CLASS OUTLINE - MEASURE FOR MEASURE
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: Measure for Measure is an original design by well-known author and quilt artist, Judy Martin. The pattern appears in her book, Cookies 'n' Quilts. This easy pattern was designed for rotary cutting and machine piecing methods. Stars in two sizes, 4-1/2" and 9", combine to make a 22-1/2" grand block. The grand blocks stagger the stars in the quilt. The star border echoes the small stars of the quilt center.
Beginner to intermediate. Basic sewing skills are required. The pattern avoids set-in patches by utilizing partial seams. It calls for basic square and triangle patches and adds two easy new shapes to your rotary cutting repertoire: the diagonal trapezoid and the half trapezoid. (Learn how the Shapemaker 45 tool can help you cut the half trapezoid quickly and easily.)
Cookies 'n' Quilts by Judy Martin
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 fabrics from your shop.
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.
Homework: Choose and prepare fabrics.
CLASS SESSION ONE: 2 Hours
Discuss quilt sizes. The pattern is presented in a 63" x 85-1/2" twin size (set 2 grand blocks by 3 grand blocks). Other possible quilt sizes include: 63" x 63" wall quilt (2 x 2) and 85-1/2" x 85-1/2" queen quilt (3 x 3). The wall quilt requires 16 medium (9") blocks and 72 small (4-1/2") blocks to make 4 grand blocks (22-1/2") plus border. The queen quilt requires 36 medium blocks and 117 small blocks to make 9 grand blocks plus border.
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 28-31 and on page 77 in Cookies 'n' Quilts.
Demonstrate how the S45 helps in cutting the E and F half trapezoids most easily (page 30). 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.
Note: Students may cut these using a regular ruler by cutting a rectangle of the listed length from the strip, then cutting off one corner at a 45-degree angle. This will require extra fabric.
Discuss the fact that E and F patches are asymmetrical and that no mirror images are required from the same fabric. Therefore, do not fold fabrics to cut these.
Demonstrate cutting remaining patches. Make a particular point of demonstrating how to cut D (diagonal trapezoids) and Er, starting with triangles and trimming them down to make trapezoids (page 77).
Note that you will need to cut patches for star points (B and C) in sets of four matching ones.
Demonstrate trimming points of B-F patches using the Point Trimmer.
Hands On: Begin cutting.
Demonstrate sewing small stars for use in blocks and borders. Note that the four medium-bright triangles of a single star are cut from one fabric. Show how to join the first rectangular unit to the center square with a partial seam and how to complete this seam after attaching the other three rectangular units.
If you want four matching star points in a block in the scrap version, chain piece the units for a single block before going on to the next block. Keeping these sets in order will help you find units for the same star later, so don't snip the chains between the matching units until you need them.
Discuss making a total of 92 small blocks for grand blocks and borders.
Note: If students want to proceed with sewing beyond the small blocks, they should study the block piecing diagrams carefully.
Homework: Complete cutting and begin sewing small blocks.
CLASS SESSION TWO: 2 hours
Demonstrate sewing the medium-size Measure for Measure blocks.
Discuss the fact that patches are joined to make a center square and triangular star points. These are joined in the same way as the small blocks, using a partial seam. The four points of a single star should be made using the same fabric.
Discuss making 24 Measure for Measure blocks.
Hands on: Begin making the the medium-size Measure for Measure blocks.
Homework: Finish blocks.
CLASS SESSION THREE: 2 hours
Demonstrate laying out five small blocks, four medium blocks, and four 4-1/2" (finished) plain squares for a grand block.
Demonstrate piecing the grand block. Note the partial seam, as before.
Discuss making 6 grand blocks.
Discuss joining grand blocks in three rows of two grand blocks each.
Hands on: Begin piecing the grand blocks.
Discuss measuring and cutting plain borders and attaching side borders first. Make a point of discussing the importance of pinning.
Discuss joining 17 small blocks for each side border and 14 small blocks each for top and bottom borders. Note that side borders are attached first.
Hands on: Begin joining grand blocks and borders.
Show the quilt again.
Discuss the quilting. Show appropriate motifs from the book or using commercial templates for the plain border, plain squares, and background. Suggest quilting in the ditch around star points and center squares.
Discuss marking tools and quilting thread colors.
Sell quilt marking tools, quilting stencils or patterns, quilting thread, batting.
Homework: Complete the quilt and enjoy!