SewDown Philadelphia-Elizabeth Hartman

Join us in Philadelphia! New friends, amazing workshops, a swanky hotel and all delicious meals included for this weekend get away!

Each day this week we will be sharing a little about their teaching style.

Up next is Elizabeth-who will be teaching-Perfect Quilted Totes!

elizabeths bag

Class Description: In this class, students will learn a simple and fun quilt-as-you-go technique that combines scrappy patchwork with utility fabrics to create sturdy panels for a polished tote bag that stands on its own without the use of interfacing. Topics covered in class will include fabric selection, fussy cutting, and quilt-as-you go tricks like finding a perfect stitch length, joining multiple areas of patchwork, and preventing seam allowances from showing through. I’ll also go over some of my favorite bag finishing tricks, including making handles, adding pockets, making a stay-put lining, and making a top facing. Students will leave class with a variety of tips and tricks that can be applied to many bag-making projects.

We asked Elizabeth a few questions.
What do you love about the process of teaching?

Making a quilt or sewing project is, at its core, about problem solving. Which fabric to use? How to sew it together? What finishing techniques will work best? In a classroom setting, students see not only how the instructor would answer those questions, but how the other students are solving the same problems. It’s a much richer experience than sewing alone at home.

 What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I believe that even the most complex concepts and techniques can be broken down and explained simply. There is nothing more enjoyable as an instructor than being able to clarify a once-mysterious concept for a student.

What do you want your students to walk away with?

I want students to walk away feeling confident about finishing the class project. I want them to have learned techniques that they can use not only in the class project, but in other areas of their sewing/quilting as well.

Elizabeth Hartman

About Elizabeth Hartman

Elizabeth Hartman is a self-taught quilter from Portland, Oregon. She is the author of the popular blog, Oh, Fransson!, and The Practical Guide to Patchwork, which was the winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Best How-To Book of 2011. Her second book, Modern Patchwork is available now. Learn more at ohfransson.com.

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