Class Details for Sunflowers At Dawn

Number of Lessons: 3
Price: US$ 30.00
Tutor: Ruth Blanchet
Start Date: 26 May 2017
(registration closing soon)

Weeks Open: 5.5

Features in This Workshop

  • A scheduled class
  • One-to-one Teacher guidance & help for questions and answers
  • Downloadable class information
  • Text, Images and some videos
  • Includes Templates

This three lesson online workshop will teach you all you need to know to make this beautiful sunflower project. Learn how to select the right fabrics, place them accordingly, piece and applique them correctly and then quilt your project using echo quilting or straight stitch if you prefer.

  • In lesson one: you select your fabrics and piece the background together including borders to create a window frame effect.
  • In lesson two: you learn how to make bias binding stems for your sunflowers, discover fusible webbing and how to use it correctly, cut and adhere sunflower appliques with ease and learn the art of blanket stitch applique. 
  • In lesson three: you add some shading effects to your stems, discover free-motion techniques and echo quilting, then add hanging tabs and label to complete the project.

This workshop is good for beginners who have some experience with piecing and applique although full details on how to do these techniques are included in the class. If any technique becomes overwhelming to complete, suitable alternatives are offered so even if you have no experience you should be able to complete the course successfully. 

The quilt size is approximately 30" x 35", but also included are instructions to double that size. If you want to vary the size with different borders, Ruth can help you do that too.

Supplies and Outline

Small Quilt Reguirements:

  • Scraps of fabric from as small as 1 1/2" square to 9 1/2" x 3" in shades from light to dark for background blocks. (in the original I used beige to green, more recent project I used blue shades, both look great)
  • TWO 1" x full width strips of light fabric for first border
  • TWO 1" x full width strips of medium/dark fabric for first border
  • 24" x full width medium/dark color for second border
  • 20" x full width dark green for stems and leaves (use several greens if desired)
  • An assortment of yellow fabrics for petals from very pale to rich bright yellows
  • 4" x full width dark brown for flower centers
  • 20" fusible webbing (yard wide)
  • 32" x 36" batting
  • 32" x 36" backing

Large Quilt Requirements:

  • Scraps of fabric from as small as 2 1/2" square to 5 1/2" x 18 1/2" in shades from light to dark for background blocks.
  • THREE 1 1/2" x full width strips of light fabric for first border
  • THREE 1 1/2" x full width strips of medium/dark fabric for first border
  • 1 2/3yd x full width medium/dark color for second border
  • 1 yd x full width dark green for stems and leaves (use several greens if desired)
  • An assortment of yellow fabrics for petals from very pale to rich bright yellows
  • 1/4 yd x full width dark brown for flower centers
  • 1 yd fusible webbing (yard wide)
  • 62" x 72" batting
  • 3 1/2yd backing fabric - cut in half then joined along selvage

Note: Extra borders may be added if desired - these are not allowed for in requirements

General Requirements:

  • Machine embroidery threads in green and yellow for applique
  • Thread for piecing and quilting
  • Baking paper or teflon sheet
  • 1/4" Bias Bar or bias tape maker (optional)
  • Sewing machine and accessories
  • General quilting tools such as rotary cutter, mats, rulers, pins, safety pins, etc