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Judy Niemeyer Desert Sky Quilt Class


NOTE: This class is a prerequisite for the Dinner Dahlia Class, if you have not taken a Judy Niemeyer class previously.

During this class you will learn beginning paper piecing as we all work on Judy Niemeyer’s Desert Sky pattern. Carol Jaynes, a certified Judy Niemeyer instructor, will teach you beginning paper piecing techniques, fabric choices, curved piecing and more.  

Whether you're new to paper piecing or have always wanted to make a Judy Niemeyer quilt this is the class for you!

Pre-Class Cutting, Set-up and Supply List


Judy Niemeyer’s Desert Sky

Pre-cutting the fabrics is a mandatory requirement prior to taking this course. Please begin preparing for class at least 2-WEEKS prior to the class to make sure that you are able to get familiar with your pattern and complete the pre-cutting beforehand.  It is important that you have your pre-class cutting completed. If this step is not completed, you will have a difficult time keeping up and participating in instruction. We always recommend reading through your entire pattern several times before beginning. 

Fabric Selection:  Choose 24 batik fat quarters, 12 bright textured batiks, ranging from light to medium, and 12 dark textured batiks, ranging from medium to dark.

Preparing your Foundation Papers:  Please read and follow the instructions for “Preparing your Papers and Templates” on page 2 of your pattern.


  • Foundation Papers: These are the foundations that you will sew the fabric directly onto.  These need to be trimmed leaving a 1/8” border.  DO NOT cut the individual units apart.
  • Template Layout Sheets: The template layout sheets are used to cut your fabric.  You will cut through these templates when you cut certain parts of your fabric. These need to be trimmed leaving a 1/16” border and used per the directions in the pattern.

Cutting Instructions:  Follow the Cutting instructions on page 2 & 3 of your pattern.  Place fabrics into the bags specified in the cutting instructions.  Complete steps 1-5 on Page 3 of your pattern under “Stacking and Cutting Out Your Fabric”.  Clip pieces together using large paper clips and place in the bags specified. Do not sub-cut the template sheets, this will be demonstrated in class.

The following items will be used in class:

  • Sewing Machine with an open toe foot and a quarter-inch foot
  • Steam Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Purple Thang (optional)
  • 6″ x 12″ ruler
  • Medium size cutting mat (18″ x 24″)
  • Rotary cutter 28mm, 45mm, and 60 mm
  • New rotary blade
  • Size 70 microtex needles
  • Scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Surge protectors
  • Extension cords
  • Glue Pen (Fons & Porter, Sewline,Bohin or Avery)
  • High quality cotton sewing thread
  • Flower pins
  • Scotch Tape
  • Large Ziploc Bags
  • Stapler
  • Wonder Clips
  • Large Paper Clips

2.5” wide Add-a-Quarter rulers of several lengths will be available for purchase from your Instructor at class.

Skill Level: beginner
Skill Details: Beginner
Instructor: Carol Jaynes
Instructor Bio: Carol Jaynes, certified Judy Niemeyer instructor

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.