Description Glimpse refreshing new ways to put blocks together! In this 6-hour workshop you'll learn to cut half-size and pieced triangles with AnglePlay™ templates. Spend the day with us and make gorgeous blocks to take home! Basic rotary cutting and machine piecing skills are required, but all skill levels are welcome.
AnglePlay™ templates, or supplies to make templates from book
Sewing machine in good working condition; cords, extra needles
Straight pins - very thin ones
Rotary cutting supplies; cutter with sharp blades, spare blades
cutting mats (at least 24" one direction to cut width of fabric), plus a small one to cut triangles on 6 x 24" ruler, 6" square ruler
Iron, ironing surface
Design wall, wide masking tape to adhere it
Fabrics: half yard pieces of five different values (Lt, lt-med, med, dk-med and dark)
Fabrics should be one main color family, but have at least one accent color (or, 1-2 prints that bring in an accent color)
In the Classroom
Demonstrate how to rotary cut using the templates. (All fabrics right side up; show blocks made with fabrics right side up vs. wrong side up; i.e. pinwheels spin two different directions in the blocks made with right-side up vs. wrong-side up fabrics).
Have all students start with a simple block (like Double Star).
Demonstrate how to cut a pieced triangle (pp. 8-9), then have them do one block that involves a pieced rectangle.
Students use the rest of the time to make as many blocks as they can. They may choose to 1) make 4 versions of one block (p. 43), or 2) make 2 color versions of same block (p.47), or 3) make at least 4 blocks in a pattern that lends itself to being offset (p. 43), or 4) make "positive/negative" blocks; i.e. with a single block pattern, reverse the darks and lights from block to block (p. 47), or 5) make whatever block patterns catch their fancy!
Last hour or so of class: students play with blocks on wall.
Shop owners should stock:
AnglePlay™ Blocks by Margaret J. Miller
AnglePlay™ Templates; Set One, "Angles Aweigh," Set Two, "Angles Up!" (sets Three and Four will be available in 2006)
Rotary cutting equipment
Mats: small 8 x 11 or 11 x 17 (to rotate while cutting triangles) and large enough to cut 22" selvedge-to-fold
Rotary cutters, spare blades for rotary cutters
6" plexiglas square
straightedge 6" x 24"
Fabrics in good range of values from very light to very dark