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CLASS OUTLINE - "I HAVE A DREAM"

for Three 2-Hour Sessions (or One 6-Hour Session)
and One 1/2-Hour Preview

This class outline may be used by teachers who wish to teach a project using Cookies 'n' Quilts by Judy Martin. Individuals seeking guidance for self instruction are also welcome to use this outline. I recommend beginning each class with a preview to ensure that students will come to the first work session properly prepared. Feel free to tailor this outline to your own teaching style. I divide each project into sessions. Sessions can be planned for consecutive weeks or all sessions can be presented in a single all-day workshop. The outline indicates where you can find additional lessons and details in the book or on this web site.

Sales suggestions are for the benefit of shop owners and teachers who teach in shops. Independent teachers may disregard these suggestions.
 
Class Description: "I Have a Dream" is an original design by well-known author and quilt artist, Judy Martin. The pattern appears in her book, Cookies 'n' Quilts.
This attractive pattern was designed for rotary cutting and machine piecing methods. Judy combined large and small stars in a diagonal set of alternate blocks. Additional small stars form a border of sorts.
 
Level: Beginner to intermediate. Basic sewing skills are required. The pattern has no curves and no set-in patches. It calls for basic square and right triangle patches as well as introducing half trapezoids.


Supply List:
Cookies 'n' Quilts by Judy Martin
Sewing machine
Thread
Pins
Thread snips
Betweens
Cutting mat
Rotary ruler
Rotary cutter
Fabric and batting as listed on the pattern

Shapemaker 45 (S45) (optional but recommended)
Point Trimmer (PT) (optional but recommended)
Judy Martin's Ultimate Rotary Cutting Reference (optional for figuring yardage if you plan to change the quilt size)


PREVIEW SESSION: 1/2-Hour Project Preview
This session gives you the opportunity to prepare students all at once for the first session, sell the class to the undecided, and sell books, tools, and fabric to class members as well as your other customers.

Show the quilt you have made using shop fabrics.

Discuss other color schemes using 5 fabrics or an assortment of scraps.

Show other suggested fabric combinations using bolts or fat quarters from your shop.

Sell classes, kits, fabric, tools, books.

CLASS SESSION ONE: 2 Hours
Discuss quilt sizes. The pattern is presented in a 59-1/2" x 76-3/8" throw quilt size (set 3 blocks by 4 blocks diagonally). Other possible quilt sizes include:
76-3/8" x 93-3/8" twin quilt (4 x 5)
93-3/8" x 93-3/8" queen (5 x 5)
110-3/8" x 110-37/8" king (6 x 6)

The twin quilt requires 13 W, 7 X, 14 Y (26 Y altogether), and 12 Z blocks.

The queen quilt requires 17 W, 8 X, 16 Y (32 Y altogether), and 16 Z blocks.

The king quilt requires 24 W, 12 X, 20 Y (45 Y altogether), and 25 Z blocks.

Show Judy Martin's Ultimate Rotary Cutting Reference. Yardage adjustments for making quilt in a new size can be figured using the charts in the Rotary Reference. Always allow some extra yardage for insurance.

Discuss the advantages of lengthwise strips, if desired. Also discuss stacking and pressing up to four layers of fabric for cutting.

Discuss the fact that cutting details are shown on pages 28, 30, and 49 in Cookies 'n' Quilts. Discuss reversed patches and sixteenths, pages 31-32.

Also discuss the need for contrasting small stars that are superimposed over large stars in X blocks. Discuss the need to cut patches for each star from just two fabrics plus background.

Demonstrate rotary cutting H and Hr half trapezoids from triangles as shown on page 49.

Demonstrate how the S45 helps in cutting the Gr half trapezoids most easily. Show how to align the bottom of the tool with the long edge of the strip and the listed ruling with the trimmed short end. Cutting along the angled side of the tool completes a half trapezoid. For the next half trapezoid, use a regular ruler, aligning any lengthwise line with long edge of the strip and the listed ruling with the point at the end of the strip. Cutting along the short end of the ruler completes the second half trapezoid. Alternate using the S45 and a regular ruler to cut half trapezoids all down the strip length.

Demonstrate cutting remaining patches.

Demonstrate trimming points of triangle and half trapezoid patches using the Point Trimmer.

Hands On: Begin cutting.

Demonstrate making Y blocks as shown in diagrams on page 52.

Note also that you will need to make a Y block for each Z block in addition to the listed number of Y's. The total number of Y's for each quilt size is listed in parentheses in this outline.

Hands On: Begin making Y's.

Demonstrate making W blocks as shown in diagrams on page 50. These are the same as Y blocks, except larger.

Discuss the fact that you will need to make a total of 8 W blocks.

Homework: Complete cutting and sew Y and W blocks.

CLASS SESSION TWO: 2 hours
Discuss the fact that X blocks are made like Y and W blocks, except that the center square and two of the star points are pieced from smaller patches before they are joined to complete the block.

Demonstrate sewing X blocks as shown on page 51.

Hands On: Begin making X blocks.

Demonstrate making Z blocks as shown on page 51.

Hands On: Begin making Z blocks.

Homework: Complete W, X, Y, and Z blocks.

CLASS SESSION THREE: 2 hours
Discuss the arrangement of blocks in diagonal rows. The quilt in the book was made with Z blocks placed alternately with either X or Y blocks. Students may follow this model exactly or try playing with different arrangements.

Discuss the making of edge triangles by sewing two K patches to each remaining Y block. Discuss makeup of diagonal rows as shown on page 51.

Show the quilt again.

Discuss the quilting. Show the quilting pattern from the book or show appropriate commercial templates, if desired.

Discuss marking tools and quilting thread colors.

Sell quilt marking tools, quilting stencils or patterns, quilting thread, batting.

Demonstrate marking and quilting.

Homework: Complete the quilt and enjoy!


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