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Teaching From Debbie Caffrey's Books

Scraps to You, Too

Teaching Outline

Below is a list of the visual aids that would be helpful in teaching a very successful Scraps to You, Too 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 Basic Technique

Prepare the following visual aids to demonstrate the basic technique.

Make one strip pieced panel for constructing 4? “scraps” triangles.

Crosscut eight 2 ½" wide sections from the above panel. Save the remainder of the panel for a visual aid. Set aside two sections as visual aids. Sew the other six sections into three four patches. Clip & press them.

Set aside one four patch for a visual aid. Cut the remaining two four patches into four “scraps triangles”. Keep three “scraps triangles” as visual aids and use the fourth one to make one “Bird in the Air” block.

Now you have visual aids to put onto a flannel wall to show the step by step process.

Visual Aids for Designing

Make a few small tops using just the “Bird in the Air” blocks with a variety of setting fabric placements and setting options. See pages17-19 and 33-41 for ideas.

Make a variety of units like those on page 14 of the book and any others you can imagine. Make four of each unit you choose to make. Use these to show the quilters how to mix and match the units to make blocks like those on pages 20–24. Make some blocks to experiment with fabric placement and color. These will give the students insight and inspiration for designing their own quilts.

Class Outline

To teach this workshop in one class, I focus on the basic technique and how to adjust the size of the “scraps triangles”. Have the quilters choose a size and make “Bird in the Air” blocks or another of their choice using this technique. After they have made a number of blocks, have them go to the design wall and experiment with layouts.

To teach this workshop in more than one class, I use the first class to teach the basic technique and plan projects. Have the quilters bring a few fat quarters of fabrics that they do not mind using just for exercises to learn and practice the techniques. Help the quilters decide what they are going to do in subsequent classes and what supplies they will need to bring. Use the first class for discussing fabrics, color, value, etc. instead of doing much sewing.