Beaufort, North Carolina
Pepper collects quilts, makes quilts, writes books about them, designs needlework tools, and shares her love of quilting by teaching. She writes for quilting magazines. Pepper’s web site is www.peppercory.com and she writes two blogs: Pepper at the Quilt Studio http://peppercory.blogspot.com and Quilt Flap http://quiltfl apper.blogspot.com.
Conquering the Curve, Full Day
Thursday, 2/27/2014 - 2/27/2014, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Relax and quilt the traditional way. This stress-free class is the perfect beginning to real confidence in your hand-sewing abilities. Note that this class is excellent for the machine sewer who wants to expand her skills or the total novice who enjoys the ambiance of an old-fashioned quilting bee. Students have a choice of one of two curved patchwork patterns to stitch in class (either String of Pearls or Royal Cross). See a demo of template making, precision pinning for accuracy, and quick Japanese style hand sewing. Receive a printed hand-out of additional curved seam blocks (total of 5 patterns) plus the graph of the wall hanging layout and alternate block. Template plastic also comes in the kit provided by the teacher for $8. All levels.
Materials List: Hand sewing kit consisting of thimble of your choice, thin straight pins (like flower-head pins), an assortment of needles (Sharps, Betweens, Straws) if you don’t know which size you’ll prefer for hand-piecing, plus a spool of good quality sewing thread in charcoal or beige. Any good quality thread in #50 or #60 - Pepper uses Presencia. Embroidery scissors or thread snips. Paper scissors and fabric scissors. Rolling chalk wheel (recommend Chakoner type from Clover). .01 Pigma pen in black, an extra fine point Sharpie black marker, a mechanical pencil. Hera tool from Clover or a butter knife (the Little Wooden Iron tool is also fine). Half-gallon size zip-lock plastic bag. Fabrics: several (minimum four 1/4 yard pieces) washed, ironed, pressed cottons in your color scheme. Some light, medium, dark in each selection. Supplement with a basket of scraps. Because these fabrics may become the basis for a nine block sampler wall hanging, choose fabrics you like. Pepper does not recommend batiks for this first-time hand project since they are harder to hand needle. Please take the time to wash, dry and press all fabrics prior to class to break down the finish for better and quicker hand sewing. Kit fee $8, payable to instructor.
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The Antique English Pleated Log Cabin Block, Half Day
Friday, 2/28/2014 - 2/28/2014, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Log Cabin is one many American quilt makers assume was home-grown. But the same pattern, called Roof Tile on the Isle of Man has been done for hundreds of years - it’s a quilt mystery! Learn how the pleated quilt-as-you-go block is constructed (hand pieced) and quilted at the same time without batting. The pattern’s casual sewing is an excellent introduction to hand stitching and has the advantage of being totally portable for today’s busy quilt makers. This variation of the Log Cabin is a super addition to your quilting skills and one you can teach kids. Totally portable - a “pocket” quilt pattern! All levels.
Materials List: Basic sewing kit for hand sewing: straight pins, scissors, thimble, good quality thread in a medium-dark shade (Pepper uses #50 or #60 Presencia charcoal grey cotton thread), and an assortment of hand sewing needles. Suggestion: at least some embroidery needles, a sharp, and a #9 quilting needle. Note: you may want to experiment to find the right needle for you. Optional: an Ott light, with extension cord, is a good addition to your sewing tools since you can never have too much illumination when hand sewing. Best of all, a kit is provided for you in this class! Its basic colors are blues and greens and will include strips, center squares and enough backing blocks for 4 blocks plus printed hand-outs with illustrations for how-to. Kit fee $18, payable to instructor.
VA014 ***CLOSED*** $40.00
The 19th Century Pineapple Block, Half Day
Friday, 2/28/2014 - 2/28/2014, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Learn how your grandmother made the Pineapple pattern and then see how this portable patchwork suits our busy lives today. No sewing machines required for this class. The 19th Century Pineapple is an easy introduction to hand sewing. The pattern is ‘self correcting’ in that you can adjust the angle of the strips in the next round of sewing. This is a relaxing class that reveals that the Pineapple, while it looks complex, it is actually simple to piece. Your friends will be amazed so bring your camera for proof you actually made this in class! All levels.
Materials List: The instructor will provide patterns and hands-on coaching plus, best of all, a complete pre-cut kit to make one spectacular Pineapple block. Cost is $15, payable to instructor. Basic hand sewing kit: thimble, needles - an assortment of Sharps and Betweens, straight pins, charcoal gray good quality sewing thread, small scissors. Pencil and 18” ruler. Extra light (small folding Ott light excellent) and extension cord, optional. Paper and pen to take notes. That’s it!
VA015 ***CLOSED*** $40.00
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Yokosu! Welcome to Sashiko (Japanese Hand Quilting), Full Day
Saturday, 3/1/2014 - 3/1/2014, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
You’ve admired classic Sashiko in quilts-now it’s your turn. Even non-hand quilters remark on how easy and soothing Sashiko stitching is; it’s the Zen side of quilting. Finally a quilting style that will inspire you to use all that gorgeous Oriental fabric you bought! Most students will complete a block in the morning session or by early afternoon. Then the second half of class concentrates on the alternate pieced/appliqué block as Pepper demonstrates the back-basting appliqué technique. Note: you’ll come with six patchwork blocks completed* (see below) and these will combine with Sashiko work to make a wall hanging. All levels.
Materials List: Class kit includes 1/2 yd indigo homespun fabric, a stencil to mark the design, thread, template plastic, a sampler needle pack (10 needles), and two thimble alternatives. Also, an essay on the history of Sashiko, written how-to with illos and graphs and a start on the wall hanging project that incorporates your new-found sashiko skills. Kit fee $22, payable to instructor. Students need to bring to class: Scissors for paper and fabric. Favorite thimble for hand sewing if you use one. A small pillow. A pair of cuffed white socks you wouldn’t mind cutting up. Six patchwork blocks (easy directions below) plus 1/2 yd of large-scale Oriental print (different than the ones used in the patchwork blocks) to make ‘moons’ for the wall hanging. Bring appliqué thread (#50 or 60, cotton or silk) coordinating with the moon fabric. Your favorite needles for appliqué. *To make the patchwork blocks (do this work BEFORE class: Choose 2 contrasting (light vs. dark, blue vs. red, etc.) Asian-style prints. From each, cut 3 squares 8-7/8 inches. Cut all squares in half. Pair a light triangle with a dark triangle and sew together (on machine) using 1/4” seam allowance. Press to dark side. Repeat for all blocks. Note: five blocks are used in the wall hanging and the sixth is for practice. There are some supplies that will be available for students to use: marking pencil for use with stencil, quilting thread and needles for back-basting. Available for purchase after class: additional sashiko stencils and alternate colors of thread. No machines needed in this class.
VA016 ***CLOSED*** $65.00
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