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What Makes a Quilt, a Quilt?

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It is difficult to find a comparable term when referring to a quilt.  It is not a blanket, or a bedspread, nor a duvet or comforter.

A quilt consists of two or more layers of single woven cloth, usually 100% cotton, with batting or cushioning in the middle. Batting can be made of natural fiber such as cotton, bamboo, even goose down, or it can be synthetic. The layers are artfully stitched together throughout the entire span of the fabrics with 100% 50 wt. cotton thread.

Quilt Layers

Quilts consist of three layers.

Traditionally, the top layer is created by sewing together several fabric “blocks” composed of pieced cloth designs, while the quilt’s back layer is typically made from a large piece of complimentary cloth.  Binding is added to the perimeter of the quilt after all three layers are sewn together.

 

Of course, quilting was invented eons ago to pull leftover fabric scraps together into something utilitarian.  And God bless the industrious individual who came up with the idea!  The craft has become increasingly popular through the ages, but now we create our own “scraps” for each project.  Whether the material is gathered from multiple fabric mixes like t-shirts and corduroy, or selected from designer bolts of quality cotton material, quilting is most definitely alive and well.

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Traditional quilts are tried, true and familiar.  These designs have been around for hundreds of years, and have names such as Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps, Nine-Patch, Dresden Plate.  There are thousands of these traditional patterns, and they are based on blocks and a grid.

Simple or complex, traditional quilt design is symmetrical, being made up of many repetitions of the same block in orderly rows. These are frequently combined with uniform sashing between individual blocks and/or borders all around.

Traditional quilt patterns are the standard, still made and loved today, by our mothers, grandmothers—and their grandmothers before them.

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Modern quilt designs began to gain notoriety in the last half of the twentieth century and have enjoyed an additional boost during the past several years.

They differ from traditional quilts in many ways. Where traditional quilts are created by a set of rules using a grid of repeating symmetric design blocks, sashing, borders, and simple quilting,  modern quilts go off the grid and use asymmetry, minimalist designs, and more improvisational arrangements of blocks and settings.

Emphasis is placed on negative space rather than filling the entire quilt with designated block designs. They may feature bold colors, off-center motifs and graphic designs that give high-contrast pop.

Both are inspirational pieces.  Quilting is an art form.  Some express it in nostalgic, traditional designs handed down from generation to generation.  Others see the cloth as a canvas where imaginative art can be expressed.  Knowing that both are constructed similarly through layers of woven cloth, batting and patience forms a kinship that is interesting and enjoyable.

 

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Hats Off to Baby Lock Kids Camp (Week One)

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Get creative with headwear this year during Baby Lock’s annual Kids Camp! Kids ages 8 -12 are welcome to sign-up for Hats Off to Baby Lock.  This camp focuses on making five hats:

  • Bucket hat
  • Terry cloth wrap
  • Knit/Plush cap
  • Headwrap
  • Turban appropriate for medical hair loss

Kids will learn how to use a sewing machine, work with several different materials, and learn new sewing techniques. No prior sewing experience is required!

Cost is $175 and covers all five days and all materials. Kids do not need to bring anything with them to camp. ?

Class dates are May 30 – June 3, 2017, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Snacking with Baby Lock Kids Camp (Week Two)

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Prep for snack time this year during Baby Lock’s annual Kids Camp! Kids ages 8 -12 are welcome to sign-up for Snacking with Baby Lock.  This camp focuses on making five snacking items:

  •  Oven mitt
  • Placemat
  • Baked potato bag
  • Tortilla warmer
  • Soup bowl holder

Kids will learn how to use a sewing machine, work with several different materials, and learn new sewing techniques. No prior sewing experience is required!

Cost is $175 and covers all five days and all materials. Kids do not need to bring anything with them to camp. ?

Class dates are June 6 – June 10, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day.

Travel In Style Kids Camp (Week Three)

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Get ready to travel in style this year during Baby Lock’s annual Kids Camp! Kids ages 8 -12 are welcome to sign-up for Travel In Style sewing camp.  This camp focuses on making five travel items:

  • Jewelry pouch
  • Cross body bag
  • Appliqued shoe bag
  • Cosmetic bag
  • Zippered pouch

Kids will learn how to use a sewing machine, work with several different materials, and learn new sewing techniques. No prior sewing experience is required!

Cost is $175 and covers all five days and all materials. Kids do not need to bring anything with them to camp. ?

Class dates are June 13 – June 17, 2017, from  12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

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Open Sew at Let's Sew

Open Sew is every other Thursday morning at Let’s Sew, from 9 a.m. to noon. We’ll be happy to help you with small questions during Open Sew.
For more in-depth help, private lessons are also available for $65 an hour.

We have sewing machines in our classroom but they are limited, so please call ahead to reserve your spot for Open Sew. Or you may bring your own machine. Please either call or visit the store from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (CST, Tuesday – Saturday) to ask questions or sign up.

Cost is $25 per person.

Note: Our store is a FRAGRANCE-FREE ZONE. Please be courteous of other students and staff when attending class and do not use fragrances. Thank you!

Wednesdays
Serger Owner’s Classes

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When you purchase a serger (or any machine!) at Let’s Sew, owner’s classes are included with your purchase for free.

We understand that machines have changed a lot in the past few years or that you may have never sewn on a serger. That’s why when you purchase your new Baby Lock serger at our shop, we include owner’s classes on how to use it for free.

Machine Owners Classes Cover the Basics

We will go over all the basics of your new serger and teach you how to use all of its functions. Once you have taken your owner’s class, you may take it again anytime. There is no limit on how many times you may take these complimentary classes.

All machine owners classes are by appointment on the suggested day (Wednesday for serger machine owner’s classes) and are dependent on staff availability and/or other regularly scheduled classes. Some machines may have more than one owner’s class available.

Here is a listing of all Baby Lock serger machines we have sold or currently sell at Let’s Sew.

  • Proline
  • Cover Stitch
  • Lauren
  • Diana
  • Imagine
  • Eclipse CX
  • Enlighten
  • Ovation
  • Evolution
  • Triumph

You can schedule your serger machine owner’s class when you purchase your machine at our store. If you would like to wait, please stop in-store or call to schedule your class.

Thursdays
Embroidery Machine Owner’s Classes

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Machine owners classes are free when you purchase a Baby Lock sewing machine at Let’s Sew.

We understand that machines have changed a lot in the past few years or that you may have never sewn on a machine. That’s why when you purchase your new Baby Lock sewing machine at our shop, we include owners classes on your machine for free.

Machine Owners Classes Cover the Basics

We will go over all the basics of your new machine and teach you how to use its functions. Once you have taken your owners class, you may take it again anytime. There is no limit on how many times you take these complimentary classes.

All machine owners classes are by appointment on the suggested day (Thursday for machine embroidery owners classes) and dependent on staff availability and/or other regularly scheduled classes. Some machines may have more than one owners class available.

Here is a listing of all Baby Lock embroidery machines we have sold or currently sell at Let’s Sew.

  • Enterprise
  • Endurance 2
  • Alliance
  • Destiny and Destiny 2
  • Unity
  • Journey
  • Accord
  • Aventura and Aventura 2
  • Flourish and Flourish 2
  • Sofia 2
  • Spirit
  • Valiant
  • Verve
  • Intrepid

You can schedule your machine embroidery owners classes when you purchase your machine at our store. If you would like to wait, please stop in-store or call to schedule your class.

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