Classes

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CLASS CATALOG
Susan Stewart


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Easy Trapunto Baby Blanket

Trapunto is not just for quilts! Trapunto is a quilting technique in which a motif is outlined with stitching, and then stuffed with extra padding to form an embossed look. Learn how to use water-soluble thread, batting, Martha Pullen Company’s soft baby knit fabric and a simple machine stitch to create a sweet three-dimensional padded motif on the MPC readyto-embellish baby knit blanket. A sweet project, ready for gift giving.

Pre-Day class at Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion, Feb. 2012

LACE & RICKRACK HEIRLOOM SACHET - 3 hours

Who would think that such a small project could include so many techniques!  Learn the heirloom sewing techniques of joining lace to lace, lace to fabric, lace/rickrack bridging, and mitered lace.  This little pillow is made from cotton batiste, cotton rickrack, and heirloom laces.  When the sachet cover is complete, make a little inner pillow of silk organza filled with potpourri to tuck inside.  Most students finish this project in class.

You will need a zigzag sewing machine for this class.  Skill level:  advanced beginner and above

CHRISTMAS STOCKING WITH HEIRLOOM CUFF - 3 hours

A red silk duppioni quilted stocking showcases a white batiste cuff with several heirloom sewing techniques.  Learn to shape lace insertion in curves and miters, how to stitch a shadow replique herm, and how to attach lace edging to a finished edge.  Highlight with decorative machine stitching, if desired.  Make the cuff in class, then quilt and finish the stocking at home.  Includes all materials except batting, lining, and decorative thread.
           This project requires a zigzag sewing machine with some decorative stitches.  Skill level - advanced beginner and above.

"TO QUILT OR NOT TO QUILT" DRESSER SCARF - 3 hours

Make this beautiful batiste dresser scarf featuring shaped lace, a reverse applique lace motif, and wide lace edging.  Embellish with decorative machine stitching, if desired.  Then decide if you want to hem the sides and keep it delicate and see-through, or layer it over a fabric of your choice that will shadow through the batiste and lace, and add the extra textural dimension of quilting.  Either way, you will love this project!  Maybe you'll want to make one each way!

A zigzag sewing machine with some decorative stitches is required for this class.  Skill level:  advanced beginner and above.

CATHEDRAL LACE WINDOWS PILLOW - 3 hours

This small pillow would be perfect for a ring-bearer's pillow.  Using white batiste and heirloom laces, learn how to join lace to lace and lace to fabric, and how to stitch Cathedral lace windows.  Embellish the pillow top with decorative machine stitching.  Your choice of fabric for the underlining and bottom ruffle shadows through the batiste and lace overlay.  Quilt, if deisred, and construct at home.

This project requires a zigzag sewing machine with some decorative stitches.  Skill level: advanced beginner and above

BEGINNING HEIRLOOM SEWING TECHNIQUES BABY QUILT - 6 Hours

Learn basic heirloom sewing by machine techniques while making this baby quilt. Techniques include joining lace to lace, lace to fabric (two methods), shaped lace (curves and miters), shadow appliqué, and shaped double-needle pintucks. You will use white cotton batiste, cotton laces, and embroidered batiste insertion. The techniques are stitched on the cotton batiste, which is then layered over your choice of fabric for the underlayer, which shadows through the semi-sheer batiste. Decorative machine stitching accents the quilt.

This project requires a zigzag sewing machine with some decorative stitches. Skill level – advanced beginner and above.

'GO FISH' WALL HANGING - 6 Hours

In this class you will learn how to make Shark’s Teeth strips and miter them to form a border like those in my quilt “94 Yards of Lace”, which is featured in Bonnie Browning’s book Borders and Finishing Touches 2, AQS. Simple paper piecing forms the nine central fish in this 36” x 21” wall hanging. A wide fish batik or print border and jumbo rickrack accent this fun project.

You will need a zigzag sewing machine for this class. Skill level – advanced beginner and above.

HEIRLOOM PINAFORE BIB - Hours

This lacy pinafore bib in girls’ sizes 2 – 8 fits over the bodice of a separate dress (not included in class). It features see-through Cathedral lace windows, double-needle pintucks, lace edged ruffles, and decorative machine stitching. It is constructed of white cotton batiste, with imported ballet-pink lace insertion and edging, and ties on the sides with matching silk satin ribbons. A tiny bias binding finishes the neck.

You will need a zigzag sewing machine able to sew some decorative satin stitches for this project. Skill level – advanced beginner and above.

QUILTED HEIRLOOM TABLE RUNNER CLASS - 6 Hours

This unique quilted table runner features lots of heirloom sewing by machine techniques. Learn how to curve and miter French insertion lace, insert embellished fabric inside a shaped lace frame, stitch cathedral lace windows, and make lace/rickrack bridging. Decorative machine satin-stitched scallops enhance the lacy look. The lace and cotton batiste squares are layered over your choice of quilting fabrics, and pieced together with simple borders to create the top for this table runner. You will make the batiste overlay blocks in class, and finish the simple piecing at home, with the included instructions. The kit contains new and antique laces. Lace patterns may differ from those shown on sample. Your group may choose white batiste and laces, or ivory and ecru batiste and laces.

This class requires a zigzag sewing machine with some decorative stitches. Skill level: Intermediate

NETTING 'LACE' INSERTIONS - 3 Hours

Lovely faux lace insertions form a square-in-a-square effect in this 12” block. English cotton netting is embellished with decorative machine stitches, and used to form inserts in a cotton batiste square. This semi-sheer square is layered over a simple 4-patch block to give an illusion of depth and transparency. The block can have borders added and be made into a pillow or small wall hanging, or it can be combined with other blocks in a larger quilt.

A zigzag sewing machine with some decorative stitches is required for this class. Skill level: advanced beginner and above.

LAYERED TRANSPARENCIES - 3 Hours

The fine fabrics and intricate details of heirloom machine sewing can be combined with quilting cottons and simple piecing to create beautiful quilts. The 12” block you will make in this class features a unique look for appliqué and reverse appliqué by using some of the fabrics of heirloom sewing. Cotton batiste, silk organza, and handkerchief linen create an overlay of varying transparencies. Organza is sheer, batiste is semi-sheer, and handkerchief linen is nearly opaque. When combined into simple motifs and layered over a colorful quilting cotton, that single fabric provides multiple color values depending on the transparency of the fabric overlay. You will learn how to make turned-edge appliqué and reverse appliqué using water-soluble stabilizer as a facing, and how to make a shaped, turned-edge appliquéd border using wash-away basting thread. The block can have borders added to make a small wall hanging or pillow, or it can be combined with others to form a larger quilt.

A zigzag sewing machine is required for this class. Skill level: intermediate

SHARK'S TEETH BLOCK - 3 Hours

In this class you will learn how to make shark’s teeth strips and incorporate them into a quilt block. Borders can be added to the 9” block to make it into a small wall hanging or pillow, or it can be combined with other blocks in a quilt. Because my specialty is heirloom sewing by machine, I have included some imported cotton laces in the block. Add your own choices of quilting fabrics to make the block your own.

This class requires a zigzag sewing machine. Skill level: advanced beginner and above.

LACY HEIRLOOM BABY BONNET - 3 Hours

Heirloom sewing by machine is not difficult! Learn the basic techniques while making this lacy heirloom baby bonnet from cotton batiste, French cotton lace, entredeux, and embroidered insertion. Choose pale pink or white batiste for the bonnet. You will learn how to join lace to lace, lace to fabric, lace to entredeux, entredeux to flat fabric, and entredeux to gathered fabric. This airy confection is finished off with gorgeous silk satin ribbons to match the batiste.

You will need a zigzag sewing machine for this class. Skill level: advanced beginner.

'BE MINE' - SHAPED LACE HEARTS - 3 Hours

The fine fabrics and lace and intricate workmanship of heirloom sewing join with quilting cotton and simple piecing to create a delightful little wall hanging. Learn to make see-through lace hearts by shaping French cotton insertion lace into curves and miters on cotton batiste. The three 7” heart blocks are layered over blocks of your choice of fabric, joined, then edged with a border and more lace. The centers of the hearts are accented with decorative machine stitching. We will also cover tips on trimming fabric from behind the lace, and how to repair the lace if it gets cut. You will quilt the wall hanging at home.

This class requires a zigzag sewing machine with some decorative stitches. Skill level: advanced beginner.