Covered with Love Class Plan

by Becky Goldsmith & Linda Jenkins, Piece O' Cake Designs

CLASS DESCRIPTION: I Spy Hearts
Create a look-at-me quilt to keep a little one busy with shapes, colors, and matching. The finished quilt measures 50" x 50" and looks great in a scrappy palette. You will learn the Piece O' Cake way to make easy templates, how to make and use an overlay for appliqué, and, most importantly, the invisible appliqué stitch. This class will cover outer points, inner points, and outer curves.

NOTES TO INSTRUCTOR
The heart is such a simple shape that we sometimes overlook it, but we shouldn't! This quilt is perfect for a collection of conversation prints, but it works with any bright collection of fabrics. Students will work on a single block during class, but will leave with all the skills necessary to complete the quilt.

Before class, prepare your positioning overlay from the pattern on page 26 (see page 51 for more information). Make your leaf and heart templates (see pages 48-49).

OPTIONAL: You may also teach a machine casual appliqué version of this class. Students may be able to complete more than 1 block if using machine appliqué. Devote the first hour or two of class to cutting and arranging fabrics for more than 1 block. Include a design wall in the supply list and encourage students to play with the pieces on the wall.

LENGTH OF SESSION
6 hours

STUDENT SKILL LEVEL
All skill levels

INSTRUCTOR SUPPLY LIST

STUDENT SUPPLY LIST

IN THE CLASSROOM

For hand-appliqué class:

  1. Demonstrate making a positioning overlay for the blocks.
  2. Demonstrate making templates.
  3. Show students how to prepare the background for appliqué (see page 47).
  4. Trace around the leaf template using the sandpaper board and chalk pencil.
  5. Cut out the leaf adding a 3/16" seam allowance.
  6. Finger press the appliqué piece.
  7. Use the overlay and position it on the block. Pin it in place.
  8. Demonstrating with a leaf, teach the invisible appliqué stitch and turning outer points.
  9. Demonstrating with a heart heart, teaching outer curves and inner points. (See page 59 for detailed instructions on cutaway appliqué.)
  10. If time permits, go over quilt construction and quilting ideas.

For machine casual-appliqué class:

  1. Demonstrate making a positioning overlay for the blocks.
  2. Demonstrate making templates.
  3. Show students how to prepare the background for appliqué (see page 47).
  4. Trace around the leaf template using the sandpaper board and chalk pencil.
  5. Cut out the leaf as described on pages 49-50.
  6. Repeat for heart.
  7. Let students cut a variety of backgrounds, leaves, and hearts and play with their placement on the design wall for a while.
  8. Use the overlay and position a heart on the block. Pin it in place as described on pages 52-53.
  9. Demonstrate machine casual appliqué techniques as described on pages 57-58. Show straight stitch, zigzag, etc.
  10. Repeat for the leaf shape.
  11. Turn students loose to sew!

CLASS DESCRIPTION: My House
If asked to draw a picture of his or her house, a young child might very well draw a picture that looks like this quilt. Bright and cheerful, it's perfect to hang in a child's room.

You will learn easy template making, how to make and use an overlay for appliqué, and, most importantly, the invisible appliqué stitch. Perfect your invisible appliqué stitch while working on the following techniques: cutaway appliqué, points, reverse appliqué, and more as time permits.

You will work on parts of Block #2 in class: a house, tree, and little boy. You'll use the skills you learn to complete the 29" x 35" quilt at home.

NOTES TO INSTRUCTOR
Adventuresome appliquérs may wish to personalize this quilt by taking a child's drawing and adapting it into this quilt.

Before class, prepare your positioning overlay (see page 51 for more information). Make templates using the patterns located on the pullout (for the tree, the little boy, the house).

LENGTH OF SESSION
6 hours

STUDENT SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate or confident beginner

INSTRUCTOR SUPPLY LIST

  • Required Textbook: Covered with Love by Becky Goldsmith & Linda Jenkins
  • Completed quilt or block sample
  • Basic sewing supplies (see page 7)
  • Ultra fine point Sharpie marker
  • Upholstery vinyl cut 15" x 24" with the tissue paper intact
  • Masking tape to share with students to tape pattern and vinyl for tracing
  • Template-making supplies as noted in the book for each student
  • Background fabric: cut 1 rectangle 17 1/2" x 26 1/2"
  • Fabric for tree trunk and leaves, house and windows, boy's legs and head, boy's shoes
  • Essential Sandboard from Piece O' Cake Designs
  • 2-3 irons and ironing boards

STUDENT SUPPLY LIST

IN THE CLASSROOM

  1. Demonstrate making a positioning overlay for the blocks.
  2. Demonstrate making templates. To save time, cut out only the templates you will use in class.
  3. Show students how to prepare the background for appliqué (see page 47). Don't spend too much time on this. Be sure that they draw the center lines and the shapes they will sew in class first.
  4. Trace around the tree trunk template using the sandpaper board and chalk pencil.
  5. Emphasize finger pressing each appliqué piece before pinning it to the block.
  6. Teach cutaway appliqué on the tree trunk.
  7. Use the overlay and position the tree trunk on the block. Pin it in place.
  8. Teach the invisible appliqué stitch and turning outer points. (See The New Appliqué Sampler for detailed instructions on cutaway appliqué.)
  9. Move on to the boy's leg, and then the shoe, still using cutaway appliqué.
  10. Teach reverse appliqué and inner points on the house. Stitch it off-the-block. (See The New Appliqué Sampler for detailed instructions on reverse and off-the-block appliqué, and inner points.)
  11. If there is time, teach inner points and outer curves on the leaves of the tree.

CLASS DESCRIPTION: Storybooks
Start with a Blank Board Book, then add photos, text, fabric, and embellishments to create a one-of-a-kind treasure.

NOTES TO INSTRUCTOR
Children love books. They really love books that they can read themselves. Board books, with their sturdy cardboard pages, are perfect for small children. Now you can make a board book especially for your favorite child.

Prepare several sample books to inspire your students.

LENGTH OF SESSION
6 hours

STUDENT SKILL LEVEL
All skill levels

INSTRUCTOR SUPPLY LIST

  • Required Textbook: Covered with Love by Becky Goldsmith & Linda Jenkins
  • Fabric scraps to cover pages
  • Photographs - copies, not your originals
  • Text printed or written on paper. Have paper and suitable pens or a computer and printer on hand for your students to use if they want to write text for their books.
  • Small, sharp paper scissors for cropping photos
  • Rotary cutter and mat, scissors, or a fresh, sharp X-ACTO knife to trim fabric at the page edges
  • Mod Podge or acrylic paint gel medium
  • 1" foam brushes
  • Brayer - depending on how hard this is to find in your area, you may need to share your brayer with your students
  • A roll of paper towels to use and share with students
  • Waxed paper to use and share with students
  • 1 sheet of fine sand paper
  • Decorative papers (optional)
  • Paper to cover the tables with to protect them from the glue
  • Hair dryer to speed drying (optional)
  • Child-safe embellishments

STUDENT SUPPLY LIST

  • Required Textbook: Covered with Love by Becky Goldsmith & Linda Jenkins
  • Ready-to-Go! Blank Board Book from C&T Publishing
  • Fabric scraps to cover pages
  • Photographs - copies, not your originals
  • Small, sharp paper scissors
  • Rotary cutter and mat, scissors, or a fresh, sharp X-ACTO knife to trim fabric at the page edges
  • Mod Podge or acrylic paint gel medium
  • 1" foam brushes
  • Brayer (optional)
  • 1 sheet of fine sand paper
  • Decorative papers (optional)
  • Hair dryer to speed drying (optional)

IN THE CLASSROOM

  1. Show students how to crop their photos (page 43).
  2. Play with fabric and photo combinations. Plan the pages of the book.
  3. Show students how to use text in the book (page 43).
  4. Glue fabric to a 2-page spread. When the fabric is dry enough, trim the fabric at the edges of the pages. (See pages 44-45.)
  5. Glue photos and text to the pages.
  6. Continue in this manner until the end of class.

CLASS DESCRIPTION: Card-Table Tent
Kids love tents! Inside the tent it is a different world - a place to play and dream and make believe. Now you can make a tent for that special child in your life.

Table tent will fit a standard card table: 34"(w) x 34"(d) x 28"(h)

NOTES TO INSTRUCTOR
Have your sample table tent set up when students arrive for class.
Students are going to need plenty of room to lay out and cut their fabric. We recommend no more than 2 quilters per 8' table. One per table is even better.

LENGTH OF SESSION

  • 3 hours if everyone moves fast
  • 6 hours if your students like a more leisurely class, or if you have beginning sewers

STUDENT SKILL LEVEL
Any

INSTRUCTOR SUPPLY LIST

  • Required Textbook: Covered with Love by Becky Goldsmith & Linda Jenkins
  • See page 37 for fabric requirements
  • OPTIONAL: If you want to demonstrate different ways to decorate the finished tent with appliqué, you'll need the fabric and appliqué supplies necessary.
  • Rotary ruler, cutter, and mat. It's helpful to have 2 big rulers.
  • Thread to match your fabric
  • Sewing machine in good working order
  • Pins
  • 2-3 irons and ironing boards
  • A card table

STUDENT SUPPLY LIST

  • Required Textbook: Covered with Love by Becky Goldsmith & Linda Jenkins
  • See page 37 for fabric requirements
  • Optional: a variety of scraps for appliqué embellishment
  • Rotary ruler, cutter, and mat. It's helpful to have 2 big rulers.
  • Thread to match your fabric
  • Sewing machine in good working order
  • Pins

IN THE CLASSROOM

  1. Show students how to cut the tent and lining fabric (page 37).
  2. Demonstrate making ties for those who are using fabric rather than ribbon.
  3. Show students how to pin and sew the tent and lining fabric together.
  4. Show students how to pin the tent/lining and the ties to the tent top (page 39). Show them how to sew it together.
  5. Demonstrate how to make continuous bias binding.
  6. Sew the binding to the tent top as described in the book.
  7. Demonstrate how to attach the ties to the tent front.
  8. Discuss appliqué embellishment possibilities and techniques.

CONTEST IDEAS:

Photo Gallery
Invite customers to submit their photos of kids with finished projects: quilts, table tents, and board books!

The Book Awards
A special display of books is lots of fun in a quilt shop. Award a prize for the "runaway bestseller!"

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR SHOP SALES

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