October 11, 2016 – Kathy Loomis – Improvisational Curved Piecing”

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Learn how to cut and stitch curves that fit together perfectly without a pattern! We will make 2 small improvisational quilts using your new skills. You can check out her blog http://artwithaneedle.blogspot.com/ to read more about Kathy and see some of her work

  • Date: Tuesday October 11, 2016
  • Time: 10 am to 4pm
  • Class Fee: $35
  • Tool Fee: $5.00 due at class
  • Limit:  Only 1 spots left!
  • Location : Goodwill Fire Company, 552 E Union St West Chester PA  19380
  • Sewing machine and thread (medium gray or beige works with most colors)
  • Extra sewing machine needles, extra bobbins
  • Design wall ( a foam core board at least 36″ tall) look for them at the Dollar Store, Staples or an office supply store/craft store
  • Heavy-duty extension cord if you have one
  • Fabric – 4  one-yard cuts of 4 different solid colors (including black and white if you like), no batiks or pimatex.  Choose colors that are not all the same value, so you can make contrasting shapes
  • Cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter (a new blade would be nice)
  • Scissors and basic sewing supplies
  • Seam ripper
  • Iron
  • Large towel to fold into an ironing surface (do not bring portable ironing boards; they’re too small)
    I strongly recommend Kona cotton by Robert Kaufman, for four reasons:
  • it is very easy to sew, substantial enough to hold its shape but flexible and forgiving enough to adapt to less-than-precise stitching
  • it is very easy to press perfectly flat, especially important when sewing curves
  • it comes in many, many different colors
  • it is widely available at stores such as Hobby Lobby and JoAnne’s as well as local quilt shops

Please do not bring pimatex or batiks, as they are so tightly woven that it is difficult to ease the curves, and if you have to rip out a seam the needle holes will remain visible.

*I suggest you not wash your fabrics beforehand, especially if you have Kona, because it likes to ravel.  If you are sensitive to chemicals and must wash in advance, you may want to pink, serge or FrayCheck the cut edges, or run a line of stitching near the cut edges to minimize raveling.

**I suggest you not bring your beautiful hand-dyed fabrics, because this is a workshop and it’s very likely you will not want to finish the pieces you make; use fabrics that you are not heavily invested in, either financially or emotionally.

***It’s important that your machine be in good working condition and that you know how to thread it, wind bobbins, and sew a straight seam.  If you have not used your machine in the last month, please give it a test drive at least a few days before the workshop so you can make any needed repairs.  I will not have time during the workshop to show you how to use your machine or trouble-shoot any problems.