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					                         Jo Parrott’s LESSON PLAN for
                     Favorite Traditional Quilts Made Easy

Introduction
Favorite Traditional Quilts Made Easy contains a basic, easy-to-follow set of
instructions for making beautiful Pineapple block and Hunter’s Star block quilts.
Traditionally, these blocks were difficult to make because they used odd-shaped
templates, such as diamonds and trapezoids. With the shortcut techniques in my book,
the blocks are simple enough for beginners using half-square triangles and strip-
piecing. There’s no need for templates!

General Class Description for Newsletters
Pineapple Block Quilt: An old favorite-but-difficult pattern has been made easy using
quick-pieced strips and corner triangles. Precise cutting and accurate seam allowances
will yield the perfect 12” block every time and make piecing fun!
Skill level: beginning to intermediate.

Hunter’s Star Block Quilt: Template-free piecing using quick half-square-triangle
techniques make this diamond-shaped star easy and fun.
Skill level: beginning to intermediate.

Nine Patch Jewels or Casey’s Nine Patch: The same blocks make many different
quilts—you decide which one to do! This is a fun class designed to use up scraps. We’ll
each bring dark and light squares to class and have a fabric swap; then we’ll have lots
of fun on the flannel board.
Skill level: beginning to intermediate.



Class Length
All the projects in this book have been taught in a one-day, five-hour class.



Teaching Tips, Techniques, and Troubleshooting
1) Purple Passion Pineapple Quilt
Prior to class, students should purchase the book and precut one of each strip listed
in the cutting instructions. They’ll be able to put together several blocks under your
supervision without getting overwhelmed. Have each student bring (or you can supply)
one 1-1/2” x 42” strip to make the test block (on page 7) to be sure they’re sewing
using an accurate 1/4” seam allowance before starting the quilt. Teach the students
how to subcut each of the precut strips as listed in the cutting instructions. (If
students are knowledgeable, they could subcut prior to class.)
To help the students visualize the 10 steps on pages 14 and 15, make a sample of each
step before teaching the class. If students have trouble fitting the precut 6 1/2”
background strips to the block (e.g., the strips are too short or too long), refer them
back to the test block on page 7. You will need to watch the class and tell them not to
trim off anything. If they trim the 6 1/2” strip, they will be trimming after every
addition and the block will not measure 12”. An accurate 1/4” seam allowance is a must.

Toward the end of the class, discuss the assembly diagram on page 15 and adding
borders as shown on page 43.

2) Lavender Hunter’s Star
Before teaching the Hunter’s Star class, the teacher should know and understand the
special techniques for making the half-square-triangle grid. Practice, following the
steps on pages 7, 8, and 9. One set of half-square-triangle units can be made in 30
minutes. You must be able to do it before you can teach a student. It’s easy, but
practice is helpful. For the Lavender Hunter’s Star quilt, there are four color
combinations. Have each student make the color swatch card on page 26 to avoid
getting confused while piecing.

A large part of the class is spent making and pressing the half-square-triangle units.
Make note that fabrics A and D do not appear in a half-square-triangle unit together;
point out the diagram on page 26. Schedule a brief break to relax and stretch. Tell
them to press toward A or D; no seam allowances are pressed toward B or C. This
pressing makes block assembly much easier.

Follow the block assembly instructions on pages 26 and 27. It is best to have the
students lay out the four half-square-triangle units in the manner shown, before
sewing. I find that from the table to the sewing machine they often get turned, so be
forewarned. Toward the end of class, discuss assembly and border instructions.

3)Nine Patch Jewels or Casey’s Nine Patch
The two quilts are both made with 140 blocks; they just use different colors and
assembly. Have students bring to class two sets of squares: dark 2 1/2” and 2 7/8”
squares and light 2 1/2” and 2 7/8” squares, per the cutting instructions on page 35 or
39. Cover the making of scrap half-square-triangle units on page 10. Explain the block
assembly on page 36, along with the assembly-line sewing tip, which keeps all squares
in the right place. Then let students sew to their heart’s delight. When a bunch of
blocks have been made, use a flannel board to show assembly; see pages 37 or 41 and
additional assembly ideas on page 40. Let students make up their own designs on the
flannel board. They’ll love it.
Merchandising Ideas
Other products that can be sold to support class projects:
   Favorite Traditional Quilts Made Easy
   Fabric as shown for quilt being taught
   Good ruler with 1/8” markings
   New blade for rotary cutter

Trunk Shows
If you’re interested in displaying quilts from the book, you can choose from two
different trunk shows. Visit www.martingale-pub.com or contact Joparrott@aol.com

				
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