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.

Fold and Stitch Wreath

Thursday, May 5, 5:00 – 8:00
Instructor: Cheryl Schenk | Cost: $35

This dimension wreath can hang as a door or wall decoration, or can be horizontal centerpiece or candle display. You’ll want to make one for every season! They make fabulous hostess gifts, too!

Campfire Messanger Bag

Friday May 6, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Cheryl Schenk | Cost: $55

You’ll love making this stylish messenger bag! It’s a great cross-body bag with lots of pockets. Feature your favorite fabric on the flap, or use scraps to make a unique patchwork design.

Introduction to Machine Quilting

Saturday, May 7, 9:30-3:30
Instructor: Cindy Fenster | Cost: $55

Learn to do your own machine quilting. Cindy has extensive quilting experience and specializes in helping you get the most out of your home sewing machine. You will learn how to choose the best quilting design for your quilt and the logistics of how to actually get the quilting onto your quilt. All skill levels.

Color Exploration I

Friday, May 13, 9:30-3:30
Instructor: Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $60

Color is the first thing most of us notice when we look at a quilt. Learning to use it better can be an important step in making fabulous quilts. We’ll start with some color basics, make some useful value charts in fabric and a 12 part color wheel in fabric and move on to some color exercises that will broaden your color vision.

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BEGINNING HAND APPLIQUE’

Wednesday, May 18, 9:30 – 12:00
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $36

This class is designed with the beginner in mind. The stitch Linda uses is different from the one most commonly taught in hand applique’. It is her favorite applique’ stitch because it gives such lovely results. This technique takes the fear out of applique’. Not only is it easy to do, but is results in invisible stitches. Try your hand at applique’ with this charming little piece.

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Mastering Hand Quilting

Wednesday, May 18, 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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Winsor Park

Thursday, May 19, 9:30-2:30
Instructor: Jane Vaughan | Cost: $36

If the snow and cold weather kept you away in January, now is your chance to make this lovely quilt, think Spring and Summer. It would make a great picnic quilt. Jane has some great tips to make this quilt go together quickly and easily, as well as some new setting options. You can make the quilt with lots of 2 ½” strips or 8 different fabrics, plus a background fabric. Kits may be available.

Intermediate Piecing

Fridays, May 20, 27, and June 3, 10, 17, 9:30 – 1:00
Instructor: Denise Matson | Cost: $80

Have you made a quilt, or done some piecing? Are you ready to stretch your block building skills beyond straight lines and triangles? Our intermediate class will increase your knowledge skill and confidence in quilting while you learn to master “hard” blocks. You will be amazed at what you can make!

BEGINNING QUILTING I

Saturdays, May 21 and June 4, 9:30-3:30
Instructor: Mary Cain | Cost: $55

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 given during the course of this class.

BEGINNING SEWING

Thursdays, June 2. 9, 16, 6:00 to 8:00pm
Instructor: Nan Davis | Cost: $55

Does someone you know want to learn to sew? We have been asked to offer beginning sewing classes, so here they are! Nan will teach the basics of sewing for those with little to no experience. The class will cover sewing machine use, and two simple projects to teach the skills needed to sew simple crafts or garment projects. The projects will include a pillow case and zippered pouches. Mill House does have several sewing machines available for those who do not own one.

SEWING FOR YOUNG ADULTS

Tuesdays, June 21, 28, July 5, 9:30 – 11:30
Instructor: Nan Davis | Cost: $55

Do you have someone in your life that wants to learn how to sew? Nan will teach the basics of sewing for young adults ages twelve to eighteen. The students will have fun exploring notions, the sewing machine, simple stitches, and more. There will be time in each class for practice, and the final class will include making a simple pillow case.

FOUR CORNER TOTE BAG

Saturday, June 4, 9:30 – 12:00
Instructor: Judy Hashielder | Cost: $36

Learn to make this square bag that has a neat “twist” to it and you will be using your bag as you leave the class.

BEGINNING QUILTING

Tuesdays, June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, and 19, 10:00 – 2:00
Instructor: Cheryl Schenk | Cost: $99

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.

BENTO BOX BONANZA

Thursday, June 16, 9:30 – 2:30
Instructor: Jane Vaughn | Cost: $99

Rustle up your 2 ½” strips and sew this geometric quilt. It looks great in all kinds of contrasting fabrics and thirty blocks make this quilt a keeper. Jane will give you some tips that make joining the blocks easy and finishing beautifully. You may purchase a kit or dive into your stash for sixty 2 ½” strips.

ZENTANGLE BASICS

Saturday, June 18, 10:00-12:00
Instructor: Tina La Haise, CZT | Cost: $$30 Includes the kit

In this class you will learn an art form that ANYONE can do. You will be provided with a high quality supply kit containing all the materials you will need. You will use paper, pencil and ink to create beautiful images which you can use to transfer your creativity onto fabric, paper, ceramic, canvas and more. The class will teach you the basics of the Zentangle method which also provides you with key benefits like stress relief and relaxation. Explore this fun and easy to learn art form. No artistic experience necessary!

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MORE BEGINNING BASICS - Flying Geese

Saturday, June 18, 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.

COLOR EXPLORATION II

Wednesday, June 22, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $$60

In this continued study of color begun in Color Explorations I, we will explore tints, shades and tones of hues by mixing paint to fully understanding these properties. Additionally we will delve into some exercises that will illuminate color relationships, properties and special effects.

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QUILT YOUR OWN QUILT

Thursday and Friday, June 23 and 24, 9:30-3:30
Instructor: Cindy Fenster | Cost: $$85

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 May 7, 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.

FEATHERED STAR

Saturday, June 25, 9:30 – 12:30
Instructor: Judy Hasheider | Cost: $$36

This classic version of the Feathered Star will satisfy any quilters desire for making this beautiful block, featuring those small half square triangles (feathers) that may seem somewhat intimidating. Creating those feathers will be easier than anticipated by using the bias method of making half square triangles. One block can easily become a wall hanging, three blocks a table runner or 12 blocks for a nice size lap quilt.

BEGINNING MACHINE APPLIQUE

Thursdays, July 7, August 4, September 1, 9:30 – 12:30
Instructor: Jo Anne Liska | Cost: $$80

Learn the basics of machine applique while creating a beautiful project. Jo Anne will guide you through how to transfer the design, cut out your shapes, and attach them to the base fabric. Your sewing machine must have either the blanket stitch or zig zag stitch.

SEASONAL SILHOUTTES

1st Thursday of the month, starting July 7, August 4, September 1, 1:00 – 4:00
Instructor: Jo Anne Liska | Cost: $$30 per month

Celebrate every month of the year with beautiful raw-edge applique blocks designed by Edyta Sitar. These blocks, designed using a colorful array of batiks, can be set in a variety of ways, from a single block setting to a twelve block calendar quilt. The blocks are available in laser cut with the fusible webbing adhered to the fabric or use fabric from your stash.

BEGINNING PAPER PIECING

Friday, July 8, 1:00 – 4:00
Instructor: Kathy Doyle | Cost: $$35

Paper piecing can make difficult piecing much easier. Learn an easy way to sew complicated angles and handle small pieces with the paper piecing technique. Kathy has developed an easy method of teaching the steps involved in accurate paper piecing.

COLLAGE CURVES MINI-QUILT

Friday, July 15, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $$60

Make one of four 15” Collage Curves Mini-Quilts from a Lorraine Torrence Designs pattern in this technique-filled, one-day class. This quick, direct approach includes bias-covered raw-edged curves, some foundation flip-and-sew piecing in a new way, and some strip pieced areas. Use your own fabric or purchase a kit to get right to the sewing. Learn to use these techniques when you go home to design your own original Collage Curves quilts. Lorraine taught this class at the International Quilt Show in April!

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NEXT STEPS IN MACHINE QUILTING

Saturday, July 16, 9:30-3:30
Instructor: Cindy Fenster | Cost: $$65

Have you taken a machine quilting class and now are ready for a review and the opportunity to learn additional designs and strategies? Would you like some guided practice and a review of the basics? You will learn more about quilting on your own machine including adjusting tension and troubleshooting to produce beautiful quilting stitches. How about experiencing the use of a variety of threads and quilting techniques such as auditioning different designs, increasing your creativity by learning to use a design wall, layering your quilt, and different methods of transferring designs to your quilt? Cindy Fenster is anxious to help you improve your skills and confidence while spending a day together enjoying the quilting journey.

TEE SHIRT QUILT

Thursday, July 28, 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 bring your shirts uncut.

BRICH BARK STRIP QUILT

Saturday, July 30, 9:30 – 3:30
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.

WHEELS & SPOKES & PLATES

Saturday, August 6, 9:30 – 12:30
Instructor: Judy Hasheider | Cost: $$36

Using a simple wedge ruler, come prepared to learn techniques for creating the many different looks of the Dresden Plate. No formal project will be made in class. You will work on samples of the different variations and then be inspired to choose something for your next quilt. Purchase of the EZ Dresden ruler is required.

STAR STUFF PILLOW

Saturday, August 13, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Trish Frankland | Cost: $$45

Try your hand at paper piecing with a fun, modern oversized star. We will turn a 15” block into a quilted pillow for your bed or couch. We will cover piecing, quilting and pillow making in one class!

ONE BLOCK WONDER

Friday, August 19, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Reggie Reginold | Cost: $$55

One-Block Wonder Quilts are representative of the Kaleidoscope, meaning beautiful form watcher. Using a 60 degree Kaleidoscope wedge ruler (pointed tip is a must) and layering cutting and sewing the fabric, a student will soon discover a world of design, color, movement and more. Learning the latest construction techniques used in creating hexagons, students will avoid the Y seam.

OPEN PAPER PIECING

Saturday, August 20, 9:30 – 12:30
Instructor: Kathy Doyle | Cost: $$35

Let our resident paper piecing expert teach you her technique for paper piecing. She will give you guidance as you develop/improve your paper piecing skills and help with problem solving.

COLORING LIKE A Kid (for Adults)

Saturday, August 20, 9:30 -12:30
Instructor: Trish Frankland | Cost: $$45

Doodle out a design or borrow one from a coloring book. Learn to shade, fill and flourish on fabric with Inktense pencils! Try it out on a sample piece and gain ideas on how to use the technique in future projects.