Workshops & Lectures

NEW! Charm Bracelet Quilt (Sideways Spirals)

Length: 6 hours
Project: Charm Bracelet quilt
Skill Level: All levels
Prerequisites: None
Fee: Click on "Booking and Registration" at left
Materials Fee: $27

Create a quilt that sends a special message! This quilt uses a "sideways spiral" from my book Sideways Spiral Quilts to create a chain of "charms". Charms can be letters or numbers, photos printed on fabric, fussy-cuts from large-scale fabric, found objects or anything else you can imagine and attach to a quilt! Easily assemble the quilt with fusible applique and bias tape. You'll learn some surprising ways to make bias tape - without even using an iron. This is also an opportunity to explore decorative stitches on your sewing machine.

Finished size 36” x 42” (or your own custom size)

Click on Images link at left for fabric ideas and variations.

Materials kit includes 3/8" bias tape maker, water soluble thread, invisible thread, pattern and instructions.


Text version of materials list for cut-and-paste

Items marked with an asterisk (*) will be available for purchase in class.

Fabric: Yardages are based on fabric 42˝ wide. All fabrics should be pre-washed and pressed. Background (Small to medium print): 1-1/8 yards. Charms (strong contrast to background) enough fabric to cut 28 motifs or 5 sheets printable fabric such as EQ Printables (Alphabet charms can be downloaded from the Sideways Spirals Blog at https://sidewaysspirals.wordpress.com/alphabets-for-charms. Please print before class.). Spiral chain (2 different fabrics, solid or tiny monochrome print, same value as each other and should both contrast strongly with background to be clearly visible over it): Fabric 1: ½ yd, Fabric 2: ½ yd. Backing: 1-3/8 yards. Batting: 1¼ yards (40˝ x 45˝). Binding (can be more of one of the fabrics for the spiral chain, or a different fabric): ½ yard.

Other Notions: *Fusible web (Light-weight, MUST be paper-backed such as Wonder Under or Steam-a-Seam Light): 1¼ yards (18˝ wide). *Removable fabric marker. Optional: Fabric glue

Thread: For sewing background: Match background fabric. For decorative stitching over bias tape (optional): Contrasting thread (I like fine polyester or 100-weight silk). For quilting: Coordinate color to background fabric. Bring 1 or 2 empty bobbins.

Tools: Basic sewing supplies; stiletto or bamboo skewer; removable fabric marker*; rotary cutter, 24' ruler and mat.

Sewing Machine set-up: zigzag foot with a cross-bar – not open toe – and zigzag throat plate. New 75/11 or 80/12 needle. (Optional: 70/10 topstitching needle for silk thread.)



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