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Paradise Sewing


(No sewing machine required)

Instructor:  Susan Axelrod – E-mail address   Phone:  760-315-3802

Method:  Starting  out  with  the  basics,  beginners  learn  this  easy  freezer  paper  appliqué  method with great results.   After the blocks are prepared they can be hand or machine appliquéd – hand appliqué will be demonstrated in class.  Start to learn the techniques with a Butterfly.

What to bring:  See Supply list for tools - Butterfly pattern to be supplied by teacher.

Bring a lunch or snacks because class usually goes from 10am-3pm.

For practice on the butterfly block:  Bring the following Fabric & Threads –

  •       Background fabric cut to approximately 13” x 13” or at least 1” larger than needed in each direction.  The background fabric must contrast with the appliqué fabrics you select for the butterfly.  See sample in shop for ideas.
  •       Scraps of small print fabrics (scraps can be as small as 10” square) – any 3 fabrics you want to use for butterfly wings (good contrast between each wing section and the background is needed).  Also, one fabric for butterfly body and antennae.  Batiks are great and ravel less, too.
  •       Threads to match your fabric choices will be needed when you are ready to sew your block.  I use fine cotton machine embroidery thread (50 wt. two-ply) for hand appliqué.


This is a list of commonly used appliqué tools.  The first three tools listed (shown with *) are

required.  Each student must have their own, no sharing.

  •           *Small craft or travel iron (I use a small travel iron – Clover Brand)
  •           *Firm ironing surface (I use the 12” by 12” June Taylor® Cut’N Press I)
  •           *Appliqué stiletto (sharp metal pointed stylus)
  •           1/4” stencil brush or other small paint brush (any brand not a plastic brush)
  •           Spray starch (spray starch in the can – not Fabric Sizing or liquid starch)
  •           Small container for starch (plastic container or jar with a tight-fitting lid)
  •           Roxanne’s Glue Baste It® (this is water soluble basting glue)
  •           Scissors (a pair for cutting paper and a pair for cutting fabric)
  •           Emery board (like the kind used to file finger nails)
  •           Freezer paper (Reynolds® or pre-cut 8 1/2" x 11” sheets by C. Jenkins)
  •           Identa pen – non-smearing permanent marker
  •           Straw needles #11 for hand appliqué
  •           Fine cotton machine embroidery thread - 50 wt/2 ply (not embroidery floss)
  •           Aleene’s OK to Wash-It Glue (permanent, clear drying fabric glue)

 Optional supplies:

  •           Parchment Paper to protect overlay pattern
  •           Piece of scrap muslin (13” x 13”) to cover ironing surface
  •           OTT light or small table light
  •           Thimble and needle threader (if you use them)
  •           Thread Heaven® thread conditioner

        Appliqué with Susan Axelrod              Copyright© 2018

Paradise Sewing Class Policies

  •        Full payment of fee is required at the time of registration to hold your space in class.
  •        A credit or transfer will only be issued for registrations canceled by student at least 4 days prior to a class.
  •        Paradise Sewing reserves the right to cancel 48 hours prior to any class if participation level is below minimum.
  •        We will issue a full refund of class fees for any class we cancel.

Early registration discount:

Students must register at least one week before class starts to be eligible for a 20% discount on their class supplies.


  • 13242 Poway Road Poway, CA 92064
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  • PH: (858) 679-9808
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  • HOURS: Tuesday - Saturday 9-5,  Sunday - Monday Closed