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Fabulous Floral Applique: 3-Dimensional Rose with Helmina Schenck

In this class, Helmina will be showing students how to create a beautiful appliqued rose using her 3-D technique. The format is completely online, with Helmina showing slides and demonstrating the steps while students work along at home. This technique involves some machine sewing, and then mostly handwork to make and assemble the different parts of the Rose. Images for cutting out templates will be sent out by email before the first class.

The class is in two sessions. In the first 2-hour session, we will make all the parts of the Rose: the center rose bud, two different types of rose petals, and the rose background. The class starts working with the templates right away, so they MUST be prepared ahead of time as instructed in the template files. The second 2-hour class session will be devoted to assembling the Rose. The units are then layered to make the final Rose. The layering is done with hand stitching. Class will also explain how to make 3-dimensional leaves using two different methods.


FABRICS: Choose an assortment of fabrics for making your Rose. Batik and Hand-dyed fabrics work very well for this class. Choose colors from those shown, yellow-orange to magenta or reds. I like to mix several fabrics so that I can have a different fabric on the front and back of the petals. This gives more interest to the final Rose. Fat-eighths to fat-quarters of a yard are more than enough. Choose one accent color, here there is a magenta batik as the accent fabric. The accent fabric will be used to make part of the central rose bud and a few of the rose petals. Purple or bluey-purple batiks also make good accent fabrics.


Your sewing machine should be in good working order.

1. Pick a color thread that blends well with your dominant colorscheme for piecing the petals together. Often a dusty rose blends well. Have machine and bobbin threaded before class.
2. General machine sewing supplies; paper and fabric small scissors; regular pencil and a white chalk pencil for marking on fabrics.
3. General Hand-sewing supplies, including a THIMBLE (you’ll be going through several layers of fabric and will need a thimble to push the needle through), Needle grabbers, Gold-eyed hand sewing needles (that have a larger eye for ease of threading), needle threaders if you use them, threads in Rose colors.
4. To make hand work easier, use clip-on magnifiers to your regular/sewing glasses.
5. About 10” of freezer paper.
6. One manila folder, or two 8.5x11” sheets of card stock for making templates
7. Spray-mount adhesive, (that works the easiest, but glue sticks will also work for stabilizing the templates if your printer will not print on card stock directly.)
8. One new pencil with new eraser on it (for help in turning petals right side out).
9.  One fat crochet hook, any size (used for smoothing petals when turning right side out.)

NOTE: Template images will be sent out prior to the first class.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details:
Instructor: Helmina Schenk
Instructor Bio: Helmina comes to us from Alaska and Washington State where she taught many quilting classes. She has been quilting and teaching for over 35 years, and also has done many quilting demonstrations in quilt shops and at quilt shows. In Alaska she won Best of Show at the Alaska State Fair for her three-dimensional Rose and floral applique quilt, and has since taught and developed new techniques. Her quilts incorporate lots of free-hand, free-motion quilting that is often done without pre-marking the spontaneous designs. In addition, she has a color signature in her work which she enjoys sharing with her students.

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