Beginner to intermediate skill workshop


Maximum: 20 students;for successful class,
each student needs ample work space
Beginner, Intermediate
Recommended Format:
1 day workshop


The distinctive charm of Simple Symmetry is based on a simple fact: one single fabric is responsible for all of the elaborate patterns in one quilt. Learn how to use one single template and one symmetrical (albeit intricately printed) fabric to achieve a complex quilt filled with dramatic impact. This class explores and exploits the virtues of bilaterally symmetrical fabric. You'll feel like you're making magic with fabric when motifs connect to their mirror images, creating effects more wonderful than you imagined. 



Supplies (* ALL supplies with an asterik will be available for purchase at seminar)

*1. Sheets of see-thru plastic template material with or without grid
*2. Extra fine-point permanent marker. Ex: Pilot7 Extra Fine Point Permanent Marker, SCA-UF
*3. Method to mark dark fabric. My preference: light-colored (ex: silver), extra fine-point permanent gel pen.
4. Fabric scissor
5. Template/paper scissors
6. Set-up for rotary cutting, including a rotary cutter, ruler and mat
7. Sewing machine with well-defined quarter-inch seam allowance guide
8. General sewing supplies including black or dark thread
9. Ziplock baggies to hold templates and patches

Fabric (When possible, Paula Nadelstern fabric will be available for sale in class)

The featured fabric must be a multi-colored, bilaterally symmetrical cotton fabric with multiple repeats. The more colorful, the better (meaning, the more different colors used in the print, ie: a fabric printed with 12 colors gets better results than one with 5 colors), A bilaterally symmetrical motif can be divided into identical halves by a line passing through the center. When the pattern on one side of the line is flipped over along this line and superimposed on the other side, the match is identical. View examples of Dragon Feathers, Chorus Line or Hillsand Valley from the Patternista collection by Paula Nadelstern for Benartex at Yardage requirements depend on chosen lay-out by each student. Dragon Feathers is a large repeat and may need 2 1/2 yards. Note: The quilt will not be finished in the one day class. Therefore, you don't have to bring fabric for lattice and accent to class.



Yardage Requirements For Small Quilt,
32" x 54"
Fabric A: Featured Fabric: 2 yards
Fabric A: Backing
(includes 9" for a 4" sleeve):
2 yards (used Featured Fabric)
Fabric B: Sashing fabric and binding: 1 1/2 yards
Fabric C: Accent border: 1/2 yard

Yardage Requirements For Large Quilt,
49" x 49"
Fabric A: Featured Fabric: 3 yards
Fabric A: Backing
(includes 9" for a 4" sleeve):
3 1/2 yards (used Featured Fabric)
Fabric B: Sashing fabric and binding: 1 1/2 yards
Fabric C: Accent border: 2/3 yard