Scrappy Bits Appliqué Class Plan

Around the World Quilt

From Scrappy Bits Appliqué by Shannon Brinkley

Class Description

This class is perfect for beginner quilters as well as more advanced students interested in learning this raw-edge applique technique.

Students will learn Shannon Brinkley’s simple raw-edge applique technique, basic quilting techniques, and how to add a hanging sleeve. Students will love choosing beautiful fabric that once collaged together will create a really striking and modern look. The finished quilt is perfect for family rooms, offices, and children’s rooms alike!

Class Length

3 classes at approximately three-hour sessions.

Class Supply List

-Required text: Scrappy Bits Applique by Shannon Brinkley

-Around the World template, available as a pullout in Scrappy Bits Applique

-3/4 yard background fabric

-1 1/2 yard backing

-1/2 yard of various blue fabrics (4-8 fat eighths would be perfect)

-1/2 yard of various orange fabrics (4-8 fat eighths would be perfect)

-1/2 yard of various green fabrics (4-8 fat eighths would be perfect)

-1/2 yard white fabric for border

-1/2 yard fabric for hanging sleeve

-51” x 36” batting

-3/8 yard fabric for binding

-3 yards fusible web

-37” x 26” lightweight, nonfusible interfacing

-Clear polyester thread, white thread

-Plastic baggies for cut collage pieces


Other Supplies:

-Scissors (large and small pair)

-Straight pins

-Basting pins or spray

-Marking utensil that will not rub off

-Glue stick

-Dritz Fray Check (optional, but recommended)

-Machingers Gloves (optional, but recommended if free motion topstitching and/or quilting)


*Tip: Have kits available that include the fusible web, interfacing, batting, clear thread, white thread, glue stick, baggies, white fabric for the border and hanging sleeve, and allow students to choose the front and back fabrics as well as fabric or fabric bundles for the collage.


Classroom Preparation

Students will need their own sewing machine (for sessions 2 & 3), iron, and ironing board. Set up common cutting stations. Students will need a little over a yard of tabletop space to themselves.


Class Agenda (all times listed are rough estimates)

Session 1: Preparing Materials

-Discuss fabric selection (pg. 12-17). Students can bring their own fabric, or shop yours. (15 min-1hour)

-Prepare materials (1-2 hours):

     -Prepare collage fabric (pg. 72)

     -Cut fabric (pg. 72)

     -Place cut collage pieces in plastic baggies or other storage container to use in   next session

-Trace template (pg. 73). (20 min)


Session 2: Creating the Map

-Create your map (pg. 73). (2 hours)

-Topstitch the map. Discuss the different options for topstitching (pg. 34). I almost always choose to topstitch around the raw edges using the free-motion quilt settings on my sewing machine. This would be a great opportunity to teach your students very basic free-motion quilting. (1 hour).


Session 3: Finishing the Quilt

-Add border (pg. 74). (20 min)

-Baste. Discuss the different options if you have beginners in your class. (20 min)

-Quilt. If you have beginner quilters in your class, I suggest demonstrating a simple wavy line pattern (pg. 42). (45 min-1 hour)

-Bind (pg. 44). Discuss machine finishing versus hand finishing. To enable students to finish in the allotted class time, you might suggest that they machine finish (30 min).

-Add hanging sleeve (pg. 48). (30 min)