Construction/Abstraction (Supplies)

Instructor: Sue Benner

The supply list has been provided by the instructor. If you have any questions, please contact the instructor at

Supply List

– images that interest and inspire you from just about any source (sketches, books, magazines, photos, etc. keeping in mind color, shape, line quality) for use as starting points for your designs;

– a reproduction of at least one abstract image of another artist (or a whole book) to contribute to a class discussion, could be part of above group of images;

– 20-35 yards of Pellon Wonder-Under 805 –the faster you work, the more you bring. (Watch for coupons/discounts at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores) If you cannot find this brand bring another product that is a paper-backed polyester or polyamide web like Soft Fuse;

– about ½ of a twin-size cotton batting or equivalent. To insure consistent results only bring 100% cotton batting such as Quilter’s Dream Cotton. (Warm ‘N Natural/White has a scrim of a synthetic and will dimple with heat; if it is all you can get, we can work with it.);

– FABRIC! Choose an assortment of fabrics with your inspirational images in mind. Bring the fabrics you want to work with, and keep these suggestions in mind:

  • Remember, you can fuse fabrics that you can’t piece, so be creative with your choices: silks, polyesters, even lace and knits.
  • Bring a range of values from light to dark, not just mediums. Stretch yourself into tints, tones and shades.
  • Mind-bending color, be bold and don’t forget the neutrals!!!!!
  • Large prints(at least one large, crazy print for an exercise), small prints.
  • Hand-dyed and painted fabrics, YES! Batiks, YES!
  • Cotton, silk, linen, rayon, and polyester will all work.
  • Recycled thrift store clothing, fun, fun, fun!
  • Sheers like chiffon and organza.
  • Any fabrics that interest and challenge you.
  • So really what I am saying is that we can work with almost any fabric—don’t sweat it and have fun with this. About 50-60 different fabrics should be enough to do the work, size and shape can vary, but around fat quarter size is a good rule of thumb.

Pre-washing is not required but strongly suggested for a better fuse. I almost always prewash, including the recycled clothing. Before you come to class, I strongly recommend fusing Wonder-Under to a grouping of (10-20) fabrics, about 12” x 17” of each would suffice. Do not pull paper off, transport flat or rolled.

– about 2 yards cotton fabric for backing quilts;

– Teflon press sheet, roll of parchment paper;

– extension cord and outlet strip, design wall or board, unless the workshop furnishes these;

– straight pins, pencil and paper (about 20 sheets office paper or spiral of drawing paper, a few sheets of tracing paper, letter size or 9”x12” is fine) , black fine point Sharpie, masking tape, glue stick, one colorful magazine to cut up;

– 1 yard of 100% cotton solid fabric, preferably white (this is a “junker” fabric). Part of the cotton batting and this cotton sheet or fabric will be used to create an ironing/design surface on your work table;

– steam iron, sharp scissors, cutting mat, rotary cutter (a large and very small, 18-mm, would be ideal), and gridded ruler (24” x 6” is good), gridded square (6 ½” or larger);


– a sample of your work, actual quilts, or portfolio for showing Sue and the class.

-digital camera (highly suggested) and/or reducing glass or other type of reducing viewer;

– about 5 manila folders or gallon plastic bags for storing fused scraps;

-100% cotton press cloth that is a long staple cotton (like pima), pre-washed, approximately 18” x 18,” white color best. If you don’t have this kind of cotton bring any kind of white cotton.

– old blouses or other clothing to add to class stash, silks best, but other interesting fabrics welcome;

– tacking or sealing iron (brand name, Hobbico orTopflite Monokote); iron cleaning sheets (for a fusing slip-up);

– portable sewing light;

– X-acto knife (helpful to cut intricate designs), tweezers;

SUPPLIES I WILL HAVE ON HAND: digital camera, recycled fabrics, parchment paper

Please email or call if you have any questions about the supply list!