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Monday, September 3, 2018

NSFAF Classes

How can it already be September??!!! The summer flew by, and before we know it fall will be here. Once again this October I am teaching at the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival in Amherst NS. Classes are filling up; if you wish to register get in touch with me soon so you won't be disappointed.

Paper pieced bed quilt

On Friday October 12 I am teaching Foundation Piecing for Quilters. This class will cover both paper piecing and string piecing. If you have tried paper piecing and think you don't like it or can't do it, or if you find it frustrating or stressful, you need to take this class - I will change your mind. If you can sew on a straight line and count to 10, then you CAN do it! This technique guarantees a perfect block every time and it is the answer for blocks with many seams like Log Cabin or Pineapple, for tiny blocks for miniatures, and for complex blocks with sharp points like Mariner's Compass or New York Beauty.

Miniature quilt, 8.75" sq. 447 pieces. Easy with Foundation Piecing!
We'll spend the morning learning HOW to paper-piece by making three small blocks, progressing from easy to more challenging. Then in the afternoon you'll learn how to put blocks together perfectly, how to deal with angled pieces and directional fabrics, how to draw your own paper piecing patterns and number the sections correctly, how to approach more complex paper piecing designs, and more. You will also learn how to string piece, a more "free form" type of foundation piecing. It will be a fun-filled day and you'll pick up many tips and tricks. This is a technique that EVERY quilter should know - come and add it to your skill set. I'll bring a number of foundation pieced quilts to class, from miniature to bed-sized, as well as a number of resources - books, magazines, commercial patterns, etc.  By the end of day, you should feel confident to tackle ANY foundation piecing pattern or design.
This class is now full, but I'll take names on a Waiting List in case of cancellations. 

These are some of the straight line designs you'll learn to do
On Saturday Oct. 13 I'll be teaching Quilting with the Walking Foot. This is currently my most popular class. Most quilters don't use their walking foot to even close to its potential... if you've only used yours for "stitch in the ditch" or attaching a binding, if you find free motion is "just not your thing", or if you find free motion work stressful, then this is the class for you! Join me to learn the many ways you can quilt with your walking foot, whether on modern or traditional projects. Geared to the quilter who already has basic knowledge of machine quilting, this class will further explore the many applications of the walking foot.   I will bring many quilts for illustration purposes, and a number of walking foot quilting books for reference. Join me for a relaxing fun-filled day “walking your way” to new quilting techniques!  
...and these are some curved line designs you'll learn
After a quick review of the walking foot and how it works, machine setup, marking and preparing the quilt, we will move on to explore straight line and linear designs, organic lines, many ways to do grids (cross-hatching), matchstick quilting, twin needle work, radiating designs, quilting curves, circles, spirals and clamshells, and echo quilting, as well as the use of decorative stitches for machine quilting and more. You will learn to use your quilting guide, and several other methods of evenly spacing quilting lines without marking. (Who likes marking anyway?) Students will receive detailed notes, many tips and stitching time in class to create samples.
**Prerequisite – a basic machine quilting class. I will assume you have basic knowledge of threads, needles, battings, how to layer and baste your quilt sandwich.
**Pfaff owners – your machine probably has a “dual feed” also called “IDT.” Although called a different name, this IS your “built-in” walking foot. It functions exactly the same way. So you have nothing extra to purchase - how great is that?! 
There are still several spaces available in this class.

Contact me at lindakhubbard(at)gmail(dot)com for more info on either class and to register. 

Piece! (and Quilt too!)

"It's the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom." 
~ Michael Morpurgo



Jennifer said...

Two interesting classes......wishing you a successful time teaching! The walking foot class looks really interesting.

Vee said...

Just the description of the classes sounds wonderful. Wish I were closer!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Oh Wow. If I lived near, I'd be taking the paper piecing class. I want to try a Mariner's star. It is my favorite block to be mesmerized by. While I'm hole up inside this winter, I just may find an on line class or Utube vid to give it a try.

I'm pretty darned glad August is gone
xx, Carol

Gramsews said...

Do you do online classes?

Linda H said...

No Gramsews, sorry, I do not. My classes are all "in person and hands on."

Jeanna said...

I highly recommend folks sign up for these classes. You introduced me to paper piecing a while ago when we had a chance to 'visit' and I am so happy you did. Good luck with your classes.

I hope you are able to visit again sometime.

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Linda, long time no see!! Hope you had a great summer. I can't believe it's over but it sure was a good one for me. It sounds like you're very busy with your quilting classes this fall. Did you know we have a fabric shop here near us now? I think it's called Ridge Fabric. Take care and enjoy the fall. Pam

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