The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore invites you to see the amazing coverlet collection of Catherine K. Spence.
Dates: January 4, 2023 through February 25, 2023
The Fiber Arts Center is open Wednesday through Saturday 12:00-4:00 and is located at 7N 4th Street Denton, MD.
Dated coverlets in the collection range from the late 1830’s to 1850’s. Coverlets are woven bedcovers used as the topmost covering on a bed. The weaver worked on a loom to construct the textile itself one row at a time, and the pattern was woven in as part of the process. You will see beautiful overshot coverlets that were fashioned on weaving looms and are geometric in design incorporating a wide variety of stripe, square, diamond, medallion and other patterns.
You will also see double weave geometric, summer winter, and star work coverlets: and Jacquard coverlets. Come visit this beautiful textile display and be mesmerized by their beauty! The exhibit is free.
A partnership between Adkins Arboretum and the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore
Adkins Arboretum and the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore are partnering to offer a Yarnstorming exhibit from March 5th through April 2nd. Knitters and crocheters are invited to decorate an Arboretum tree with their creations.
To participate and select your tree, contact Assistant Director Jenny Houghton at jhoughton@adkinsarboretum.
Yarn art may be installed from Saturday, February 25 through Saturday, March 4th. Our operating hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. A reception for the event will be held on Sunday, March 12th from 2 to 4 p.m. All work must remain up through Sunday, April 2nd and be removed by 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 9th.
When planning your projects, please adhere to the following guidelines:
• For the health of our trees and wildlife, no glitter, wire, mesh, plastics, nails, or tacks!
• All work must be safely reachable by an 8’ ladder.
• Installations should be in trees only and not extend to surrounding shrubs.
Hutton Lancaster Legacy Quilt Class
Hutton Lancaster Legacy Quilt Class
Dates: Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3, March 31. This session is full.
A second session is now being offered May 5, June 3, July 7 and August 5, 2023. Contact instructor Kay Butler if you would like to sign up for the second session (410-829-5136).
Beginning in January, we will be teaching this wonderful 1846-1847 signature album quilt which was made originally by family members and friends of Benjamin and Susanna Hutton, a Quaker couple who lived in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The original quilt has 36 applique blocks and measures 100 inches x 104 inches. We will focus on completing 12 of those applique blocks and will learn the back basting method of hand applique.
The following are yardage requirements if you are planning to make the entire quilt. (If you would rather do a smaller sized quilt, please contact Kay Butler for yardage advice. 410-829-5136)
Background fabric(cream or white): 8 ½ yards including blocks and border
A wide assortment of fat quarters(turkey red prints, poison green prints were used in the original quilt. (You may use whatever color of fabric you wish! It’s your quilt! 18-20 fat quarters will get you off to a great start!)
DMC embroidery floss-red or black (some blocks have various embroidered stitches as noted on the pattern)
Backing: 10 yards
Border: 1 yard of red fabric for the half square triangle units
Class Supply List:
General sewing supplies:
Small applique pins
Sharp needles size 10(Richard Hemming or John James, or Bohin)
Matching red and green thread(100% cotton)
Small sharp scissors(embroidery)
Blue water soluble pen(can be purchased from Walmart)
Rotary cutter and mat (we have a couple also!)
Batting (low loft)
Students will need to purchase the Hutton Lancaster Legacy Quilt pattern. Cost: $60
Contact instructor Kay Butler if you have any other questions (410-829-5136).
Baltimore Country Cousins Class Again!
This is the fourth offering of this very popular and fun class. We will be focusing on the hand applique techniques to render four beautiful quilt blocks to make a wonderful quilted wall hanging/quilt. Each month we will construct a block and learn how to applique stems, flowers, circles and more. You will become quite adept at appliquing lovely designs! Contact instructor, Kay Butler for further questions: 410-829-5136 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor: Kay Butler
Location: Fiber Arts Center, 7 N 4th St., Denton, MD 21629 Cost: $60.00 Member, $75.00 Non Member
Dates: March 24, April 28, June 2 and June 30, 2023 Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Bal$more Country Cousin Fabric Requirements
Each block in the wallhanging/quilt is 16” square. We will be focusing on 4 blocks for this class and will feature a block each month.
Background: 2 yards of cream or white tone on tone prints Border: 1 1⁄2 yard
Green for stems and leaves: 4-5 fat quarters
I use five different greens in medium to dark values and ranging in color from yellow greens to dark hunter greens.
Red for flowers, hearts, and details: a couple of fat quarters or scraps. Yellow for flowers and details: a couple of fat quarters or scraps.
Blue for vases, flowers and details: a couple of fat quarters
Pink for flowers and details: a couple of fat quarters
Blue water soluble pen (you can find these in Walmart) Pencil
Embroidery fabric scissors
Applique Needles or Sharps #10
White quilting thread (we!ll use for basting)
Matching thread for leaves, flowers, basket, etc.
Optional: light box (I!ll have one available) Painters tape (I!ll be happy to share mine)
Fee for printed patterns: $10.00 (to be collected by the instructor in class);
You may wish to purchase on Amazon: Baltimore Country Cousin book by Susan McKelvey. Right now you can get it for about $6.75 used. Shipping will be about $3.50. You don!t have to purchase the
book but it is a great reference. We will be using 16 inch patterns that I will print for you. (The book features 12 inch blocks….)
Candy Dish Quilt Class
The amazing Lou Diefenderfer is back to teach a thoroughly modern circle wedge quilt class. This is a great beginner/intermediate class that will allow you to use up those wonderful fabric scraps to create a gorgeous one of a kind quilt project.
Date: April 22, 2023
Time: 9:0o am – 3:00 pm
Instructor: Lou Diefenderfer
Cost: Member $35.00/Non Member $45.00
CANDY DISH Quilt Size: 40”X60”
(Read all directions before starting.)
4 scrap pieces of fabric at least 6” square for small circles
Heat ‘n Bond Lite (you will need 4 – 6” squares)
Assorted scrap strips 2-1/2” wide for circles & binding (a Jelly Roll is ideal)
1-3/4 yards for background (should contrast with strips above)
2-2/3 yards for backing (requires piecing) or 1-1/3 yard wide fabric (no piecing)
Batting 48” X 68”
Thread (including mono poly or matching for applique)
Glue stickPrior to class: You will need to cut your 2-1/2” strips (width of fabric) if you did not purchase a Jelly Roll. You will need at least 30 strips.Instructions:Binding: Remove six (6) of the 2-1/2” strips from your Jelly Roll for binding (more if you plan to make your quilt bigger than the dimensions listed).Circle Centers: Iron Heat ‘n Bond to the wrong side of your four (4) – 6” squares of fabric and set aside for center circles. We will run these thru the AccuQuilt cutter.Wedges: Sew five (5) of the 2-1/2” strips together and press all seams in one direction. Sew another five (5) of the 2-1/2” strips together and press all seams in the opposite direction from the first set. Continue this until you have made nine (9) sets. Tape the template provided to the 6” X 12” ruler. Using rotary cutter & template/ruler cut a wedge matching up the markings on the template to your seams. Rotate template/ruler as you cut. You should be able to cut eight (8) wedges from each set of strips. You will need 21 wedges for each circle and 12 wedges for each half circle. (A total of 66 wedges for two (2) circles and two (2) half circles.)
Circles: Select two wedges that have opposite pressed seams. Matching seams sew the wedges together to make a wedge pair (like two pieces of pie), pressing seams to the right each time. Continue this step until you have 10 pairs. Sew one additional single wedge to pair number 10 (only once). Now sew all 21 wedges (9 pairs and 1 triple) together to make a circle continuing to press to the right. (Repeat this process if you plan to make two circles.)
Half Circles: Select two wedges that have opposite pressed seams. Matching seams sew the wedges together to make a wedge pair, pressing seams to the right each time. Continue this step until you have 6 pairs. Now sew all 12 wedges (6 pairs) together to make a half circle, continuing to press to the right. (Repeat this process if you plan to make two half circles.)
Sew a 1/4” stitch around the outside of each circle/half circle to keep fabric from stretching. Don’t do anything to the center of circle. With an iron, turn under the 1/4” that you have just sewn around the outside of each circle and half circle. Place your first wedged circle on your background where you it.
Putting it all together:
Use the AccuQuilt cutter to cut your four (4) Center Circles from the 6” squares that already have Heat ‘n Bond on them.
#1 Remove the paper from the Heat ‘n Bond on the first Center Circle and iron to the center of the first large circle that you have placed on your background.
# 2 Pin the first large circle about 1 inch from the outside circle edge. Now using the glue stick…. glue each wedge section to the background… continuing around the circle/half circle until the circle is glued to background. Using mono-poly or matching thread sew around circle to attach to the background.
Repeat steps #1 and #2 until you have all your circles/half circles sewn on your background.
Trim background to your desired size. Prepare for quilting
or for your long-arm quilter! I used my leftover wedges for a circle on the back. Sew your binding strips together on short ends to make a long strip; press seams open. Fold the strip with right sides out along the length and press. After
quilt has been quilted attached binding to your quilt using your preferred method.
Basic Sewing 101
Date: April 27, 2023
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Instructor: Priscilla Hodge
Cost: Member $20.00/Non Member $25.00
Objective:To develop basic machine sewing skills.
Class Description:Introduction to the wonderful world of sewing. Students will learn the basic parts of their sewing machines including how to thread their machine, wind a bobbin, change and insert a needle and change a presser foot.
Students will also review where their controls are for stitch type, stitch width and length, if applicable.
Students must come with a working sewing machine with a manual. A manual can be downloaded for most machines from the internet. Please do so before class.
Students will make a pillowcase. The pillowcase kits will be available at class for a nominal cost.
You will be buying enough to allow for normal shrinkage when prewashed and ironed before class.
7/8 yard for pillowcase body;
½ yard for pillowcase cuff &
1/8 yard for accent strip.
100% cotton fabrics should be 42-45 inches wide.
If you would like to make two pillowcases,please buy:
1 ½ yards for body of two pillowcases;
7/8 yard for pillowcase cuff;
¼ yard for pillowcases’ accent strips
PLEASE PREWASH and IRON your 100% woven Cotton fabric BEFORE class. Ask a salesperson in the fabric store for 100% woven cotton fabric. Quilting fabric is perfect as long as it is 100% cotton.
Please buy coordinating thread for pillowcase. None of the thread will show when finished. Prefer Gutterman Thread 100% cotton.
rotary cutter with sharp blade
6 x 24 inch clear ruler, if you have one
80/12 Universal Schmetz needle pack or 80/12 needle that works in your sewing machine.
Sunflower Applique Quilt Class
Create your own beautiful quilt heirloom! THIS CLASS IS FULL.
The original sunflower quilt was made by Caroline M. Carpenter in 1865 who was from Northfield, Vermont. Many years later it was donated to the Shelburne Museum and is often times displayed there for the viewing public. Hoopla Patterns has patterned this beautiful treasure. The Fiber Arts Center has acquired permission to teach this fabulous quilt. The original was for a poster bed but we will be teaching this to fit a 78” x 84” quilt. Patterns need to be purchased from instructor Kay Butler.
Dates: May 12th andJune 9th2023
Cost: $40(members); $55 (nonmembers)
Instructor: Kay Butler
6 Yards for Background Fabric and binding
5 yards of leaf fabric for stalks, stems and leaves (We will be cutting stems and stalks first)
1 ¾ yards for yellow fabric (Or you can use a variety of 7-8 yellow fat quarters)
2/3 yards for flower centers (I used 4-5 different brown fat quarters)
2 ½ yards of quilt backing fabric(108 inch wide or 4 ½ yards of 45 inch width fabric
90 inch X 90 inch cotton batting
Your fabrics mentioned above which should be prewashed before class
Matching cotton thread
Needles: Richard Hemming Sharps #10 or Bohin Sharps #10 or John James Sharps #10
Small embroidery scissors
Blue water soluble pen (You can purchase these at Walmart)
Optional: light box (I will have one available but you might have to share)
Small applique pins
Rotary cutter/mat/Olfa ruler to cut your background (we also have a couple at the Fiber Arts Center)
Lots of enthusiasm!
Cost of pattern: $20
We will be focusing on the back basting method of hand applique to render this amazing quilt. Sign ups for this class have already begun, so contact Kay Butler at 410-829-5136 for questions, payment and to get your name on the class roster!
Paper Piecing Starburst Wallhanging Class
Dates: Wednesdays, May 17 and June 14, 2023
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Cost: $30 member/ $40 non member
Instructor: Priscilla Hodge
Please call Kay Butler to sign up at 410/829-5136
Friday, May 19, 12-2:00pm
Instructor: Victoria McConnell
Cost: $25.00 members/ $35.00 non members
Kit Fee: $15.00
Learn the basic needlepoint stitches in this super fun and easy fiber art and make yourself or as a gift, a beautiful pin cushion.
Please call Victoria McConnell at 410/253-9716 to sign up for this class.