Learn the basics of quilting in this 6-week course that focuses on selecting fabric, reading and understanding blocks, hand piecing, basting, and quilting. You will learn different patterns and techniques to make quilt blocks that can be put together for a wall hanging or the start of a bed quilt. This class is for beginners, intermediate, and experienced sewers. Materials supply link can be found by following the link attached to this program.
Students have the options to bring a sewing machine to class, or hand sew during class and finish their work by machine at home.
Your first class will be held at Bits & Pieces Quilt Shop, 70 Bridge Street, Pelham, where you will pick out materials for your project. You will receive a discount on purchases that evening.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The price listed in our catalog is incorrectly listed as $59. The fee for this class is $129. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
Instructor: Melissa J. Dawson
Since making her first quilt in 1995 Melissa has tried various techniques and styles, but regardless of technique, design or materials they all rely on understanding the basics of measuring, color and construction. This beginning class will introduce these basics and encourage students to expand them into their own unique sense of color and design.
Scissors to cut paper and plastic
Fabric scissors and/or Rotary cutter
12” Clear Plastic Ruler
Straight pins (silk or ultra fine)
Size 8 or 9 quilting needles
¼” seam guide (can use a clear ruler)
Pencil and paper
Thread – 100% cotton or cotton covered poly (neutral color such as medium gray or beige)
FOR HAND SEWERS: Template material (cardboard or plastic report cover)
FOR MACHINE SEWERS: Machine in good working order, ¼” seam foot or width magnet
OPTIONAL - Thimble
Washout pen or pencil
Fabric: 100% cotton. We will be discussing fabric quantities and preparation, along with principles of design, scale, and color at the first class. If you already have fabric you wish to use bring it to the first class.
Quilting/Embroidery hoop will be needed for Weeks 5 or 6 IF you want to try hand-quilting. I will discuss pros and cons of various sizes and styles before that time.