Beyond Beginners

May 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm Leave a comment


Two colour queen size quilt

sash strips are in the background fabric

“What’s Next?”

A particularly keen group of  beginners was already thinking about their next project toward the end of the Jacob’s Ladder class that taught them basic skills: choosing fabric, rotary cutting, strip piecing, four-patch units, half-square triangles, squaring up, sewing blocks, assembling the top with borders, basting, quilting and binding.

Beyond those essential skills, what could I teach them?

  • they already know four-patch and 1/2 square triangle. What are the  next most common units?  probably Flying Geese and 1/4 Square triangles
  • beyond basic quilt top construction? add sashing strips, perhaps with cornerstones?
  • maybe set blocks on-point with setting triangles?
  • how about a basic “sew and flip” construction method for some of the units to add to their patchwork toolbox?
  • how about adding some extras to help them learn to personalize their fabric choices?

    Twin size

    high contrast bright on black

With those variables, I designed Beyond Beginners in three basic sizes. Sarah’s Choice blocks use flying geese; Star of Hope requires 1/4 square triangles.

Add sashing strips with sew and flip corners at the ends that make secondary stars when combined with cornerstones.  Put it all together in an on-point setting.

An afternoon spent playing with options in EQ7 gave me some strikingly different options for three sizes: a wall hanging; twin/sofa quilt; and full size/queen coverlet. Students chose their quilt sizes; and decided whether to use a stripe, contrast or background fabric for the sashing strip.

We all had fun exploring the design options based on elements of each of the sketches: you’d have to look very carefully to realize the basic pattern is the same for each of the quilts!

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