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Birds in Toyland Class Plan

Birds in Toyland Class Plan


Please note that this book includes both needleturn and wool hand applique instructions. You can teach either method or combine the two techniques. 

 

From Birds in Toyland by Becky Goldsmith

 

Provide to students:

  • Choose 1 block for class. I suggest either Block 5 on page 69 or, the more challenging Block 12 on page 76.

  • Enlarge the class block by 150% to bring it up to the 10˝ x 10˝ size. Make 3 copies of the block for each student. Two copies will be used for templates.

  • 1 self-adhesive laminating sheet (packages available online or at an office supply store) to make templates

  • One 10˝ x 10˝ piece of clear vinyl

 

Class Description


The Birds in Toyland are playful, whimsical, and packed with personality. You are going to love playing with them! 

You will work on one block in class that can be used in a small project or in the bigger quilt. You will learn the hand applique techniques to help you sew with confidence. 

This block is super fun to embellish! Add as much embroidery and as many embellishments as you like to make your bird bright and sparkly.

Learn the Piece O’ Cake way to make easy and accurate templates, how to make and use a placement overlay, how to make lovely stitches, and sew much more!

 

Class Length

Plan a class that suits your own situation. The more skills you teach, the longer the class needs to be. You could offer one 6-hour class, or a series of classes that cover needleturn, wool applique, embroidery, quilting, and embellishments. 

Birds in Toyland makes a wonderful block of the month class! If you are teaching this as a block of the month project, you may want to include a class on piecing the setting blocks, pages 13-16.

Please do refer to the detailed instructions in the book. 

A note about machine applique: While this book focuses on hand applique, you are welcome to base a machine applique class on Birds in Toyland. Students would need the book for patterns and and pertinent instructions. You can teach whatever machine sewing method suits your shop. 

 

Needleturn Hand Applique:

Teach this as a full day class or break it into smaller classes to cover techniques found on pages 17-28 

  • Templates

  • Placement overlay

  • Plan to cover sewing techniques that include: 

  • Finger pressing

  • The invisible stitch

  • Outer points

  • Inner points

  • Outer curves

  • Inner curves

  • Cutaway applique/small shapes

 

Wool Hand Applique:

Teach this as a full day class or break it into smaller classes tocover techniques found on pages 29-35 

  • Templates

  • Placement overlay, page 17

  • Plan to cover sewing techniques that include: 

  • The use of SoftFuse fusible web

  • The whip stitch

  • Outer points

  • Inner points

  • Outer curves

 

Class Supply List

Students will bring notions from home but do show those that you recommend in class and have them available for sale. Quilters love to shop!

The notions I use and recommend can be found at pieceocake.com and are available from Checker, United, and Brewer. 

Stock Quilter’s Vinyl on the bolt or in the package for placement overlays.

Book: Birds in Toyland by Becky Goldsmith

Fabric: 

  • One 10” x 10” square of background fabric for 8˝ blocks OR One 12” x 12” square of background fabric for 10˝ blocks

  • A variety of large scraps for the applique in cotton for needleturn hand applique OR felted wool for wool hand applique

Notions:

  • 8” x 8” square of clear Quilter’s Vinyl OR 10˝ x 10˝ square of clear Quilter’s Vinyl

  • Needleturn hand applique needles: #12 sharp/applique needles

  • Wool hand applique needles: #9 Bohin Crewel needle or other to suit your thread

  • Needleturn thread: I recommend 50/2 cotton thread. Masterpiece Super Bob sets from Superior are an excellent choice.

  • Wool thread for wool applique

  • Fabric scissor

  • Paper scissor

  • Small sewing scissor

  • A Sandboard

  • White pencil

  • Graphite pencil

  • An Ultra Fine Point Sharpie marker to make the placement overlay

  • A pencil sharpener (depending on the pencils you use)

  • A portable light is helpful

Additional notions for wool appllique:

  • SoftFuse Fusible web (this is the best brand)

  • Teflon pressing sheet (I use the Big Goddess pressing sheet)

 

Classroom Preparation


Table space, 36” or more.

A chair.

Access to electricity to plug in a lamp (optional).

1-3 ironing stations to press wrinkled fabric and backgrounds. More pressing stations for wool applique

 

Needleturn Applique Class Agenda

Make templates 

Make placement overlay 

Prepare background—press and mark

Optional: color and design 

Trace and cut shape #1 

Finger press—this is a very important step 

Pin 

Thread and knotting thread 

Teach the invisible applique stitch

Outer points 

Inner points 

Outer curves 

Inner curves

Cutaway applique and small shapes

 

Wool Applique Class Agenda

Make templates 

Make placement overlay 

Prepare background—press and mark

Optional: color and design 

Trace shape #1 onto SoftFuse fuse it to wool

Cut shape #1 and fuse it to the block

Thread and knotting thread 

Teach the whip stitch

Outer points 

Inner points 

Outer curves 

Inner curves

Small shapes