CLASS OUTLINE - LIBERTY & JUSTICE
for Two 3-Hour Sessions (or One 6-Hour Session)
and One 1/2-Hour Preview (optional)
This class outline may be used by teachers who wish to teach a project using Knockout Blocks & Sampler 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 both sessions can be presented in a single all-day workshop. The outline indicates where you can find additional details in the book.
Sales suggestions are for the benefit of shop owners and teachers who teach in shops. Independent teachers may disregard these suggestions.
Class Description: Liberty & Justice is an original design by well-known author and quilt artist, Judy Martin. She combines three simple new star-and-stripe blocks to make a spirited medallion.The pattern appears in her book, Knockout Blocks & Sampler Quilts. This attractive pattern was designed for rotary cutting and machine piecing methods.
Level: Motivated beginner to intermediate. Basic piecing skills are required. The pattern has no curves and no set-in patches. It calls for basic square, rectangle, and right triangle patches.
Knockout Blocks & Sampler Quilts by Judy Martin
fabric (for wall quilt size):
1 yd. red print
1-5/8 yds. white/off-white print
2-1/2 yds. navy blue print
5/8 yd. light blue or darker shade of white/off-white
4 yds. backing
1/2 yd. for binding
65" x 65" batting
Note: The yardage listed above is correct if you rotary cut the patches. If you use strip-piecing, flip and sew, or some other method, you will likely need more fabric than is listed.
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 3 fabrics or scraps in 3 colors.
Show other suggested fabric combinations using bolts or fat quarters from your shop.
(Optional) Discuss quilt sizes (page 106). The pattern is presented in a 60" x 60" wall quilt size (set 5 blocks by 5 blocks along the edge). The 12" block size is used. Other possible quilt sizes include:
60" x 84" throw/twin quilt (set 5 x 7; add borders for larger twin)
84" x 84" queen (7 x 7; add borders)
108" x 108" queen/king (9 x 9; add borders for larger king)
The throw/twin quilt requires 8 Liberty & Justice blocks, 16 Americana blocks, and 4 Potomac Pride blocks.
The queen quilt requires 16 Liberty & Justice blocks, 20 Americana blocks, and 4 Potomac Pride blocks.
The queen/king quilt requires 36 Liberty & Justice blocks, 28 Americana blocks, and 4 Potomac Pride blocks.
Show Knockout Blocks & Sampler Quilts pages 122-125. Yardage adjustments for making the quilt in a new size can be figured using these charts. Always allow some extra yardage for insurance.
Sell classes, kits, fabric, tools, books.
CLASS SESSION ONE: 3 Hours
Discuss the advantages of cutting the largest patches first, starting with the border strips, cut lengthwise.
Demonstrate cutting and sewing striped units for Americana and Potomac Pride blocks. Each unit is made from two red and two white rectangles cut 2-1/2" x 4-1/2", joined along the long edges. 20 striped units are required. If you prefer strip piecing, these can be made from 2-1/2"-wide strips joined to make red-white-red-white strip sets. Subcut strip sets at 4-1/2" intervals to make 20 striped units in all.
Hands On: Begin making striped units.
Demonstrate making 4-patch units for Potomac Pride blocks. Cut two blue and two white squares, each 2-1/2". Join in blue-white pairs; join pairs to make a 4-patch. 4 are needed. If you prefer, cut and join a 2-1/2"-wide blue strip and a 2-1/2"-wide white strip. Join. Subcut at 2-1/2" intervals to make 8 units. Join in pairs to make 4 of these 4-patches.
Hands On: Begin making 4-patch units.
Demonstrate making red/blue units for Liberty & Justice blocks. Cut a 2-1/2" red square and a 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" white rectangle. Join to make a red/blue unit. 8 are needed. If you prefer strip piecing, cut a 2-1/2"-wide red strip and a 4-1/2" wide blue strip. Join to make a strip set. Cut at 2-1/2" intervals to make a red/blue unit. 8 red/blue units are needed.
Demonstrate making blue/white half-square triangle units for Liberty & Justice blocks. Cut blue half-square triangles from 2-7/8" squares and white half-square triangles from 2-7/8" squares. Join a blue to a white triangle on the long edge to make a square unit. Make 8 units. If you prefer, sew a white 2-7/8" square to a blue one with two seams, 1/4" away from and on either side of the diagonal. Cut along the diagonal to make 2 units. 8 units are needed in all.
Demonstrate making Flying Geese units for all blocks. Make a Flying Geese unit by sewing two white half-square triangles cut from a 2-7/8" square to a blue quarter-square triangle cut from a 5-1/4" square. 56 Flying Geese units are needed. If you prefer flip and sew, cut 2-1/2" white squares and 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" blue rectangles (this requires additional fabric). Or use the method of your choice to make 56 Flying Geese units.
Hands On: Begin making Flying Geese units.
Homework: Complete cutting and sewing all units.
CLASS SESSION TWO: 3 hours
Demonstrate cutting V, #17, #13, and #18 patches.
Hands On: Begin cutting remaining patches.
Demonstrate making Americana blocks (page 78) from striped units, Flying Geese units, and patches. 12 Americana blocks are needed.
Hands On: Begin making Americana blocks.
Demonstrate making Potomac Pride blocks (page 78) from striped units, Flying Geese units, four-patch units, and patches. 4 Potomac Pride blocks are needed.
Hands On: Begin making Potomac Pride blocks.
Demonstrate making Liberty & Justice blocks (page 78) from Flying Geese units, half-square triangle units, red-blue units, and patches. 4 Liberty & Justice blocks are needed.
Hands On: Begin making Liberty & Justice blocks.
Discuss: joining blocks to make quilt center; adding interior borders; and adding block borders to complete quilt top. (page 106) Discuss quilting ideas.
Homework: Complete the quilt and enjoy!