Quilting Classes

You may register for a class in person or by phone (608) 849-6473. Classes/events must be paid for at the time of registration. A class supply list can be picked up at the store, or mailed to you. Double punches will be given on your punch card for class supplies. Cancellations more than one week before a class will forfeit 10 percent of the fee. Cancellations less than one week before a class/event will forfeit the entire fee. Mill House Quilts reserves the right to cancel a class one week before the class if there is insufficient enrollment. You may send someone in your place. Our classrooms are upstairs. We are happy to assist you in carrying sewing machines. Our all day classes have the option of a catered lunch, or bring your own brown bag lunch.

Beginning Quilting I

Saturdays, February 6 and 20, 9:30-3:30
Instructor: Mary Cain | Cost: $50

This class is for the true beginning quilter. You will start at “square one” with fabric selection during the first session followed by instruction on use of a rotary cutter and other basic tools for quilting. You will learn how to piece blocks, add borders, quilt and bind a quilt while making a friendship star table runner. Lots of “Mary’s Tips” are shared during the course. Lunch option available.

New York Beauties

Tuesday, February 16, 1:00-4:00
Instructor: Judy Hasheilder | Cost: $36

An age old pattern that utilizes simple paper piecing and curved seams. This classy block is always a show stopper and of course, easier than it appears.

Crossroads Scrap Quilt Workshop

Thursday, February 25, 9:30-4:00
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $65

One of the things I love about doing scrap quilts is that I learn something new about fabric combinations with each quilt. Using four patch blocks in the construction of this nine patch variation will really allow you to fine tune your piecing and fabric selection skills. Not only does the construction technique contain a bit of magic, but we will also be exchanging fabrics to create a visual tapestry lush with texture. You will precut some of your fabrics prior to class in preparation of exchanging fabric with other students to help supplement your fabric selection.

Easy Strip Quilt

Saturday, February 27, 1:30 – 4:30
Instructor: Trish Frankland | Cost: $45

Looking for a fast finish, or a last minute gift? This speedy quilt takes the “jelly roll race” idea further for a fabulous finish that doesn’t look rushed. Easy enough for beginners, still satisfying for an expert.

Quilt Your Own Quilt

Friday & Saturday, February 26 and 27, 9:30-3:30
Instructor: Cindy Fenster | Cost: $80

Here is your chance to quilt it yourself on your own sewing machine. The first day Cindy will help you determine your quilting technique and the designs that are best for you and your quilt. You will learn to quilt straight and slightly curved lines using your walking foot. You will learn a strategy for dividing your quilt into large sections for ease of handling. You will help each other prepare everyone’s quilt sandwiches. Cindy will help you set up your machine with the correct needle and thread choice. You will spend the rest of the first day quilting. You may leave your machine overnight. The second day you will continue quilting. Cindy will help troubleshoot any difficulties and be there for encouragement. By the end of the class you will have learned how to successfully machine quilt. Your quilt will be done or almost done, and you will have done it yourself! Note: If you choose to free motion quilt, you will need to have had a class and/or experience free motion quilting. Cindy has a class on Machine Quilting January 30th, where she teaches free motion and machine guided quilting. It would be a great way to get the instruction and practice necessary to free motion quilt.

Tee Shirt Quilt

Wednesday, March 2, 9:30-2:00
Instructor: Dianne Larson | Cost: $36

Memory quilts make great gifts for many occasions. Bring all the T-shirts you would like to use. Dianne will show you several different ways to make T-shirt quilts using any number of shirts. It is best to ring your shirts uncut.

Fabric Selection Made Easy

Friday, March 4, 9:30-12:00
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $36

One of the most challenging parts of making a quilt is choosing the fabrics. This class will change the way you think about fabric and shed new light on the process of selecting fabrics for your projects. There is no sewing in this class, so no heavy equipment to bring. You will bring fabric squares which will be shared with the other students and used to construct a fabric selection guide book. This book will serve as a valuable reference tool when choosing fabrics.

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Mastering Hand Quilting

Friday, March 4, 1:00-4:00
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $36

Whether you have quilted before or not, this class is for you. Begin as if you are new to hand quilting, and explore the world of poke-pull (or stab stitch) quilting. Executed differently from the running stitch, poke-pull quilting is easier to do and allows you to make quilting stitches that are straight and even, and look the same on the front of the quilt as they do on the back. No more calluses, no sore fingers, and no need for a thimble, poke-pull quilting is especially good for those with arthritis, carpal tunnel, or limited flexibility due to mastectomies. You will also learn template making and transference of design.

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Beginning Bead Embroidery

Saturday, March 5, 9:30-3:30
Instructor: Lisa Binkley | Cost: $60

Explore all the basic stitches used in bead embroidery under Lisa’s expert guidance. You will go home with a sampler of bead embroidery stitches, hand-outs with information about beads, threads and embroidery techniques and many fun new ideas to try at home. A kit with the sampler base, beads, needles and thread will be purchased at the beginning of class from Lisa. Learn some new ways to liven up quilts, garments and just about anything made of fabric.


Mondays, March 7 and April 4, 9:30 to 3:30
Instructor: Reggie Reginold | Cost: $55

While one may want to experience sewing a Y seam, the challenge of a “look alike Y seam” will be used throughout Calico Carriage Quilt Designs, “Labyrinth” by Debbie Maddy. While we will focus on accurate cutting and sewing, we will not over look good choice of fabric with high contrast. Check the pattern carefully for the amount of fabric required for your intended quilt top. Expected learning will be focused on reading pattern, fabric choice, accurate cutting and sewing the quarter inch seam.

Kates Scrap Basket

Friday, March 11, 9:30-3:30
Instructor: Kathy Doyle | Cost: $55

Let our resident paper piecing expert teach you her latest adorable pattern! Kate’s Scrap Basket is the perfect way for you to utilize your scraps and can be a cozy place for your best friend to snuggle. Some paper piecing experience required.

Garment Finishes

Saturday, March 12, 9:30-3:30
Instructor: Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $65

Explore some wonderful garment finishes with Lorraine Torrence who is known nationally for her skill as a wearable art designer and teacher. Topics will include button strategies, finishing touches threadwork, bits and pieces detail, bias and straight of grain tapes and fabric manipulation for garments. Take your garment construction to the next level with these newly learned skills.

It's OK …..to Think!

Sunday, March 13, 1:00-4:00
Instructor: Judy Hasheider | Cost: $36

Learn how to make you own decisions in your quiltmaking…such as how to break down block construction, resizing blocks, determining yardage, number of blocks to make and more. This class gives you tools to become a better quilter!

Beginning Quilting

Tuesdays, March 15, 22, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3 and 10, 9:30–1:30
Instructor: Jo Anne Liska and Kim Zajicek | Cost: $88

This is a complete beginner class. You’ll learn how to pick out fabric, use rotary cutting equipment, make blocks, put them together with sashing, add a border, quilt, and finally bind your quilt. Sewing machines will be needed starting with the second class.

More Beginning Basics- Flying Geese

Saturday, March 19, 9:30-12:30
Instructor: Mary Cain | Cost: $30

Expand your quilting skills by learning how to make the flying geese block. You will learn three techniques for making flying geese, but the focus will be on the fast way to make geese that “fly” off your sewing machine. Instructions to make a “gaggle of geese” will be provided in class. Lots of other ideas for using flying geese will be presented. You can use them to make stars, pine trees, house roofs, and lots more.

Machine Quilting Brush Up

Saturday, March 19, 9:30-3:30
Instructor: Cindy Fenster | Cost: $65

Great teaching along with practice is the key to developing good machine quilting skills. This class will give you both of these things. Take this class to bush up those skills and fine tune your technique. Cindy will review the basics and help you problem solve difficulties and further develop your machine quilting skills.

Shifting Perspectives

Thursday & Friday, March 31, April 1, 9:30-3:30
Instructor: Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $85

Using a multi view lens find repetitive designs in the world around you and design a 9-block quilt. Make blocks bigger than the blocks you want (15” square for example). Then cut smaller squares (12” from the 15” squares) but in a different place each time. Use the trimmings to make a border that is unified with the quilt. Learn how to make quilts with rectangular trimmed blocks, different numbers of blocks and gradations of colors and values using the same shifting formula.

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