Bargello Class June 20, 27

Bargello Class

Tuesday, June 20 and 27
1-4 pm  $85

Price includes book, precut fabric strips, instruction, free open sewing on Thursdays to finish project as needed.
Learn the bargello technique by making a runner, then expand this technique and make throws or quilts.  This class includes the bargello book with many different patterns for throws and quilts.
The colors are red/green/gold/black.  Perfect for fall and the holidays.  A bargello is simply strip pieced in two different directions.  The first set of precut fabrics is sewed together into a strip set.  This strip set is cut again crosswise using different sizes of cuts, a 2 inch cut, 1.5 inch, 1.0 inch, etc.  Sewing the various sized strips together creates the bargello pattern.  This class is suitable for confident beginners with knowledge of rotary cutting. 
   Call 941-330-0993 for a seat.  The runner colors can be seen on FaceBook (FB:  Alma Sue's Quilt Shop)

Also on FB I have been posting the quilt patterns and instructions as printed in the Kansas City Star newspaper from 1928-1961.  I was fortunate to obtain a set of 10 volumes with all the patterns and designs published by the KC Star.  These are bound photocopies of the actual newspaper sections carefully clipped and saved by our grandmothers and mothers.  The depression era was probably the most prolific period of quilt making.  It's understandable when one considers the time frame.  The depression years, no TV, no internet, little disposable income, free fabric prints from chicken feed sacks, background white muslin from the sugar and flour sacks.  The ladies occupied themselves with cutting up fabric and making this week's quilt pattern.  Often the top was laid away because next week here comes a new pattern to make.  The ladies either didn't know how or didn't have the money to buy the batting to finish the quilt.  In the last 15 years we have finished more tops from the depression era than from any other.  Many families inherited not one or two but a stack of one or more dozens of tops.  The highest number we finished for one family was 22 tops made by an aunt, mother, and grandmother during the 1930s.  At one time these tops and quilts were readily available at yard sales and thrift shops for $1 to $5.  For the quilts that were finished and used, many now need re-binding or repair.  This is also the era from which the largest number of pieces come into the shop for repair or restoration.  Sunbonnet Sue and Grandmothers Flower patterns are the most frequent ones that come in for repair.  Fortunately most of the fabric from this era has been reprinted from the actual screens, so it is quite easy to match the fabric that needs to be replaced.  We also have a large stash of actual vintage fabric from the 1800's to the depression era.  Whenever bags of fabric are donated from a deceased quilter, we go through the fabric, salvage the vintage pieces for repair and send the remainder on to a variety of churches who make quilts and items for the needy here in the USA and overseas.  

Work orders for Christmas are CLOSED.  The only items we are taking in right now are for long arm quilting and binding.  We have at least one years work in the bins.  Need a t-shirt quilt done?  We can refer you to another place, or we can help step you through the process on a Thursday Open Sewing day.  Here are some tips for doing a t-shirt quilt:
1.  The memory is the t-shirt itself.  So there is no need to try and turn the shirts into a fancy quilt pattern like boxes, attic windows, etc.  For variety, think of using novelty fabrics in turn with the theme of the particular shirt, or of the overall group of shirts.  For example, a quilt we did for an IMG tennis player was sashed and bordered with tennis balls, Wimbledon fabric, tennis racquets, etc.  Use the novelty fabric to widen or lengthen a shirt as needed to fit the rows.  Another quilt made for a youth with shirts from the church mission projects used fabric with construction images like hammers, pliers, nails, etc.  Some people want a color scheme of the school from which they are graduating, some want the color of the college they plan to attend.  Don't hesitate to add photos, sometimes we get a photo with the young lad wearing the shirt in the quilt.  Another time we made a quilt from a sculler's t shirts.  A photo of his team was in the newspaper as they won the state meet at Benderson Park.  We transferred the newspaper clipping to photo fabric and appliqued the photo onto his quilt.  It's the attention to personal details that is more meaningful than a fancy pattern.
1.  Interfacing.  Can't say enough about the interfacing used to stabilize the shirts.  No, that stretchy knit fusible interfacing the local chain store wants to sell you for 5.99/yd is not what you need.  Why try to stabilize a knit with a knit?  There is also a fusible stabilizer out there that is thick and has a rubber tire tread.  Not what  you want for t-shirts.  Use these and your quilt is become a stiff, heavy rug.  But if you want a wall hanging or rug, then go ahead and use one of these.  We like to use an ultralite fusible stabilizer, the one with little fusible dots on a thin webbing NON-WOVEN, made by a variety of vendors Pellon, Bosal, etc.  This does a good job of stabilizing, keeps the shirts flexible with drape, keeps the quilt light and is inexpensive, probably runs from 2.50-3.50/yard.
3.  Batting.  We like to use the Tuscany poly batting with some loft.  That keeps the overall quilt light and soft to wrap up in.  Hobbs heirloom blend is ok and drapes moderately well but gives a final heavier quilt.  
4.  Quilting.  We prefer to stick to quilting in the sashing and borders.  Some of the rubberized t-shirts are difficult to stitch through.  Stitching in the ditch along the borders and sashing is just fine.  Save your fancy patterns for another quilt.  The object of this quilt is the memory of the images on the t-shirt.

Thank you for all the thoughts, flowers, cards, and sentiments surrounding Jacob's death.  He was a unique person.  Never heard a complaint, or a word of gossip, or criticism about anyone, always found that little nugget of good in everyone and always had a friendly smile.  We will miss him.