Kansas Dugout

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.    IMG_2772








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!! )



Anytime classes:

All of our workshops are available as private lessons by appointment,   or for small groups. ( up to 6 )     If you wish to schedule,  call and speak with Diana at 845 758-8541,     Prices are per person and except for Make Friends, do not include materials.    Supplies and equipment needed are listed with the class descriptions.     We highly encourage you to shop with us,  and be sure that you have everything on the list.   Call or stop by to schedule or if you have any questions.

Remember that we have Work in Progress Wednesdays for you if you need help with your homework!!   ( free sewing time every Wednesday,  10-4:30 )   We want your project to be enjoyable to make, and something you will be proud to brag about,  so we will do whatever you need to help you get it done.


Make Friends with your Machine

It doesn’t even need to be out of the box to get started.   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.

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 Quiltimg_7014.jpg

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.  !!


Traditional Kaleidoscope 

One 3 hour session.  $30.00   


Four color version


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


Beach balls version made by Rochelle

Rocky Road to Kansas  variation,   Two Three hour sessions,  Rocky Road

This is a variation of the traditional Kaleidoscope,  basic tools are the same but the fabric varies, use this list instead.

foundation for string piecing:  1/2 yard  ( this wont show in the finished piece so it can be plain muslin or something you just need to use up as long as it is not darker in color than your strings and scraps )

star background and border, one yard each

strings and scraps for star points,  one lunch bag full.

Painless Pineapples

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.

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A Single Scrappy Pineapple

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


four blocks shows the secondary pattern

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.    The units that create it are made from squares and triangles and can be used in a variety of ways.    You need thread, needle, fabric  scissors, pencil that shows on your fabrics,  and 2 or more fabrics,  we suggest you begin with quarter yards.    We will supply two plastic templates.    One session 2-3 hours  $30.00


Grandmother’s Flower Garden


Vintage Hexies

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,   September    $30.00


Hand sewing thread and needles

One pin

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   IMG_6993

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  

IMG_6716 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



Welsh Inspired Hand Quilting.

This goes beyond the traditional class and has you learning to choose designs and filler patterns that will have you creating stunning quilts in no time at all.  You will learn to fit designs to your shape and discover some beautiful patterns that are actually easier to stitch by hand.   Photo shows the skeleton design.   Fillers will be your choice.    2 sessions,   2-3 hours each.  $60.00 img_6876

Welsh Inspired Hand Quilting    Supplies 

Two pieces of light solid colored fabric ( This style quilt was hardly ever white )  5/8 yard each.

20 x 30 or 5/8 yard batting – Quilters Dream Wool is suggested.    Please NOT Warm and Natural Cotton as it is too dense to hand quilt.

Fabric Marking tool ( I use a mechanical pencil )

Basting thread and needle

Hand quilting Thread and Needles – choose a color thread that will show

Thimble,  and Quilting Hoop, and small scissors