Call for Aprons
For its next exhibit the Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum is collaborating with the Cultural Arts Center's Apron Chronicles exhibit by presenting a simultaneous display of aprons. If you have an apron with a story - how it was used - why it was made - where it was purchased, etc. - the Museum would like you to submit it for display. An application describing your apron and its history and a picture are all that is required to have your treasure considered for display January - March 2018. Please contact the Museum for an application which must be submitted by November 11 via U.S. Mail, email or drop off application at the Museum. You may print an application from here as well.
Museum offers “Christmas Textiles” workshop
Christmas is just around the corner and it is time to think about making special gifts. The Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum will offer a workshop on November 4 from 9-3 to help you get started. The workshop will be held at the Museum on Bradley Street.
Participants will have an opportunity to make three projects. Norma West will demonstrate making holiday placemats using the “quilt-as-you- go” technique. This technique provides an opportunity to make table mats for that special holiday meal in one easy step. Jeanette Bernhardt will demonstrate the use of an Accuquilt cutter to cut and make felt holiday ornaments, mug rugs and/or candle mats. The Accuquilt cutter has dies (patterns) to cut precise snowflakes, trees, and other shapes for holiday projects. Felt projects are easy to complete using glue or hand stitching for finishing. Diane McLarty will demonstrate making a Christmas tree ornament made of fabric and embellished with buttons. Participants may choose any or all the projects to work on during the day and supplies for projects are included in the price of the workshop.
Call 770-301-2187 or go by the Museum to register for this class, the cost is $60 including all supplies needed. Bring a lunch or take a break and have lunch on the Square. The Museum is open from 10-4 on Thursday – Saturday. This workshop is open to all ages but participants must have basic hand sewing skills as well as basic machine sewing skills.
The Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum is offering a Beginners Quilting Class for adults on Saturday, October 21 and 28, 9:00 to 3:00, at the museum. Participants need to attend both sessions. The class will be taught by SQTM Board members and skilled quilters, Jeanette Bernhardt, Cyndi Hilliard, and Norma West. Teachers in this class provide a supportive, non-threatening learning environment laced with humor and tips to remedy common mistakes. The price for the class is $60.
During the class, students will learn strip cutting using rotary cutters, basic quilt block piecing, and quilt construction including making the “quilt sandwich” which involves putting the quilt top, batting and back together for quilting. Basic machine quilting techniques will be included in the class. Participants should be able to complete most of the quilt in class with some completion to be done at home. Participants must have basic sewing skills and should be able to sew a reasonably straight seam. The museum will furnish rulers, cutters, cutting mats, thread, scissors, etc. Participants may bring personal sewing machines or use machines available at the museum.
Come to the SQTM to register for the class and pick up the supply list. Participants are not registered until payment is received. Space in the class is limited. The SQTM is open on Thurs.through Sat. from 10 until 4 p.m. Call 770-301-2187 for additional information.
We will be using a pattern from Villa Rosa Designs, Crimson Glory. The pattern is included in the class fee and will be available at class time.
Fabric Needed – Please read all this information before purchasing or selecting your fabrics.
This pattern calls for fat quarters – a half a yard of fabric cut in half and usually measures 18 inches by 22 inches. However, regular ¼ yd may be used if you cannot find fat quarters. Hobby Lobby and Walmart carry a limited amount of fat quarters, but may not offer the variety needed for this quilt. Joanne’s Fabric Store has a better variety. You may also order coordinated fat quarters on line, but delivery in time for class could be a problem. So I suggest Joanne’s or purchase ¼ yd pieces at your favorite fabric store. The fabrics you choose should be 100% cotton, usually 42-44 inches wide. Avoid polyesters, loose weave cottons, and poly/cotton blends.
For the selected pattern, you will need
-8 fat quarters – two light ones for the center blocks and six coordinating fabrics that are medium to dark. Or ¼ cuts of 8 coordinating fabrics. *if you would like to simplify fabric selection, use one light for centers and borders – you will need 1 7/8 yard of light fabric for this option and 6 coordinating fabrics for blocks.
1 3/8 yard of a light fabric for the border
5/8 yd. for binding.
Three (3) yards of fabric will be needed for the backing of the quilt – choose a coordinating color or muslin for the back. You will need batting that is approximately 60 inches by 72 inches. Batting can be purchased by the yard or packaged at any fabric store. If you are overwhelmed by choices available, I like 100% cotton Warm and Natural. You do not need to have the backing and batting until the final class.
Thread supplied by the Museum for class use is either off white or gray, if you think another color would be better, please bring your own thread. The Museum will provide sewing kits with scissors, thread, needles, pins, rotary cutters, and other notions that you will need. Cutting mats, rulers and rotary cutters will be available for your use. However, if you prefer to use your own, feel free to bring them. Please let the museum staff know in advance, if you need to use a machine belonging to the museum.
You may want to buy more fabric than you need, this will just be enough and if you cut one wrong, you may need more fabric. If you have any questions, you may call JeanetteBernhardt at 770-832-2143 or 770-459-7882.