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Teaching Guide

Schedule: two sessions, 3
hours each

Session One
Gadget Alert:
Triangle Paper by SPPS

The Angler by Pam Bono

Easy Angle

Piecing the maple leaves.
To swap:
When swapping blocks,
quilters are often
concerned about the
swapmates’ color choices.
The joy of swapping is the
way it expands our color
palette. Sometimes
setting guidelines such as
background fabric or color
choice limits help to calm
these fears. Be sure to
include these guidelines in
the supply list. Also
prepare the quilters for
the individuals who “forget”
the suggestions. It is
often these blocks that
add zing to our quilts.
The pattern is very
straight forward for a
larger class. For a class
with fewer than 16
students, consider having
each student make two
sets of eight leaves or
four sets of four leaves.
One of a kind:
This is a perfect application
for the Easy Angle tool.
Triangles for individual
leaves can be easily and
quickly cut for each block.

For homework: Encourage
the students to return to
class with completed
leaves. Also, have them
piece the half square
triangles for the basket,
and bring all the basket
shapes cut.

Session Two

Complete the piecing for
the basket.

Swap the leaves and the
charms squares from
session one. Use the
charm squares to make
the flowers for the
appliqué. Use your favorite
method for appliqué. The
directions in the pattern
are for invisible machine
appliqué. Fine needles such
as 70/10 Schmetz needles
give the best results.

Encourage the students to
design their own appliqué
placement.

Set aside time to play
with the leaves for the
border. This is an excellent
time to explore color and
value concepts. For
example: I never place the
darkest leaves in the
corners, but rather one
position before or after
the corner. This keeps the
eye moving.

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