The Rainbow Quilt Block of the Month (BOM) is a complete quilt project that will meet monthly for 12 months starting in June of 2023. During each 3-hour class you will be given the new month’s pattern which includes detailed, step by step instructions and photos to take home. The teacher will demonstrate how to do each of the steps. Students can then work on that step in class using their own machine. Class size is limited so that there will be lots of individual help and opportunity to ask questions. There will most likely be “homework” each month to finish up some of the steps. It will be important that each stage is completed before the next class so we can build on each new skill and be ready for the next month.
Although this is listed as a “confident beginner class” it could easily be described as a beginning quilting class as we will be covering all the basics of making a quilt from start to finish including:
- Following a pattern, cutting instructions and guidelines
- Working with rotary cutters and templates
- Simple ways to use color theory in fabric selection
- Working with small fabric scraps as well as yardage
- Working with fusibles, reverse image patterns and how to transfer patterns
- Machine applique techniques (using your machine) with 2 practice samples
- Construction tips and tricks for making the most basic blocks and techniques including:
o flying geese
- half square triangles
- quarter square triangles
- creating lattices
- chain piecing
- squaring up the blocks
- measuring for borders and the correct way to sew them on
- assembling and connecting completed blocks
- how to estimate yardage for backing
- what you need to know before sending your top to the quilter
- how to make and sew on binding by machine and by hand
At the end of the 12 months you’ll have a whole new set of quilting skills along with your gorgeous, heirloom quilt to show for your time and hard work. Best of all you’ll have made some new and wonderful quilting buddies that you’ve spent 36 hours of class time with! Definitely one of the best treasures at the end of this rainbow!
THE RAINBOW QUILT BOM (emailed pattern only)
- Are you already a confident quilter?
- Don’t want to go sit in a class full of beginners?
- The class isn’t at a convenient time or location for you?
- Do you just want the pattern and would enjoy the freedom of doing only one block per month?
Then this option is for you. You can be put on a mailing list and receive that month’s pattern complete with detailed directions and colored photos delivered right to your inbox. All the yardage requirements, cutting instructions and helpful hints for each step are included with the pattern. The cost for this option is substantially less than taking the class but the pattern and instructions are the exact same ones being taught in class. The time frame will be the same – one pattern with instructions each month for 12 months starting in June. Patterns will be emailed on or around the same date as the class. Of course you can always call or email the teacher if you have questions.
** - Creative Grids 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" Turn Around or Square it Up Ruler
** - Lightbox (optional but highly recommended) - Any brand (please call Walla Walla Sew & Vac to special order if desired)
**Small Basket or Tub - to keep you personal cutting tools, snips, etc. organized.
My name is Jan Yancey and I am a creative soul. My grandmother was a quilter and my mother was a fabulous seamstress and professional tailor. So naturally, I?ve been sewing since I was very young. I?ve dabbled in lots of crafts including cross stitching and embroidery, scrapbooking, jewelry making, ceramics, cake decorating, woodworking, calligraphy and bookmaking to name only a few. And oh my goodness! There are many others! But the ones that really drew my full attention and focus were decorative painting and sewing. I taught myself to paint early in my 20?s and ended up teaching for the next 25 years. I am a Certified Decorative Artist with the National Society of Decorative Painters. Today I work mostly with watercolors.
All that time I was painting and teaching, I was sewing too. I made clothes for my 6 children (along with their dolls and teddy bears.) I never could find patterns for many of my projects so I learned early on to design and create my own. I?ve slipped patterns off of well-fitting jeans. I?ve made a suit. I designed and painted on my daughter?s blessing gown. I?ve sewn a parachute. I made 500 American Girl outfits for Christmas gifts for 5 granddaughters. I?ve sewn leather moccasins. I made over 1000 masks during the pandemic. I remade and beaded my daughters store-bought wedding gown one week before her wedding. I?ve made custom car seat covers. I mean really, doesn?t everybody do these things? It?s what I grew up with. Its what comes naturally to me. And its who I am.
I began longarm quilting about 15 years ago. I would make tops all year long then fly to my sisters house in SLC for a week to quilt them all on her longarm. My husband surprised me one Christmas with a used HQ Simply Sixteen! Now that?s true love! When it finally came time to purchase a new longarm I didn?t even consider anything but Handi Quilter. I was selected by Handi Quilter in 2019 to be their one representative for the Pacific Northwest in their new ?And I Quilt? advertising campaign. My pictures were in several well know quilting magazines that year. What an awesome experience that was for me! So much fun! They are an amazing company. I am and always will be their #1 fan. You can see the ?And I Quilt? video they made of me here:
I was once asked how many quilts I?ve made in my lifetime. I think that number would easily be in the hundreds, if not over 1000. I?ve worn out 5 sewing machines. I currently own 3 domestic sewing machines and a longarm. I do not own a Pro Stitcher. I only do custom, free motion quilting. My painting and designing skills love to play together too much to stand and watch. So I let them run like wild horses, free and untethered, making up my own rules and never doing the same design twice. Working at my Amara is my happy place.
Sewing and quilting are my heart. I sew almost every day of my life and I love, love, love a new quilting project. The bigger and more pieces a pattern has the better it is. All you have to do is look in my home in which I?ve taken over 2 rooms now, one for sewing and one for quilting. My house is filled with quilts. They?re on the beds, over the chairs, hanging on the walls, stuffed in closets, in boxes and on shelves. My very supportive husband once asked me ?how many quilts do you need?? I told him I?d have to get back with him on that. I?m still working on those numbers.
Oh, and yes, I?m a writer too.