Workshops by appointment

These projects are some of our favorites for learning specific skills.  They are available as private lessons or 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.   For any class requiring a sewing machine please bring the manual, foot pedal and all accessories that go with it.    Please have all materials listed ready before class,  and if you have ANY questions shop with us so we can answer them and set you up with exactly what will be best for your project.     You may want to bring a pen and paper to any of our workshops to take notes.    Also 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 also have a showcase workshop each semester that is inspired by our shop showcase.      Check the Showcase tab above for the current offerings.


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 materials.      $50.00   schedule 2 hours.

Five Fab Fats  Tote Bag    

This oh so useful tote bag is a great followup to the Make Friends class.   It uses five fat quarter cuts of fabric and teaches basic bag construction.  Bring five fat quarters,  thread that coordinates,  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

Four square quilts in progress with beginner quilters.


Crazy rails workshop


Vintage Crazy Rails in silks

Schedule for one 3 hour session,   $30.00

Bring your sewing machine in good working order, with neutral thread and an extra bobbin or two wound.      Bring your rotary cutting setup with a long ruler, and a 6 inch square ruler.    You may want pins,  fabric scissors and a seam ripper as well.

For fabric you will need foundation fabric cut into 7 inch squares.   This can be just about any non-stretchy fabric,  from upholstery samples,  to that ugly fabric you know you will never use that you don’t know how it got into your collection.     30 will make a lap or wall size.    The other fabric you need is lots of scraps,  strips as skinny as an inch and chunks of leftovers.   Bring all of it.   You can use quilt cottons, fancy fabrics,  or even men’s ties.      The more variety you have the more options you have and the more exciting it gets.     Some have opted to add a border, but this choice should be made after the blocks are underway.

You will eventually also want some backing fabric,  a yard and a half is usually good for the lap size,  but I suggest you don’t make this choice until your blocks are together.    You will also want some thin yarn or floss to tie it with,  but again you may want to wait to make this choice.

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

foundation for string piecing:  1/2 yard

star background and border, one yard each

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

Basic 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

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