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Thu, Jan 25


Delaware Township Building

Precision Piecing Bootcamp - WORKSHOP Andy Wiginton, PhD-MFA

Time & Location

Jan 25, 2024, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Delaware Township Building, Wilson Hill Rd, Delaware Township, PA 18328, USA

About the event

Members Fee is $25 to be collected at the January 10th meeting or contact Marie Desiano.

Often when we are trying to “sew precisely,” we tense up; get frustrated, and make the mistake

again and again. We buy new tools, we take workshops, watch videos, and yet somehow, we still

seem to make the same mistake over and over. In this workshop, we remove the anxiety of the

larger project and play a game with a team of fellow quilters. We identify the hazards that get in

the way of our success and practice how to avoid them. By the end of the workshop students

will have the tools to decide when precision maters and understand how to practice sewing

precisely. Like athletes that train through repetition, at the end of the workshop students should

have the all the tools they need to make their points match, seams nest, and borders come

together so that you never have to say “don’t look too close” again. The workshop is generally

an add on to the Enlightened Quil􀆟ng lecture/discussion. It is a great way for students to put the

ideas in the lecture to work in a prac􀆟cal way and see immediate results. The first part of the

workshop is dedicated to precision piecing pi􀆞alls. We discuss how to avoid them and what

tools, techniques and setup we can use to sew precisely every time. Students work together to

set up their stations efficiently in teams and then get to work making the practice units. The

middle of the workshop is spent in teams cutting, sewing, and pressing units precisely. It’s fast

and fun and each unit earns “points” for their team. The goal here is to develop real muscle

memory and to undo bad habits that keep us from sewing precisely. After lunch/break students

come back together to assemble their units into blocks, create sashing, and cut/assemble flat

borders. Andy will share methods for “pinners” and “non-pinners,” encouraging everybody to

use the method that makes sense for their circumstances. These fundamental skills are often

never discussed, and rarely practiced making this an excellent workshop for both beginners and

advanced quilters alike. Each participant will require a sewing machine, cutting/pressing tools,

an 8” x 8” ruler, a 6 x 12 ruler and 1 yard of solid fabric (any color -not black or white). The

units/blocks/tops created in the workshop can be used as charity quilts or be divvied up

amongst the participants for finishing.

Sign-ups for this workshop will be at the January 10th mee􀆟ng or by

emailing Marie Desiano at

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