South Dakota Quilters Guild

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Spring Retreat Classes
At SDQG Spring Retreat  April 20-22, 2018
Terra Sancta, Rapid City, SD

Three classes will be held on Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00.

Create Your Own Curves

Taught by Lesa Stephens

Saturdy April 21 - Full Day Class

Learn how to plan out a pieced block with curves. Then put them together in mirrored imaging or an individualized creation.  The tricks and ins-and-out of the problems curves can create will be gone over. Curved piecing can be done by anyone, not just garment sewers.  This will be done with the curves seamed in not appliqued on. Each student will make their own pattern so everyone ends up with a one of a kind project.

Create Your Own Curves

  1. 4 Pieces of fabric 1 yd each – They may be all the same color tone but must have contrast.  Avoid Stripes, Plaids and no more than one large busy print.
  2. 2 #2 pencils sharpened
  3. Scissors
  4. Roller blade and mat
  5. A 12-15 inch square ruler
  6. Pins
  7. A fabric marking pencil
  8. 36” of freezer paper
  9. Iron and ironing surface
  10. Machine and thread
  11. Bring your sense of thinking out of the box!
  12. 12 x 18 inch sheet of template plastic ( there will be some available to purchase)

Finley’s Fence

Taught by Patti Heintz


Finley’s Fence features playful rings of interwoven colors, made up of fat quarters, to create this modern play on an Irish Links quilt.  This whimsical quilt comes together easily with the help of Studio 180 Design’s Tucker Trimmer I and the pattern designer’s inventive use of the Corner Pop tool. The otherwise difficult angles/bias unit becomes tons of fun to make.

Supply List for Finley’s Fence


                                                BABY              THROW          TWIN

Background (white)                  2-2/3 yds          4-2/3 yds          6 yds


Assorted Brights                       2-1/4 yds          4-1/4 yds          7 yds

                                                   OR                   OR                  OR

                                                10 fq                20 fq                33 fq


Binding                                    ½ yd                2/3 yd              ¾ yd


Backing                                   3-1/2 yds          5 yds                7 yds


**Backing and binding will not be needed for class.**


Basic Sewing Supplies                         Basic Quilting Supplies


Sewing machine with power cord          Rotary cutter with sharp blade

Thread                                                 Cutting Mat

Machine Needles                                  Straight edge ruler 6” x 12” or so

Snips or trimming scissors                    InvisiGrip (optional but helpful)


Studio 180 Design Corner Pop is required for this pattern.

Studio 180 Tucker Trimmer is very helpful, but you can use another square-up ruler.


The pattern and tools can be purchased from me, give me a call or email

Patti Heintz 605-224-4237 or [email protected]


Cutting Instructions


Background    Cut (7) (14) (22) 5-1/4" x WOF strips, subcut into (44) (98) (148) 5-1/4” squares

Cut diagonally once to create (88) (196) (296) Half-square triangles

Assorted          (88) (196) (296) 4-1/2” x 6-1/2” rectangles

 Brights           These can be cut from fat quarters as follows:

                        From each FQ cut (3) 4-1/2” x half WOF strips and subcut into

                        (9) 4-1/2” x 6-1/2” rectangles

                        Note: this will give you a few extra

Circular Motion                                 

Instructor:  Leann Baker

Finished size 66” x 66”

 Pattern   By Kathleen Andrews

Pattern available at The Sewing Center


A fun and interesting shape, this quilt is large enough to go on the top of a queen bed as a coverlet and small enough to go on a wall.

The center is all pieced using templates and rulers for cutting.  Then we move on to doing bargellos for the center borders.  Applique is used in the upper corners.  A very good mix of techniques, so if you haven’t tried it, this will give you a taste of everything.


Circular Motion pattern by Kathleen Andrews


Please look at the picture of the quilt before purchasing the fabrics to see the different values of color and where they are used.



2 2/3 yds. background fabric for star blocks and outer corners

1/3 yd. fabric for inner star points

2/3 yd. each lighter and darker fabric for long and short outer star points

1/3 yd. 3 fabrics for fabric bias bars. (Medium values work best, don’t go too dark or too light.)

¼ yd. each 8 fabrics shaded light to dark* - it is very important to have a very dark and a very light fabric with medium values in between.

    *Number each fabric 1-8, 1 being the lightest and 8 being the darkest.

½ yd. fabric for shaded triangle borders and narrow outer border.

1 yd. border fabric

2/3 yd. fabric for binding

Backing fabric – at least 70” x 70”

Batting – at least 70” x 70”

Optional:  ¼ yd. for hanging sleeve


Lead or chalk pencil

Piecing thread (50 wt.)

Rotary cutter and mat

Sewing machine in good working order and a new needle.

Plastic or metal bias bar for pressing – ¼”

TriRecs Tools – optional, but recommended as I found it to be easier to rotary cut the pieces instead of using the templates.  Please read cutting instructions that I have included.

Sewing supplies

Rulers needed for cutting

Applique glue or 2 10 yd. reels of ¼” wide double-sided water-soluble tape –      optional, but highly recommended

Twin needle size 4.0/75

Thread to match scroll


Cutting instructions for the TriRecs Tool will be sent to you via email upon your request as you would cut strips first then the triangles.  One piece will still be needed to make a template from, however I will show you a method using a ruler and a photo copy of the piece to cut it out.  You may use the template method if you desire.  All pieces will need to be cut before class.


This quilt looks great on a wall or across a bed with a coordinating bedspread.

Any questions, feel free to contact me by email at [email protected].


Please have your fabric cut and labeled before class.

                                                          Fabric Cutting Instructions using the TriRecs Tool


Background Fabric


Cut a 24 ½” strip and cut a 24 ½” square and save for step 4.  From remaining fabric in strip, cut 2 ½” strips.  Subcut 55 2 ½” squares and 44 triangles using the Tri Tool.  Cut the triangle, then rotate the tool back and forth across.


Cut four strips 5” WOF; subcut 44 left and 44 right large triangles for outer stars.  Keep your fabric folded, line up the top point of the Recs Tool at the top and the bottom on the 5” line; cut then rotate tool and cut again.  Continue across the fabric.  This will give you both the left and right triangles, since the bottom is a mirror image.


Inner Star Points Fabric


Cut three strips 2 ½” WOF.  Using the Recs Tool in the same method as background, cut 44 left and 44 right triangles.


If you are using this as one of your shades, cut four strips 2” WOF.


Please have your inner stars sewn together.


Long and Short Outer Star Points using the Light and Dark Fabrics


Cut two strips 2 ½” WOF of each dark and light fabric.  Unfold the strips, lay the two dark strips with right sides facing down on top of each other.  Then lay the light strips with right sides facing up on top of the dark.  Line up the edged very carefully and press with iron.  Take the Recs Tool and following the same method in Inner Star Points and Background Triangles, cut 44 left and 44 right triangles


Cut two strips 4 7/8” WOF of each dark and light fabrics.  Lay out fabrics following the above method.  Subcut 44 1 ½” x 4 7/8” rectangles.  Make a photocopy of the Long Outer Star Points templates making sure they are exact.  Cut both out exactly.  Tape the left side triangle facing up to the underside of a 6” square ruler so that the 3 ¼” side is right along the edge.  Flip the other template so that you are not able to read it and tape the short side to another edge on the ruler.  Line up the long edge of the one you can read through the ruler with a cut edge, trim, rotate to the other template, line up and trim.  Continue with all of them.  You now have 44 left long points and 44 right long points.


If you are using either one as one of your shades, cut four strips 2” WOF.


Continue cutting from fabric cutting instructions in pattern.


Geese That Fly Straight!

taught by Patti Heintz

Sunday, April 22 – Half  Day Class

9:00 to 12:00

Geese That Fly Straight!

Wing Clipper I

Taught by Patti Heintz

Quilters can conquer the ever present flying geese unit by using the Wing Clipper I from Studio 180 Design.  By using the Wing Clipper, you will learn to make flying geese in an efficient manner and with very little waste of fabric.  These geese will no longer lose their way with the strong point and crisp lines that will be achieved using the Wing Clipper I.  Arrange your blocks in different ways to make a myriad of different blocks.

Supply List for Geese That Fly Straight!


Basic Sewing Supplies

Sewing machine and basic accessories that you are comfortable with.


Basic Quilting Supplies

Studio 180 Design Wing Clipper I and Magic Wand

Marking Pencil (mechanical will do)

Small cutting mat

Straight Edge Ruler 6 x 12 or whatever you are used to using

InvisiGrip (Optional)


Fabric Requirements

Fat Quarters in several different contrasting colors, light and dark OR scraps from your stash in contrasting colors, light and dark.


This is a technique class to learn to use the tool.  Several sizes can be made, which can be made into blocks.  Several ways of laying out blocks will be provided.


The Studio 180 Design Tools and InvisiGrip can be purchased from me. Call or email Patti Heintz 605-224-4237 or [email protected]


One Class and two Demonstrations will be held on Sunday, September 10 from 9:00 to 12:00