Classes

Class Policy: You must register and pay for all classes in advance. Mail a check, pay in the shop, or we can take your payment by phone. If for any reason you cannot attend, we will gladly refund half the class fee or apply the full amount to a future class.  Pre-cut kits are nonrefundable.

For ALL Classes:  Unless a class is designed  specifically for hand work, you should bring your regular sewing supplies:  Sewing machine and manual, 1/4" foot, thread, scissors, rotary cutter and mat, pins.

TIP: Always bring your sewing machine manual to class!

Sewing machine RENTAL for in-house classes is now available for only $10.
Call ahead to book a machine and we'll have it set up and ready for you when you arrive!

 

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Class Schedule
Saturday Sampler & Lucky Seven
Sat. Jan. 5, 10am-11am

Join us the first Saturday of every month for Saturday Sampler. We'll have snacks and fun! Bring your Show & Tell items and get an extra door prize for every item you bring. If you're participating in our Lucky Seven BOM, you must be present at 10am and bring your previous months finished block in order to receive your next free block . Those not attending on time will be charged $7 for their next block.

 
Finisher’s Club $10
Wed. Dec. 19, 10am-4pm
Teacher: Linda Hayes
(Bring a lunch)

Got any unfinished projects? Really? Well we ALL do! This Club is a commitment we are making to getting some things finished this year. The Club dues are just $10 per month, that gives you access to all of the super creative ideas in Linda Hayes head, not to mention her mighty fine math skills. We will list our personal goals for the year on a page, bring a lunch, and hopefully begin to quickly start crossing things off the list. There will be a monthly door prize, and a reward for every project that gets finished! We will meet the 3rd Wed. of each month.  

Jelly Roll Rug $25
Part 2: Sat. Jan. 5, 2-5pm
Teacher: Karen Fuller
Beginner

The Jelly Roll Rug is both decorative and useful. It’s a great way to use up those Jelly Rolls you just couldn’t resist buying, but have not yet found a use for, or if you don’t have a Jelly Roll in the colors you want, we will work with you to custom cut one. During the first class Karen will show how to join the strips and how the batting is positioned. During the 2nd Class she will guide you through beginning to coil and stitch the rug together.

Supply list:
Jelly Roll Rug Pattern
Jelly Roll of 40-42 strips
Large roll of 2-1/2” batting, or 1-1/4yds Cotton Batting 96”wide and Batting Seam Tape.
(If you choose to cut your own, it must be prepared prior to class)
Size 14-18 Jeans Sewing Machine Needles, (Karen prefers #16)
1 Large spool of Thread (at least 1200 yards) to blend or contract with your fabrics. Variegated Thread is a great option.
Sewing Machine that will make at least a 5mm wide zig-zag stitch.

 
Piecing Outside the Box: Ruby Tuesday
$35 sign up fee, $15 per monthly class
Tues. Jan. 8, 10am-1pm
Or Tues. Jan. 8, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Teacher: Linda Hayes
Confident Beginner

Meet Ruby Tuesday, this year’s sampler quilt that will be made over the 12 months of 2019. The star blocks are predominantly made using the book, Quick and Easy Block Tool. The challenge for this quilt is to choose one color – mine was red! – and select a wide range of values from medium light to dark. The star blocks are framed by “chains” of two backgrounds – mine are cream and tan. Yours could be whites and creams, light gray and medium gray, tiny prints with a white background and tiny prints with a cream background… you get the idea.

In our first class we will choose our fabrics and make our first star block.  In addition you will get the first set of directions to make the alternate “chain” blocks. In the subsequent months you will continue to make a star block and get a new set of directions for the alternate blocks – the “chains” and the outer star blocks. By the end of the 12 months, all pieces will be made and be ready to assemble! The quilt finishes at 72” x 72” without borders.

Supply list:

Quick and Easy Block Tool book
Sewing machine and standard sewing supplies
Rotary cutter, rulers, and small cutting mat
A personal pressing surface and mini iron are always helpful

Mend Charity Sew Day (FREE)
Wed. Jan. 9, 10am-4pm
Leader: Adee Holcomb

Bring a lunch, and  join Adee to work on charity quilts for victims of domestic abuse. Our quilts are donated to Hope Harbour, the area domestic violence shelter, where the women and children are truly trying to “mend” their lives. We will be working with patterns that will produce attractive quilts quickly. Hope you can join us! Feel free to bring scraps from home to combine with other donated fabrics. 

 
Color Confidence $25
Thurs. Jan. 10, 10am-2pm
Or Sat. Jan. 12, 10am-2pm
Teachers: Linda Camp & Adee Holcomb
Beginner to Advanced

Choosing the colors to make your pattern sparkle can sometimes be the hardest part of what we do. Adee and Linda will explain how they make color decisions. Very often, it is easiest to choose a border fabric, or a fabric that has several colors in it. Then we work to find companion fabrics to make the blocks look their best.

Supply list:
Choose an assortment of fabrics that you think work well together. Don’t exclude the ones that you are unsure about. Bring scraps and/or fat quarters that you would consider using in a quilt. Bring two different color ways if you choose. If you have a pattern you are considering for these fabrics, bring that too. The more we have to work with, the better. We will not be sewing and no other supplies are required.

 

Baltimore Album $15
Fri. Jan. 11, 10am-1pm
Teacher:  Linda Camp

Baltimore Album Appliqué is a modern term used to describe the elegant Appliqué blocks that emerged in Maryland and southern Pennsylvania during the 1840's and 1850's. They were masterpieces of needlework and used many types of Appliqué techniques, padding, fabric manipulation, embroidery and inking techniques. We will explore these techniques and make some beautiful quilt blocks. This type of Hand Appliqué is time-consuming, and we live busy lives today. When this class has been offered in the past, people often felt guilty if they didn't complete a new block every month, so we will be taking a more relaxed approach to this new monthly class. We will each progress at our own pace. Let's consider it a "Learning" sit and sew. We will advance at our own pace and enjoy the process. Many of the Baltimore Album Pattern Books are now out of print, however, Linda can provide patterns from her collection.

Supply list:
Background fabric 13-1/2" square
12-1/2" square freezer paper
1 fat quarter for Appliqué (red is traditional)
Glass head pins
Safety pins
Small scissors that cut to the point (we love the Karen K. Buckley sissors with serrated blades)
Fine sharp needles (Linda uses #12 Piecemaker's Appliqué needles)
Silk or other very fine thread to match the Appliqué color and white to match the background
Frixion or water soluble marking pen
Thimble is optional
Black Frixion Marker
White Sew Line Pencil or Roxanne White Pencils
Paper cutting scissors

Mariner’s Compass $15
Fri. Jan. 11, 2pm-5pm
Teacher: Linda Camp
Confident Beginner

The Mariner’s Compass is one of the most stunning blocks that we find in antique quilts. Many people fear the complexity of the blocks, but this series of classes is designed to break construction down into easy, doable steps that are easy to master. This will increase your confidence and sewing precision, and show you that can genuinely do more than you think you can. We will begin with the use of acrylic templates for cutting. These designs require accurate piecing, and the templates make cutting easy and give us several options for making 14” blocks. Later we will have the option of other techniques, such as constructing the circles with paper foundation piecing. And making our own templates from template plastic (my favorite method.) The circular compass blocks are appliquéd onto background squares after they are completed. Remember, that you are not required to make a quilt. These blocks make wonderful pillows and wall hangings. (Think next year’s Christmas presents - But you probably won’t want to give them away!)

Supply list:
14” Marti Michell Mariner’s Compass Template Set #8703
Piece A - 6”x20” or 2 pcs. 6” x12”
Piece B - 5”x7
Piece C - 5” x 18”
Piece D - 3-1/2” x 40”
Center Circle, 6” square
Background - at least 18”
(You might want to wait on cutting background squares until after all of our circles have been completed. Some may be larger than others, but all of the circles could be appliquéd onto the same size background for consistency when making the final quilt.)
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Glasshead Pins
Sewing Machine with 1/4” foot
Neutral or matching thread
Bamboo stiletto

 
Beginning Quilting Skill Builder #2: 4 Patch 9 Patch $35
Jan. 12, 2:30pm-5:30-pm
Teacher: Linda Camp
Beginner

Continue building your skills learning these most versatile blocks. Learn how to press to match intersections perfectly! In class we'll use stip piecing techniques to make several 4patch 9patch blocks in class. The rest of your blocks will be made at home.

Supply List:
1/2 yard light-colored fabric
1/2 yard dark-colored fabric
Rotary cutter, ruler and mat
Sewing machine with a 1/4 inch foot
Thread & scissors

 
Finisher’s Day $10
Wed. Jan. 16, 10am-4pm
Teacher: Linda Hayes
(Bring a lunch)

Bring whatever you choose to work on. Our goal is to get our UFO’s Done! Linda Hayes will be available to help with advice and technical assistance. Just call the shop and reserve your spot. We can accommodate 8 people.

Imagine Wallhangings Class $15
Fri. Jan. 18, 1pm-4pm
Teacher: Kerry Worley

The  charming Imagine blocks are some of the cutest wall hanging patterns we have found. They are small enough to be finished quickly. The designs are fused in place and machine appliquéd. You might want to make more than one! They would make perfect gifts. Kerry will begin the January class by making the Feb. wall hanging, so that you complete one just in time to use it during the following month.

Supply list:
Imagine - Art to Heart Book (fabric supply list included in book)
Sewing machine with proper foot for appliqué (Bring your manual)
Apliqué pressing sheet
Rotary cutter and mat
Colored or decorative thread of your choice

 
Featherweight Spa Day $85
Sat. Jan 19, 10am-5:30pm
Teacher: Tabby Champion
(Class is FULL - call if you'd like to sign up for the next class!)

Do you own the adorable Singer Featherweight? Singer 221 is the most common, but you may bring your Singer 222K to class as well. If yours is black, tan or celery green, bring it in!! Come join us and we will walk you through some Featherweight specific maintenance procedures and exclusive accessories.  Tabby will be bringing in some of these goodies from a FW specialty store so that you can baby your special quilting companion.  This machine is not like all the rest, as you know.  This is a SPA day for your machine. Bring your Featherweight, pedal, manual, all your accessories and the case if you have one. Also, bring an old toothbrush, old T-shirt to use for cleaning and an old towel that can be soiled. Bring your tools.  We will go over ways to improve and refurbish or breathe new life into your case as well.  Oiling, lubrication, belt tension, musty odors, case latches, cords, light bulbs and other accessories will be explained and demonstrated in this class. Just the tip of the needle! Save your space now!

 

Creativity BOM $15
Tues. Jan. 22, 10am-1pm
Teacher:
Linda Camp
Beginner

Our "Creativity" Block of the Month has proven to be soooo much fun! Choose a border fabric and  the background, then pull scraps and fat quarters from your stash or the shop that will work with and compliment the border. After that, you come in on the last Tuesday or the last Saturday of each month.  (If we do not have at least 3 people on the Sat. schedule, that class will merge with the Tuesday afternoon class.)  We boldly ignore the color placement used in the pattern and make our own decisions, one at a time, working from the center outward.

People often say they aren't good with color, but they always know if they like it or not when we choose the next color!  We will not choose fabric for the sashing until the blocks have been completed.  This way we will make a better decision and be sure we love the finished quilt!

Supply list:
B&D with 4-Patch Chain
Marti Michell Templates B & D
1 yd for Background color in blocks
Border Fabric 4-1/2 yds (5 yds if you choose to miter the corners)
Then you work from your stash or collected fat quarters for the other fabrics that will be in your blocks using Scraps or Fat Quarters that pull colors from the border fabric
Rotary Cutter & Mat
Sewing Machine
Cotton Thread

 

 

Free Sew Day
Wed. Jan 23, 10am-4pm

Bring your current projects and enjoy the day with us!

 
Creativity BOM: A & C with Pinwheel Frames
$35 Sign up fee
$15 monthly class fee
Thurs. Jan 24, 10am-1pm
Or Tues. Jan 29th - 10:00-1:00
Teacher Linda Camp
Beginner Friendly

This class is designed to nurture your creativity and let you make a dent in your ever growing scrap pile. Using Marti Michell’s pattern and templates allows us to cut accurate pieces that fit together perfectly. We begin by choosing a border fabric and a background fabric. Once we have that, we gather any scraps, fat quarters or yardage of the colorways that we think will work with and compliment each other. We concentrate on making the blocks first, working from the inside out. Sashing decisions come last. We want our blocks to be NOTICED, so we want a sashing that compliments, but doesn’t overwhelm them. This is one of the most satisfying monthly classes that we do. You learn a new way of looking at and combining your fabrics. The $35 sign up fee covers the patterns you will receive each month. (Our quilts won’t necessarily look like the photos. We will explore different center squares, possibly adding a simple pieced connector block in the center, or choosing a fabric that doesn’t overwhelm the pieced blocks. This is part of the creative process that we will be exploring!)

Supply list:
Marti Michell Templates Set A & C
Border Fabric 3 yds
Background for Blocks 1-1/4 yd
Scraps and fat quarters to coordinate with your border fabric.
(These should include a wide range of “go with” fabrics, lights, darks, and mediums in your basic colorway. They do not need to match exactly.)
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Neutral Thread
Sewing Machine (bring the manual) and 1/4” foot

 
Beginning Quilting Skill Builder #1: Rail Fence $35
Sat. Jan 26, 10am-1pm
Teacher: Linda Camp
Beginner

Learn the basics of cutting, piecing and pressing by making this crib sized quilt. This class is packed with valuable information that is often overlooked. In class we'll cut 1 wof strip from each of our 1/3 yd pieces and construct 6 blocks in class. The rest of your blocks will be completed at home.

Supply List:
Blocks: 1/3 yard each of 6 different fabrics
Inner border: 1/4 yard
Middle border: 1/3 yard
Outer border: 5/8 yard
Backing: 2 & 2/3 yards
Binding: 3/8 yard
Rotary cutter, ruler and mat
Sewing machine with a 1/4 inch foot
Thread & scissors

 

Skill Builders

Skill Builders are just what the name suggests.  Each of our 12 classes builds your ability by teaching quilting techniques from beginner to advanced.  Mastering each of these construction techniques will enable you to steadily grow your talents and pride of workmanship.

Individual Lessons

We offer one-on-one individual lessons with a qualified professional quilt teacher.  Learn individual skills one at a time or choose a specific project to take from start to finish.  Want to learn a specific skill?  Contact us and tell us what you want! We'll design a class just for you! Lesson pricing varies based on the skills you wish to learn, the length of each lesson, and the supplies required.

Small Classes

We offer a number of small group classes during the year. Class schedules and class length vary by project. Projects are chosen by the teacher and many classes have been designed based on student requests.  So don't be shy -  tell us if you have a favorite pattern you want to learn to make!  View our list of upcoming classes and sign up soon since our classes fill up very quickly.

 

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