No Machine needed workshops

All of these workshops require a basic hand sewing kit. This includes neutral colored cotton thread, hand sewing needles, sharp scissors that will cut fabric, a mechanical pencil, straight pins (preferably in a pin cushion ) and a container to hold it all. Optional items include thread snips, needle threaders, wooden iron, gridded rulers, templates, graph paper, and colored pencils. Classes that include hand quilting require in addition, specialty hand quilting needles and thread, a hoop, and a thimble.

Double Nine patch Pillow

This 18 inch pillow cover was originally designed for those who wished to learn to piece by hand using found fabric. ( During the early days of quarantine) However it is such a great pattern that we have continued to offer it as a workshop. The pattern is easily expanded to a quilt of any size and can be done scrappy and with found fabric, or more carefully coordinated. You will need 3 sessions to fully finish a pillow cover. $60.00

Gather supplies and bring to class, your hand sewing kit, a template for a 2 inch finished square, a small square quilters ruler at least 6 inches by 6 inches. Fabric. If needed we can put together a full starter kit with hand sewing tools and everything needed for this project for an additional $40.00

Sawtooth Star Mug Mat

This hand piecing workshop takes things one step farther and introduces the half square triangle, the quilt sandwich, and an attached binding for the edges. This small project is meant as a candle or mug mat. Other ways of using this block will be discussed. You will need to bring your hand sewing kit, templates for a 2 inch finished square and half square, We have a template set that works well for this, and fabrics. 2 or three fat quarters is more than enough. For most people this workshop requires 3 sessions. $40.00

Painless Pineapple by hand

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


Grandmother’s Flower Garden Mug rug

Vintage Hexies

This popular technique uses pre cut paper shapes to ensure precision on a pattern that would be very advanced to stitch with a machine. Doing it with this technique brings it into reach of even beginner stitchers. Our mug rug or candle mat is about 8 inches across the widest point and will teach you the piecing technique and how to finish it with a shaped edge. We include one dozen hexagon papers with class.  One three-hour session,     $30.00

Bring with you

Hand sewing thread and needles

One pin

small scissors for fabric and thread

One wonder clip, small binder clip or clothespin

for fabrics you need pieces 2 1/2 inches wide and up to 20 inches long. 3 colors, and one 10 inch square for the back. You will also need a 10 inch square of cotton batting.

A small bag or box to hold everything turns this into the perfect take along project for poolside or beach!!!

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.

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