Making Miniature Quilts From Vintage Fabrics Class Information and Supply List

Below is a description, supply list, and photo of the project for the November 3rd class, Making Miniature Quilts From Vintage Fabrics.  The class will be at the Baptist Church at 9:00 am.  It’s a 3-hour hand piecing class.  One kit will be supplied to each student.  Additional kits will be available for $5.00 per kit.

There are still openings for the class.  Please contact Yvonne to have your name added to the list.  The $20 class fee may be paid at the November 2nd guild meeting.
This 3-hour workshop shows techniques for making a miniature pieced quilt top using vintage fabrics.  Reproduction fabrics are discussed with the emphasis on blending them with vintage fabrics.  The workshop teaches hand piecing.  Participants will be asked to bring vintage fabrics for trading.  You won’t get your top finished but you will get a start on it.
The pattern that we will be using is an 8-pointed star.  I’ll have a true miniature size for those of you who feel comfortable with hand piecing this small and a full-sized version for those of you who are less experienced with hand piecing techniques.  If you’ve never done hand piecing this is a class that will start at the beginning of how to hand piece.
One kind of vintage fabric to use is 1930’s prints.  These fabrics are usually strong enough to work with and can be successfully combined with new reproduction 30’s prints.  Another combination that works well is to use blue indigo prints and shirting prints that were popular from the early 1900’s-1920.  There are also many reproductions available of this fabric time period.   .  
I’ll be spending time in class talking about what kinds of vintage fabric can be used and the kinds of vintage fabric to avoid.  I’ll be bringing sample from my antique fabric collection to show and discuss.
 I’ll also be bringing some 30’s fabric kits to give each of you but it won’t be enough for a whole quilt.  I will have some extra kits to sell for $5 ea. 
Supply List
  • Scraps of print fabric (allow approx. 5” square of print for each miniature block and 10” square for full-sized block).    I’ll be bringing some vintage 30’s fabric kits but this will only be for a couple small blocks or one larger block.
  • Muslin or background fabric (Allow approx. 4” square of background for each miniature block and 8” square of background for each full-sized block)
  • Template material (thin plastic or card stock)
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors to cut paper and another scissors to cut fabric and thread.
  • Cotton thread for piecing (I like Aurifil brand) in white, gray, tan or any other color that works with the color of the fabrics you’ve chosen.
  • Applique needles or sharps ( I prefer applique needles).
  • Thin lead medium hard pencil for marking light fabrics and, thin chalk lead pencil for marking dark fabrics or your favorite marking pen or pencil.  Remember that it needs to be something that is not permanent or it will show through on your fabric
  • Also if you have a sand paper board to use this is helpful in marking the pattern on the fabric.  If you don’t have one or don’t know what I’m talking about I’ll bring one to show you.  You can still do the piecing without one.
  • Several people need to bring a small ironing board and iron.  Not everyone needs to bring this but we will need 3 or 4 irons to share.


Carol Elmore