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CLASS OUTLINE - THE SPANISH STEPS

for Two 3-Hour Sessions (or One 6-Hour Session)
and One 1/2-Hour Preview (recommended)

This class outline may be used by teachers who wish to teach a project using Scraps 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 the 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:  The Spanish Steps is an easy-to-make scrap quilt with an intriguing shadow effect. The quilt is made simply from squares and rectangles cut from a variety of fat quarters for a scrap look. You may choose from three quilt sizes.

The class may be presented in one or two 2-3 hour sessions, depending on how much class sewing time the students in your area prefer. Invite students back for show-and-tell on a given date. This gives them a deadline to complete the quilt, gives everyone recognition for their accomplishment, and brings them back to shop for their next project.

Level: Beginner with a little thinking involved. Basic piecing skills are required. The pattern has no curves and no set-in patches. It calls for basic squares and rectangles.

Class Preview:  Show your class sample. Show an assortment of background and shadow fabric pairs from your store’s selection. It would be helpful to have several 1-block samples with background strips around them.  Students will have more success with their shadow effects if you show several good choices and one or two that contrast too little or too much to look like shadows. Stress that shadows should be somewhat darker, duller, and less detailed than the background fabric. Get sign-ups for class. Hand out supply lists.

Supplies List:
Scraps by Judy Martin

Queen-Sized Quilt
            5-1/2 yds. for background
            1-1/2 yds. for shadow
            at least 21 fat quarters for chains

Twin-Sized Quilt
            4-3/4 yds. for background
            1 yd. for shadow
            at least 14 fat quarters for chains

Wall-Sized Quilt
            2-1/4 yds. for background
            1/2 yd. for shadow
            at least 8 fat quarters for chains

Basic Sewing Supplies
rotary cutter
mat
rotary ruler
thread
pins
thread snips
seam ripper
sewing machine
extension cord

CLASS SESSION 1
Discuss
            Advantages of lengthwise strips (page 14)
                        Better stability of lengthwise grain
                        Better alignment of grain and print
            Advantages of patch sewing  (page 15)
                        backtack so seams won’t unravel (especially around edges)
                        option of using actual scraps
                        total freedom of scrap placement
                        more intuitive
                        unlimited pattern choice
                        see results sooner
                        avoid big mistakes (color/value or sewing order)         
  

Discuss
            How to use the book  (pages 22-23)
                        Border dimensions are in red
                                    Exact length; includes seam allowances but no extra
                        Strip dimensions are first (smaller) number in patch dimension
                        Square/rectangle length is second number in patch dimension
                        Quantities are under figures
                        Bracketed units were made previously and are included in unit totals
                        Pressing directions are in narrative
                        Quilt diagram shows numbered border sequence

Demonstrate
            Cutting dark fabric  (pages 14–15 and 123)
                        Press fabrics individually
                        Stack 4 fat quarters
                                    Align one long and one short edge
                                    Press fabrics together
                                    Trim 1/8” from long edge for clean cut
                                    Cut to make lengthwise strips
                                                trim to make clean cut on short edge
                                    Cut squares for 9-Patches
                                                Cut 5 A’s from one strip
                                                            keep the 5 squares together for one  block
            Cutting plain borders from background fabric
                        Cut off selvages
                        Cut lengthwise borders before other patches
            Cutting remaining background fabric and shadow fabric
                        Fold fabric crosswise then lengthwise
                                    align 4 selvages
                                    press fabrics together
                                    make clean cut/remove selvages
                                    plan to cut widest strips first
                                    cut lengthwise strips 
                                                Clean cut short end of strip
                                                Cut shapes

Discuss
            Accurate seam allowance/test (pages 16–17)
            Fine thread (page 17)
            Fine pins with small heads (page 17)           

Demonstrate
            Backtacking (“Sewing,” page 17)
            chain piecing (page 17–18)
            opposing seams and pinning joints (page 18)
            finger pressing (page 18)

Discuss
            Several block types needed to complete the shadow illusion around perimeter
                        Important to keep them turned precisely as shown on pages 126–127)

Demonstrate
            Sewing Units 1, 2, and 3 from shadow and background fabric (page 124)
                        Finger press seam allowances toward shadows
                                    This makes the shadows appear to be over the background

Hands On
            Begin making Units 1, 2, and 3

Demonstrate
            Cutting and sewing Block W (page 125)
                        Use Units 2 and 3 already made
                        Turn units as shown
                        Finger press seam allowances toward dark A squares      
     

Hands On
            Begin making W blocks

Demonstrate
            Making Units 4, 5, and 6 (page 124)
            Unit 5 adds a B to Unit 4
            Unit 6 adds a B to Unit 5

Hands On
            Begin making Units 4, 5, and 6

Demonstrate
            Making Blocks X, Y, and Z (page 125)
                        Use Units 5 and 6 already made
                                    Turn units as shown       
    

Hands On
            Begin making blocks X, Y, and Z

Homework (if class is split into two different days)
            Complete blocks W, X, Y, and Z


CLASS SESSION 2

Discuss 
            How to join blocks to make rows, how to join rows
                        Follow diagrams on pages 126–127

Hands On
            Begin joining blocks into rows and joining rows

Demonstrate 
            Making border units R and S (twin/wall) or T (queen) shown on page 125

Discuss 
            Joining units to make borders as shown on pages 126–127
            Discuss attaching borders in numbered sequence
                        Pin before sewing

Hands On
            Begin making border units

Homework
            Complete blocks, units, borders, and quilt


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