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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.

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.

BEGINNING QUILTING

Tuesdays, September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25: 9:30 – 1:30
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.

INTERMEDIATE PIECING

Wednesday, September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 9:30 – 3:00
Instructor: Denise Matson | Cost: $100

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!

FABRIC SELECTION MADE EASY

Thursday, September 15 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.

MASTERING HAND QUILTING

Thursday, September 15, 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.

DESIGN ESSENTIALS I

Saturday September 17, October 22, November 19, December 17, January 15, February 19, March 19, 9:30 - 12:30
Instructor: Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $160

We will study the essential principles and elements of design for quilt makers in any style. Classes will consist of discussion and critique of assignments given the month before on specific design elements and principles including: color, value, scale, balance, unity, and illusion of depth. Assignments will be mock ups on studies, not full quilts, in order to encourage experimentation and learning. Emphasis will be on learning to recognize problems and successes in quilts in an objective way and find ways to improve the problems.

INDIGO DYING *New*

Saturday, September 17, 1:00 – 4:00
Instructor: Jennifer Falkowski | Cost: $75

Join Jennifer for a hands on exploration in the basics of dyeing with a natural indigo vat. She will touch on the history and science of indigo and explore several Shibori resist techniques. You will leave with four cotton fat quarters that you have patterned in the rich blue for which indigo is famous. Please wear old clothes and shoes and bring one pair of rubber gloves and a plastic bag for carrying your work home. All other materials will be provided. Feel free to bring along a tee shirt to dye - it must be made of natural fibers. The class will meet outside, with a rain date of September 24th.

DESIGN ESSENTIALS II/ III

Sundays, September 18, October 16, November 20, December 11, January 21, February 18, & March 25, 12:30 - 3:30
Instructor: Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $160

This once-a-month, seven month Design class is the second year continuation of Design Essentials I: Principles and Elements. This time, we’ll approach our exercises with a view to studies of Sources and Inspiration for Design. We will still be mindful of Principles and Elements, and combine that knowledge with finding springboards in our environment and design situations that will provide lifelong inspiration. Prerequisite: Design Essentials I with Lorraine Torrence

RECYCLING QUILT STYLE

Friday, September 23, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Kathy Doyle | Cost: $55

This class will teach you foundation piecing and quilt as you go. You will also have a great outlet for that basket of scraps you have collected!

ZENTANGLE BASICS

Saturday, September 24, 10:00 – 12:00
Instructor: Tess Imobersteg, CZT | Cost: $35

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!

FALL TANGLE *New*

September 27, 12:30 – 4:00
Instructor: Judy Hashieder | Cost: $36

Do you love quilts with those beautiful appliqué borders, but don't have the time, patience or expertise to pull it off? Try using this free-motion machine stitched method. Experience this fast and easy form of appliqué, while making an oval table mat, featuring fall pumpkins and vines. This will give you all the techniques to go further and create fabulous looking quilts.

CELEBRATION TREE SKIRT: JUDY NEIMEYER *New*

Wednesday, September 28, October 26, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Donna Mather | Cost: $100

The Christmas Celebration Tree Skirt is a Judy Niemeyer Quiltworx bestseller. It can be left uncut for a beautiful table topper or the center can be cut out for a spectacular tree skirt. A sewing technique called foundation paper piecing is used along with curved and traditional piecing.

SERGER 1 *New*

Thursday, September 29, 5:00 – 8:00
Instructor: Trish Pulvermacher | Cost: $36

Be honest! Is your serger still in the box or collecting dust because you are not sure how or afraid to use it? Or maybe you've just purchased a new one! In this class you'll gain confidence learning how to thread your machine, change tensions and troubleshooting. We'll discuss serger functions and when to use your serger. All serger brands and models are welcome.

QUILT YOUR OWN QUILT

Thursday and Friday, September 29, 30, 9:30 - 3:30
Instructor: Cindy Fenster | Cost: $85

Here’s your chance to quilt it yourself on your own sewing machine. Cindy will help you with your machine set up, correct needle and thread choice, determine your quilting technique and designs that fit you and your quilt. You will learn to quilt straight and slightly curved lines and learn a strategy for dividing your quilt into large sections for ease of handling. You will help each other prepare quilt sandwiches. 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, complete your quilt (or almost) and have done it yourself! Note: If you choose to free motion quilt, you will need experience with free motion quilting. You may leave your machine overnight.

BEGINNING QUILTING I

Saturdays, October 1 and 15, 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 shared during the course.

3D TUMBLING BLOCK *New*

Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2. Saturday 10:00 – 4:00, Sunday, 12:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Mary Lieck | Cost: $70

Wow! You can make this impressive 3-dimensional optical illusion with simple value selections, once you know the trick. Build the blocks using the strip-piecing method, and it is fast, too! In fact, it is easy enough for a confident beginner to do. Join our class and see how your blocks stack up! Join Mary as she takes you through the step by step Quilt with the Marci Baker method of 3-D design which is strip-pieced with no Y or set in seams – Really!

BEGINNING MACHINE APPLIQUE

Thursday, October 6, 9:30 – 12:30
Instructor: Jo Anne Liska | Cost: $40

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 *New*

1st Thursday of the month, starting October 6, November 3, December 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.

CLAM SHELL - Two Offerings *New*

Saturdays, October 8, November 19, 9:30 – 3:30 OR Wednesdays, October 2, November 7, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Donna Mather | Cost: $100

The Clamshell pattern is the modern twist of the traditional Clamshell block. It uses a technique called foundation paper piecing to assemble the units required to make the quilt. Bias strips and both curved and traditional piecing are used to join the foundation pieced units to complete the quilt.

VINTAGE COMPASS *New*

Wednesday, October 19, November 16, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Donna Mather | Cost: $100

Join Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor, Donna Mather, as she introduces you into the exciting world of foundation paper piecing. This stunning quilt is excellent for experienced beginners to the more advanced quilter and teaches you the tips and techniques you need to be successful in creating your own lovely, heirloom quilts.

FOLD AND STITCH WREATH

Thursday, October 20, 5:00 – 8:00
Instructor: Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $35

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

GRAPH PAPER QUILTING *New*

Friday, October 21, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Kathy Doyle | Cost: $55

A new method developed by Kathy Doyle, uses graph paper to develop your own paper pieced quilt pattern. The first hour of class will focus on drawing your graph paper pattern, marking sections and numbering for paper piecing. Then you will make your own small quilt.

SEVEN SISTERS *New*

Friday, October 21, 12:30 – 4:00
Instructor: Judy Hashieder | Cost: $36

This age old pattern features clusters of 7 six-pointed stars. You will learn how to cut and piece 60 degree shapes, finding that this is much easier than you might think. The design is perfect for a contemporary look or an antique reproduction.

MAKING WAVES PLACEMATS *New*

Saturday, October 22, 9:30 – 2:30
Instructor: Jane Vaughn | Cost: $40

Are you afraid of sewing curves? Do wavy lines give you the jitters? Give it a try in this class geared toward curves. We will make two placemats using a simple technique that produces lovely results. Just 8 eighth yard cuts and one yard for backing and binding makes two placemats.

COLOR EXPLORATION I

Monday, October 24, 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.

TEE SHIRT QUILT

Thursday, October 27, 9:30 - 2:00
Instructor: Dianne Larson | Cost: $40

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.

SERGER II *New*

Thursday, October 27, 5:00 – 8:00
Instructor: Trish Pulvermacher | Cost: $35

This is a follow-up class to Serger 1. Rolled edge, gathering, corners, curves, garment construction will be covered. You will gain even more serger confidence taking this class! All serger make and models welcome.

SPOT ON *New*

Friday, October 28, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $65

Curves, ever so enticing, can be tricky to piece. Welcome to ‘Spot On’, the class where curves are created in a whole new way! There is not one single curved pieced seam in this quilt. Try Linda’s revolutionary way to create curves that can be done in half the time of traditional piecing and is much more accurate! Give it a try, you will love her new method!

MORE BEGINNING BASICS: Flying Geese

Saturday, October 29, 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.

CAMPFIRE MESSENGER BAG

Friday November 4, 9:30 – 4:30
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.

BLAZING STAR ORNAMENT

Saturday, November 5, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Lisa Binkley | Cost: $55, Kit Fee $40

The Blazing Star ornament has an ornate star as the central motif and the warm tones of stars and firelight. Kits contain complete step-by-step instructions, fabric and stabilizer, beading needles and thread, all necessary beads and Ultrasuede for backing. This class is suitable for all levels of hand stitchers, but some bead embroidery experience is helpful.

TANGLING FOR QUILTS *New*

Saturday, November 5, 9:30 – 2:30
Instructor: Tess Imobersteg, CZT | Cost: $50 includes kit

This Zentangle® inspired class will cover the pens and materials used to draw Zentangle images on fabric, considerations of fabrics and use of color. Practice on fabric will be in black and white and color. The second part of the class will focus on using an alternate method for Zentangle® images on fabric, methods to transfer your images to fabric and preparing to draw the images with thread.

STUFFED ANIMAL WORKSHOP: LLAMA OR ALPACA *New*

Wednesday, November 9, 9:30 – 12:30
Instructor: Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $36

Make this adorable stuffed llama or alpaca and learn the basics of stuffed animal construction. This would make a wonderful holiday gift! So cute you will want to make a herd!

BASIC SEWING

Thursday, November 10, 5:00 – 9:00
Instructor: Trish Pulvermacher | Cost: $40

Basic Sewing Introduction. Instructor Trish Pulvermacher will guide beginning sewing students through sewing fundamentals and sewing machine basics. You will finish a pillow to take home.

COLLAGE CURVES MINI-QUILT

Saturday, November 12, 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.

FOUR CORNER TOTE BAG

Thursday, November 17, 1:00 – 4:00
Instructor: Judy Hashieder | Cost: $36

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

BEGINNING WOOL APPLIQUE *New*

Thursday, November 17, 5:00 – 8:00
Instructor: Judy Hashieder | Cost: $36

Wool is a wonderful way to experience applique. It is easy enough for even the non-sewer to accomplish! While working on a pincushion, you will learn techniques for transferring designs, placement tricks, fusing and attaching pieces to a background and most commonly used stiches.

INTRODUCTION TO MACHINE QUILTING

Friday, November 18, 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. Appropriate for all skill levels.

FLOWER POWER *New*

Sunday, November 20, 12:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $36

Fall in love with the Circle Savvy ruler as you learn to cut perfect circles in seconds. You will learn to make the basic blocks needed for this retro-modern flower quilt.

EARLY SPRING ORNAMENT *New*

Saturday, December 3, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Lisa Binkley | Cost: $55, Kit Fee $50

Explore new bead embroidery techniques and designs while creating this ornate, lush medallion evocative of Early Spring. The ornament – in shades of chartreuse, turquoise, and violet – can be stitched and finished as an ornament, a pin or pendant, or an embellishment for a handbag or quilt. It has a richly textured surface and lots of fringe. Kits contain complete step-by step instructions, fabric and stabilizer, beading needles and thread, all necessary beads, and Ultrasuede for backing. Bead embroidery experienced required.

DRESDEN NEIGHBORHOOD

December 7, 9:30 - 3:30
Instructor: Kim Lapacek | Cost: $55

Pull out your fun scraps and turn them into a unique Dresden Neighborhood! We’ll put a whimsical ‘twist’ on the traditional Dresden Plate, cutting, piecing, applique, and stitching to make an adorable wall hanging. Once you learn Kim’s techniques, you’ll never look at a traditional block the same way.

COLOR EXPLORATION II

Friday, December 9, 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.

QUILT YOUR OWN QUILT

Thursday and Friday, December 8 and 9, 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.

Quilting Classes

Events

  • SPECIAL EVENT – Cynthia England Trunk Show, Aug 1 - ??
  • Row by Row Experience 2016, June 21 to September 6, 2016
  • Crazy-For-Quilting Shop Hop, October 15-16, 2016
  • 12th Annual Quilt Expo - Escape, Create, Celebrate, September 18-10, 2016
  • Modern Stitching Affair, September 29, 30 & October 1, 2
  • Fall University Day - The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, October 1, 2016
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