In preparing for my teen sewing workshops this week, I realized I am using several quilting techniques to teach the sewing skills. I have more of a beginner group this session and I have noticed that cutting and sewing straight and seam allowance can be tricky to get right and can make all the difference in fitting and putting final projects together. We are going to piece together some fabric and turn it into a large tote.
I am also putting together some pattern/templates to offer here. I have some fun ideas and hope you will enjoy.
This photo is and in process shot from a joint project I did with my friend Anne Baxter a while back. The final art quilt was damaged in the studio fire, but some good friends still purchased it for their baby room.
I have been planning my class for this fall as well as the final session of the summer workshops. I am going to use some piecing and quilting techniques for the student. It really helps them focus on cutting straight and even, and sewing seam allowances straight. From the last few years of teaching this seems to be the most needed skills for students and they are very important in making that are interesting and fit.
I teach in a very open free form way and it has been working well for several years. It is so exciting to have the teens interested in sewing again (thanks Project Runway), it keeps me on my toes trying to come up with creative unique projects.
Some lovely examples of quilts from Flickr.
1. Simple Modern Baby Quilt, 2. Neutral quilt, 3. Quilt, 4. Improvisational Split Log Cabin Quilt
It is time for the next session of my Teen Sewing Classes. We had a great time in June and I want to focus on techniques to make you sewing look more polished, and offer some tricks to keep the frustration away.
Summer Sewing Workshops for Teens
I am now offering classes in my home studio.
Maximum 6 Students
3 Thursdays in August
August 11, 18, 25
This summer the classes will be a variety of sewing and fabric activities to help learn how to use the sewing machine better, cutting out patterns, appliqué, quilting, embroidery, and dying/printing fabric ideas will be included.
Classes include all fabric, and patterns for all the projects, and a snack lunch.
-Sewing Machine (please let me know if you do not have one)
-Any special sewing fabric or notions that you like to use
-Any projects you are working on and/or need help with
Cost: $60 per week
Students do not have to take all classes, but each one will have a special feature.