applique the  Dresden and Fan blocks. I used black. If you have an applique foot, bring it. I will bring a few extra applique feet.
  • Bring your 1/4? foot and regular all-purpose sewing foot for your sewing machine.
  • For the Fan cut the wedges  and the 1/4 circle. ( If you need help sewing the fan or Dresden let me know ahead of class.) Sew the wedges 2 by 2, then put 2 wedges and 2 wedges together to form 4 and them sew the 2 sets of 4 together to form 8. Press the seams to one side. Wait for class to sew the 1/4 circle to the fan. I will show you some tricks.
  • For the Dresden Plates pick 4 fabrics and make 4 sets of 4 wedges. Sew the 4 sets together to form 16 wedges. Press the seams to on side. Wait till class for me to show you some tips on the center circle. Watch the power point presentation for hints.

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.

This month’s lesson

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.


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Lap Quilt Club March 28th – Mitered borders, stenciling and the bow tie block

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Our next Lap Quilt club meeting is March 28th at the MAC center in the Bradford room at 2pm. To start the meeting we will have a show and tell so all our members can share their quilt projects. Please share what you have done this month! March 28th we will be cover how to apply the borders, miter and then stencil the lap quilt block. The borders are cut 3 1/2″ and with will need 2 – 45″ strips for each block you make. The rotary cutter is the perfect tool for making the borders. I have an Electric quilt stencil program I will demonstrate and I have printed off at least one border stencil you can take home. Next we will make the bow tie block. If you want to try the procedure bring 3 – A squares of a dark and 2 – A squares of a contrast and some straight pins. If time allows, you can practice piecing the block on my machine.

Past lessons of the Lap Quilt club have been created for you to view at this link.  As I created the design and the construction of my personal lap quilt I documented the steps with my cell phone camera. By clicking on the arrows you can move back and forth through the lessons on the web page power point windows. I will put up a power point record of each lesson each month so you can review and keep up with our progress.

All are welcome to our Lap Quilting club sessions. They are lecture demonstration and follow “Lap Quilting” by Georgia Bonesteel book. Used copies of the book are available at Amazon.com

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Lap Quilt Club February 28th meeting

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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.


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Our next Lap Quilt Club is Thursday February 28th!

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Our next Lap Quilting Club is February 28th 2019 at 2pm in the Bradford Room at the MAC center.  Our monthly Lap quilting club  is open to all sewers. Register now for $5.00 or you can also register at the door. Come and learn more about lap quilting! This is a lecture demonstration so you do not need to bring anything but your enthusiasm for quilting. Beginners are welcome.

This month we are working on the following blocks:  4 patch, double 4 patch, pinwheel and rail fence. Learn to use the rotary cutter and make templates from the “Lap Quilt by Georgia Bonesteel” book. I will be giving you tips on how to cut and sew these 4 blocks using a projector and my sewing machine.

If you need more help after the session you can sign up for “one on one sessions” with me at my studio at 1030 South Schumaker Dr. Use the link to enroll and bring your sewing machine to Jenny’s Sewing Studio for a follow up “one on one” session  and make new Lap Quilt blocks each month with sit and sew help. Sign up for one hour, two hours or three hours of instruction on quilting, sewing machine use or sewing help. By the end of 2019 you will have a finished quilt. Join the fun! Follow the links and Enroll Now!

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Lap Quilt Club – Jan 31st at 2:00 pm

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The very first lap quilt club meeting is Thursday January 1st at 2:00pm at the Bradford room in the MAC center  in Salisbury, MD.

Lesson one-Introduction to Lap Quilting and the book by Georgia Bonesteel. There will be a review of what supplies and fabrics are needed. Learn how to design a quilt using the traditional lap quilt blocks.

Electric quilt will be introduced. We will talk about the quilt design and the fabrics needed.

Templates will also be introduced. the 1/4″ seam and foot will be shown and we will create 2 of the most basic blocks. Homework will be to make all the templates in the book for lesson 2.

Come and learn to plan your quilt. Club fee is $5.00 payable to Jenny’s Sewing Studio. Pay at the door for your first meeting. An enrollment form is below.



Enrollment form for Lap Quilt club, Lap Quilt Sew Along and Beginning sewing- Sew Along










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Join Jenny for the 2019 monthly Lap Quilting Club at the MAC Center in Salisbury, MD. The fee is only $5.00 per meeting. We will start in the Bradford room with our meetings. Depending on the size of the group, our location at MAC can change. Sign up for the newsletter at Jenny’s Sewing Studio to stay up to date. Enroll using links at www.jennys-sewing-studio.com before the meeting and I will put you on a text or email list for updates.

Lap Quilting 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. Most club meetings 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.

I have scheduled 2  Monthly Sew Along at my home studio. You can bring your machine and sew with me for extra help or inspiration. Sessions will be held once a month at Jenny’s Sewing Studio, 1030 South Schumaker Dr in Salisbury, MD. One is on the Lap Quilt Club follow up and the other is a Learn to Sew project. See our web site for more details. Here are the scheduled dates for each event. I can supply 2 sewing machines, just reserve one when you enroll, or you can bring your own. You must enroll in advance for these sessions.

Sew Along  Lap Quilting class will meet on a Thursday afternoon from 1:30 pm till 3:30 pm or from 6:30 pm till 8:30 pm . (Please note the schedule of dates is below) Enrollment in our Lap Quilting sew along is limited by space. Please specify the time period you would like to come and your space will be reserved. You must enroll for each month. Fee is $20.00 per month. Class dates for 2019: Feb 7th, March 14th, April 11th, May 9th, June 13th, July 11th, August 8th, September 12th, October 10th, November 7th, December 5th.

Sew along Beginning Sewing sessions– $29.95 per month. Session meet either 1:30 to 3:30 or 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Session dates for 2019 are posted here: February 21st, March 21st, April 18th, May 16th, June 20th, July 18th, August 22, September 19th, October 17th, November 14th and December 12th.


There is no carry over on monthly enrollment fees if you cannot make the session since the space will be reserved for you pending weather problems and illness.

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Enroll Now for Lap Quilting Club and Sew Along class each month!

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Lap Quilt Club at MAC center!

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 jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com

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