Workshops

Tumbling Blocks runner

October 15 and 22, 1-4, $60.00

This fall beauty captures the depth and richness of the season with Tumbling Blocks. Made with EPP and hand appliqued, this will grace your table for years to come. Done in two sessions, if you desire to use our fabrics we have a materials kit that includes the backing and enough paper pieces for one runner. The kit is $30.00. If you are willing to do a bit of homework you may not need to bring your machine for any of it. No one needs it for the first session at least. How nice is that??

Fabrics needed: Our fabric kit includes the backing and the fabrics shown. cost is $30.00 and includes the paper pieces needed to complete the project. If you choose to use other fabrics, yardages are as follows: regular quarter yard cuts of three graded value fabrics and one very dark. 1 3/4 for the background and backing.

Bring to class one: Rotary cutting tools including a 24 inch ruler, Hand sewing supplies, needle and thread, pins, one binder or wonder clip, fabric scissors, 2 inch to a side 60 degree diamond English Paper Piecing pieces, ( one purchased pack is enough for three runners, but if you buy our fabric kit enough for a single runner is included )

For Class two: Bring project so far and hand sewing tools. Also bring a small gridded ruler to help with centering the motifs.

Buttonhole Flower quilt or pillow

By appointment, 2 hours $20.00 call or text 845 758 8541 to schedule

Our vintage inspiration
Our contemporary version of the block

Based on a vintage example found at the Shoppe, this one will help you to use up some of those treasured fabric scraps. You know, the ones that you just loved too much to get rid of even the small leftovers of. (yes it includes bits of 2 1/2 inch strips also) If you don’t wish to work the buttonhole by hand and your machine does a decent one you may use that. Let me know ahead of time if that is your plan.

One block as a pillow.

Bring to class:

13 inch squares of white fabric ( 3 for the pillow cover, or 12 for the lap quilt)

a piece of template plastic about 2 x 6 inches, a fine marker and utility scissors

assortment of fabric markers and pencils

kids glue stick or water soluble basting glue

Embroidery floss, one skein does two blocks. The vintage one is all in black but color is your choice. also an embroidery needle

scrap pieces of fabric, please have them pressed and flat to save time during class. Be sure you have one that will make centers, in the vintage example they are what was once a pale yellow, mine have a bright orange.

be sure you have decent fabric scissors.

You might also want a few small zip top bags for organizing.

If you have a small ironing setup or a roll and press tool they can be helpful.

 

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.

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

 

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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.   Three sessions,  2 1/2 – 3 hours each.  $90.00    

NEW!!    a lap size version is exactly the same but get four half yard cuts of fabric.  !!

 

Rocky Road 

Four of these blocks made up our 2020 Quilter’s Trek pattern,  but we love it so much that we have done a lap sized version for you.    You may make the striped wedges from five fabrics as we have done,  or use a striped fabric for a look that mimics  the pieced wedges without doing as much work.        

Rocky Road 2020 Quilters Trek

 Workshop includes written pattern.   3 sessions  $90.00

You will need a 45  degree kaleidoscope ruler  ( or templates for a 9 inch kaleidoscope block like the ones used for the Alaska pattern we did as a BOM )   

Sewing machine and rotary cutting setups, plus the following fabrics: 

1/4 each of five fabrics for the striped wedges,   or one yard of striped fabric

One yard for the unpieced wedges

!/2 yard each of two light fabrics for the corners of the blocks,   

1/4 yard  each of two for inner borders

1 yard for the outer border.  

1/2 yard for binding.  

 

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

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four blocks shows the secondary pattern

 

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