Heritage Quilting Bee

We decided it was time to have a quilting bee specifically designed for quilters who love to work with reproduction fabrics. To that end, this year's wokshop is focusing on a beautiful and unique quilt called "It's Not a Square" which uses Carol Hopkins book "The 4" x 5" Anthology".  The finished quilt contains 72 blocks and measures 57" x 78". ***
The group meets regularly on the fourth Monday of the month. Each month you cut out and start work on six different 4" x 5" blocks. During the workshop, Sue details the blocks, adding helpful hints and tips based on her experience making the blocks.

Option One: $179.00 Buy the kit that features the "American Swatchbook" fabrics by Judy Rothermel. (Judy developed this line specifically for this quilt.) This kit includes all the fabric for your quilt top and binding, the twelve set of direction booklets that coordinate with these fabrics, and a copy of the Hopkins book. The workshops are free of charge.

Option Two: $20.00 a month. On Month 1 you receive a copy of the Hopkins book and Judy Rothermel's American Swatchbook fabrics. On Month 12 you receive the finishing kit. Pattern sets that coordinate with these fabrics are distributed each month.

Option Three: $10.00 a month if you are using fabrics from your own stash. Prerequisite: your own copy of "The 4" x 5" Anthology"

Skill Level: Confident Beginner

***The story behind this quilt is an interesting one:
Carol Hopkins, the noted designer, and a group of her friends challenged each other to swap blocks that measured 4" x 5".  They recreated some classic blocks and also designed more than 50 original blocks that no one had ever seen, ending up with 182 different blocks. Carol then developed the book - "The 4" x 5" Anthology" -  that contains instructions for making all of these blocks. It is a treasure trove that you will find useful to own.

Monday, April 23 -- 9:30am
Sue Smith
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Class - Free Form Stars

Enjoy the freedom of creating your own stars with this innovative technique! This is your chance to learn how to make free-form star blocks. By dividing a square or rectangle of background fabric into a nine-patch, you create a variety of stars that are uniquely yours. You can then use these stars to make a three-block table runner or a twenty-block throw...it's your choice. Bring your fabric scraps and join us for a day of fun.   



Tuesday, April 24 -- 9:30am to 3:30pm
Sandy Davis

Class - Crazy Quilting section B (3rd of 5)

Crazy quilting has nothing to do with one’s state of mind and everything to do with a distinctive, freestyle approach to quilting. Since the 1800s in America, and earlier in other parts of the world, people began to construct crazy quilts. Crazy quilts have several distinguishing characteristics: random patchwork; non-traditional fabrics; no batting; and embellishments like silk flowers, beads, lace, buttons, sequins and embroidery stitches.

The class is broken into five sessions, as follows:

  1. Piecing the Hexagon onto a foundation - Thursday, February 22nd
  2. Lace embellishment with beads - Thursday, March 22nd
  3. Ribbon Embroidery - Thursday, April 26th
  4. Button Fun - Thursday, May 24th
  5. Combination of all of the above and finishing your hexagons - Thursday, June 21st

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Supply List

Thursday, April 26 -- 9:30am
Kay Carter
$50.00 (includes all five sessions)

Beyond Stitch in the Ditch - Part I

NOTE: This class is currently full. However, we do have a waiting list, so give us a call (540-377-9191) if you would like to be on this list.

Wouldn't you like to quilt your own quilts on your regular home sewing machine?  Do you want to develop the confidence to quilt the tops you have pieced? Most of us can master the 'stitch-in-the-ditch' technique on our own machine, particularly when handling smaller projects. As the title suggests, this class teaches you how to go beyond straight lines and venture into the free-motion arena.

This is a two-part class...May 8th and 15th.  In Part One you learn a variety of free-motion techniques while practice stitching on muslin batts. In Part Two you showcase your new skills in a small sampler. (The instructor will provide you with the sampler materials.)

By the end of these classes you will have mastered a variety of free-motion techniques. Linda's hands-on instruction, handouts, and show-n-tell tips on how to manage the challenges involved in quilting a large quilt, will start you well on your way to becoming the expert you want to be.

See the supply list below.


Monday, May 7 -- 9:30am to 3:30pm
Linda Puhle
$70.00 for the two part class

Beyond Stitch-in-the-Ditch - Part 2

This the second part of the Free Motion class. In this class you are putting your new skills to work in a small sampler. Linda provides materials for the sampler.

Linda will also demo how to manage the quilting of a queen-size quilt on your home machine.

Monday, May 14 -- 9:30am to 3:30pm
Linda Puhle

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