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2023 - 06/02-06/03 - Intermediate Judy Niemeyer Quiltworx Paper Piecing with Michael Davison

VINTAGE COMPASS is a super fun 62" x 62" wall or lap quilt. It is an advanced beginner/intermediate Judy Niemeyer foundation paper piecing project that builds on all basic Judy Niemeyer Quiltworx techniques and skills. A very confident beginner could complete this project as well.
We will practice Judy's organizational methods and spend time preparing our foundation papers and layout sheets. The central Mariner's compass style star center focuses on all sizes of straight seams, while the whimsically paper pieced border gives you the chance to practice sewing gently curved seams. This 2-Day workshop will get you well on your way towards completing your Vintage Compass!


Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: Have taken the Beginner Judy Niemeyer class or had previous experience with Quiltworx techniques or paper piecing.
Requirements: The supply list will be emailed prior to class.

PATTERN: $30 (this is a discounted price for the workshop). I will bring the patterns to the workshop
Fabrics to bring to class:
See the photo under the description for layout and fabric requirements
(note: Michael recommends using Quiltster to help "color" your Vintage Compass project and print the project out using the "By Block" option. This will tell your exactly how to cut your fabric strips prior to class. If you do not have Quiltster, e-mail Michael after you have registered for the class for a free 30-day account code (

Supplies and Equipment to bring to class:
- Sewing Machine equipped with Microtex Sharp Needle (size 70/10 or 80/12)
- 50wt or 60wt thread
- Basic Sewing Supplies (scissors, pins, seam ripper, etc.)
- Rotary Cutter (60mm is best for pattern prep, 45mm for paper piecing)
- Cutting Mat (24" x 36") for cutting out pattern pieces, foundation papers, and preparing fabric strips. A (12" x 18") is a great size after cutting out pattern pieces and fabric, to have next to your sewing area -OR- you can continue to use the big one as your only cutting mat for the entire workshop underneath and to the side of your sewing machine if you like.
- Straight Rulers (6" x 24"), (3" x 18"), and any other small straight rulers you like.
- Curved Ruler (nice to have but not required). For cutting curved pattern pieces.
- Small Iron
- Pressing Surface
- Acorn Easy Press Starch Pen with Starch
- Repositionable or Restickable Glue Sticks (Scotch/3M makes these)
- Fabric Glue Pen with Refills (Fons & Porter or Sewline brands recommended)
- Washable Glue Stick (UHU stic or Elmer's Washable School Glue stick are best)
- Add-A-Quarter Ruler (12" recommended, but you might want 18" and 6" too)
- Jumbo Paper Clips (get the regular smooth metal jumbo kind)
- Standard Size Stapler
- Large Ziploc (or any brand) Freezer Bags - Gallon Size or larger
- Pencil/Pen
- Highlighter
- 3-Ringer Binder with Sheet Protectors
- Black Sharpie
- Plastic Fold Templates - make these from Template Plastic (3-inch by 6", 12", 18")
- Clorox or any brand wipes to clean glue from tools and presser foot (nice to have)
- Small Curved Embroidery Scissors (nice to have but not required)
- Purple Thang or Stiletto (nice to have but not required)
- Scotch Tape or Nexcare Clear Flexible Tape (nice to have but not required)
- Light Table (very nice to have during certain steps, but not required)
Instructor: Michael Davison
Instructor Bio: Michael started quilting in 1999 and has been involved in all facets of the quilting industry from piecing to longarm quilting to fabric dyeing to ruler manufacturing to fabric sales repping to teaching. Known most for his own line of acrylic quilting rulers, the invention of the Longarm Line Minder, and his YouTube quilting tutorials, Michael also runs an online shop and website when he is not quilting for customers and teaching. Michael is a Judy Niemeyer Quiltworx Certified Instructor in training and spends lots of time flying back and forth to Montana to work with Judy. Visit his website for more info.
CLASS FEE: $90 (both days combined) + $30 pattern (discounted price for this class)

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.