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Big Easy Hand Quilting w/Cynthia Schrader 10:30a - 1:30p

Join Cynthia in learning how to "big stitch" quilt by hand. Add texture and design to your quilts for added interest and pizzazz! 
Bring a quilt top to work on or just a fat quarter sandwich to practice on.

Following is the supply list for BIG Easy:

  • Basted, pinned or spray basted quilt sandwich (505 is my basting product of choice), preferably with at least one seam.  Consider this a practice piece, not a treasure; however, it could become one.
  • Size 20 or 22 crewel needles (assorted pack is great).  I prefer to avoid DMC brand needles.
  • Thimble, comfortable & sturdy.  I will have several samples to assess; we may want to address those you stock and my preference of Roxanne thimbles. This is a very personal choice yet needed to prevent bleeding and pain when learning.
  • 'Under the Quilt' finger protector such as Thimble-it
  • Rubber needle grabber
  • #5 pearl cotton to coordinate with quilt sandwich

Optional supplies:


  • Small (applique) double curve scissors (Havel or your choice to stock).  I really like the double curve.
  • 12-14" hoop,  I prefer the plastic non-slip kind.  Optional if project is small; better stitches are generally achieved with a hoop but they are also stocked in chain stores.
  • Fabric markers of choice such as a hera marker, mechanical pencils (ceramic 'lead'), other fine tip chalk markers and Frixion 'heat sensitive' pens 
  • Thread winder/butterfly or cardstock strips.  I will demonstrate how to make a center pull ball of thread from a skein of pearl cotton. 

We do have a few rules:

- Please practice general politeness and refrain from using profanity and inappropriate talk 

- When using your cell phone, please step away from the classroom to take calls 

- Children are not allowed in the classroom unless they are attending a children's class or special arrangements have been made (ie. nursing mothers). 

- Others may have allergies, please refrain from wearing heavy perfumes, lotions or sprays 

- Covered beverages and snacks are allowed - there is a mini fridge and microwave available for your use. Please dispose of trash appropriately. 

- Please allow time to tidy your work area before departing. 

- Any questions or concerns, please ask staff or teacher. 

- Our classroom has become a temporary haven for quilter's to get away from daily stresses and enjoy their love of quilting together, please respect the classroom and your fellow quilters.

By registering for this class/sew day registration pageI acknowledge the following: I agree to release and hold harmless First City Quilts LLC from any and all claims or liability related to any accident that may arise as a result of my participation in this program. I understand that sewing includes the use of machines, needles, scissors and other tools. These activities include risks that can cause or lead to injury. I grant permission to operate machines and to use tools and equipment. I give permission for first aid and/or medical treatment to be given if the need arises. PHOTOGRAPHIC RELEASE: I grant to First City Quilts LLC, its representatives and employees the right to take photographs of me in connection with sewing classes/sew days. I authorize First City Quilts LLC its assigns and transferees to copyright, use and publish the same in print and/or electronically. I agree that First City Quilts LLC may use such photographs of me for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and Web content. I have read and understand the above. REFUNDS & WITHDRAWAL POLICY: You may withdraw from a class/sew day up to 3 (three) business days prior to the start date to receive a full refund or store credit. After that time, no refunds will be issued. First City Quilts LLC reserves the right to suspend a participant in a program due to inappropriate behavior. No refunds will be given for any participant who has been suspended from a program. There are NO refunds or credits for student absences. CLASS CANCELLATION POLICY: Classes are cancelled if Leavenworth and/or Lansing Schools have closed or have early dismissal due to weather. Notification via email will be attempted but not guaranteed if a class is cancelled due to poor weather conditions. Efforts will be made to make-up weather cancelled classes but are not guaranteed. Any class cancellations due to an illness of the instructor will be made-up or refunded. Make ups are not guaranteed. Refunds will not be offered due to a participant’s inability to partake in missed make-up sessions. Refunds or class make-ups are not guaranteed due to a participant’s illness or any other reason and are offered at the discretion of the instructor. Make-up classes for private and semi-private students can be scheduled with a minimum of one week’s notice.


Skill Level: beginner
Skill Details: Beginner
Instructor: Cynthia Schrader

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