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VGCC To Offer Beginner Machine Quilting At Franklin County Campus in January

People in the vicinity of the Vance-Granville Community College Franklin County Campus will have an opportunity in January to learn to quilt from the beginning.

Veteran quilting instructor Debbie Powell will teach day and evening classes on Machine Piecing and Quilting at the Franklin Campus on N.C. 56 west of Louisburg. The day classes will be held on Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m., beginning Jan. 4 and running eight weeks to Feb. 22. Evening classes will be held on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning Jan. 5 and ending Feb. 23.

Powell began hand quilting in classes at VGCC’s main campus and has taken other classes at shops in the Raleigh area. She has been teaching beginner and advanced quilting at a shop in Wake Forest more than a year, and for the past several months she has taught classes at her home on Raleigh Road south of Henderson.

Students in the Franklin Campus class will learn how to make six different blocks, assemble the top, put on borders, layer and quilt the sampler by machine and bind the quilt. At the end of the eight-week class, they will have finished a 40½-inch square wall hanging sampler, complete with a label and sleeve on the back. Powell will also teach students to journal their quilt so they will have a record of its production.

At the first class meeting, Powell plans to cover choosing fabrics for color and value, and she will discuss quilting supplies needed for the class.

Cost of the class is $30. Interested persons are asked to pre-register by calling the Franklin County Campus at (919) 496-6604 or the VGCC Continuing Education office at (252) 738-3616.