Augusta Cole
Richmond, Virginia

Augusta quilting career in North Carolina over 30 years ago. She was on the board of directors for the North Carolina Quilt Symposium. She moved to Richmond and eventually served as President of the Virginia Consortium of Quilters. Augusta offers a variety of workshops, many of them being snappy, scrappy classes. She gives lectures that include her collection of quilts and love for the art of quilt making. She loves to teach, travel and enjoys her stash of fabrics.Visit

Wheel of Fortune, Full Day
Thursday, 8/14/2014 - 8/14/2014, 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 for $8 available in class. Fabric selection: This quilt needs contrast. I have used a light background, 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 x 5 blocks which measures 48” x 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 thru 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.
NH 003   65.00

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Scrappy Mystery, Full Day
Friday, 8/15/2014 - 8/15/2014, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Gather your scraps and come for a fun day to solve the mystery. You may make a wall hanging or a large quilt from this beginning. I am doing this supply list the way I have made my quilt – feel free to add your own touches. All levels.Materials List: Sewing machine and your regular sewing supplies. Rotary mat and cutter. Iron and pressing surface. Omnigrid #96 ruler (available in class, $15), you will use this. Square up ruler by Eleanor Burns , 6/12” (available in class, $12). Regular rulers. Fabrics: I found a special fabric that I just loved for my main fabric. It is a fabric that I can pull coordinating fabrics from my stash to make a pleasing look. You can buy 1 yard for a wall hanging or 5 yards for a large-size quilt. It is easy to do a regular, queen, or king size from this beginning. You will just continue to build upon what we start in class. You may certainly use a “theme” for this fabric if you desire. I used a variety of neutrals from my stash. You will want your coordinating fabrics to “pop” against your background. Bring your 2 1/2” squares and 2 1/2” strips. Remember, “Variety is the Spice of Life.” I used a bunch of different fabrics from my stash that worked with my special “love” fabric. You will need 2 1/2” squares and 2 1/2” strips for this as well. Remember, “Variety . . .” *One clue is that we are going to be using a new method that I have really enjoyed using and teaching. Bring at least one set of fabrics to try (and more if you like): a background and a coordinating fabric, cut each 7” x 11”, put them right sides together, and press. Pre-cutting fabrics: Main fabric: Cut (1) 4 1/2” strip WOF (width of fabric or selvage to selvage). Background fabric: Cut (16) 2 1/2” squares; Cut 2 1/2” strips WOF or short strips from your stash will work. Cut (4) 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” rectangles. Coordinating fabric: Cut (8) 2 1/2” squares. Cut 2 1/2” strips WOF or short strips. See you soon – be scrappy. Sewing machine required.
NH 004   65.00

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Manchester Stars, Half Day
Saturday, 8/16/2014 - 8/16/2014, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Welcome to a 3-hour class that is a scrapers frenzy! We will have many different possibilities of making stars, pinwheels and stars with a ribbon border, using my fun, speedy way of making half-square triangles. You can make the stars into a quilt all by themselves or you can alternate them with the pinwheel blocks. Another possibility is to make a quilt with just the pinwheel blocks. I love my quilt made with the Manchester Star and a ribbon border. Decisions, decisions, decisions - “oh my” - that you may make before class or come learn the techniques and then make your choice. The technique is very fast and you will master it in the first hour and be able to build your stars very quickly. You may even want to make a quilt from each possibility! Come join in the excitement and see your Manchester Stars twinkling! All levels. Materials List: Background fabric: you may decide to use all the same background or different backgrounds. I used different background for all mine except the stars with the ribbon border, for that quilt I used all the same background - 4 yards. Star fabrics: A scrapers frenzy! “Variety is the Spice of Life,” so use many different fabrics. Use your stash! All the necessities: Sewing machine, foot pedal & all power cords. Basic sewing supplies. Rotary cutter & small mat. Iron and pressing surface. Rulers: 6” x 12” , 4 1/2” square, Omnigrid #96 ruler (available in class, $15), Eleanor Burns Triangle Square Up ruler (available in class, $12). Pre-Cutting: Background fabric: bring 4 1/2” strips, many of them. If using different fabrics, short strips can work well. If using all the same background you can cut 10 or 12 WOF strips. Star fabrics: bring a “variety” of 4 1/2” strips. These can be short strips from your stash, 15” lengths will work well. Sewing machine required.
NH 005   35.00

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Special Luncheon Presentation: A Scrap Party, 2 hours
Saturday, 8/16/2014 - 8/16/2014, 12:30 PM - 2:30 AM
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 enjoy a delicious luncheon and discover 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!” Augusta’s presentation includes lunch - hot pasta with roasted vegetables & grilled chicken in pomodoro sauce, rolls & butter, chocolate mousse and iced tea and coffee.
NH LEC 102   34.00

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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