Euphoria Tapestry Quilts

Bring Springtime Inside! Crocus Window Box Class Plan

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From Euphoria Tapestry Quilts

By Deborah Kemball

 

Class Description:

 

Improve your needle-turning appliqué skills while making a lovely window box to bring spring inside your home. In this workshop you will hone your needle-turn appliqué skills while learning simple techniques to appliqué stems and perfect two of Deborah’s most-used embroidery stitches.

 

Students may choose to hand quilt, machine quilt, or leave the appliqué unquilted before transforming the panel into a window box. Class level is easy to intermediate.

 

Class Length:

 

Two classes of 3 hours each, approximately one month apart so the appliqué and optional quilting can be completed in time to construct the window box in class 2.

 

Class Supply List:

 

• Required text: Euphoria Tapestry Quilts

Enlarged pattern for Crocus Window Box (p. 87): pattern should be enlarged by 400% before class 1

 

Class 1

 

• ¾ yard cobalt blue fabric or background color of choice

• 14˝square green fabric for leaves and stems

• ½ yard total of assorted solid fabrics for flowers

• Spring green and bright orange embroidery floss

• Freezer paper

• Fine Sharpie for drawing templates

• Fabric marking pencil and eraser

• Thread to match appliqué

• Paper scissors

• Sharp scissors and sewing kit

• Rotary cutter, ruler, and mat

• Masking tape

• 38˝´ 8˝batting

• Optional: light box

 

Class 2

 

Thread to sew quilt

35 ½˝´ 6˝rectangle of foam core presentation board

• Rotary cutter, ruler, and mat

Sewing machine

 

Classroom Preparation:

 

For class 1 each student will need some table space and access to a pressing station. There should be one iron and ironing board for every four people. A classroom with nice big windows makes for an easy way to trace a long design, using windows in lieu of light boxes. Simply stick the pattern on the window and trace. For class 2 each student will need table space for their sewing machine and access to a plug socket.

 

Class Agenda:

 

Details for appliqué of flowers and stems and embroidery stitches can found in Part 1: The Flowers (p. 19). Window Box details can be found on pp. 84–85.

 

Class 1

 

1.  Prepare background fabric for appliqué.

2.  Prepare the templates and appliqué.

3.  Stitch appliqué and embroidery stitches.

 

NOTE:For those students who would prefer their window box quilted, see pp. 86–88 for options. Quilting needs to be completed before class 2.

 

Class 2

 

1.  Layer panel with batting and backing.

2.  Follow instructions p. 85 to finish window box with sleeve.

3.  Insert card stock.

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