Saturday, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

These blocks look like three-dimensional pyramids—and they also appear to float above the surface of the quilt! Emerald City blocks are strip-pieced and easy enough for beginners to construct. Experienced quilters will learn something too: how to harness the power of consistent value placement to create a sense of three dimensions. Careful attention to value will make the illusion appear. A shadowed setting visually “lifts” them off the surface of the quilt, and we’ll talk about how to choose fabrics to make it work.  So elegant, so dimensional, so easy—and so exciting to see the results!

Class Cost does not include supplies.
$35 GQCCC Member
$45 Sister Guild
$55 Non-member

To register for the class click here. Colleen is speaking at the August General Meeting.

Yardage Requirements:

For blocks:

  • ½ yard (total) light fabrics
  • ½ yard (total) dark fabrics
  • 1 yard (total) medium fabrics

It’s important to have different values (light / medium / dark) within each block.  You can use as few as three different fabrics.  It can also be given a scrappy look with lots of different values, as long as there is a distinct difference between light, medium, and dark within each block.

If you are using small scraps, be aware that this quilt is strip-pieced; you will need to be able to cut strips at least 18” long.  Fat quarters (or jelly rolls) are great!

For background and sashing:

  • 1½ yards sashing and border fabric
  • ¼ yard “shadow” fabric

Note: “Shadow” fabric may be black, or it can be a darker or grayer color than the sashing fabric.  The shadow fabric should look like the color of a shadow on the sashing fabric; ignore the color of the block fabrics.  If in doubt: bring black, muddy green or purple, or charcoal gray!

Tools and Notions Required:

  • Rotary cutter, mat, and 6” x 24” ruler
  • Triangle ruler, Omnigrid # 98 or 98L
  • Design wall (a large flannel-backed vinyl tablecloth works great!)
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing basket supplies, piecing thread, etc.

Optional Items–Recommended but not Required:

  • Reducing lens, door peephole or binoculars