Until social distancing protocols are lifted all workshops are by appointment as private lessons. Masks required.
Make Friends with your Machine
It doesn’t even need to be out of the box to get started. This is our bestseller!! Learn how to thread it, wind a bobbin and try out some of the stitches it can do while making a bed sized pillowcase and a reference cloth that will help you remember what your new machine can do and how to make it do what you want when you get home with it. Includes fabrics for one pillowcase, the reference cloth, and a spool of thread. Bring the machine, the manual and all accessories that you have for it, some straight pins and a some paper and a writing utensil for taking notes on your reference cloth. $50.00 schedule 3 hours.
Basic Star Hand Piecing
You don’t need a machine to make a stunning quilt. Piecing by hand is portable, relaxing and some constructions are actually easier to do by hand. This workshop will show you how to create a classic star block. It is suggested that your very first project be finished to a potholder, candle mat or small pillow, but can be the beginning of a larger quilt if you desire. You need thread, needle, fabric scissors, a mechanical pencil We will supply two plastic templates and fabrics. One session 2-3 hours $30.00 plus materials
This one is a made from scraps and finished into a mug rug. You could also make many and create a larger quilt project.
a brand new beginner class
Inspired by Smarties Candy, this playful quilt is a fun way to use some pastel fat quarters and create a toddler size quilt. We made ours with a wool batting from Quilter’s Dream to make it extra sweet to snuggle under. Using a pre programmed stitch and walking foot to do the structural quilting accented with Big Stitch using Razzle Rayon thread, it will make any sweet girl (no matter how old) smile. And these smarties will not give you cavities. If your girl wants a bigger quilt a plain border around the outside does the trick. This is a beginner level quilt project with enough fun for advanced quilters. As is the quilt is 47 x 55 inches. Using marbled and handpainted fabrics and a dark background will give you “Lost marbles” if your little sweetie is a boy.
6 pastel colored fat quarters for the smarties (we have packs of the ones we used available)
1 1/2 yards white on white for background.
Basic Machine setup including white thread (or to match background fabric) 2 full matching bobbins, fresh needle, and Machine owners manual
Blue painters tape for marking machine bed and labels.
Rotary cutting tools including 6 x 24, and a small square ruler.
Bag or box to hold pieces
To finish the quilt you will also need
Batting for 50 x 60, we used Dream wool
3 yards for backing and a half for binding. ( or 1 1/2 yards and a strip of improvisational piecing 12 inches wide by length of quilt. )
Fab Fab Tote Bag
Now that you need to bring your own bag this tote is just the project you need to make in multiples. It is a great followup to the Make Friends class. Bring fat quarters, Two for the inside ( or a half yard cut), two for the outside ( or a half yard cut ) and one for the handle. More advanced quilters can add customized pockets inside and/or outside, or sash an orphan block or two for a decorative exterior. Once you understand the simple construction of this bag the variations are endless. You will also need: Sewing machine in working order, Thread that coordinates or contrasts with your fabrics, 24 inch ruler, rotary cutter and mat, pins. Optional large button for a closure. schedule for 3 hours $40.00
Four Square Quilt
This introduces strip piecing and results in a twin size summer quilt. Bring your machine, pins, rotary cutter, mat and 24 inch ruler, and four one yard cuts of fabric you like together. Backing fabric and floss can be chosen later. Batting is optional. Two sessions, 2 1/2 – 3 hours each. If we have a bigger group a third session may be needed to do the tying for everyone. $60.00
NEW!! a lap size version is exactly the same but get four half yard cuts of fabric. !!
This is a wonderful block that is easy to piece but has endless possible design variations. The blue green is a single block so you can see a more coordinated color scheme. My personal favorite way to do this quilt is scrappy like the four block version with the red border.
3 hours, $30.00 by appointment
Supplies for Kansas Dugout – four block version :
Sewing machine in working order, pins, thread to coordinate with your fabrics, seam ripper, Half yard white or light color fabric, 2 fat quarters or bunches of scraps for the four patch units and triangles. If you are doing yours scrappy, the small squares are cut at 2 inches in case you would like to get a jump start on that. The bigger the variety the more fun it is. ( Also if you have boxes of squares from the Scrap Therapy Program you have them already cut!! )
One 3 hour session. $30.00
The Kaleidoscope block is so versatile because it makes interesting secondary patterns when the blocks are assembled, and can even give the illusion of curves. It uses different geometry than many quilt blocks making it a great choice for a second or third project.
Baby size quilt – 33 x 44 ( 12 blocks without a border )
four colors, half yard each for Pizza triangles or two colors, a yard each
additional quarter yard each of 2 colors ( same as pizza pieces or different ) for corner triangles.
backing, 1 1/2 yards, binding 1/3 yard
This is one of my most favorite blocks. This unique construction method can be done by hand, or machine and unusually, you can switch back and forth with no complications, even in the middle of the block. My favorite version is scrappy, and you will see many of these around the shoppe because I keep making them. I save strips of leftovers from everything and I honestly have enough scraps to make a two sided california king size project. You don’t need to be scrappy, or make something that large. A single block makes a great pillow top or side for a tote, four blocks is a nice wall hanging or table mat. In class you will learn how and begin a block so starting materials are minimal, and if you want to make yours scrappy let me know and I’ll bring my scraps to share.
If you want to bring your own they are cut 1 1/2 inches wide and ones as short as 2 inches are useful. It’s a perfect block if you can’t throw out even tiny bits of fabric. You need to bring, a pencil, some pins, either hand or machine sewing setup with neutral thread, rotary tools and some fabric. For your first block I will supply the foundation fabric base.
workshop takes 3 hours, $30.00
Grandmother’s Flower Garden
This popular pattern is done with English Paper piecing. In the Shoppe we have a number of vintage examples in various states of completion. We carry pre cut paper hexagons and you may choose from a few sizes, depending on the scale of the print fabrics you choose. This hand piecing technique is very portable and is a great way to use small amounts of lovely floral patterns and colors, or leftovers from that civil war quilt. One three-hour session, $30.00
Hand sewing thread and needles
small scissors for fabric and thread
Paper pieces for EPP 1 or 1 1/2 inch size hexagons
Removable glue pen or thread for basting.
One wonder clip, small binder clip or clothespin
Cotton fabrics, fat quarters and scraps are fine. Traditionally the centers were yellow, the flowers were various colors and the surround was green. You can also do two rows of petals if desired.
Machine Quilting Basics
Getting the top done is only the first part, Technically a tied quilt is a comforter, it is the sewn lines through all the layers that make it a quilt. Learn how to baste and manipulate your quilt under the needle to get the quilting done. We will concentrate on grids, plaids and channel quilting. Two sessions, 2 1/2 – 3 hours each Bring to the first: a quilt top or one yard cut of fabric in a busy print, cotton batting and backing fabric 3 inches bigger all around than your top, painters masking tape, several dozen small safety pins. For the second session bring the basted quilt, sewing machine with extra bobbins wound with the chosen thread, your walking foot. $60.00
Big Stitch Quilting
This is an easy to learn and quick to do method of getting your quilt tops done by hand. The thicker threads and larger stitches add a wonderful texture. Bring a basted quilt to stitch, threads ( can be embroidery floss, perle cotton, or Razzle ) a chenille needle that you can thread with your threads, small scisssors, and any quiltmarking tools you have. $30.00 2 hour session
If you need guidance with basting make an additional appointment or come to Work in Progress Wednesday.
Traditional Hand Quilting
Using a stencil to make a whole cloth pillow slip will allow you to develop your skills at traditional hand quilting. We will let you use our stencil for the design shown, bring 1/2 yard solid color fabric, quilt marking tool that shows on your fabric, fat quarter of a loose density batting, hand quilting thread and needles, a thimble, a quilting hoop, small scissors, thread for basting, painters masking tape. $30.00 one 2-3 hour session We now have hoops that you can use in shop while taking this workshop.