Carol Fay's Quilting Class Descriptions

(as of 2/23/2004)


Basic Machine Appliqué

Fusible appliqué with machine stitching to permanently finish the edges. The class will cover satin stitch, invisible stitch and blanket stitch. This class is intended for use especially with wearable art garments, and also includes basic broderie perse.

Beyond Hidden Wells Quilt

Beyond Hidden Wells

This complex-looking quilt is made of uneven strip sets that are simple to construct. An unconventional technique is used to produce the complex design. Use theme fabrics to make a quilt for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, or that special someone's birthday. Several new variations on this Mary Ellen Hopkins pattern will be presented. These are so much fun, you'll want to make more than one!

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Bountiful Baskets Quilt

Bountiful Baskets

This class includes 7 different pieced basket patterns with finished blocks ranging from 6" to 12". Combine the blocks using one of several setting possibilities to obtain a quilt that is uniquely yours. A variety of techniques will be learned including quick half-square triangles, set-in corners, and two methods for making bias strips for handles and stems.


Curved Borders & Stars Quilt

Curved Borders

Learn to cut and piece free-form curves, and use them to create interesting borders for your latest quilt. This same technique can be used to construct curves as part of an innovative quilt of your own design.

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Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Double Wedding Ring

Have you always wanted to make a double wedding ring quilt, but were intimidated by difficult cutting and curved seams? We will use Mary Russell's Double Wedding Ring Ruler system to rotary cut the pieces. The blocks may be pieced using the traditional method, or put together using an easy hand or machine appliqué technique.

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Easy Herringbone Quilt

This quick quilt uses 12-15 fabrics in unevenly cut widths to form a zigzag of each fabric across the quilt. Strip piecing techniques are used, and some large print fabrics are needed for the quilt to be effective, possibly floral or ethnic fabrics.


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Elastic Waist Pants

Learn to sew pants for yourself using one of four simple elastic waist pants patterns. Basic fitting and garment construction techniques will be the focus of our class time. Cotton, Rayon or flannel fabric would all produce nice results using patterns 102 or 201 from the Bali Collection, or KWIK SEW patterns 1984 or 3088.

Fabulous Four Patch
Fabulous Four Patch
Fabulous Four Patch Fabulous Four Patch

Fabulous Four Patch

Use variations on the basic 4-patch including a quick and easy "4-patch" that is composed of triangles to create interesting quilts. Learn about how to manipulate value (light and dark), texture, scale (the size of the print) and color in your quilts to get a fabulous quilt every time. We will be using small amounts of a variety of fabrics, so you can use up some of your scraps.

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Flannel Fun Patch

Flannel Fun

This class features quick quilt blocks that use flannel (or other cotton fabrics) in a folded design. Each block is quilted at the time of construction using an extra layer of flannel for batting. A variety of blocks will be taught that can be joined together by machine or by hand.


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Student Work

Holiday Miniature Quilt

Holiday Miniatures

This class features two patterns for miniature quilts that you could finish in time for the holidays. Miniatures use different techniques than full sized quilts, and this class will present multiple ways to achieve small accurate pieces. Use holiday fabrics, or something that can be appreciated all year long.

Irish Chain Irish Chain

Irish Chain

A traditional favorite, Irish chain can be livened up with the addition of interesting blocks between the chains, where intricate quilting patterns are usually used. Single, double and triple Irish chain will be covered, as well as several variations on the 'plain' blocks.

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Jacket Class

KWIK SEW pattern 2829: This jacket pattern is easy to fit, and easy to sew even if you have never constructed a garment before. This pattern would work great as a base for wearable art!


Jumper Class



Lone Star top

Lone Star

Lone Star is a large eight-pointed star, which comprises the largest portion of the quilt's surface. Each of the star points is a large diamond made up of smaller diamonds. Many quilters shy away from this pattern because of the many seams and pieces with bias edges. However, with a few shortcut methods, the Lone Star can be constructed almost painlessly!


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No Fault Stars

This class features easy to piece starts with points that 'float' on the background. Both regular and 'liberated' stars will be covered, so you can use whichever appeals to you most, or a combination of the two.

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Pocket Quilts

Pillowcases and Pocket Quilts

Learn to make pillowcases out of your favorite fabrics. A pillowcase is a great showcase for larger print fabrics, and you can make pillowcases that coordinate with your quilts. I store my quilts in pillowcases, and they make nice gift bags for the quilts I present to others.

Pocket quilts are 1 3/4" miniature pieced quilts that can be carried in a pocket. These can also be made into Christmas tree ornaments or wearable pins.

Stars and Hearts Stars and Hearts

Stars and Hearts

Make easy-to-piece heart and star blocks! This method uses no triangles, and guarantees perfect points every time. Companion blocks and setting suggestions will also be presented so that you could make a quick quilt for Valentines Day.

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Strip, 2, 3, 4!

This class will include instructions for six quilts and variations that start with two, three, or four strips sewn together somewhat randomly. These quilts use a large variety of fabrics, and would be a perfect opportunity to mix old favorites with batiks, or oriental fabrics. To prepare for the first class, you will need to pre-cut some strips, so pick up your supply list early. Come in and see the samples, and let your imagination run wild!


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Strips In The Raw

This is a technique using woven raw-edged strips of fabric to create an irregular curved checkerboard. The resulting checkerboard is then used as one side of a quilted tote bag, which features two large inside pockets with closures, and a flat bottom. The other side of the tote bag is a simple appliqued circle design set on a pieced background. This project uses the new fusible batting. Machine quilting the panels with a double needle and walking foot will be taught. A complete pattern for the tote bag will be provided, however, the resulting panels may be made into small wall hangings or a pillows.

(The tote bag in the photograph was designed using oriental fabrics.)


Treasure Quilt

Treasure Quilt

This treasure quilt is designed to display your collection of pins and other jewelry. The blocks are paper pieced using several simple designs. This quilt also offers an opportunity to use an assortment of buttons and other embellishments to make a quilt that you, or someone on your gift list, will truly treasure.

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