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Teaching From Debbie Caffrey's Books

Power Cutting

Teaching Outline

Below is a list of the visual aids that would be helpful in teaching a very successful Power Cutting class. Once you have prepared them, keep them together so that teaching another class in the future will only require that you to press and organize the pieces.

Visual Aids for Cutting

Prepare the following visual aids to demonstrate cutting:

a half yard piece of fabric to demonstrate basic strip cutting;
strips to demonstrate crosscutting strips of fabric into squares and rectangles;
panels to be used to demonstrate crosscutting strip pieced panels – one panel for the Rail Fence quilt, one panel of each (A-E) from the Framed Nine Patch quilt, and two B panels from Three or More; and several fat quarters to demonstrate stacking and cutting fat quarters.

Visual Aids for Piecing

Make the following visual aids to demonstrate piecing:

one panel from the Rail Fence quilt that demonstrates the “rainbow”;
a step by step series of piecing the Framed Nine Patch block;
step by step Double Four Patch and Secondary Chain blocks from Three or More; and step by step Bow Tie block.

Class Outline

To teach the entire book to beginners, I would break it into three or more classes.

For the first class, have your students select a quilt from the book and bring to class the fabrics required and their basic cutting tools. This class should focus on cutting strips, crosscutting strips into squares and rectangles, cutting fat quarters, basic strip-piecing, and construction of a Bow Tie block.

The second class should focus on crosscutting the strips and constructing the blocks.
The third class should focus on completing the quilt top.

To teach the book to experienced quilters, you will need one or two class sessions.

These sessions will be used for cutting strips, strip-piecing panels, and crosscutting the strip-pieced panels. The completion of the quilts is so basic that it needs only a discussion and not really any class time for sewing.