Susan K. Cleveland

www.piecesbewithyou.com

My enthusiasm for quilting is said to be contagious! In classes, I work toward keeping an upbeat setting, providing well-written instructions, and attending to each student with personalized coaching. My quilts have received many awards in international competitions since 1997.  With unique designs I’m thrilled to include charming, unexpected elements such as specialty threads, prairie points, piping, and great binding techniques. I invented the Groovin’ Piping Trimming Tool which is used to trim piping seam allowances and the Prairie Pointer pressing tool. In 2010 I was delighted to be named Minnesota Quilter of the Yea

  105. Simple Quilting with Style: Alternatives to Free-motion Quilting – All Levels – 3 hours (Lecture/Demonstration)
Friday:  9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  

With lively projected demos you’ll learn to prepare a quilt top for a successful finish; discover secrets of ditch quilting; learn when and how to mark or not mark a quilt; study stitching with heavy threads; get excited about big stitch hand quilting, bobbin quilting and couched quilting. These skills empower those whose free-motion skills are less than stellar but may be combined with free-motion quilting as well. Quilt your quilts with style and techniques you enjoy the most!

Hand Quilting with perle cotton  (big stitch & lazy daisies)    Machine quilting with heavy thread

 Supply List:

paper and pen

(handouts provided by instructor)

120. Piping Hot Binding – All Levels – 6 Hours
Friday: 2 to 5 p.m. + Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m

  Piped bindings add spark and a professional finish to any style piece. Every detail of binding and tiny perfect piping will be covered in class with step-by-step demos and printed instructions. Machine differences will be addressed so students will be successful with their own machines. Students work on their practice piece to achieve making perfect piping, preparing the quilt, applying piping, applying binding, mitering corners, joining tails, and finishing for a show-quality back. Variations will be on display and discussed. Many major award-winners are using this technique to achieve stunning results!

Supply List:

Fabric/thread requirements:

  • 13” x 13” fabric for quilt top, may be a cheater block … Please starch & press before class.
  • 14” x 14” fabric for backing … Please starch and press before class.
  • 14” x 14” thin cotton batting
  • 1-1/4” (1.25”) bias strips adding up to at least 70” for piping … High contrast to quilt top and binding … If cutting bias is new to you, wait for class
  • 2-1/2” (2.5”) straight of grain strips adding up to at least 70” for binding … May be same as quilt top.
  • NOTE: There’s no need to splice piping or binding strips before class. Susan has some tips to share!
  • 60” of 1/16” cording for piping will be provided free of charge.
  • 2 filled bobbins of different threads. One should contrast with quilt backing.
  • Thread to coordinate with piping fabric but with a little contrast so it can be seen on piping fabric.
  • Thread to coordinate with binding fabric.

Supplies/tools:

  • Piping Hot Binding kit is an optional purchase available in class for $20. Piping Hot Binding kit includes a booklet, Groovin’ Piping Trimming Tool, and 5 yds. cording. It does NOT contain fabric.
  • Sewing machine, fresh needle, bobbin, bed extension (if you have one), sewing               machine manual. A machine with adjustable needle positions is desirable.
  • Extension cord and surge protector
  • Walking (or even-feed) foot, if you have one.
  • Foot with a small groove or grooves in the bottom from toe to heel (highly recommended) for making piping.

OR zipper foot. These are some that might work: mini piping foot, pearl/bead foot-2mm, pintuck foot, corded buttonhole foot, satin stitch applique foot. Pfaff: narrow piping foot, Bernina: foot #23 or #3, Viking: foot C or mini piping foot, Janome: small beading foot, Baby Lock: mini piping foot, Elna: pearl/bead foot-2mm. Please choose a foot specific for your machine.

  • Open-toe foot … important
  • Rotary cutting mat…at least 18”and cutter (may be shared)
  • 6” ruler or other small ruler
  • Small scissors
  • Pins
  • Seam ripper, stiletto (optional)
  • Post-it note pad (about 10 sheets of any size as a guide on the machine)
  • Painter’s tape, blue (any width)
  • Pencil or marker to show up on quilt top (does not need to be removable)
  • Pencil for note taking
  • Bag for scraps/threads
  • extension cord and surge protector

Students may wish to quilt layers prior to class but quilting is not required. This is a sample piece, not a masterpiece! On a real project the quilt would be quilted before applying piping/binding but it’s OK to skip this for class. Simple is fine. Don’t square up piece or trim away extra batting and backing before class, please.

Questions?  Contact Susan at:  Susan.QuiltOn@gmail.com

 211. Precision & Panache – All Levels – 3 Hours (Lecture/Demo)
Saturday:  2 to 5 p.m.

                

Via live (and lively) projected demos, learn to add eye-catching details to quilts and increase accuracy -– precision piecing, decorative threads (for quilting and applique), piping in seams, fancy prairie points, embellishing, skinny borders, and helpful tools. Lots of quilts will be displayed showcasing these fantastic techniques. (Some of these are award winners from major international quilt shows.)

Supply List:

paper and pen

(handouts provided by instructor) 

303. Quilting Bindings: Simple to Spectacular – All Levels – 3 Hours (Lecture/Demo)
S
unday:  9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

With lively projected demos every detail of a quality finish will be covered including some revolutionary ideas! I’ll cover preparing and squaring the quilt, making nice miters, joining tails (my special technique), and finishing for a show-quality back. Options such as an all-machine finish and odd angled corners will be shown as well. Things will then get wild with my Piping Hot Binding technique and lots of variations such as double-piping; embellished piping; invisible binding with piping; and, drum roll, please, my brand new calligraphic binding from my 2016 show quilt.  Give your quilts the fabulous finishes they deserve!

 Piping Hot Binding (with & without prairie points)

    

Calligraphic Binding with quilting

Supply List:

paper and pen

(handouts provided by instructor)