Quilt Talk Class Plan

by Sam Hunter

"EAT" Place Mats
"Oh Scrap!" Buckets
"Rackafrax" Quilt
"Talk to Me!" Message Board


Quilt Talk

"EAT" Place Mats with Easy Paper-Pieced Words

Class Description
Learn to paper-piece while making easy place mats that feature big focal prints in any genre of fabric style (p108)
Great for confident beginners and up, excellent for learning paper-piecing and simple piecing skills.
Students should leave with at least one completed place mat, or several place mat tops to complete at home (depending on class length).

Class Length
Single class session of 3 hours: Teach paper-piecing, and go over mat construction.
OR - Single class session of 6 hours: Teach paper-piecing in the am (make as many words as possible) and construct one mat in the final 60 to 90 mins.
NOTE: for either class the students must bring their copied letter patterns to class, or the shop must be able to make scaled copies for the students (good place to sell paper-piecing paper).

Class Supply List
Required Text : Quilt Talk by Sam Hunter
Fabric per project requirements: Great for featuring several dramatic pieces of a collection.
Fusible fleece or batting
Carol Doak's Foundation Paper(newsprint paper) or Simple Foundations Translucent Vellum Paper

Other Sales opportunities:
Carol Doak's Foundation Paper (newsprint paper) or Simple Foundations Translucent Vellum Paper (see p12)
Add-a-Quarter ruler (paper-piecing tool)
Rotating cutting mat for trimming blocks
Additional rotary cutting handle specifically dedicate to cutting paper (see p19)
Small sharp-pointed scissors for trimming seams (see p17)
Sewing machine needles – students should change their needle regularly, especially after paper-piecing

Classroom Preparation
Mats, cutters, rulers. Dry irons. Clear tape (for fixing patterns torn when ripping seams)

Class Agenda
Student - Homework Before Class:

  • Choose and purchase fabrics
  • Copy letter patterns at correct scale for desired number of place mats
  • Pack machine and sewing supplies

Teacher:

  • Include, in the handout, a reference to Choosing Fabric for Letters chapter (p24) – this chapter handles the best practices for choosing fabric to make the letters look great.
  • Have a few extra letter patterns on hand for demonstration, and discuss the pattern marks and numbering (p12)
  • Go over how to pre-cut for letters (p14)
  • Have the students start with the "T" of EAT as it is 3 straight seams and an easy success/confidence point
  • Move onto making one complete word block before class ends so that they can take the block home to set easily into a placemat
  • Demonstrate binding techniques if desired

For examples of student work:

ALSO – encourage your students to post pictures of their work to social media with these tags


 "Oh Scrap!" Buckets with Paper-Pieced Words

Class Description
Learn to paper-piece while making one of three Bucket patterns (p119)
Great for a confident beginners and up, excellent for learning paper-piecing and piecing skills.
Students should leave with one bucket completed (or be at the last couple seams)

Class Length
Recommend 2 sessions of 3 hours each:
Session One: Create Word Block (can also teach paper-piecing in this session)
New paper-piecers will complete the block at home, seasoned paper-piecers might complete the block in class
Session Two: Complete the Bucket construction
 
NOTE: Students must bring their copied letter patterns to class, or the shop must be able to make scaled copies for the students (good place to sell paper-piecing paper).

Class Supply List
Required Text : Quilt Talk
Fabric per project requirements
Fusible fleece
Timtex™, either single craft packs or from the bolt
Carol Doak's Foundation Paper (Newsprint) or Simple Foundations Translucent Vellum Paper (piecing-paper)

Other Sales opportunities:
Carol Doak's Foundation Paper (Newsprint) or Simple Foundations Translucent Vellum Paper (piecing-paper) (see p12)
Add-a-Quarter ruler (paper-piecing tool)
Rotating cutting mat for trimming blocks
Additional rotary cutting handle specifically dedicate to cutting paper (see p19)
Small sharp-pointed scissors for trimming seams (see p17)
Sewing machine needles – students should change their needle regularly, especially after paper-piecing
Template plastic for circle templates
Circular cutting rulers (such as Non-Slip Circle Savvy Ruler CGRSAV1 by Creative Grids)
Iron cleaner
Non-stick applique sheets for using with fusible products

Classroom Preparation
Mats, cutters, rulers. Dry irons, iron cleaner for fusing accidents. Clear tape (for fixing patterns torn when ripping seams)

Class Agenda
Student - Homework Before Class:

  • Choose and purchase fabrics
  • Copy letter patterns at correct scale
  • Pre-cut fabrics for second class (at the discretion of the teacher)
  • Pack machine and sewing supplies

Teacher:

  • Encourage beginners to make the "STUFF" bucket as the word block construction is the easiest
  • Include, in the handout, a reference to Choosing Fabric for Letters chapter (p24) – this chapter handles the best practices for choosing fabric to make the letters look great.
  • Have a few extra letter patterns on hand for demonstration, and discuss the pattern marks and numbering (p12)
  • Go over how to pre-cut for letters (p14)
  • Have the students start with an easy letter with few seams for an easy success/confidence point
  • Have students cut bucket fabric and fusibles before second class if timing is of concern
  • Offer to make the muslin/fusible strips for the students and have them on hand for the second class (p123, step 5) – this is a very small expense for the shop and a great good-will builder.
  • Offer to construct the Timtex inner cylinder for students who are slower if class demands allow it (p123, step 1)
  • Emphasize generous pinning as the key to easing the circle bases into their cylinders.
  • Demonstrate good fusing techniques to keep the iron clean

For examples of student work:

ALSO – encourage your students to post pictures of their work to social media with these tags


"Rackafrax" Quilt with Paper-Pieced Characters or Words

Class Description
Learn to paper-piece while making a fun quilt (p82)
Confident and intermediate students can substitute a different phrase or saying (see the gallery on p38 and list on p51 for alternate ideas)
Great for confident beginners and up, excellent for learning paper-piecing and simple piecing skills.
Students should leave with word block complete and quilt top well under way (depending on class length).

Class Length
Recommend 2 sessions of 3 hours each:
Session One: Create Word Block (can also teach paper-piecing in this session)
New paper-piecers will complete the block at home, seasoned paper-piecers might complete the characters in class
Session Two: Construct strip set that becomes the body of the quilt top, possibly set the word block in (might finish if second session was longer)

Class Supply List
Required Text : Quilt Talk
Fabric per project requirements
Carol Doak's Foundation Paper (Newsprint) or Simple Foundations Translucent Vellum Paper (piecing-paper)

Other Sales opportunities:
Carol Doak's Foundation Paper (Newsprint) or Simple Foundations Translucent Vellum Paper (piecing-paper) see p12
Add-a-Quarter ruler (paper-piecing tool)
Rotating cutting mat for trimming blocks
Additional rotary cutting handle specifically dedicate to cutting paper (see p19)
Small sharp-pointed scissors for trimming seams (see p17)
Sewing machine needles – students should change their needle regularly, especially after paper-piecing
2 ½'' strip packs plus coordinating fabric from a collection

Classroom Preparation
Mats, cutters, rulers. Dry irons. Clear tape (for fixing patterns torn when ripping seams)

Class Agenda
Student - Homework Before Class:

  • Choose and purchase fabrics
  • Copy letter patterns at correct scale
  • Pre-cut fabrics for second class (at the discretion of the teacher)
  • Pack machine and sewing supplies

Teacher:

  • Include, in the handout, a reference to Choosing Fabric for Letters chapter (p24) – this chapter handles the best practices for choosing fabric to make the letters look great.
  • Have a few extra letter patterns on hand for demonstration, and discuss the pattern marks and numbering (p12)
  • Go over how to pre-cut for letters (p14)
  • Have the students start with a simple character from their selection for an easy success/confidence point
  • Demonstrate good strip sewing and pressing techniques so that the students don't make wonky strip sets
  • Demonstrate how to make long cuts across strips

For examples of student work:

ALSO – encourage your students to post pictures of their work to social media with these tags


"Talk to Me!" Message Board Wall Hanging with Paper-Pieced Words

Class Description
Learn to paper-piece while making a fun message board for the family (p76)
Great for confident beginners and up, excellent for learning paper-piecing and simple piecing skills.
Students should leave with at least one completed place mat, or several place mat tops to complete at home (depending on class length).

Class Length
Recommend 2 sessions of 3 hours each:
Session One: Create Word Block (can also teach paper-piecing in this session)
New paper-piecers will complete the block at home, seasoned paper-piecers might complete the block in class
Session Two: Complete the wall hanging construction, and possibly do some quilting

Class Supply List
Required Text : Quilt Talk
Fabric per project requirements
Wipe-off Blackboard fabric
Batting
Carol Doak's Foundation Paper (Newsprint) or Simple Foundations Translucent Vellum Paper (piecing-paper)

Other Sales opportunities:
Carol Doak's Foundation Paper (Newsprint) or Simple Foundations Translucent Vellum Paper (piecing-paper) see p12
Add-a-Quarter ruler (paper-piecing tool)
Rotating cutting mat for trimming blocks
Additional rotary cutting handle specifically dedicate to cutting paper (see p19)
Small sharp-pointed scissors for trimming seams (see p17)
Sewing machine needles – students should change their needle regularly, especially after paper-piecing
Blackboard/chalkboard fabric

Classroom Preparation
Mats, cutters, rulers. Dry irons. Clear tape (for fixing patterns torn when ripping seams)

Class Agenda
Student - Homework Before Class:

  • Choose and purchase fabrics
  • Copy letter patterns at correct scale
  • Pre-cut fabrics for second class (at the discretion of the teacher)
  • Pack machine and sewing supplies

Teacher:

  • Include, in the handout, a reference to Choosing Fabric for Letters chapter (p24) – this chapter handles the best practices for choosing fabric to make the letters look great.
  • Have a few extra letter patterns on hand for demonstration, and discuss the pattern marks and numbering (p12)
  • Go over how to pre-cut for letters (p14)
  • Have the students start with the "T" of TALK as it is 3 straight seams and an easy success/confidence point
  • Demonstrate finger pressing techniques for handling blackboard fabric (can't touch it with an iron)
  • Demonstrate binding techniques if desired

For examples of student work:

ALSO – encourage your students to post pictures of their work to social media with these tags

 

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