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Fabulous 5 from Freshman Year of Tucker University on ZOOM

Join us over the 5 sessions to learn how to use and perfect your skills for 5 of the Studio 180 Tucker tools from Tucker University's Freshman Year. 

These sessions focus on the creation of blocks rather than to complete a quilt pattern.  In past sessions, some participants have used fabrics that coordinated and subsequently organized them into a quilt top or used for other projects.   

Required Tools
You may already have one or more the necessary tools.  After class registration, you may purchase the required tools at a 10% discount:
1. Tucker Trimmer I
2. Wing Clipper I
3. Square Squared
4. Corner Pop
5. Split Recs
6. Quilters Magic Wand
You will be sent a coupon code for 10% off of the required Studio 180 tools and patterns This code can be used in store or online and will be valid for the duration of the "Fabulous 5 from Tucker University Freshman year" classes.

Included Materials
Included in your class fee for the Fabulous 5 from Freshman Year of Tucker University:
- 5  of the required Studio 180 Design sheets (laminated, 3 hole punched)
- 3 of the required Studio 180  Technique sheets (laminated, 3 hole punched)
- monthly class handouts via DROPBOX from Susan Madu

Included materials have a retail value of over $100. 

All course materials will be ready for pickup near the end of August.  Shipping of course material can also be done.  If you want to take advantage of our free shipping, you will have to meet the minimum purchase required.

Class schedule:
Each class will take place on a Saturday beginning in September 2024.  All classes will be on ZOOM from 2 - 5 p.m. on the following dates:
September 14, 2024
October 5, 2024
November 2, 2024
January 11, 2025
February 1, 2025

Class recordings:
Classes will be recorded and made available within 48 hours to participants via DROPBOX.  These recordings will be available for at least 30 days.  They are copyrighted and are not to be shared.

Each month Susan will demonstrate the scheduled Studio 180 Tucker tool/ruler and how it can be used.

Basic Sewing / Quilting Supplies for all months:

Required materials for all months
Studio 180 Tools and Technique required each month.  You may already have some of this tools in your supplies, especially if you have previously taken any of our previous monthly classes. A summary of these items will also be listed at the end of this class offering. 

Computer Access
Access to an electronic device with microphone, video, wifi and current version of Zoom.
Towards the end of August, you will be mailed (or in store pick up) a complete course package; including all laminated Technique sheets, all laminated Design Sheet and colouring sheets required for the full course.   

Reminders and Zoom invitations will be emailed approximately 2 weeks prior to each month's class offering.   

Tucker University information and any power point slides created by Susan will be provided via DROPVBOX.  You do not have to pay to use DROPBOX for viewing this information.

Class Schedule and required materials for each month 

Module 101: September 14, 2024 
Tucker Trimmer I and Shaded Four Patch
Learn how to use a Tucker Timmer I to create half square triangles, quarter square triangles and combination units.  With the Tucker Trimmer I alone, a quilter has 33 opportunities to create precise units. These units are often what we refer to as base units, therefore they must be precise to fit nicely with more advanced units.  This is a perfect place for any quilter to begin their journey through the Studio 180 Design set of tools.  

You will also learn how to expand the use of your Tucker Trimmer 1 by creating a Shaded Four Patch unit.  By using Deb Tucker's method of strip piecing the construction of a shaded-four patch , the quilter eliminates the need to stitch fabrics on an unsecured bias.  this method also eliminates the stretching and puckering within the unit. Quilters will use their Tucker Trimmer I to finalize their units and discover a wide array of layouts that can be created with just one block.  


Tools: Tucker Trimmer I and Quilters Magic Wand
Technique Sheet:  Shaded Four Patch 
Design Sheet: Tucker Trimmer I 

Module 201: October 5, 2024
Wing Clipper I, Pickets and Quickets
Put your flying geese on the right track by pointing them in the correct direction.  Learn the simple secrets to creating crisp, clean units effectively and quickly.  This method can be applied to any pattern that requires flying geese units.  Since you usually have to make hundreds of these units at a time why not make them perfect every time?

Expand the use of your Wing Clipper I by learning how to make Pickets and Quickets.  Once you begin to recognize these units, you will be surprised by how often they appear in patterns from your favourite magazines and designers.  You will want to add Pickets and Quickets to your border options.  


Tools:  Wing Clipper I and Quilter's Magic Wand
Technique Sheet: Pickets and Quickets
Design Sheet: Wing Clipper I

Module 401: November 2, 2024
Square Squared and Little Houses
Square Squared units can be found within blocks as well as sashing.  Since this unit is often used to connect other units, the points are extremely valuable for the design to work without interruption.  You will save those points with the Square Squared tool.  A secondary benefit to using Deb Tucker's method of creating Square Squared units is that you will not waste fabric. It's a win-win situation.

Expand the use of your Square Squared tool by learning how to make little houses.  Little houses have been disguised in borders and have shown up in some star blocks.  You will be astounded where these units show up.
Tools: Square Squared (Note: this is the smaller of the 2 sizes of Square Squared tool, the Large Square Squared  can also be used for this module and module 10).
Technique Sheet: Little Houses 
Design Sheet: Square Squared 

Module 701: January 11, 2025
Corner Pop
Stop throwing away half of those squares you used to pop off a corner and start saving your fabric by using the Corner Pop.  Before you know it, you will be popping off the corners of every unit.  The Corner Pop does just that, it helps to add a pop of colour to any unit and can add a secondary pattern to your quilt. Have you ever made an Elizabeth Hartman pattern? Or Art East Quilting Co. pattern? Those designers are known for using the Stitch & Flip method which can be challenging to sew accurately. Instead, use the Corner Pop method and waste less fabric while getting better results.


Tools: Corner Pop Ruler
Technique Sheet:  None
Design Sheet: Corner Pop

Module 801: February 1, 2025
Split Rects
Give me an A, give me a B, give me a L and an R . . . . what does that spell?  Nothing!  So then leave those letters at home along with the plastic templates that you would have to trace and learn how to make crisp, clean half rectangles or what Deb Tucker calls a Split Rects.  By using the Split Rects tool, you do not have to worry about shaving your plastic templates any more. There are 8 different size options with just one tool.  Your starts will twinkle with these strong points.

Tools: Split Rects
Technique Sheet:  None
Design Sheet: Split Rects

Cancellation of Classes or Retreats
Should you decide to cancel your registration for an event, class or retreat, you will receive a full credit to a gift card as long as the cancellation is made more than 2 weeks prior to the class date. After that time, you will forfeit your full registration fee.

If you are unable to attend, you do have the option of finding your own replacement participant but Watergirl Quilt Co. will not assist with this or give any fee credit to the original participant. You would be required to email us the name and contact information of your replacement.

For more details on our "Refund policy" please refer to FAQ on our website

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: All skill levels welcome. This is a series of classes that will introduce you to the or refine your techniques and Studio 180 Tucker tools.
Materials Included: All required Technique and Design Sheets (laminated with 3 hole punch)
Requirements: Access to an electronic device with microphone, video, wifi and current version of Zoom. Studio 180 tools as listed in class description. Does NOT include fabric nor Studio 180 Tucker tools
Instructor: Susan Madu
Instructor Bio: Susan is a retired chartered accountant and a passionate creator and quilter. She is never without a sketchbook or some project in her hands. Susan designs and teaches under the "Modern Blended Quilts" banner. A central theme of her patterns is blending together elements of traditional and modern quilting. Take your traditional stash and blend it up modern with modern textures, solids and styles for stunning results.
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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.