Kids Can Quilt
Lesson 3 Tracing onto Heat and Bond
This is the most difficult lesson as students need to break their design apart to trace them onto the smooth side of the Heat and Bond. We like to have adult help in the room on this day.
Remember that we are tracing so the finished image will be reversed. If there is a directional element to their design (ie letters) then students will need to tape their design to a window and trace the reverse image so that when it is on fabric, the image will be reversed back to the desired direction.
1. On the board, show students that they will be tracing their shapes onto Heat and Bond. Each shape needs to be traced separately so that each shape can be a different piece of fabric.
2. We give each student approximately the amount of Heat and Bond they will need and then allow them to come back and get more if they need it. We explain how expensive it is and that they must use it carefully.
Diagram of separated pieces:
3. On the board we draw a quilt block of a house with a roof, door and two windows. Then on another square (pretending it is the Heat and Bond), we show the roof, door, two windows and body of the house separated. They must leave a little bit of room between shapes (approx. 3/8”).
4. If pieces overlap (ie the top edge of the house goes under the roof), students must draw an extra piece onto the shape for slipping under the roof. The same would be true of tree trunks. It would look like this:
4. Students are to cut the shapes out of the Heat and Bond, cutting approx. ¼” away from the pencil lines (do not cut on the pencil line).
5. Heat and Bond shapes go into their Ziploc plastic bag along with their quilt design.
Lessson Four Fabric Choices
This is another lesson where it helps to have an extra adult or two in the room. You will need one iron per adult. We use folded towels as an ironing board in our room.
1. Talk briefly about color contrast. For example, the house will be on white or cream fabric so don’t choose white for your house.
2. We dump the fabric scraps onto the floor and allow the students to choose fabric for their quilt design. Again quilt shops and guilds are great places to ask for fabric scraps. Students are to choose all the fabrics they will need, making sure that each piece of fabric is large enough for each of their pattern shapes. Sometimes students will come with fabric that is too small for the piece they would like to be out of that particular fabric.
3. Once they have chosen all their fabric, they are to bring it to you at the iron. Under the student’s direction regarding fabric choices, press the Heat and Bond shape onto the back of the fabric scrap. Press all of the shapes onto the fabric scraps.
4. Once everything is fused, send the child back to their desk to cut out all of the shapes now on fabric, cutting on the traced line. Cut shapes go into their Ziploc bag along with their quilt block design.
After school or with Parent assistance: To fuse the quilt block you will need each child’s Ziploc bag, an iron and a 10 ½” x 10 ½” white background square. Following the child’s design drawing, fuse the shapes onto the background square. Be sure to leave ½” around the entire design for stitching.
Place the fused quilt block in the Ziploc bag. This is a great point to add a threaded needle to each bag.
Lesson 5 Top and Bottom Boarders
For young students, you may choose to leave this step out and just make a square quilt without boarders. We include this step so that children have piecing experience.
1. Prepare the 2 ½” x 10 ½” border strips by drawing a pencil line on the back of each strip, ¼” from a 10 ½” side.
2. On a table, lay out the assorted strips so that students can choose the color of their two strips.
3. Pin a 2 ½” x 10 ½” strip to the top of the child’s quilt block, right sides together, aligning the edges. The pencil line should be at the top of the quilt block.
4. Show students how to sew the two pieces together using a running stitch. They can take the pins out as they get to them and put the removed pins into their Ziploc bag.
5. They are to knot the thread at the end or have an adult knot it for them.
6. Repeat on the bottom side of the quilt block. Students are to put their completed quilt tops into their Ziploc bags.
After school or with Parent assistance: Press boarder strip seams toward the board strip. Layer the quilt with batting and backing. Pin the layers together.
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