Simply Stunning Woven Quilts Class Plan

by Anna Faustino

DEAR TEACHER OR SHOP OWNER
The quilts you'll teach in this class are amazingly simple. They have no seams, blocks, or patches. But the results are Simply Stunning. Try them with your customers – I think you'll love them. You'll find outlines for two basic classes here:

  1. Weaving a Quilt Background. Students will learn the basic weaving technique by making a 19 1/2" x 19 1/2" quilt from two pieces of fabric cut into curvy strips and then woven together. Appliqué and embellishments can be added on top.
  2. Circle Weaving. This technique is easy to learn and produces hypnotic results. Students will make a 21" x 21" sample quilt and leave class with a beautiful rainbow-colored woven circle, ready to embellish.

I hope you'll enjoy introducing your customers to weaving as much as I enjoyed creating these new techniques.
Anna Faustino

Weaving a Quilt Background

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
In this class you will learn a surprisingly easy weaving technique that turns an ordinary appliquéd quilt into a conversation piece. You'll see the technique demonstrated, then make your own woven sample quilt. You will leave class with a 19 1/2" x 19 1/2" quilt background, assembled and ready to appliqué and finish at home.

APPROXIMATE CLASS TIME:
6 hours

STUDENT SKILL LEVEL:
All skill levels. Anyone can learn this technique!

SUPPLIES:

  • Required textbook: Simply Stunning Woven Quilts by Anna Faustino
  • Two 20 1/2" x 20 1/2" pieces of prewashed fabric with graduated colors (see page 13 of the book for examples)
  • 24" x 24" piece batting
  • 2 yards paper-backed fusible web: I use HeatnBond Lite from Therm O Web
  • Quilting ruler
  • Rotary cutter
  • Quilter's marking pen
  • Cutting mat
  • Iron
  • Motif to appliqué
  • (Optional) tulle

ADVANCE PREPARATIONS:
Make a sample quilt and display it with your class schedules to encourage signups. These quilts are definitely conversation starters!

DURING CLASS:

  1. Following the instructions in Simply Stunning Woven Quilts, pages 12-21, demonstrate how to:
    • Choose fabrics that will create interesting effects when woven.
    • Fuse and cut the fabrics.
    • Weave them together.
    • Square up the woven background.
    • Fuse them to the batting.
  2. Demonstrate how to finish the raw edges of the woven strips, using the options from page 67 of the book.

AT HOME AFTER CLASS:

  1. Add appliqué. You can follow the instructions on page 17, or add your own appliqué motif.
  2. (Optional) Add a layer of tulle over the appliqué to help anchor it in place.
  3. Machine quilt, bind, and embellish your quilt as desired.

Circle Weaving

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
In this class you will learn to weave fabrics into a beautiful circle. You'll see the technique demonstrated, then make your own woven sample quilt. You will leave class with a 21" x 21" quilt, assembled and ready to appliqué and finish at home.

APPROXIMATE CLASS TIME:
6 hours

STUDENT SKILL LEVEL:
All skill levels.

SUPPLIES:

  • Required textbook: Simply Stunning Woven Quilts by Anna Faustino
  • 7-8 pieces of fabric 10" x 10" in rainbow colors (OR 2 pieces of a graduated
  • fabric in complimentary colors, 22" x 22" each)
  • Black: ¾ yard.
  • Backing: 1 yard
  • Cotton batting: 25" x 25" piece
  • Binding: 1/3 yard
  • Transparent thread
  • Paper-backed fusible adhesive (I use 17"-wide HeatnBond Lite from Therm O Web): 2 yards
  • Colored marking pencils for light and dark fabrics (erasable or water-soluble)
  • Masking tape
  • Small tweezers

ADVANCE PREPARATIONS:
Make a sample quilt and display it with your class schedules to encourage signups. These quilts are definitely conversation starters!

DURING CLASS:

  1. Following the instructions in Simply Stunning Woven Quilts, pages 32-38, demonstrate how to:
    • Choose fabrics that will create interesting effects when woven.
    • Draw the circle pattern on the fusible adhesive.
    • Fuse and cut the fabrics.
    • Weave them together.
    • Fuse the woven circle and background to the batting.
    • Square up the quilt
  2. Demonstrate how to finish the raw edges of the woven strips, using Option 2 from page 67 of the book.

AT HOME AFTER CLASS:

  1. Add appliqué if desired.
  2. Machine quilt, bind, and embellish your quilt. See pages 68-69 for binding instructions.
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