If you are interested in having me come teach a class in your area (at your guild, shop, show, or anywhere else!), please contact me via email at pennyharen70@hotmail.com.  I offer the following classes:

 Back to Basics – Beginning Six Hour Class
Based on the Book:  Penny Haren’s Pieced Appliqué

Many of us are self-taught which means some of the basics just fell through the cracks!  Learn the fastest, easiest and most fun ways to sew traditional blocks!  This “Hints from Heloise” type class will teach you all of the tricks that the experts have been using for years – and some I’ve made up!  In class, the blocks will be precut so we can start sewing immediately!

Learn how to make ALL of the foundation blocks in the Pieced Appliqué™ series – and see why this is actually the PERFECT beginning book!

Freezer Paper Appliqué

We’ll cover the basics of freezer paper appliqué by creating a Kitty’s World block that includes inside curves, outside curves, and reverse appliqué.

Four-Patches

 Then try a fast, fun way to sew a Four-Patch.  And, learn how to butt those seams perfectly and painlessly – every time!

Nine-Patches 

Chain a nine-patch block and see how you can sew half the seams in such a way – that the other half are guaranteed to match!

Half-Square Triangles; Pinwheels & Kaleidoscopes

Make Half-Square triangles two different ways – the traditional method and using Triangle Paper on a Roll™.  Learn how to square them up, and when each method is appropriate.  And, then learn how to create a Kaleidoscope from one of the pinwheel blocks.

Quarter-Square Triangles 

Create a quarter-square triangle and learn how to match the center every time.

Block Set on Point

Make two squares set on point and when you should cut the setting triangles by cutting squares in half – and when you should cut the setting triangles by cutting a square in quarters.


 Bright Hopes Block

Sew in-set seams in a Bright Hopes block – by only stitching straight seams – and as an added bonus, learn how to fussy cut the center square.

Supply List:

Penny Haren’s Pieced Appliqué Book
6 ½” Creative Grids Square It Up & Fussy Cut Ruler
6 ½” x 12 ½” Gridded Ruler
Water Soluble Glue Stick
Water Erasable Marker
Pencil
Paper Scissors
Fabric Scissors
Rotary Cutter
Rotary Mat that makes it possible to cut a 9” square
  (a 12” square; 12” x 18”; 18” x 24”, etc. work great)
Iron and Ironing Board
A $10 class kit includes pre-cut fabric for all of the blocks; templates; freezer paper; and Triangle Paper on a Roll – available from the instructor

Perfect Points & Curves – a Four Hour Class based on the Book:
Penny Haren’s Pieced Appliqué™:

Create perfect results by combining piecing with layered appliqués that make it possible to sew perfect points and curves – by eliminating them!  Don’t let the “A” word intimidate you!  In this freezer paper method, straight sides and gentle curves can be turned by even a beginner after a five minute demonstration! 

 

Learn tricks to make it possible to piece perfect four-patches, nine-patches, pinwheels – and the correct way to set a block on point.  Then learn how to add pieced appliqué to these blocks to turn ordinary into extraordinary!

Cutting appliqués from a four-patch makes a Hummingbird block a piece of cake – or actually a “piece of four-patch”!   Set a square on point and learn how to avoid bias edges.  Then cut a curved appliqué from one of the pieced blocks and turn a simple curve – without ever having to sew it on the sewing machine - or clip the curve.  Trim up half-square triangles – the easy way – and guarantee that the center of your pinwheel matches every time. 

This technique opens the door to limitless opportunities!  You will never look at a quilt pattern the same way again.

In this four hour class, make three different 6” blocks (Hummingbird; Boston Uncommon; and Sarah’s Choice) to learn four different techniques – and a multitude of quick piecing methods.  All of the fabric and templates will be provided so you can begin sewing immediately! 

Supply List:

Penny Haren’s Pieced Appliqué Book
6 ½” Creative Grids Square It Up & Fussy Cut Ruler

6 ½” x 12 ½” Gridded Ruler
Water Soluble Glue Stick
Water Erasable Marker
Pencil
Paper & Fabric Scissors
Rotary Cutter
Rotary Mat that makes it possible to cut a 9” square
  (a 12” square; 12” x 18”; 18” x 24”, etc. work great)
Iron and Ironing Board
Kit includes pre-cut fabric; templates; freezer paper; templates for the entire book; and labels for the blocks – available from the instructor for $10


 

Perfect Points & Curves – a Six Hour Class based on the Book:
Penny Haren’s Pieced Appliqué™:

Create perfect results by combining piecing with layered appliqués that make it possible to sew perfect points and curves – by eliminating them!  Don’t let the “A” word intimidate you!  In this freezer paper method, straight sides and gentle curves can be turned by even a beginner after a five minute demonstration! 

Learn tricks to make it possible to piece perfect four-patches, nine-patches, pinwheels – and the correct way to set a block on point.  Then learn how to add pieced appliqué to these blocks to turn ordinary into extraordinary!

No longer avoid blocks that have inset points such as the Bright Hopes block.  Cutting appliqués from a four-patch makes a Hummingbird block a piece of cake – or actually a “piece of four-patch”!   Set a square on point and learn how to avoid bias edges.  Then cut a curved appliqué from one of the pieced blocks and turn a simple curve – without ever having to sew it on the sewing machine - or clip the curve.  Trim up half-square triangles – the easy way – and guarantee that the center of your pinwheel matches every time. 

This technique opens the door to limitless opportunities!  You will never look at a quilt pattern the same way again.

In this six hour class, make four different 6” blocks (Hummingbird; Boston Uncommon; Sarah’s Choice; and Whirligigs) to learn four different techniques – and a multitude of quick piecing methods.  All of the fabric and templates will be provided so you can begin sewing immediately! 

Supply List:

Penny Haren’s Pieced Appliqué Book
6 ½” Creative Grids Square It Up & Fussy Cut Ruler

6 ½” x 12 ½” Gridded Ruler
Water Soluble Glue Stick
Water Erasable Marker
Pencil
Paper & Fabric Scissors
Rotary Cutter
Rotary Mat that makes it possible to cut a 9” square
  (a 12” square; 12” x 18”; 18” x 24”, etc. work great)
Iron and Ironing Board
Kit includes pre-cut fabric; templates; freezer paper; templates for the entire book; and labels for the blocks – available from the instructor for $10

  It’s all in the Details 
  Using Fudge Factors to Save those less than Perfect Blocks - 6 Hour Class
   Based on the Book – Penny Haren’s More Pieced Appliqué™
Learn how to take your quilting to the next level by incorporating a “fudge factor” into your next project!  By
looking at the WHOLE quilt, adjustments can be made so that your entire project will “fit” together beautifully!  Learn the tricks that the experts know – and why you should have listened in those basic geometry classes!

We’ve all done it – made a sampler quilt or joined a block swap – and realized that all of those
6 ½” blocks are NOT 6 ½”.  In the past, these projects have been relegated to a bottom drawer in our sewing room – never to see the light of day!

Not anymore!  Learn settings with “fudge factors” that make it possible to combine blocks of slightly different sizes to make striking quilts. 

By adding pieced setting blocks, 24 six-inch blocks can be made into a 74” square throw. 

Setting your quilt blocks on point can add more bang to your piecing bucks!  Fort-eight six-inch blocks can be turned into a king size quilt. 

With a simple sashing treatment, 72 six-inch blocks make a queen size quilt.

Come see how you can “fudge” your way to success – and not gain a pound! 

We are going to make three of my favorite six-inch blocks in class and use fudge factors that result in perfect piecing.  Then, we will combine these blocks into a star table runner – that also incorporates fudge factors!

A Christmas Star block will demonstrate how to square up a nine-patch – and turn it into a star.

Laurel’s Wreath incorporates half-square triangles, squares and rail fence units into a foundation block.  But they will all fit together beautifully.

A Shaded Trail block is created by adding pieced, sashing strips to a pinwheel – again, no problem!

While you are finishing your table runner, I will share samples of all types of settings that will make your life easier – and give you access to free patterns that make them work.

Supply List:

Penny Haren’s More Pieced Appliqué Book
6 ½” Creative Grids Square It Up & Fussy Cut Ruler
6 ½” x 12 ½” Gridded Ruler
Water Soluble Glue Stick
Water Erasable Marker
Pencil
Paper & Fabric Scissors
Rotary Cutter & Mat that makes it possible to cut a 9” square
Iron and Ironing Board
A Class Kit Provided by the Instructor $25 – includes the fabric to complete the table runner

 

More Perfect Points & Curves – a 4 Hour Class based on the Book:
Penny Haren’s More Pieced Appliqué™:

This class focuses on three different foundation blocks that are not covered in the Perfect Points and Curves Beginning Pieced Appliqué™ class.  Students are welcome to take both – and will learn totally different techniques in each class. 

 

Penny Haren’s More Pieced Appliqué features 25 additional 6” blocks that combine piecing with layered appliqués to create even more intricate blocks than the first book – with minimal effort. 

Every block is created by layering appliqués on one of ten different simple foundation blocks.  This is not our grandmother’s appliqué.  In this freezer paper method, straight sides and gentle curves are turned over a double layer of paper so you achieve perfect appliqué results every time. 

Learn quick piecing techniques that make it possible to piece perfect nine-patches; pinwheels; kaleidoscopes; and quarter-square triangles.  Then learn how to add pieced appliqué to these foundations to create blocks that you have always avoided in the past.  Inset points, odd angles, and “Y” seams are no longer a problem.  You won’t believe how easy it is.

Eliminate the inset points in a “Spools” block.  Appliqué mitered corners on a nine-patch foundation and fussy cut the center to create heirloom quality results when sewing “Cornerstone”. Learn how to piece a kaleidoscope and reverse appliqué a perfect circle to create a “Purple Cross” block.  And that is only the beginning!

In this four hour class, we will make three different 6” blocks – Spools; Purple Cross; and Cornerstone - to learn four different techniques.  All of the fabric; templates; and freezer paper will be provided so you can begin sewing immediately! 

 

Supply List:

Penny Haren’s More Pieced Appliqué Book
6 ½” Creative Grids Square It Up & Fussy Cut Ruler

6 ½” x 12 ½” Gridded Ruler
Water Soluble Glue Stick
Water Erasable Marker
Pencil
Paper & Fabric Scissors
Rotary Cutter & Mat that makes it possible to cut a 9” square
Iron and Ironing Board
A $10 Kit available from the Instructor that includes pre-cut fabrics; templates and freezer paper for each block; a set of templates for the entire book; & labels for each block.

 

More Perfect Points & Curves – a 6 Hour Class based on the Book:
Penny Haren’s More Pieced Appliqué™:

This class focuses on four different foundation blocks that are not covered in the Perfect Points and Curves Beginning Pieced Appliqué™ class.  Students are welcome to take both – and will learn totally different techniques in each class. 

Penny Haren’s More Pieced Appliqué features 25 additional 6” blocks that combine piecing with layered appliqués to create even more intricate blocks than the first book – with minimal effort. 

Every block is created by layering appliqués on one of ten different simple foundation blocks.  This is not our grandmother’s appliqué.  In this freezer paper method, straight sides and gentle curves are turned over a double layer of paper so you achieve perfect appliqué results every time. 

Learn quick piecing techniques that make it possible to piece perfect nine-patches, pinwheels; kaleidoscopes; and quarter-square triangles.  Then learn how to add pieced appliqué to these foundations to create blocks that you have always avoided in the past.  Inset points, odd angles, and “Y” seams are no longer a problem.  You won’t believe how easy it is.

Eliminate the inset points in a “Spools” block.  Appliqué mitered corners on a nine-patch foundation and fussy cut the center to create heirloom quality results when sewing “Cornerstone”. Use Triangle Paper on a Roll™ to create a perfect pinwheel – and then cut appliqués from a pieced strip to create “Clay’s Choice”.  Learn how to piece a kaleidoscope and reverse appliqué a perfect circle to create a “Purple Cross” block.  And that is only the beginning!

In this six hour class, we will make four different 6” blocks – Spools; Purple Cross; Clay’s Choice; and Cornerstone - to learn four different techniques.  All of the fabric; templates; and freezer paper will be provided so you can begin sewing immediately! 

Supply List:

Penny Haren’s More Pieced Appliqué Book
6 ½” Creative Grids Square It Up & Fussy Cut Ruler

6 ½” x 12 ½” Gridded Ruler
Water Soluble Glue Stick
Water Erasable Marker
Pencil
Paper & Fabric Scissors
Rotary Cutter & Mat that makes it possible to cut a 9” square
Iron and Ironing Board
A $10 Kit available from the Instructor that includes pre-cut fabrics; templates and freezer paper for each block; a set of templates for the entire book; & labels for each block.

 

Back to Basics - Four Hour Class

Many of us are self-taught which means some of the basics just fell through the cracks! Learn the fastest, easiest and most fun ways to sew traditional blocks! This “Hints from Heloise” type class will teach you all of the tricks that the experts have been using for years – and some I’ve made up!

In class, the blocks will be precut so we can start sewing immediately! Learn a fast, fun way to sew a Four-Patch. And, learn how to butt those seams perfectly and painlessly – every time! But while you’re learning, receive a pattern that only requires you to be “perfect” half the time!

Sew in-set seams in a Bright Hopes block – without ever stitching an in-set seam! Then learn how to make prairie points that can be inserted in the seams to create a riddle quilt – yes the pattern is included too!

Make Half-Square triangles two different ways – the traditional method and using Triangle Paper on a Roll. Learn how to square them up, and when each method is appropriate. You’ll want to go home and cut out this quilt immediately – pattern provided!

Create a quarter-square triangle and learn how to make coordinating prairie points in the mantle cover pattern.

Supply List:

Penny Haren’s Pieced Appliqué Book
6 ½” Creative Grids Square It Up & Fussy Cut Ruler

6 ½” x 12 ½” Gridded Ruler
Water Soluble Glue Stick
Water Erasable Marker
Pencil
Paper Scissors
Fabric Scissors
Rotary Cutter
Rotary Mat that makes it possible to cut a 9” square
  (a 12” square; 12” x 18”; 18” x 24”, etc. work great)
Iron and Ironing Board

Kit Fee:  $ 20.00 Includes Fabric for four sample blocks plus four patterns that utilize these
blocks – all inserted in plastic sleeves

 Perfect Points and Curves with Easy Pieced Appliqué - Four Hour Class

 Create perfect results by combining simple pieced foundation blocks with layered appliqués that make it possible to sew perfect points and curves by eliminating them! Learn quick piecing techniques that make it possible to make perfect four-patches, nine-patches, and pinwheels. In this freezer-paper method, straight sides and gentle curves can be turned by even a beginner.

In this three hour class, we will eliminate sewing odd angles and matching blind seams. Learn how to piece perfect four-patches – with perfect centers. Make a Hummingbird block by cutting appliqués from one four-patch – and placing and appliquéing them on another.

Learn to piece and trim perfect half-square triangles and then sew them together into a pinwheel – with a perfectly matched center. Then learn how to chain squares when this pinwheel is sewn into the center of a Sarah’s Choice block. By using Pieced Appliqué techniques, this foundation block will be turned into a star.

Piece two blocks on point, cut an appliqué from one – and place and appliqué it on the other. The curves of the Boston Uncommons block are appliquéd. Learn how to fussy cut and turn inside curves.

Supply List:

Penny Haren’s Pieced Appliqué Book
6 ½” Creative Grids Square It Up & Fussy Cut Ruler

6 ½” x 12 ½” Gridded Ruler
Water Soluble Glue Stick
Water Erasable Marker
Pencil
Paper & Fabric Scissors
Rotary Cutter
Rotary Mat that makes it possible to cut a 9” square
  (a 12” square; 12” x 18”; 18” x 24”, etc. work great)
Iron and Ironing Board
Kit includes pre-cut fabric; templates; freezer paper; templates for the entire book; and labels for the blocks – available from the instructor for $10

It's all about the Details - Fudge Factors - 45 Minute Lecture

Learn how to take your quilting to the next level by incorporating a “fudge factor” into your next project! By looking at the whole quilt, adjustments can be made so that your entire project will “fit” together beautifully! Learn the tricks that the experts know – and why you should have listened in those basic geometry classes!

We’ve all done it – made a sampler quilt or joined a block swap – and realized that all of those
6 ½” blocks are NOT 6 ½”. In the past, these projects have been relegated to a bottom drawer in our sewing room – never to see the light of day!

Not anymore! Learn settings with “fudge factors” that make it possible to combine blocks of slightly different sizes to make striking quilts.

By adding pieced setting blocks, 24 six-inch blocks can be made into a 74” square throw.

See how setting your quilt blocks on point can add more bang to your piecing bucks! For instance, 48 six-inch blocks can be turned into a king size quilt.

With a simple sashing treatment, 72 six-inch blocks are all that is needed to make a queen size quilt.

Come see how you can “fudge” your way to success – and not gain a pound!