22 Nov

My Patchwork Class

Begining Quilting and Patchwork at Ho'ae'ae Park

Several times a year, I teach a beginning Patchwork class at my local park. The first class made a sampler quilt; the second a tote bag, pillow cover, and table runner; the third a paper pieced pineapple quilt; and this time, a tote and a baby quilt. My goal with these classes is to give my students some basic patchwork skills that they can expand upon in their own projects, and/or recognize in patterns, and so have the confidence to try the projects that appeal to them.

Jill is learning rotary cutting, and making liberated stars.

Class Project 2

Dez is playing with color. In the foreground is one of Jason’s stars.

Darlene is amazed at how effective the flocked backing of a vinyl table cloth is for laying out blocks and transporting them to and from class.

Trash Bin

And I learn too. With a scrap piece of paper and a little origami skills, a trash bin is always at hand. Kathleen whipped one of these up each day.

Our first project was a lined tote bag with a fused applique of a naupaka flower. The top one is Kathleen’s, to the right is Jason’s, front and center is Darlene’s, and the left one is my sample.

Here’s another Kathleen with her happy Hawai’i print tote.

Class Project 1

Deb made two totes, one for a friend, and the second with my very own Naupaka and Taro print fabrics from Spoonflower, complete with coconut button! I’m going to have to make one of those too.

Class Project 1

Kathleen T’s tote.

Class Project 1

And finally, Katie’s tote made from fabrics she bought in Paris on her summer vacation. Now she’s got a souvenir she can carry with her whenever she wants.

Class Project 2

Our second project was a Star Baby quilt. Fun, liberated stars, and a not-too-big size. Lynn says this top, with it’s puppy print, is for her dogs, but we all think it’s way too cute!

Class Project 2

Jill didn’t quite get her’s finished, but it’s well on it’s way.

Class Project 2

Barbara’s froggy print quilt is going to be extra snuggly since she’s replaced the backing and batting with fleece. We all learned that it’s important to leave a generous amount around the edges as the fleece likes to shift.

Class Project 2

Darlene was the first finished project. She wowed us with her serpentine quilting in metallic thread!

Class Project 2

Naomi fussy cut fabric with a Dresden Plate print for the star centers.

Class Project 2

Kathleen chose an aloha print for her star centers and built her other colors around it. Tying finished the quilt off quickly and now she’s got her very first finished quilt to enjoy.

Class Project 2

Kathleen T’s brightly saturated quilt looks like colorful fish in tropical waters. She even chose a fishy fabric for her backing.

Class Project 2

Katie (our third Kathleen) went for a tropical Christmas theme. She tried using a fancy snowflake embroidery on her machine for her quilting. Not convinced it worked so well on this project, she made a pillow from one star block and outlined it with the snowflakes for a much better effect. Note that Katie adapted the piano key border from the tote in a previous class for the border on this quilt. That’s exactly the kind of skills I want to instill in my students.

Class Project 2

Jason is another of my “advanced” students. He added a liberated half square triangle border, and a pieced backing. He said he loves this easy and affective star pattern and is planning on making star quilts for his whole family (but not necessarily all this year!).

Class Project 3

Since Darlene finished her quilt early, she made a bonus project, the Mod Log table runner. I’ve never seen a version of this I didn’t like, and Darlene’s is no exception. She used a single line of fabrics so everything coordinates perfectly, even though they were scraps from another project

We’re done for now, but everyone is excited to start up a new class on January 23rd. We’ll make the sampler quilt and add some more traditional blocks to our skill library.

23 Aug

Patchwork Class at Ho’ae’ae Park

Back to school means back to Ho’ae’ae Park for cool classes! I really enjoyed the session where we made a tote bag, a pillow, and a table runner. I think everyone felt very productive. we’ve also gotten a good reaction to the Pineapple Log Cabin quilts. So, this session will attempt to bridge both with two projects: a tote and a small quilt.

Naupaka Tote

First we’ll make a lined tote bag with an applique naupaka flower. Since we did needle turn last time, we’ll do fusible this time. I see this project as a chance to get warmed up and acquainted with your sewing machine.

Star Baby Indigo

Then we’ll jump into making a quilt. this is the perfect size for a baby gift, or something to stash in your car or office drawer for impromptu picnics or reading a book at the park or beach on your lunch break (yes, we can do that in Hawai’i). This liberated star is a great block to have in your patchwork toolbox as it doesn’t require great precision, can be made with coordinated fabrics or scraps, scales perfectly, adapts to many aesthetics, and looks great!

Star Baby Kaffe

For those who want to dress it up even more, it can even have extra little bursts here and there.

I’ll be teaching at Ho’ae’ae Community Park in Waipahu (Village Park/Royal Kunia neighborhood). Classes are Monday mornings from 10:00 until 11:30 (ish). Classes start on September 12th, 2011 and run for ten weeks. The fee is a mere $20 though you should bring your own sewing machine and will need to bring your own fabric and basic supplies — which we will talk about on the first day. Registration will be August 25th and 26th at the park. That’s this week!!

Any questions, leave a comment or call Ho’ae’ae Park at 808-676-8832. The address is 94-709 Ka’aholo Street, Waipahu HI for the map savvy.