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. Feb. 3, 10am-11am
Sat. Mar. 3, 10am-11am, Sat. Apr. 7, 10am-11am, Sat. May 5, 10am-11am, Sat., June 2, 10am-11am, Sat. July 7, 10am-11am, Sat. Aug. 4, 10am-11am, Sat. Sept. 1, 10am-11am, Sat. Oct. 6, 10am-11am, Sat. Nov. 3, 10am-11am, Sat. Dec. 1, 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.

 
What does this thing do?
Learn  How to Use your Sewing Machine Presser Feet $20
Sat. Jan. 20, 10am-1pm
Teacher:
Tabby Champion
Any Skill Level

You have a machine, isn't it fun and exciting? What in the world are these weird twisted shapes of metal that came with it? I can show you. If you have ever wondered then this is the class for you. Pack all of your presser feet and accessories. We will go over the uses of snap on versus screw on, zipper feet, overcast, button hole,adjustable hemmer, edge stitch, cording, Blindstitch, satin stitch, beading, binder, shirring, ruffled, Tucker and pintuck... just to name a few.Jot down your questions and we will get them answered for you. 

Supply list:
Machine (vintage or modern)
Machine manual
Pedal
Two threads, contrasting colors
FQ of fabric, solid is better to see your work on. Make sure your thread colors stand out.
All of your presser feet. Some of you may have vintage machine which require button hole attachments, that is acceptable to bring as well. 
Any attachment for your machine that affects stitching, haul it in. We will get you the knowledge you need.

 
Gemini $35
Thurs. Jan 25, 10am-1pm
Teacher:
Jill Murchland
Beginner

Gemini 52”x65” - This pattern is one of Villa Rosa’s most popular patterns. Jill will lead you through the easy construction, but you determine the “Feel” of the quilt. Choose “Guy” fabrics to make a quilt for him, soft pastels for a little girl, or any combination you love, just because you like it!

Supply List:
(20) 2-1/2” strips
2 yds Background Fabric
Sewing Machine with 1/4” foot
Thread
Rotary cuttter and mat

 
Kiss Your Dry Cleaner Goodbye!
Hemming Pants, Jeans, & Slacks $35
Fri. Jan 26, 10am-2pm
Teacher:
Tabby Champion
All Skill Levels!

Do you need your jeans hemmed everytime you buy new ones? Are your slacks always dragging in the back or too long? Finding your exact fit can be very difficult in today's clothing shops. Let me teach you how to hem your jeans and slacks. We will use my serger,  but if you own one please bring yours. Hand sewing a blind hem will be a portion of your education in class as well. We will also complete a machine blind hem as well. Please bring jeans and slacks that need to be hemmed for a member of your family. Pin them in place, at the length desired, before you come to class. Also, bring thread colors that matches the slacks and a thread that matches the stitches on your jeans hem. Regular sewing thread is fine for either application, 40wt or 50wt. You will see extra bobbins on the supply list, I have a reason. Don't bring just one. Pack the extra bobbins along with your sewing kit. (Top photos show: hemmed pants, hemmed cuff, pants to be shortened and hemmed.)

Supply list:
Sewing machine (new or vintage)
Pedal
Machine manual
Sewing Shears
Measuring tape
Marker of some sort
Pins
Extra machine needles
Extra bobbin(s)
Thread to match slacks
Thread to match hem stitch on jeans
Pair of jeans
Pair of slacks, dress slacks
*Do not bring yoga pants, that requires a different set up that we will have for this day. 
If you bring your serger, bring the manual, extra needles, serger thread and your normal kit.

 
Collage $35
Sat. Jan. 27, 10am-5pm
Teacher:
Linda Camp
All Skill Levels! - Several more patterns to choose from!

This is a truly FUN CLASS. Use parts and pieces of  large scale florals, interesting solids, and tone on tones to create a one-of-a-kind work of art. We have several patterns available in the shop to choose from, but no matter which pattern you choose, YOUR quilt will be like no other, because of your choices. An outline is drawn onto a large piece of foundation fabric. Fabrics are hand pressed onto Steam a Seam fusible and fussy cut. These shapes are then hand pressed onto the design until you have achieved the look you want. The pieces can be layered and moved during construction as you make creative decisions. When everything is as you want it, the piece is ironed with a warm iron, and the fusing is permanent. The shapes are NOT Appliquéd down. The final project is quilted with a straight line grid that is each to do on your domestic machine.

Supply list:
Each pattern varies and the supplies are listed on the patterns.
However, each design requires:
Steam a Seam Lite
A Black Sharpie
an Appliqué Pressing Sheet if you have one
Scissors that cut to the point
*They recommend, and we stock, the Karen Kay Buckley Scissors with serrated blades.

**No sewing will be done in class. We are simply building and fusing the design in place.

 
Creativity BOM: 4-Patch Chain with B & D $15
Tue Jan. 30, 10am-1pm
Teacher:
Linda Camp
Beginner

There is a one time sign-up fee of $35 to cover copy cost throughout the year. Our "Creativity" Block of the Month has proven to be soooo much fun! And, there is  still time to get in on the 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

Beginning Crochet $25
Sat. Feb. 3, 2pm-4pm
Teacher: Tabby Champion
Beginner

Intended for beginners! Tabby will introduce you to “chaining” and the simple stitches that form the basis of future projects. Many of us grew up with the lovely crocheted items made by our grandmothers. All crochet projects begin with these simple, easy to learn basics. The class fee covers the cost of your beginning supplies. Simply come with a smile and a positive attitude. (3 styles of single crochet shown in photo.)

Baltimore Album $15
Fri. Feb. 9, 10am-1pm
Teacher: Linda Camp
Beginner Friendly

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

Ricardo’s Garden $15
Sat. Feb. 10, 10am-2pm (Class is Full)
Teacher Linda Camp
Intermediate

Ricardo’s Garden -86” x 86” -  This  Block of the Month will run for 10 months. We will make a block each month for 9 months, and our final class will cover piecing the braided borders. While it may look challenging, this quilt has simple construction techniques.  The Dresden Plate Blocks are cut using templates and sewn together with 1/4” seams, ironed onto Heat n Bond fusible, and fused in place. Some have floral elements floating around them, some are tucked under the Dresden Plates before they are fused to the background. All are appliqué in place with a narrow zig-zag stitch, using clear monofilament thread, so the blocks appear to “Float” on the background. There is an initial $35 Sign Up Fee to cover the pattern cost.  After that, the fee is Teacher Fee is $15.00 per month, plus a $20 kit fee.  (You may choose to bring your own fabric, but most people want their quilt to look just like ours.)

Supply list:
Template Plastic
Sand Paper Dots
Clear Monofilament Thread
Appliqué Pressing Sheet
Sewing Machine capable of a zig-zag stitch
#10 sewing machine needles
An Open-Toe Appliqué foot
Sharp Scissors that cut to the point
5 yds. Heat n Bond Fusible

(We recommend Karen K. Buckley Scissors with serrated blades. These, along with all of the items listed above, are available in the shop.)  

Piecing Outside the Box
$35 sign up fee, $15 per month class fee
Tues. Feb. 13, 10am-2pm
Teacher: Linda Hayes
Confident Beginner

Each year I try to choose a quilt that is different from the year before. This year’s quilt is no exception. The “sampler” quilt that we will be making this year is a medallion quilt.  It was inspired by two things – a collection of Aboriginal fabrics that I had purchased over time at several quilt shows and by the many beautiful medallion quilts, both antique and modern, that I have seen in books and on social media. The picture above on the right shows the first three months of the quilt construction (Pattern will be provided.)

We will be using two tools to help us make many of our blocks. First, the Tri Recs tools. They will be used in a variety of ways to create three very different blocks. Second, a tool like The Angler 2, Clearly Perfect Angles, or the Sew Straight tool by Eleanor Burns. This tool will make “sew and flip” triangles A BREEZE, saving an immense amount of time!

This class will last approximately nine months, meeting once a month on the second Tuesday of the month. The picture on the left shows the EQ sketch of the completed quilt.  Approximate finished size is 80.5” x 80.5”

Supply list:
Basic sewing supplies- machine, ¼” foot, thread, rotary cutter, rulers, etc.
Tri Recs tools
The Angler 2, Sew Straight, Clearly Perfect Angles, or any similar tool

According to EQ design software you will need
5 ½ yards of light (background) fabric
7 yards of assorted medium dark or dark fabrics

*The $35 sign up fee includes Linda’s original pattern, a project box and notebook to help you organize your supplies.

Finisher’s Club $10
Wed. Feb. 21, 10am-4pm
Teacher Linda Hayes
All skill levels!

*This class is now full, but we have a waiting list for cancellations or a possible 2nd class so let us know if you'd like to go on the list.

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.  

English Paper Piecing $25
Thurs. Feb. 22, 10am-1pm
Teacher: Tabby Champion
Beginner

We will show you how to baste your shapes with different methods. That way you can use the one you like the best. Then we will join your shapes together to create your block. Various shapes will be demonstrated to show youths potential of EPP.  Fussy cutting for special effects will be explained too! 

Supply list:
Charm pack of fun fabrics
Solid FQ 
Fabric glue
Hand needles; applique or quilting size
Thread; neutrals work best, but students choice
Scissors
Thimble (optional)

Pajama Pants/Lounge Pants $25
Thurs. Feb. 22, 2pm-5pm
Teacher: Tabby Champion
Beginner

Make custom pajamas for yourself or as gifts. Let us show you how. Pattern & elastic & cording for the piping will be provided. No extra trips needed, you will have what you need here if you bring your other items on the supply list.

You will learn to case elastic. You will create the perfect cord opening for those people in your life who need a drawstring as well as elastic to hold their britches up. Adding special cuffs for a boutique look. For the truly adventurous, there will be piping to make as well. 

We will measure each other in class if you just want to make some for yourself first, that will work best. Once you complete the class you can custom make PJ bottoms for the while family. This is for adult size bottoms. We can offer a child's PJ class at a different time or you can schedule a private class to do so here at the shop.

Supply list:
3 yds of main fabric
1/4 yd coordinating or contrasting fabric for cuffs and cording (if you are making one)
1/8 for piping (optional)
Thread
Scissors
Pins
Clips if desired
Sewing machine
Measurements for the intended wearer - of waist line, rump, and length from hip to floor

Big Stitch Mug Rugs $33
Kit included
Sat. Feb. 24, 10am-1pm
Teacher Juli Pope
Beginner

Big Stitch twist on mug rugs/potholders! Come have some fun and get creative with me! Using the stencils at SBQ, a few fat quarters, and some beautiful big stitch needle work we will make coasters, mug rugs, and/or potholders. Stop by the store to see what I have created, I bet you could come up with something even better! 

Supply list:
Thimble
Scissors
Ruler (at least 12x12)
Rotary Cutter
Small cutting mat


For everything else, the shop will have a prepared kit ready for you.
Your
Kit includes:
2 Fat Quarters (one solid, one with design)
Marking tool (frixon pen/marker)
Batting Spray
2 Needles
Small spool of Aurifil 12 wt thread 

Quilting with a Walking Foot $25
Sat. Feb. 24, 2pm-5pm
Teacher Tabby Champion
Beginner

This class is designed to widen your Quilting horizons. Many of us only use the Walking Foot to quilt in the ditch, or to do other straight line quilting. In truth, you can do SO MUCH MORE! We use stencils that were intended for hand quilting, however, we choose those that offer continuous line designs or that are easily done by "Traveling" from one line to another.  You will learn how to lock your stitches when you begin and end a line of quilting, how to pull up the bottom thread so the work is tidy on the back, and how to choose a design that can be quilted with a minimum of "turning" the quilt in your domestic machine. How to pre-mark those borders when the stencil doesn't exactly match the length required.

Supply list:
Sewing Machine and manual
Walking foot (make sure it fits your machine BEFORE class - Call Sunday Best or Lafayette if you need one!)
A quilt sandwich:  a solid color or neutral color fabric 22"x46" long to mark for quilting.
A piece of batting and a backing about 2" wider and longer than the top.
505 spray adhesive
Safety pins
Frixion or water washable marking pen
We will have stencils available in the shop for marking the designs.
Contrasting sewing thread for quilting (so you can SEE your stitches).
We quilt with our regular sewing needles

Creativity Block of the Month: 4-Patch Chain with B & D $15
Tues. Feb 27, 10am-1pm (Spaces Available!)
Tues. Feb. 27, 2pm-5pm (Class is Full)
Teacher:
Linda Camp
Beginner

There is a one time sign-up fee of $35 to cover copy cost throughout the year. Our "Creativity" Block of the Month has proven to be soooo much fun! And, there is  still time to get in on the 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

Save the dates! The Betty Mini retreat will be March 16-17!
We'll share the photos and announce the fee and lunch menu as soon as we have the information.

"The Betty" 2-Day Mini Retreat
Fri. March 16, 10am-5pm
Sat. March 17, 10am-5pm
Teacher: Juli Pope
Beginner Friendly

Come make this delightful quilt with Juli, while the fabrics are still available! Learn an easy and accurate way to make Half Square Triangles using Sunday Best “Half Square Triangle Stencils”. The Betty uses 4 different size HSTs to make a nice throw size quilt, 60x60 inches. This is a great opportunity to go home with a FINISHED quilt top! Lunch for both days will be included in the class fee.

 

Supply list:

4 sizes of HST stencil (1",2",3",4")
Water washable marking pen
Frixion highlighter
Rotary Cutter/Mat
24" ruler
Sewing Machine
Pins
Seam Riper

Blue floral/ dot = Dark #1, #2
Red floral/for = Medium #1, #2
Yellow dot = Light #1

HST
2 yds White Background
2/3 yd Dark #1
2/3 yd Dark #2
1/3 yd Medium #1
1/3 yd Medium #2
1/4 or Fat Quarter Light #1 

Borders
2 inches Dark/white stripe
1/2 yd Light/White stripe
1 1/8 yd Medium/white

Binding 1/2 yd Dark #2
Batting 70X70
Backing 4 yd 

 
Not Yo’ Mama’s Cathedral Window $20
Sat. March 31, 10am-1pm
Teacher:
Tabby Champion
Beginner

Don’t have time for all the hand sewing of a traditional Cathedral block? No problem. We can show you a lightning fast way to achieve the look and its done on the sewing machine. It’s a new twist on an old favorite. 

Supply list:
½ yard of white, solid or tone on tone OR 32  White 5 “Charms
30 5” charms in an array of colors
We will make a section roughly 18.5 by 18.5   

 

 

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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