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Course Title
The Art of Quilting


Quilts today are fashionable and sought-after decor and a recognized art form. Small quilts are used as wall hangings while larger quilts as wall murals in designer homes.  Increase your overall understanding of quilting terms and processes as you build your quilting skills.  Traditional as well as contemporary approaches to quilting will be explored.  Beginning students will finish one quilt block, which can then be turned into a pillow, a quillow (quilt in a pillow), a small wall hanging or the beginning of a larger quilt.  Work will be done by hand and on college-provided sewing machines.  Beginners and experienced quilters are welcome!


  • Identify patchwork, appliqué and several patchwork patterns.
  • Recognize the difference among beginning, average and museum quality quilting.
  • Choose the appropriate materials for your class project.


1. Introduction

  • Quilt terms
  • Supply list
  • Selecting a 16 patch
  • Determining size of project

-  options:  pillow, quillow, wall hanging, quilt 

2.      Understanding the Math

  • Making the template

           -Folded paper to graph paper:  drafting squares and triangles

  • Speed cutting

          -Rotary cutting safety        

3.      Setting up the sewing machine

  • ¼ inch seam allowance
  • Sewing order
  • Pressing
  • Demo:  instruction of  hand piecing

 4.      Batting

  • Batting choices
  • Making a quilt sandwich
  • Quilting the block

           -Stencils and marking tools

           -Stitch in the ditch

           -Machine quilting

5.    Appliqué

  • Fusible web
  • Hand appliqué

 6.      Quilt Care

  • Storage
  • Cleaning
  • Labels



Method of Instruction

Lecture and hands-on.  Making a quilt block and quilting a block


  • Exam:  No 
  • Demonstration of Skills:  Yes
  • Class Participation:  Yes