Classes & Lectures

Ladybugs Garden

Ladybugs Garden

©2011 Ladybug’s Garden

A 12" square project with most the design decisions made for you gives you the time and space to focus on learning technique and finishing what you’ve started. Oriental brocade and hand-dyed fabric with cut away and direct appliqué techniques and soft edge and hard edge stitchery make this lovely ladybug perched on her leaf. Skill Level: Beginning to Intermediate
Skill Set: Cut-away and direct applique, soft edge  and hard edge finish applique, shaggy applique  6 hour project oriented class  
A. Stabilize quilt surface
B. Draw and cutaway leaf shape on felt
C. Stitch Leaf
D. Back brocade with Steam a Seam 2 and cut Shapes
E. Place and iron shapes on felt
F. Stitch pieces to quilt with hard edge free motion appliqué
G. Stipple quilt with sliver

Materials for12"x 12" Wall Hanging
½ yard fabric for top (hand-dye available)
 14” x 14” piece of Hydrostick (preferred)
Scraps oriental brocade, sheers and hand dyes
40 weight Decorative threads polyesters and/or rayons
#8 weight bobbin threads(#5-8 pearl cotton, Candlelight, Razzle Dazzle, or Glamour
Sliver threads to stipple
Steam a Seam 2
1 12” Squares of poly or wool felt

Zigzag sewing machine with darning foot
#90 topstitching needles
Extra Bobbins (at least 6) 
Pelican(appliqué ) scissors
Halo hoop

I know that threads, stabilizers and fabrics can be hard to find. I’ll bring all of those for you with class. Bring whatever you would like to work with. If it isn’t ideal, I’ll have other choices available for you.

Kit available: $19 hand-out charge including book, pattern and stabilizers. All prices subject to change without notice. $29 for kit included book, pattern and stabilizers and fabric smorgasbord. Threads extra.
Student Class Information. Please read this before class.

I know many of the things I use for creating my quilts are hard to find. I won’t do kits for most classes because kits limit what I can bring you and limit your choices for your work. Instead I bring all kinds of resources into class for you so you can have what you need in class, without having to purchase something you don’t want.

Please bring anything you want to experiment with to class if you have them. But don’t worry about finding things that you don’t know where to get. Kit’s for fabric and stabilizer are available. But I leave thread choices up to you. I’ll bring in the right stabilizers, fusibles, hand-dyed fabrics, the best threads, and tools I trust. They’re there for you to choose so you can pick exactly what you need and want in class. You can make a tab and settle up at the end of your class time.

A big part of enjoying a class is being able to participate and experiment.  If your machine isn’t working right, it makes that harder. I will make every effort to help you if your machine is in trouble, but there are things you should do to help avoid problems.

Please bring a machine you are familiar with!  If you are borrowing a machine, make sure you know how to thread the machine, wind a bobbin, and change the feet. Bring your manual if you can, and all your attachments. In general, sewing machines are like cars. They need regular maintenance. Before any machine class, please take your machine out, check that it has the correct feet, and that it's working properly. If it hasn't been tuned up in the last two years, please have that done. Your good experience in any machine quilting class depends on your machine being in its best condition.

You probably know what you need to make your sewing day more comfortable.  If you are more comfortable with a special light, chair or a pillow, bring it.  Also if you have an extending table for your machine, that can be a great help.

As a personal favor, please don’t wear perfumes or anything with strong scents. Or clothes that have perfume on them. I’m quite allergic to them. Other people may be too.

If you have questions or problems with your machine, or anything you are having trouble finding, feel free to call me and discuss it before class. I may be able to bring just the right gadget or book to make things work better for you.

Ellen Anne Eddy, 125 Franklin, Porter, IN 46304 219-9210885E-mail at Web site at Office Manager at  405-735-3703 or 405-361-5356

December 15, 2018
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