Augusta Cole
Richmond, Virginia

Augusta has been teaching quilting for many years. She was a member of the North Carolina Quilt Symposium Board of Directors and is past president of the Virginia Consortium of Quilters. Augusta is known as the “Scrappy Lady,” having published many snappy, scrappy patterns. Her motto is “Variety is the spice of life.” She loves to teach, travel and share her tips, tricks and love of quilting. Visit

Wheel of Fortune, Full Day
Thursday, 3/26/2015 - 3/26/2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Wheel of Fortune quilt is one of my favorites. I made this quilt years ago and entered it in a Richmond Quilt Guild show. The quilt was sold during the show and that is my very favorite quilt story! I will share my story with you in class. You will love making this quilt. You may choose to use a very controlled palette or my version which is “Variety is the Spice of Life.” Come jump on the Wheel and have fun! All levels. Materials List: Wheel of Fortune pattern $8, available in class. Fabric selection: This quilt needs contrast. I have used a light background, with mediums and darks for the “color” part of the block. As you look at the photo, there is a secondary design that forms an eight-pointed star. If you would like to use different background fabric here, please do. By using the second background in the center of the eight-pointed star, you may see the star “pop” better. I would also suggest that second background being a light, just a shade or two different from your background fabric around the wheel. Hope this helps. Pre-Cutting and Supplies: This class is “block” focused, meaning you can make as many blocks as you would like to get the quilt the size you want it to be. The quilt center is 4 blocks by 5 blocks which measures 48” by 60” and is a good lap size if borders are added. Each block squares to 12” finished. The block is built by making 4 units. These units take an A and B segment, which are different. Since this is a one-day class, bring enough to sew with, you can continue to add more later. The objective is to use what you have in your stash to make this beautiful quilt! Fabrics: Background-(light) bring 4 1/2” strips to use WITH the wheels and 2” strips to use for the center of the stars. If you are using a different fabric for the center of the stars bring that in the 2” strips only, but remember to bring strips to use WITH the wheel as well. Medium and dark fabrics to make the Wheels and star points, remember contrast, bring 4 1/2” strips and 2” strips from your stash. It takes 8 wheels to make one block and it takes 8 star strips to make one block. I like “variety” for these. Borders, backing and binding fabrics can be decided on after you learn the technique. Supplies: Sewing machine and supplies. Remember extension cords, foot pedal & power cord. Regular sewing supplies. Mat and cutter with a new blade. We will be cutting through multiple layers at once. A rotating mat comes in handy for cutting the freezer paper shapes. A Creative Grid 6 1/2” ruler comes in handy when you “true up” each unit and a 12 1/2” square ruler when you “true up” each block. Iron & pressing surface. Five medium Ziploc bags. Sewing machine required.
GA 001   65.00

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Snappy Squares, Full Day
Friday, 3/27/2015 - 3/27/2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Look at your stash and pick your favorite scraps! We will make a snappy quilt using strip piecing with squares and adding triangles. We will set the blocks on point and discover that these quilts are “sew” easy to make. Remember, “Variety is the spice of life!” The quilt will measure approximately 53” by 63”. If you think you would like yours larger then remember to buy more fabric. I always buy more than needed. All levels. Materials List: Pattern $8, payable to instructor (correct change always helps). Sewing machine and regular sewing supplies, extension cord & power strips. Thread and filled bobbins – gray or neutral. A true 1/4” seam allowance on your machine. Rotary cutting supplies including rulers. Iron and pressing surface. Fabrics: 35+ strips cut 2” wide in an assortment of colors or from your stash, scraps cut 2” by 11”. 2 1/2 yards of a dark fabric for the small triangles and the binding (navy, black, green, etc.). 2 1/2 yards of a light fabric for the large triangles (muslin, white, tone on tone, etc.). Backing and batting will be determined by your finished size. Pre-Cut: From the 35 plus scrappy strips, cut each strip into quarters that will give you approximately 4 strips 11” long. From the dark fabric, cut 8 strips 3 3/8” wide, then cut these into squares. Sub-cut these 3 3/8” squares twice on the diagonal. Save the remainder of the dark fabric for the binding. From the light fabric, cut 6 strips 8 3/8” wide. Cut into 24 squares, then sub-cut these once on the diagonal. Cut one square 8” for the center of the quilt. Often the quilt is used for a baby or a bride and the name and dates are added to this center block using embroidery or monogramming. Sewing machine required.
GA 002   65.00

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Spinning Stars, Full Day
Saturday, 3/28/2015 - 3/28/2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
This quilt is so easy and yet so striking! The Spinning Stars quilt is a wonderful quilt to put your stash to good use. For this quilt to “pop” it helps to use a sharp contrast of lights and darks. We will work on “value” as we get comfortable putting all our scraps together. We will make precise split nine patch blocks, joining them to form our Spinning Star. All levels. Materials List: Spinning Star pattern $8, payable to instructor. Sewing machine, regular sewing supplies, extension cord and/or power strip, and foot pedal. Rotary cutter, mat & rulers. Iron and pressing surface. Omnigrid #96 ruler (if you would like me to bring you one please let me know, $15 - Eleanor Burns 6 1/2” triangle square up rule (I will have these for $12). Fabrics: Your stash is a wonderful place to find fabrics for this scrappy quilt. You will use lights and darks and contrast is important. Fat quarters work well with this also. If you have 2 1/2” squares from other projects you are in great shape. Bring lots of colors, yellow and reds always sparkle in a scrap quilt. Even your ugly fabric cut into small enough pieces will work. Bring some fabric for sharing as well, if you would like. Light Fabrics: I used a variety of light fabrics. Remember my motto “Variety is the spice of life.” You may do the same or if you choose, you may use a single light fabric. There is no right or wrong. Total of 2 yards. Dark Fabrics: Variety, variety and more variety! You will want LOTS of variety. Total of 2 yards. Contrasting color for your slim inner borders and binding: 1 1/2 yards. Pre-cutting: Light fabric: 2 1/2” squares = 108. Also, bring 2 1/2” x 11” strips. We will use these with the 2 1/2” dark strips to make our half square triangles. This is where we will use the Omnigrid #96 triangle. Dark fabric: 2 1/2” squares = 108. Also, bring 2 1/2” x 11” strips. These will work with the 2 1/2” light strips to make the half square triangles. The 3 B’s: Border, backing and batting you may get later. You may want to keep adding to make this a larger quilt! I always buy extra fabric, just in case or for the stash. See you in March 2015! Sewing machine required.
GA 003   65.00

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Scrap Party, 1-1/2 hours
Friday, 3/27/2015 - 3/27/2015, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Augusta Cole, well known as the “Scrappy Lady”, invites you to her Scrap Party! She loves to plunder her stash to create beautiful quilts. “Variety is the spice of life” being her motto, it is no surprise that most of her quilts use scraps. Even so ... she still has a bountiful stash to draw from! Come and discover the ways Augusta uses her scraps. If you have a favorite scrap quilt you’d like to share with the group, please bring it with you. See you at “The Party!”
GA LEC 102   20.00

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*Quilts pictured above:
top row: "California Chardonnay" by Jan Rashid, "Gathering Baskets" by Margret Strauchman, "Life Goes On" by Irene MacWilliam
bottom row: "Technique Rebellion II Redux" by Melody Johnson, "Cape Primrose" by Barbra Barrick McKie, "Breadfruit in Blue Hawaii" by Connie Ayers