Learn About Old Quilts, and Use “Old” Techniques on New Ones

Madge Ziegler is back for MAQ 2015 teaching three classes, which give non-sewing-machine-lugging options for MAQ attendees to take:

Friday July 10  This Old(?) Quilt Study Practice Day

Saturday July 11 Big Stitch and Tidy Tie: Finish Those Quilt Tops!

Sunday July 12 Hand Quilting (Learn or Improve)

I asked Madge to share a few more photos and explain more about what participants can expect to learn in her classes.

Here are Madge’s responses:

This is my sixth year teaching at MAQ. What fun to see familiar friends and students! All my classes this year are handwork and informative as well as fun.

1. Friday July 10:  This Old(?) Quilt Study Practice Day

Do you have a quilt that looks like this? Or would you like to make sure none of your quilts wind up like this?

“This Old Quilt Study Practice Day” allows me to share the knowledge and techniques I have amassed in more than 35 years of collecting and studying vintage and antique quilts. As a member of the American Quilt Study Group, I have attended Seminar for many years and always enjoy seeing  up-to-date research and sharing. Sharing is really what this class is about. Please bring quilts, block, or tops for us to examine and assess as to condition, technique, fabric, and possibilities for repair, restoration or conservation. Want to know how to clean, store, and perhaps fix your quilts? Bring them. Have an old top or group of blocks you want to finish? Bring them. Bring your camera, too. No quilt is too ratty, too stained or too new for us to look at and discuss. You will also have the opportunity to practice some techniques on the class kit sample. Don’t have any items to bring? Come and learn and be inspired by all you see.

Learn about the products for repair, conservation and cleaning.

Use your restored quilts to display and enjoy!

2. Saturday July 11:  Big Stitch and Tidy Tie: Finish Those Quilt Tops!

I am very pleased to teach this class at MAQ. Big Stitch has become the “go to” hand quilting stitch for Modern Quilts. It adds both “texture” and “line,” creating designs that fill and emphasize the negative space. It uses thick threads such as perle cotton, which add a little sheen to the quilting. Big Stitch also appears on utility quilts from the first half of the 20th century, when thick cotton batting was popular, so it has a use on traditional quilts as well as Modern Quilts. Is there a type of quilt that lends itself to Big Stitch? You want to have a quilt that would show the pattern and line of the stitches and not hide them in a jazzy print. 

Tidy Tie is a tying method used when you want to hold the quilt layers together, and not have the tails showing on the back or the front of the quilt. I have used it successfully on printed panels for charity quilts and quilts with repeat blocks, such as four patch, nine patch, Trip Around the World, or simply squares sewn together. The intersections of the seams are good spots to place your Tidy Ties. Be sure to read the supply list for this class and please bring quilt tops you think might work with these methods, for suggestions on finishing with one or the other (or both) of these techniques.

3. Sunday July 12: Hand Quilting (Learn or Improve)

Hand quilting is hot! The current movement to slower and more relaxing techniques in quiltmaking is returning us to traditional methods. Hand quilting gives your quilt a drape that machine quilting sometimes lacks. There are almost 10,000 hand quilters from all over the world on the “Celebrate Hand Quilting” facebook page. There are all skill levels and tastes in designs, but they are all hand quilting. If you took this class last year or have already had a beginner’s class in hand quilting, you will be working on improving your quilting stitches and getting advice on problems you discovered while practicing. If you are a beginner, you will be working on your first project and learning the basics. My thought is that the two levels will blend into a fun and informative class for all.

Anyone who would love a handwork class, or a chance to leave the sewing machine behind and learn a lot from Madge’s years of experience in quiltmaking and expertise in quilt history, take a look at these classes! Thank you, Madge!

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