Lap Quilt Club at the MAC in Salisbury, MD

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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 May 23rd, 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.

May 23rd is lesson five and is our next Club session.

 Class will be on the Dresden Plate and Fan block. Applique will also be introduced. I will give you a pattern for Sun Bonnet Sue. 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, pre-cut fabric swatches for Sun bonnet and pieced Fan and Dresden Plate to class with the pre-cut backgrounds. Bring any trims you would like. Please read the following detailed list and watch the power point presentation before class.

  • Quilters will need to cut at least 3 – 12 1/2″ back ground blocks to prepare for this class. 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.  
  • 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 Sun Bonnet you will need a narrow 4″X 4″ wide strip of muslin to work as her hand.
  • For Sun Bonnet decide what you would like to use for the shoes ( blue, black or brown strip) measuring 4″ X 4″
  • For Sun Bonnet decide which fabric you want for the bonnet 8″ X 8″, sleeve 4″x4″ and dress 9″X9″ and cut each swatch and label it so you are ready to make your Sun Bonnet and applique’ it to the 12 1/2″ background square.
  • For the Sun Bonnet Sue, Fan and the Dresden Plate you will also need a narrow lace edging or some prepackaged 1/4? piping. I do have some extra lace, stitch and tear  and a strip of muslin I will sell you if you do not find some for class.
  • Bring your machine to the class threaded with a neutral so sewing the Sun Bonnet. Also bring the thread you will need to applique the Sun Bonnet, Dresden and Fan blocks. I used black. If you have an applique foot, bring it. I will bring a few extra applique feet if needed. and we will assemble Sun Bonnet Sue first. Again, for a special details on the Sun Bonnet applique’, gather a few colorful  threads for your additional decorative stitches.
  • For the Fan cut the wedges  and the 1/4 circle. 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 for help and with your questions.

Previously-Lesson 4 (Here are pictures of our Lap Quilt Club showing off their work and learning to quilt. The quilt blocks were lovely and everyone is really working hard on their quilts. Take a look.)


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. 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.

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.

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