Plain Jane Threads Quilting Workshops and Lectures

 Workshops

 

Foundation-less Piecing Overview

 

Foundation-less Piecing: A different take on foundation paper piecing.  I love to foundation piece but there were some parts of it that frustrated me.  These frustrations included all that paper to tear off and that could lead to popping stitches, the patterns were gone and not reuseable.  But the biggest frustration for me came in the actual designs I created.

 

I like to work with small intricate pieces, this resulted in lots of points coming together and lots of paper to try to remove.  Try as I might I wasn't always successful getting out all that paper.  I couldn't always get the flat centers and sometimes would distort the seams.

 

I experimented over the years and have settled on what I call my Foundation-less piecing technique. No more pulling off paper, reusable patterns pieces, and accuracy, I was hooked!

 

The term Foundation-less is what I came to call this technique, it uses the good parts of foundation piecing but your pattern is no longer used as a foundation, therefore it's foundation-less!

 

I love to teach this technique and hope you will love learning it and using it as well.

 

Foundation-less Piecing Workshops

 

New York Beauty the Foundation-less Way

New York Beauty and curved piecing are often thought of as a bit intimidating.  With my method of foundation-less piecing those perfect points, arcs and spires are conquered.  And best of all, with this technique you won’t be sewing through the paper, so there is not fighting to tear off the paper in the end.

 

The foundation-less technique is used to piece the blocks.  Exploration and variations in the pattern are encouraged and each quilt will be an original.  This is a great technique to add to your toolbox.

 

Foundation-less piecing makes some seemingly impossible blocks possible and fun.

 

Class supply list for:  Basic machine sewing kit.  Scissors. Rotary cutting supplies. Iron and ironing surface,  portable design wall (optional)   Open toe foot . Add-a-quarter ruler (optional)  Thread to match fabrics or a neutral color.

 

Kit Fee:  Patterns and Directions; Acrylic Templates ($32)

Fabric Kit Fee:  Patterns and Directions; Acrylic Templates; Fabric  ($45)

 

Fabrics: At least 8 different fabrics but the more you bring the more choices you will have.  Fat quarters are great.

 

 

 

Introduction to Foundation-less Piecing:  An introduction to the Foundation-less Sewing method and How to make your own patterns Foundation-less.

 

This workshop is designed to introduce you to the Foundation-less Piecing technique. A one-block pattern will be used for class as you learn how to accurately cut fabric and sew to get the most accurate points and seams.   And best of all, with this technique you won’t be sewing through the paper, so there is not fighting to tear off the paper in the end.

Further exploration will help you learn how to turn any foundation paper-piecing pattern in a foundation-less piercing pattern.

 

Class supply list:  Basic machine sewing kit.  Scissors. Rotary cutting supplies. Iron and ironing surface,  portable design wall (optional)   Open toe foot . Add-a-quarter ruler (optional)  Thread to match fabrics or a neutral color.

 

Fabric: Fat Quarters, fat eighths.

 

Kit Fee: Patterns and Directions ($30)

 

Fabric Kit Fee: Patterns and Directions; Fabric ($40)

 

 

Pathways:  Arcs and Curves

Take those orphan blocks, UFO’s and scraps and make a whole new look. Are you looking for a way to use that special fabric you’ve been saving.  Or how about that novelty or big print you have?  Maybe even some “What was I thinking?” fabric?

Bring it on in and lets make something new while learning to piece arc and curves, Pie Pieces and Wedges. Why not bring some of those scraps and let’s use them or turn them into “new fabric!  Are you ready?  Let’s get started!

Fabric:  Fat Quarters, Fat Eighths, UFO’s and Orphan Blocks (you may be cutting these up).

Fabric scraps welcome

 

Supplies: Rotary Mat, Cutter and Ruler.  Scissors, sewing machine.

 

Kit Fee:  Patterns and Directions; Acrylic Templates  ($35)

 

 

ENGLISH PIECING - Overview

This technique has been around for centuries.  When I first started to use this technique some methods were frustrating not producing the precision I was looking for.  I tried many methods and found the thin plastic I needed.

 

I call my method English Piecing, I don't use paper, I use a thin plastic and thought it made more sense just to say English Piecing.

 

Let’s explore a precise, easy, economical approach to the long tried and true method, while bringing it to the 21st century and maintaining the respect for the past.

 

From simple projects to elaborate quilts, this hand piecing method is a favorite.  Just a few small pieces of fabric, templates, needle and thread and your off.

 

We’ll discover some tips and tricks to this old method and you will soon be hooked.

 

P.S. This is the best take along project ever.

 

ENGLISH PIECING Workshops

 

I offer several workshops on English Piecing.  All provide a kit with the pattern, directions and the shapes needed to complete the project.  I do offer some kits that include fabric as well.

Supply List:  Basic Hand Sewing Supplies

 

Tumbling Blocks and Stars

Kit  Includes Mylar, Patterns, Instructions, Acrylic Cutting Templates $45

 

Tumbling Blocks and Stars Fabric Kit  Includes Mylar, Patterns, Instructions, Acrylic Cutting Templates, and Fabric  $75

 

Supply List:  Basic Hand Sewing Supplies

 

 

 

7 Point Star

 

7 Point Star Kit:   Includes Mylar, Patterns, Instructions, Acrylic Cutting Templates $35

7 Point Star Fabric Kit:  Includes Mylar, Patterns, Instructions, Acrylic Cutting Templates, Fabric $60

 

Supply List:  Basic Hand Sewing Supplies

 

 

 

Diamonds and Squares

 

Diamonds and Squares Kit:   Includes Mylar, Patterns, Instructions, Acrylic Cutting Templates $35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Studio 180 Design Workshops

 

Rapid Fire Hunter’s Star

 

The Rapid Fire Hunter’s Star tool and technique allow for streamlined construction and precision trim down and thus results in ease and accuracy when making these traditionally difficult blocks. There are multiple sizes on each tool, clearly illustrated step by step instructions, design layout options, and a “basic recipe” included to get quilters started on their first set of 16 blocks. The "basic recipe" has over 40 layout variations which can be seen in our Basic Recipe Razzle Dazzle photo gallery. This allows quilters to customize their projects right from the beginning so that each person can achieve that individualized look they so desire. Free video demonstrations are available on line, and a full length DVD that is loaded with additional hints, tips, and design ideas can also be purchased to enhance the included printed instructions. A must have tool if a Hunter’s Star project is on  your “Bucket List”!

 

 

Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star

Finally! A tool and technique that will allow any quilter to quickly, easily and accurately piece traditional Lemoyne Star blocks in 10 different sizes! The block units are strip pieced, assembled without using any “Y” seams, pieced so that the blocks themselves are slightly over sized so at the end each can be trimmed to an exact size.

With the step by step directions and Constellation bonus quilt project will have you turning Lemoyne Star blocks out by the dozens. A truly addicting ruler and process.

Supply List:  Basic Machine Sewing supplies, Basic Rotary Cutting supplies, Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool $29.50 (Fee for Tool and Pattern used for class)

Fabric:  Will supply a list

 

 

Lectures

 

A Quilter's Quandary -

Let’s talk about a quilter’s quandary, hand or machine?

Mention hand piecing and some quilters run for the hills.  And most quilters will agree that machine piecing is acceptable, but what about that machine quilting?

So let’s talk about the when, where, why and how of various techniques, speed and accuracy of our friends, the hands and the machine.

 

My Favorite Things -

When you’ve been quilting and sewing for over 30 years you can be sure that you’ve tried out many tools and tips.  Let’s talk about some favorites for hand and machine.

 

Fees:



Workshops

1 day (6 hours)  $500

1/2 day (3hours) $350

 

Lectures

$375

 

 Travel and expenses (including lodging) for the arranged workshop(s)/ lecture will be paid by the booking agent.

Some classes have a pattern and/or kit fee to be paid to the instructor by the students.

 

Supply lists will be available upon booking or as requested.

 

Please contact me at

plainjanethreads@me.com  or 704-649-3457.

 

 

Thank you for your interest and I’ll be glad to provide you with more information upon request.

 

How my Garden Grows - the English Piecing Way

Using Mylar shapes we will make a garden.  See how hexagons, diamonds and star points can become a part of a special garden (no watering required.)

Whether you make a garden scene or appliqué a flower or two on a special tea towel (great gift idea), this is a fun and easy way to play with English Piecing.

 

Supply List: Basic Hand Sewing Supplies

 

Kit Fee:  Mylar and Pattern only - $30

 

Kit including Fabric - $75

 Mylar Shapes (diamonds, hexagons and star points), Fabric needed to get started on your garden and  Acrylic Cutting Template.  Needle and Thread samples.  All you need to get started!