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Fiber Art

Nothing New: Make a Quilt from Old Clothes

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Course Overview

Like many fiber arts, quilting is an old and universal practice with traditions that span cultures and history. It is often a way to re-use old garments that are beyond repair, turning them into something beautiful, unique, and functional. Using old clothing or other salvaged fabric, make your own small quilt from start to finish to use as a throw or wall hanging (about 40” x 40”). Learn best practices for designing, piecing, quilting, and binding a quilt. This class will focus on using two beginner-friendly blocks, half-square triangles and broken dishes, as foundational elements of design to develop piecing skills and create movement and repetition throughout the composition of your quilt. This course is open to students ages 8+ if accompanied by an adult, 13+ without.

Provided materials:
Irons and ironing boards, thread, pins, and other miscellaneous materials. North House has sewing machines available to students who might be unable to bring their own.

Materials Fee

There is a $40 materials fee payable to the instructor during class.

Required Tools

  • A functional sewing machine and basic working knowledge of it. There may be time to answer some questions related to sewing machine maintenance, but instruction will focus on design and sewing processes.  North House can provide machines for students to use. Please contact info@northhouse.org at least two weeks before class to request use of a sewing machine. 
  • 2-4 cotton or cotton-blend garments or other pieces of cotton fabric that have lived a full life and are ready to be cut into small pieces and sewn into a quilt. More details will be provided in an email from the instructor two weeks before the class.
  • Backing fabric (cotton or cotton-blend) and batting, max size 60” x 60”

Dates

Thu, Nov 10th, 2022  –  Sun, Nov 13th, 2022

Course Details

Hours: Days 1-3: 9am-5pm; Day 4: 9am-noon
Tuition: $310.00

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Laura Brown
Laura Brown
Minneapolis, MN USA

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Nothing New: Make a Quilt from Old Clothes