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09/17 - Collage Quilting with Cathy Miller - Saturday 9/17 10am-4pm

I am so excited to be teaching this class for you.   If this is your first class, I suggest that you start with one of the smaller Laura Heine patterns such as the Teeny Tiny patterns.   These are the perfect sizes for beginner.  I don’t recommend the Whatever size ones as you don’t get the same learning options as you do in the next size up.  It can be overwhelming sometimes if you start with one of the larger ones.  The Teeny Tiny patterns allow you to get an idea of whether you like the process. A side perk is that you get 3 for the price of one.  As with most quilts, it can be a huge time and financial investment.  If you select a smaller pattern, the investment in both will be less if you don’t like this method.   I’m not saying you can’t select a more difficult one just that you will be more familiar with the process if you start with a smaller one.


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Requirements: The supply list will be emailed prior to the class

Pattern: Choose one of the Laura Heine Teeny Tiny patterns. Please let me know ahead of time what pattern you plan to do. You can email or text me. (pattern is NOT included in price of class)

1. Obtain the supplies on the back of the pattern with this exception - if your selected pattern (usually an older one) calls for VOILE, please purchase PATTERN EASE instead. I also prefer to cut my pattern ease 1"-2" larger than the pattern calls for
2. Fusible - I use Lite Steam A Seam 2. If you have the regular SAS, it will work too. The pattern calls for Steam-A-Seam 2 but I have always used Lite Steam-A-Seam 2. Both work fine. Iron your fabrics before placing on the Steam-A-Seam

3. Tweezers
4. Scorer - you can use a pin but I use a stronger needle like an embroidery needle.
5. Good scissors - I prefer the Kay Buckley scissors
6. Alcohol prep pads - I get them by the box on Amazon but I'm sure you can get them at CVS and/or Walgreens. You will need them to clean your scissors every now and then. If you have something else you use to clean your scissors, that's fine too. I will have some there to use as well so don't feel like you HAVE to have them.
7. Divided Styrofoam paper platters - available at Dollar Store and Walmart. I would get at least 8. We will use these for organizing the process.
9. Parchment Paper - I will explain in class
10. Pool noodle - for transporting your project when you leave the class. Not required but sure does make it easy.
11. 3-4 Bounce (or any brand) dryer sheets
12. Zip bags (you can use the regular kitchen ones but I buy mine in bulk from Amazon in miscellaneous sizes). Either will work.
13. Depending on your pattern, you may want to collect some selvages.
14. Thin Sharpie and pencil.
15. You may want to have an iron and ironing mat at your sewing station. Not required.
16. If you are doing one of the patterns that calls for a Goddess Applique Sheet, I prefer to use the Fusamat. Make sure the one you have is large enough to cover the entire pattern. If you are making one of the Teeny Tiny patterns, the 20" x 20" is great.

1 - Pre-cut some flowers and motifs ahead of time. Rough cut flowers, place on sticky side of SAS, place cover sheet back on it, iron, remove cover sheet and detail cut. You may leave some of the background around the motif just in case you need it. You can make things smaller but can never add to. If you prefer to wait until class, that is fine.
2 - Do not draw your pattern ahead of time onto the Pattern Ease. We will do this in class. Make sure to bring your pencil.
3 - When you cut your Pattern Ease, cut it a couple of inches larger than pattern calls for.
4 - If you get nothing done prior to class, THAT IS FINE. Just bring supplies and a smile!

You will need LOTS of different fabrics depending on your taste. FYI - I have always used more pieces than she lists on the patterns. If you bought a kit, you will most likely have plenty but may want to use some random ones you have in your stash.

If your pattern calls for "underlays", these are fabrics that carry a color throughout a design in the background. Have some available if you plan to use them. Some people prefer to just completely collage the pattern. Pitfall of this is that EVERY piece of Pattern Ease will need to be covered - no holes. I can help you with that.

I always hide my name and year in my collages. I will explain how to do this during class. If you would like to do this, you will need some alphabet letters and some numbers (small).

You will need flowers/motifs in various sizes. Don't forget to look for things you might want to use for any eyes. Half flowers and flowers on the selvages are usable too so don't throw them away.

We will have a group discussion at the beginning of class to explain a several things that will help you avoid some pitfalls.

MOST IMPORTANTLY - THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG. IT IS YOUR QUILT! You do not have to follow the pattern EXACTLY. It is a work of art reflecting your creativity! Enjoy it!

You can call or text me with ANY questions at 214.796.0447. I don't mind at all. I also have a Facebook page called BECAUSE SHE SAID SEW that has some pictures of collages in the threads (and photos) from classes that I've taught that may give you some ideas plus it has other sewing information on it. It is a closed group so you will need to ask to join and answer a couple of questions.

I am looking forward to this class and please do not stress about any of it. We will work it all out and hopefully you will feel very comfortable with your ability to complete it when we leave. Just FYI, I have never had a student finish one in a class. These are not WEEKEND quilts. BUT - you will feel comfortable that you can complete it when you leave.
Instructor: Cathy Miller
Instructor Bio: Instructor - Cathy Miller ***** FB Page - BECAUSE SHE SAID SEW ***** 214.796.0447

Cathy has been teaching since February 2016. Her love of quilting began in 2014. She had recently retired and was driven by the desire to make her daughter a quilt for college graduation and the fear of not having anything to do after retirement. It snowballed from there. She bought her first machine in 2002 but was never able to use it due to work. After her kids were grown, she bought an updated machine in 2014 and took every class available to her. She is also an avid YouTube-er and reader and loves learning new things and has now made well over 150 quilts. She has since converted two rooms in her home to sewing rooms, has a stash that will rival any quilt store, strives to sew every day and loves everything about quilting. She thoroughly enjoys teaching and says she always learns something from her students.

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