General Class Description and Additional Information


BCQC (Basic Crazy Quilt Course): 
This class is VERY structured. You will be getting a lot of "HOW TO" type of handouts...and do not have a lot of ability to be creative. This sounds more restrictive than is truly is perhaps...but the structure is needed for an online type class. A lot of basics are covered in this class; and a lot of the common handouts are included.

It is also my way of presenting "how" I teach. So, you will get instructions on using Blogger for the class. Each of my classes is hosted on a different blog...requiring you to receive a private invite each time you register for a class. This "teaching method" is critical to that the future classes will run smoothly...without a lot of extra administrative work on my part. That allows me to give more classes, and offer them more often. So, this BASIC class is a requirement...not only for teaching true beginners the basic techniques...but for teaching ALL levels how my classes operate and what my expectations are from each participant.

My goal is teach you...but also to have you learn. So, I'm controlling the BASIC level to (1) make sure that any true-beginners will be successful in their first attempt of crazy quilting, (2) provide a low-stress class for other skill levels to learn how all classes will work, without having to carve out two weeks in all the courses for this instruction, (3) ensure every future class has students with at least the basic knowledge that "I think you should have" in design principles, basic embroidery and silk ribbon manipulation needed to do this follow-on work.

Basic Crazy Quilt Course:

The BCQC includes detailed instruction on:
-- piecing the unique class block
-- principles of design used in the planning of this block
-- creating straight uniform seams with stitch and shape templates
-- creating several different silk ribbon flowers
-- adding lace motifs and charms to balance a design
-- and correctly attaching beads, sequins, etc.

Sounds simple, but there is a lot of information in these modules. You will need a 3-ring binder, and be prepared to print over 100 pages of handouts/instructions throughout this course.

This class gets good reviews. Even ladies that have been doing crazy quilt round robins for a while tell me that they learned something new in the class. Everyone is required to finish the BCQC, to include posting a photo of their finished project, BEFORE they can register in any other courses that are offered in the future (or at present).

Now, I know that there are ladies who have done CQ for a while...and don't want to "waste their time" in a basics class. Sorry, but you have to take it if you want to take any other classes of mine. And, you might learn something...but if not...then you will have sailed through the BCQC quickly...and "punched your ticket" to continue with other classes. please don't ask. The MAIN reason for this rule being applied to seasoned stitchers is that the BCQC will introduce you to the way that I choose to teach and will provide some of the handouts that are not repeated then in the other classes.

Intermediate Crazy Quilt Courses:

ICQC-101 - Design and Piecing Various Blocks: This course is packed with Color Science and Theory information to help select fabrics and embellishments. We discuss how to create and orient fabric printer sheets (purchased or hand-made); the different types of crazy quilt blocks and when to use them; and design individual blocks by sketching them using specific design guidelines. The last task is to sew a block based on a design of your choice. This course does not require a lot of supplies, but does require a lot of thinking.

ICQC-102 - Changing Colors: This course is all about mixing colors of ink, dye, etc. to produce other colors. It also covers different ways to change the color of various embellishments and to add more interest to simple motifs by playing with colors. This class pushes the creative thinking and is just pure fun. The result includes dying ribbon and lace with fiber reactive dyes; printing silkie images; altering metal/plastic charms; and coloring a black/white printed fabric image.

ICQC-103 - Embroidery Motifs and Seams: This course expands basic embroidery to create various motifs for crazy quilt blocks. Patterns for a variety of hexagon blocks are provided, or students can use fabric "doodle cloths" to create their work. The embroidery is extensive in this class but not technically too difficult.

ICQC-104 - Motifs w/Fabrics and Threads: This course continues the embroidery work of the prior course and is technically more difficult. This class pushes the embroidery to include fabric by creating various slips, dimensional applique, and embellished applique pieces.

Traditional Quilt Courses:

TQC-201 - Different Piecing Techniques: This course is the creating of a variety of 6-inch quilt blocks, using various techniques. It is suitable for a novice quilter and also for a more "seasoned" quilter. The blocks begin simply and progress to more difficult piecing techniques. The beginning of the course is the "basics" of machine piecing quilt blocks...a good tutorial for the beginner, and a good "reminder" for the more advanced quilter. Twelve lessons will result in the creation of nine different blocks, which can be made into "mug rugs". Embroidery designs are also provided as an addition to the quilt blocks as an option...machine embroidery can be substituted; or the embroidery work can be omitted as desired.

TQC-202 - Additional Piecing Techniques: This course continues the work of the prior course but uses 12-inch quilt blocks and different designs. The work is more advanced as these designs are a bit more difficult. Still, the class begins with the simpler design work and progresses to the more advanced.

Special Courses:

SP-301 - Shadow Applique Santa: This course is the preliminary technique class before you take the full-size quilt version in SP-302. This is a single block wall-hanging or pillow of Santa Clause. It uses the "Shadow Applique" technique with has fusible fabric applique overlaid with a layer of organza/chiffon. The supplies are minimal and a list is included in the first task fo the course. Most quilters will have these items on hand, with the possible exception of a half-yard of polyester white chiffon fabric.

SP-302 - Shadow Applique Christmas: This course is the creation of a full size quilt top. It uses the "Shadow Applique" technique with has fusible fabric applique overlaid with a layer of organza/chiffon. The class can also be done as raw-edge fusible if the overlay is not desired. The layout of the quilt is specific and the applique designs are hand-drawn and provided by the instructor. The blocks are created on neutral fabrics and the sashing is of various Christmas most quilters are expected to have have a large part of this supply list in their current stash.


craftirn said...

I like the feeling of pride I get when I read your class descriptions. It's obvious you put a lot of time and talent into this! You should be very proud!

Unknown said...

Happy to be back under your tutoring again. Thank you. Carol