Wed, Apr 10|
Lebanon Valley Expo Center
Historic Lancaster Diamond Sampler
$40.00 With Ann Holte of Filaments Studio
Time & Location
Apr 10, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Lebanon Valley Expo Center, 80 Rocherty Rd, Lebanon, PA 17042, USA
About the event
Two teenage girls, working side-by-side in the 1860s, produced two quilts that feature a unique diamond design. They were learning to quilt and were teaching each other the skills needed. You will see how this sampler records their progression from beginners to accomplished quilters. You will learn about the basic design of the blocks as well as the techniques that were their quilting lessons. The blocks in the original sampler quilt were made in an informal teaching environment in the mid-1800s. Quilters shared patterns, fabric, and knowledge with each other in order to pass along the traditions of quilting. They also ate, gossiped, laughed, and generally had fun. Sound familiar?
In this workshop, you will make blocks from the different styles and techniques found in this fascinating quilt: strip piecing, such basic elements as Flying Geese and Snowball blocks, applique, and Seminole. Ann will teach you to use modern tools and techniques for making these blocks. Making Lancaster Diamond Variations: In this workshop, you will learn to cut, piece, and use this versatile design for the Lancaster Diamond Sampler and other projects. Ann will cover using plain (unpieced) fabric, recycled orphan blocks and tops, and other variations in the class.
Class Supplies Needed:
Sewing machines will be generously provided by Bernina and Hinkletown Sewing
-neutral thread, and your regular sewing supplies
- Rotary cutter, 6” x 24” ruler, cutting mat
- Iron and pressing surface
- Lancaster Diamond Template (available on Ann's website or you can purchase from her in class)
Fabric: Reproducing Original Lancaster Diamond Quilt Blocks The palette of the original quilt features the iconic Pennsylvania Dutch colors: Turkey red, chrome yellow, cheddar, chocolate brown, poison green, double blue, and double pink. The prints include plaid, paisley, column prints, calico, stripes, solid, geometric, and small florals. Variety is the key. A double-pink sashing and green cornerstones are used to set the blocks in the original Sampler. For class, bring 8-10 fat quarters or larger pieces from a palette that pleases YOU. Ann recommends that you make some blocks BEFORE you select the sashing and cornerstone fabrics. You will eventually lay your blocks out and “audition” different choices. Variations: You might also bring some “orphan blocks” or some stray units that you’ve made over the years. Often, unused blocks can be repurposed to make the diamond blocks. Also, yardage works well for learning the process. The diamond shape is great for fussy cutting, too.
Sewing Machines will be generously provided by Bernina/ Hinkletown Sewing Center
- Sale ends: Apr 10, 2024, 12:00 PM EDT
Lancaster Diamond Sampler$40.00+$1.00 service fee