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Gardners Delights

Traditional Classes

General Information

Original patterns, designed by Barb, are used some of the classes. They can be included in the class fee or students can purchase them from your shop (or guild).

All classes are designed to include all skill levels. Handouts are given for future reference.

The length of most classes can be adjusted to half or full days.

Barb uses the Electric Quilt computer program in all classes to help students plan layouts and color placement. The files can be emailed to students so they have a copy to finish their projects.

Barb is willing to travel, with expenses covered by the sponsoring group.

Beyond Basic Bindings

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Bindings - Click on image to see larger photo.

Add ZIP to your edging repertoire with new techniques that are no more difficult than the basic binding. Learn to give your pieces a professional finished look.

Explore piping, machine applied bindings, 3-D folds, scallops, rick rack, prairie points, curved edges and several other options. Experiment with no sew bindings, couched binding and artists bindings. The basic single fold and double fold bindings will be covered too.

Other topics covered include borders, sandwiching, squaring up, sleeves and labels.

Try each of the techniques in class and go home with the samples, handouts and skills to use on future projects. Never have a dull binding again !!

Half or full day class. All skill levels are welcome.

Dancing Diamonds

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Dancing Diamonds - Click on image to see larger photo.

The pieces are large and it goes together fast. It's a great pattern to play with color and secondary effects.

Paper piecing techniques will be covered for those not familiar with them.

Note the unusual border configuration.

Full day class.

Spinwheels

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Spinwheels - Click on image to see larger photo.

Don't let the curves fool you. They are very gentle and not much more difficult that a straight seam.

The blocks are sewn oversized and squared up later. There are no seams to match and the big pieces make it come together fast.

Add asymmetrical borders to make it a unique art quilt.

Most will leave class with a completed project. Half or full day class.

Cure Curve Phobia

Don't be afraid of curves!! Learn to master them in this class.

Right sides together, notches & matching, freezer paper, inset a full circle into a solid piece of fabric, undulating curves and more will be covered.

Class samples can be used later for reference. Half or full day class. Spinwheels pattern could be included in the full day classes.

Little Bit O' Sunshine

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Little Bit O' Sunshine - Click on image to see larger photo.

The center of this charmer is 3-D loops. The petals are fused. Make it in your choice of colors to add a bit O' cheer to your day. Makes a great sunflower, daisy or fantasy flower.

Fusing and top stitching tips will be covered.

Approx. 16 x 22" finished.

Half or full day class.

Colorado Sunset

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Colorado Sunset - Click on image to see larger photo.

Use two simple blocks to design a landscape or abstract work.

The design is developed by the use of value, color and texture.

Sewing curves (Drunkards Path) will be demonstrated in class. Since most of class time will be designing, a sewing machine in class is optional.

The sample piece is 36 X 33" but you can make any size desired.

Full day class.

Blue Heaven

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Blue Heaven - Click on image to see larger photo.

Start with a basic pattern and fuse flowers in your choice of colors and arrangements.

The flowers shown here are blue Himalayan Poppies but many flower choices will be available.

Add flowers to a solid or pieced background.

Design, colors and fusing techniques will be discussed in class.

Have an almost completed top by day's end.

(Full day class)

Luminosity

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Luminosity - Click on image to see larger photo.

It looks complicated but it's really just a "Drunkards Path" and "Half Square Triangle" combination. The curves are gently and you will learn some tricks to make them foolproof. The class gives confidence in designing an original color scheme. A good class for confident beginners and beyond. A 6-8 hour class.

The pattern can be purchased separately or included in the class fee. A retail pattern is coming soon.

Follow The Stars

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Follow the Stars - Click on image to see larger photo.

A lovely wall hanging that's quick to make. Learn to make half square rectangles, quarter square triangles and unique pinwheels. It can easily be expanded to make a larger quilt. All skill levels are welcome. The original pattern can be included in the class fee or purchased separately. A 6-8 hour class.

Machine Quilting for Beginners

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Machine Quilting for Beginners - Click on image to see larger photo.

The pattern says "Quilt as Desired." What do you do?? If you have little or no machine quilting experience but would love to learn how to execute those beautiful patterns, this is the class for you.

Explore sandwiching, needle & thread options, choosing the right design, marking your quilt, doodling, invisible starts and stops, working with large quilts, etc. Discuss selecting a design to compliment your quilt and learn to design your own patterns. A variety of tools will be available for your use.

All the supplies are things you will have in your sewing room and no book or patterns are needed. Class time will be spent practicing on sample pieces so you don't need a finished quilt. Many tools will be available for students to try.

Half or full day class. Labeling and sleeves will be discussed in longer classes.

Get out of the ditch and explore your horizons.

Ribbon Stars

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Ribbon Stars - Click on image to see larger photo.

Take a break from quilting to make these delightful stars woven from ribbon. Schedule this three hour class for November and early December so students will have them to hang for the holidays or give as gifts.

The supply list is simple—bring a scissors and your Christmas spirit. (The ribbons and pattern are provided). We will turn up the Christmas carols, warm the cider and have a party!! You'll go home with finished stars--guaranteed. A good class for kids over about 10 years old.

Gardners Delights
phone: 303-926-1512