Why Take the Syncopated Ribbons Workshop? Do you have an overflowing scrap bin or two? Do you like hanging out with your fellow quilters for a day rather than cleaning your house? Do you love a project you just can’t screw up, no matter how hard you might try to? Do you like to let loose and just have fun without worrying if you are doing it right? If you answered yes to even one of these questions, I promise the day will be worth it. Syncopated Ribbons is a workshop where we see our scraps go from strips and squares to funky, beautiful, crazy-quilt-esque works of art while we clean out a scrap bucket or two! Scrap trading with other members of the class encouraged, mini lessons will be taught along the way involving trimming tips and foundation piecing, and while no two blocks will ever look alike, I’ve never seen a quilt made from this pattern that wasn’t gorgeous!
Note – I have you cut enough scraps for the Baby Sized quilt (20 blocks). If you love the project and want to make it bigger later, this is one of the easiest patterns in the world to do that with, so you’ll be able to.
Approximate Size: Note: We will be making a baby-sized version in class, but you can add more blocks to make it larger after class!
Class Supply List:– Baby/Crib/Wallhanging
• Copy of Syncopated Ribbons pattern – see red lettering below
• 3 yards scraps or at least 12 - 16 fat quarters (or a combination of scraps and fat quarters equaling 3 yards), cut according to cutting directions on following page – fabrics should be varying values of the same color family or no more than two or three color families that blend well together. The more fabrics you use, the more interesting this quilt will become.
• 1 yard coordinating border fabric
• 1/3 yard muslin or the like for foundation piecing of border strips – cut according to directions on following page
• Cutting mat and rotary cutter
• 6 x 24 ruler or similar
• 6 ½” square ruler
• 9 ½” square ruler (optional, but nice to have)
• Sewing machine with instruction book
• Extra sewing machine needles
• Neutral thread for piecing
• Two bobbins prewound with thread
• Travel iron and surface, optional, but good to have
• Basic Sewing Supplies
All students will need a copy of the “Syncopated Ribbons” pattern, which can be purchased and downloaded as a pdf off of my website. Please enter the code SRCLASS at checkout to receive the pattern at the class price of $8.
Required pre-class cutting homework
The cutting for this project is simple, but there is a lot of it. In order to get as much accomplished in class as possible, you will need to do the cutting for the blocks at home before you arrive at class.
IMPORTANT: When cutting, don’t throw away any scraps that are of a usable size (for this project, about 1 ¾” squarish or so). Just place them in a pile to the side of your cutting area.
From scraps or fat quarters:
• 20 6.5” squares
• 20 strips of any width from 1.5” to 3.5” (be sure to vary the widths you use, don’t make them all the same width, and lean wider than narrower) x 8” long
• 60 strips any width 1.5” to 3.5” x 10.5”, plus about 20 extra 2” wide strips to use as fillers if necessary
Place strips in two piles sorted by length. Use Ziploc bags to keep your piles contained and separate and to transport them to class.
Place all leftover fabric and scraps in another Ziploc bag and bring to class. These will be used for the foundation pieced border.
From muslin or other foundation fabric:
Cut 4 strips 2.5” x width of fabric