If you have a specific project you need assistance with, let us know. We will pair you with the appropriate staff member to assist you with your project and schedule a class just for you so you can get guaranteed individual attention. There is a per hour charge for this that will depend on the project you need assistance with. We will set the per hour charge for your project when you sign up. The charge will depend on how much help you will need, how complicated the project is, etc...
Spargoettes: This group meets twice a month on the first Wednesday and second Tuesday. Members of this group work on Sue Spargo projects and Sue Spargo inspired projects (wool applique and hand embroidery). There is no leader for this group.
Happy Scrappers: This group meets the third Wednesday of each month and works on scrap projects. Lynn is the leader of this group and plans a project for everyone to work on each month. The projects are not "group quilts." Each member uses her own fabrics and makes her own version of the project. Usually the projects span several months. However, working on the planned project is not required. You are welcome to come and work on whatever you'd like.
No Machines Allowed: This group meets the fourth Thursday of each month. Barb is the leader of this group. As the name suggests, this is a hand-sewing only group. Members work on hand applique, beading, hand quilting, English paper piecing - anything that does not require the use of a sewing machine. This group does occasionally plan a project to work on together. However, you are never obligated to participate in the planned project.
Bring whatever supplies you will need for your project. Our classroom is stocked with a selection of basic rulers, a cutting mat, rotary cutter, and iron for you to use. We also have a large design wall if you need to stand back from your project to see your layout better. You can bring your lunch or a snack too! We have a small refrigerator, a microwave, and coffee pot to keep you going.
You do need to sign up ahead of time to reserve your seat. No instruction will be provided. If you need help with your project, give us a call so we can set up a class for you.
I am still working on the class list, supply lists, getting photographs of class samples, etc... What I have below is correct thus far.
Bargello (1 session, or more if you need it) - class fee $15 per session: The photo below shows an example of a Bargello quilt. We have a couple different books with a variety of different Bargello patterns. The technique is the same for all patterns so we will help you with whatever Bargello pattern you want to make.
Basic Hand Embroidery (1 session) - class fee $15: Learn the joys of hand stitching while making a small project. We have several kits to choose from as well as several books with small projects appropriate for a beginner to start with. The photo below shows one example of what you can make in this class.
Basic Landscape (1 session) - class fee $20: Want to learn how to make a basic landscape that you can then add whatever details you want to personalize your project? We have a great class for you then. Below are two photos, the first shows a basic landscape and the second shows one option for personalizing your landscape.
Basic Tote Bag - (1 session) class fee $20 (includes the pattern). In this class you will learn how to make handles, box the bottom and line a bag. With this knowledge you can make quite a few different bags.
Beading - (1 session) class fee $15: Learn the basics of hand beading. The project is small so you can get the idea without a huge investment in time or money. The photo shows one example of the projects we have done with this class. We have also done ornaments.
Beginner Sewing - class fee $15: Want to learn to sew but not ready to make a quilt? Then this is the class for you. We have three projects for you to choose from: a pillowcase, an apron, or a 10-Minute Table Runner. (Note: "10-Minute Table Runner" is just the name of the pattern. It does take longer than 10 minutes to make, especially for a beginner.) The focus on the class is basic sewing skills such as, accurate and safe cutting, sewing a straight line, and pressing basics. One session per project. Kit required.
Exploding Heart - class fee $15: This fun pattern makes a stunning finished quilt! Beginner friendly. The pattern makes a 72" by 72" finished size quilt, but this pattern is very easy to resize. The quilt shown finishes at 36" by 36". Could easily make a 108" by 108" (king size) quilt too. Pattern required.
Finishing School - (1 session) class fee $20: (No photo for this course as it is a technique class, not a project class) In this class you will learn the basics of how to finish your quilt with binding, a label and a hanging sleeve. Ideally, you will bring a finished quilt that needs binding and learn how to attach the binding during the class. We can teach you how to attach the binding completely by machine or a combination of hand and machine sewing - your choice.
Four Corners Apron - (1 session) class fee $15: Pattern Required Learn to make this stylish apron. Beginner Friendly project.
Freelancer - class fee $20: This is a fun project for the intermediate to advance quilter looking for a challenge! The Wedge Star ruler makes this stunning project achievable without paper piecing. The ruler will make blocks in 22 sizes, from 3" finished (top quilt in photo) to 24" finished. Tools Required: Wedge Star Ruler. Pattern is included with the ruler. Level: Intermediate to advanced quilter.
Free Motion Quilting - class fee $20: (No photo for this course as it is a technique class, not a project class) Learn the basics of free motion quilting. We will start where you need us to - at the very beginning by covering batting, basting, threads, needles, etc... or jump straight to designs.
Hand Piecing - class fee $15: Learn the joys of sewing two pieces of fabric together by hand. The project is simple but the technique can be applied to almost anything. Beginner Friendly.
Hand Quilting - (1 session) class fee $15: Learn the joys of quilting by hand. Kit required (includes fabric (top and backing), batting, thread and a needle). Beginner Friendly.
Hawaiian Applique - class fee $15: Learn the basics of Hawaiian Applique while making this gorgeous block. We turned ours into a pillow. But you could make more blocks and turn them into a table runner or quilt. No machine is required for this class as the applique is all done by hand. Our sample is hand quilted as well.
Hello Pouch - class fee $15; This fun little bag can be made in multiple sizes, size medium is shown in the photo. Learn how fun it can be to sew with vinyl. Learn a slick method for putting a zipper into a bag and go home with a finished bag you can use right away. Pattern required.
Improvisational (Improv) Piecing - (1 session) - class fee $20: This course will cover various techniques of improvisational piecing while making a traditional block - the log cabin block. Some of the topics included will be elements of design and color, free-form straight piecing, free-form curved piecing, and inset piecing. No two projects ever turn out the same! You can make something small as we did for our sample (it finishes at 16" by 16" and would make a great pillow cover or small wall hanging) or keep adding more blocks to make a larger project.
Jelly Roll Rug - (1 session but a second can be scheduled if necessary to finish) - class fee $15: Pattern Required. There are several patterns to choose from and we can teach you any pattern you choose. The original Jelly Roll Rug is shown in the photo.
Machine Applique (1 session) - class fee $15: Love the look of needle-turn applique but don't enjoy handwork? Learn how to get the same look by machine! We can also teach you how to do fusible applique. Both are machine finished techniques.
Maui Glam Bag - (1 session) - class fee $20: This fairly simple bag is great for beginner bag makers. You will learn how to put in a zipper and how to attach a D-ring with swivel clip on the handle. Pattern required for the class. Intermediate Level bag maker.
Paper Piecing (1 session) - class fee $15: Learn this versatile and fun piecing technique. We can teach you how to do this the traditional way in which you sew through the paper. This is the best technique for beginners to learn. Or we can teach you a more modern method in which you use freezer paper and do not sew through the paper. The block shown below is the project no matter which method you choose to learn.
Periwinkle (1 session) - class fee $20: Learn how to make this fun and classic block. You can make just a few blocks like our sample (shown below) or make a bunch for a larger quilt. Template and Pattern required for this class. Pattern included in class fee, template is separate.
Piecing 101 (2 sessions) - class fee $40: This is our newest Beginning Quilt Making class. In this class you will learn how to properly and safely cut fabric using a rotary cutter. You will learn how to sew an accurate 1/4" seam allowance, how to make half-square triangle units, flying geese units and how to properly add borders to your project. Kit required.
To learn how to quilt and finish your project you will need to take Quilting 101 and then Finishing School.
Quilting 101 - (1 session or more as needed) - class fee $15 per session: This class is intended to serve as the next class after taking Piecing 101. In this class you will learn how to simply quilt your project from Piecing 101 with a machine and walking foot. One session. Completion of Piecing 101 is required. NOTE: this class does not include Free-Motion Quilting. If you want to learn Free-Motion Quilting take our Free-Motion Quilting class instead.
Raggy Row - class fee $15: This is a great beginner project! Very forgiving if you aren't a perfect sewist yet. Kit required and if you don't like any of the ones we have made up we would be happy to make a custom kit for you (a few days notice is required for this though).
Self-Binding Blanket - class fee $15 (1 session): Learn how to make this fun baby blanket. Most folks can finish the project during the class. Kit Required, but we can make you a customer kit if you don't like any that we already have made up.
Wagon Wheel - class fee $40 (2 sessions): You will learn to use a 10° wedge ruler to create the block. You will need 2 contrasting fabrics for the wedges. Then you will learn how to audition the other fabrics to complete the block. Class is for the confident beginner who can sew an accurate ¼” seam allowance. You will make one block in class. Book required: Wedge Quilt Workshop. Ruler Required: 10° wedge ruler