Adding Layers—Color, Design & Imagination Class Plan

by Kathy Doughty

The Modern Wedge

Class Description
The Modern Wedge is an exciting workshop opportunity for beginners to advanced quilters. Playing with fabric using the wedge ruler is fun and easy! The wedge shape can produce a variety of outcomes that appeal to modern as well as traditional quilters as they exercise working outside the square with color, shape or pattern in quilt designs.

As an added bonus it is also possible to refer students to my Creative Bug Dresden Plate workshop online. Creative Bug Dresden Plate Workshop

Class Length
Class length may vary. It is possible to make one block in an hour from start to finish. It is also possible to plan an all day workshop (10-3pm) to further explore design layout options. It is possible to offer one or all three of the wedge patterns in the book.

Participants will learn to select fabrics for dynamic effect. They will also learn how to use the wedge ruler to achieve one or a variety of effects. They will learn basic applique skills. The cutting process is the same regardless of the size or degree of the ruler. Only the number of wedges change. Refer to the basic cutting techniques in the book.

Class Supply List
Adding Layers has one quilt in each chapter using the wedge ruler, each with a dramatically different effect.

Heart Center
Materials:
Required text - Adding Layers—Color, Design & Imagination by Kathy Doughty
10 degree by 22'' wedge ruler (36 wedges )
Fabric: See the pattern for requirements Pullout page 1
Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies
Applique Supplies:
Bohin Chalk Pencil
Size 10 applique needles
Neutral colored thread
Applique pins (small)
Freezer Paper
Design wall
This super easy quilt can be made in one class. If this is not available it is ok to use a short wedge and a standard long ruler together. The 10 Degree wedge ruler needs 36

Class length can vary. It is possible to make one block in an hour from start to finish. Once the cutting and sewing is experienced the rest is repeat.

Big Wedding
Required text - Adding Layers—Color, Design & Imagination by Kathy Doughty
10 degree by 22'' wedge ruler (36 wedges )
Fabric: See the pattern for requirements Pullout page 1
Sewing machine and basic supplies
Applique Supplies:
Bohin Chalk Pencil
Size 10 applique needles
Neutral colored thread
Applique pins (small)
Freezer Paper
Design Wall

Big Wedding brings the wedge into a very modern perspective!

Vintage Spin
Vintage Spin is what I call a stash stimulator quilt in that it can be made entirely from fabric combinations found in the stash. It is just as much fun with a range of fabric as well. It is an opportunity to work on combinations of fabric that explore using value for contrast in varying degrees. The idea is to pick a theme for selecting the fabrics. For example, in this one it is vintage style fabrics however it could be pretty, contemporary, reproduction, kids prints...whatever. The customer brings fabrics from their stash and is then able to select from the shop to add to the look.

Materials list:
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18 degree wedge ruler (20 blades)
Fabric: See page 22 for specifics
6 1/2'' by 24'' ruler
Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies
Optional: Square ruler at least 13 1/2''
Applique pins
Size 10 applique needles
Black thread for applique
Design wall

Class Agenda
Selecting Fabric:
Discuss selecting fabric choices according to the quilt descriptions in the book.

Set time aside for organizing fabric into contrast piles and making selections. (15 minutes). It is important that the participants spend time here to "get to know" their fabric.

Demonstrate cutting technique.

Set time aside for cutting a block. (15 minutes)

Demonstrate sewing wedges together.

Set time aside for sewing wedges. (30 minutes)

Demonstrate cutting out the center circles or heart.

Set time aside for cutting. (15 minutes)

Demonstrate Applique method.

Set time aside for applique. (30 minutes)

Finish with show and tell.

Set time

Classroom Preparation
Each student will need a place to review fabrics, cut and sew on the machine.
Allow ample space for laying out fabric selections.

Allow 2-3 people per ironing station.

Design walls are desired or at least a design board for one block.

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