Classes & Lectures

Thread Magic Garden: Abstract Floral Jazz

Thread Magic Garden: Abstract Floral Jazz

©2011 Thread Magic Garden: Abstract Floral Jazz  

Use simple shapes and new machine and free motion applique techniques to build amazing abstract flower gardens. Discover the design secret of the visual path. Build your own garden path around it.
 Skill level: Beginning to Expert. Skill Set: Flower design from shapes, cut-away applique, direct Applique, free motion applique, 
  1 Session, 6 hours

Class Outline
A. Flower shapes defined
  a. Petal Shapes
  b. Flower Shapes
B. Fabric choices
C. Cut shapes
D. Build flowers
  a. Direct Flowers
  b. Appliqued Flowers
E. Build visual path
F. Encase edges and shade
  a. Thread choices
 a. Rayon, cotton, polyester
 b. Monofilament nylon
 c. Metallic threads
 b. Encase raw edges in appliqué bead
G. Assemble  and attach branches/leaves/ flowers
on quilt surface

 Materials :
for 11”  x14”Wall Hanging
     1 fat quarter yard fabric for top
(hand-dye available)
     11” square of Hydrostick
      2-5  sheets  of Steam a Seam 2
2 “9” squares of polyester felt
Decorative threads: #40Metallic and polyester
 Thread, smoky monofilament (optional

Zigzag sewing machine with darning foot
Halo hoop (optional)
#90 topstitching needles
Sharp Scissors
quilt-tack(you may use mine)

Kit available:piece of hand dyed fabric (your choice), 2 sheets of Steam-a-Seam 2 of Steam,  all  Stabilizers for $19

I have fabrics, threads and stabilizers available for students in class. If you have any doubts about materials or tools, please call or mail me.  I’ll help make sure you have what you need.


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. 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.

I bring some books to help us feed our eyes and give us ideas, but if you have interesting art books, children’s books with wonderful illustrations, or any kinds of image collections you want to bring, they will be very welcome.  Please put your name in them before you come so they won’t be misplaced.

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 219-921-0885
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Office Manager at  405-735-3703

December 15, 2018
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