Quilt Traditions

Potion Class

From Quilt Traditions

By Devon Lavigne

Class Description:
Potion blocks are constructed using partial seams, which are easy and fun, and another skill to add to your repertoire.

  • Beginner +
  • You’ll come away from this class having mastered the partial seam construction method
  • This is easy sewing; the skill-building takeaway is the partial seam method, which is the only way to construct certain kinds of blocks


Class Length:
4 hours.

Class Supply List:

  • Required text: Quilt Traditions
  • Fabric (p. 54):
    • 11 light to medium-value fat quarters (2 ¾ yards total)
    • 11 medium to dark-value fat quarters (2 ¾ yards total)
    • ½ yard for border 1
    • ½ yard dark for border 2 and binding
    • 5 yards for backing
    • 75˝x 87˝ batting
  • Sewing machine, in good working order, and operating manual
  • Neutral thread, as well as several bobbins wound with the same neutral thread
  • Small snips
  • Spray starch
  • Sewing kit (seam ripper, silk pins, awl, and extra machine needles)

Class Agenda:

I’ve included links to my blog that demonstrate some of the methods used and show the original quilt—please feel free to share! 

  1. Set-up: introductions, shop amenities (coffee, washrooms, etc.). 5 min.
  2. Class descriptions and agenda. 5 min.
  3. Fabric preparation (press fabric well with spray starch) and short lesson on cutting. 20 min. http://wordpress.com/post/devonlavigne.wordpress.com
  4. Cutting blocks (p. 54). 30 min.
  5. Block assembly demo and practice (p. 55). 30 min. http://wordpress.com/post/devonlavigne.wordpress.com
  6. Making the pinwheels. 30 min.
  7. Adding the B half-rectangles. 30 min.
  8. Finishing the partial seams. 30 min.
  9. Extra work time. 1.5 hours.

TIP: I’m crazy about fat quarters; many of my quilts are designed with them. As a former shop owner, I know that fat quarters paired with a good pattern are regular sellers, are lots fun for shoppers, and are great stash builders. Consider pre-bundling kits for busy or last-minute shoppers.