Patchwork Class at Gather Here in Cambridge, MA

The second I left the embroidery class I took at Gather Here last month, I immediately went on the website to sign up for more.

First, let me say that taking the embroidery class really inspired me to continue with the craft. I loved it as a kid and rediscovering it again has made me super happy. Since the class I finished the sampler I started there and have finished another Halloween-themed project. I just started working on another project that I’m really excited to show you once it’s done.

So, my next craft obsession? Quilting! Gather Here offers a great patchwork class to make a “mug rug” (basically a quilted coaster) so I signed up for that! After waiting for what felt like forever, the class day finally arrived.

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Our areas were individually set up with instructions, all the tools we would need for the project, and a whole bunch of fabric to pick from.

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Since the “mug rug” featured a candy corn design, I went all out with the Halloween fabric.

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We started by cutting out the templates provided to us and then cutting out all of our fabric. The pieces of the project consisted of 3 layers of fabric for the candy corn design, another layer of fabric for the background, batting in the middle of the “mug rug,” a layer of fabric for the backside, and fabric for the border.

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We sewed the candy corn fabric layers together, and then sewed the candy corn design to the background fabric. Side note: I had never used a Bernina machine before and I was so impressed! They are smooth and so easy to use. If they didn’t cost like $3,000, I would buy one in heartbeat.

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Once the candy corn was sewed to the background fabric we pieced everything together – the backside, batting in the middle, and design on top.

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We then used the cutting mat and rotary cutter to “square up” our design – basically trimming all of the excess off.

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The final step was creating our own bias tape for the border. I had never done this before and it was a little intimidating. I wasn’t able to take pictures as we did this but here’s an excellent guide similar to the way we did it. In searching for this guide I also found this amazing bias tape tutorial that’s worth a look too.

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The finished product!

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The class took about 3 hours and was really great. I’m now officially hooked on the idea of quilting and even bought a patchwork book right after the class to get me started.

Author: Domestocrat

I'm a lady who enjoys photography, football, cooking, long drives with the windows down, This American Life, kettlecorn, hot yoga, pop punk, my nephews, my cat Reggie, and my home: Boston.

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