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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.

SMOKE AND FIRE *New*

Thursday, August 10, 9:30 – 2:00
Instructor: Jane Vaughan | Cost: $40

Got Strips? Strip and Go Lucky patterns from Thornberry Quilts are a great way to uses those rolls and packages of 2 1/2" strips, or you can cut up fabric in your stash! In this class we will have fun with the traditional Rail Fence block. Jane will show you how to jazz it up and make a stunning quilt. You may purchase the Smoke and Fire pattern or the Brilliant Bouquet pattern, and then let's make that fabric into something you will love! Both patterns use strips and some yardage.


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CORN ROWS *New*

Thursday, August 22, 9:30 – 1:00
Instructor: Judy Hasheider | Cost: $38

Braids are so effective in creating quilts and borders. While working on this quilt, several variations will be presented.


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FOUR CORNER TOTE BAG

Thursday, August 24, 5:00 - 8:00
Instructor: Judy Hashieder | Cost: $38

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


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CAMPFIRE MESSENGER BAG

Saturday, August 26, 9:30 – 4:30
Instructor: Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $60

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.


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Chevron Cuddle Quilt

Wednesdays, September 6 and September 13, 9:30 – 3:00
Instructor: Cindy Fenster | Cost: $75

Learn to make a simple, modern quilt for the “little one” in your life. The bright colors and captivating theme fabric will make this quilt a favorite. This is a great workshop for trying simple contemporary quilting on your home sewing machine. During the first session Cindy will guide you through the process of piecing the top, and the following week you will work on quilting and binding it. Great quick, contemporary project for beginners and experienced quilters. Kit Available.

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Project/Technique

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Bead and Stitch Workshop - Night Garden

Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16, 9:30 – 4:30
Instructor: Lisa Binkley | Cost: $110

Create your own ornate starry-night mini beaded garden while learning and/or refining a wide range of bead embroidery techniques in this two-day workshop. Students create a 5” x 8” bead embroidered panel of flowers, foliage, and borders on a deep-blue night sky fabric using a wide variety of bead embroidery techniques and a colorful assortment of beads and buttons. Finished panels can be framed, incorporated into a larger fiber art piece, or used as the front of an elegant handbag. This class is suitable for students with some bead embroidery experience. Kits will be available from the instructor.

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Project/Technique

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Beginning Quilting

Tuesdays, September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, from 10:00 – 2:00
Instructor: Cheryl Schenck | 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.

Skill Level : Beginer
Class Type: Education

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Serger I

Thursday, September 21, 9:30–12:30 or 1:00–4:00 or 5:00–8:00
Instructor: Trish Pulvermacher | Cost: $45

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

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Education/Technique

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Campfire Messenger Bag

Friday, September 22, 9:30 – 4:00
Instructor: Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $60

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.

Skill Level : Intermediate
Class Type: Project

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Vintage Rose

Saturdays, September 23, October 28, November 18, December 16, January 27, 2018, February 24, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Donna Mather | Cost: $280

The Vintage Rose pattern is Judy Niemeyer’s latest Technique of the Month (TOM) quilt. This class was designed to incorporate a wide range of Judy’s techniques to be taught by a certified instructor. The class meets monthly for (6) consecutive workshops. Foundation paper piecing, curved paper piecing, curved piecing and traditional piecing will be taught in creating this spectacular quilt.

Skill Level : Intermediate
Class Type: Project/Technique

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Christmas Celebration Tree Skirt

Tuesdays, September 26 and October 24, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Donna Mather | Cost: $98

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.

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Project

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Design Essentials I

Saturdays, September 23, October 28, November 18, December 16, January 27, February 24, March 24, 9:30 – 12:30
Instructor: Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $165

We will study the essential principles and elements of design for quiltmakers 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.

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Education/Technique

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Design Essentials II/III

Sundays, September 24, October 29, November 19, December 17, January 28, February 25, March 25, 12:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $165

This once-a-month, seven month design class is the second year continuation of Design Essentials I. This time we will 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.

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Education/Technique

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Fabric Selection Made Easy

Wednesday, September 27, 9:30-12:00
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $40

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.

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Education

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Mastering Hand Quilting

Wednesday, September 27, 1:00-4:00
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $40

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.

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Education/Technique

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Sewing With Knits - Faux Wrap Top

Mondays, October 2 and 9, 10:00 – 2:00
Instructor: Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $40

Sew up this comfortable shirt in a jiffy! This is a great way to get started with your serger, though a regular sewing machine works as well! This pattern includes a full range of sizes from girls up to plus size. In this class you will learn to “grade” your pattern to fit you! This top can be made four ways; with a ¾ sleeve or sleeveless, and with or without a collar.

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Education/Project

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Tessalating Leaves

Friday, October 6, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Kathy Doyle | Cost: $55

This is a great fall project, intermediate paper piecing class and a great way to use all your golds, browns, rusts, oranges, yellows and reds. The project is a 20" by 40" table runner with 24, four inch blocks. You will be using 2 1/2" strips of your fall colors.

Skill Level : Intermediate
Class Type: Project

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Indigo Dyeing

Saturday, October 7, 1:00 – 4:00
Instructor: Jennifer Falkowski | Cost: $75

Join Jennifer Falkowski for a hands on exploration in the basics of dyeing with a natural indigo vat. The class will meet outside on October 7, from 1 - 4 with a rain date of October 14.

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Education/Fun

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Beginning Quilting Express

Saturdays, October 7 and October 21, 9:30 - 3:30
Instructor: Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $60

Make a modern table runner in this two day class! You will learn the basics of quiltmaking from start to finish, with skills including rotary cutting, using acrylic rulers, 1/4 inch seams, pressing, basting, quilting, and binding. This is a great class for beginners or as a refresher!

Skill Level : Beginner
Class Type: Education

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Flower Power

Thursday, October 12, 9:30 – 12:30
Instructor: Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $40

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.

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Education/Project

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Introduction to Machine Quilting

Friday, October 13, 9:30-3:30
Instructor: Cindy Fenster | Cost: $60

Learn to do your own machine quilting. Cindy has extensive quilting experience in both machine guided and free motion quilting. She will help you get the most out of your home sewing machine. You will learn how to choose the best quilting designs for your quilts and the logistics of how to actually get the quilting onto your quilt. All skill levels are welcome.

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Education/Technique

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The Great Zipper Pouch

Wednesday, October 18, 1:00 – 3:30
Instructor: Dianne Larson | Cost: $35

There are so many great bag patterns today! Are you intimidated by zippers? Does this hold you back from trying new bag patterns? If so we have the class to get you started. Learn to make a lined, zippered bag which is so simple, and so versatile that you’ll easily be able to have a stash built up for gift needs. You’ll learn the basic bag, and then how to vary the size, make coordinated sets and several ways to turn it into a purse.

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Education/Project

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Serger II

Thursday, October 19, 9:30 – 12:30 or 1:00 – 4:00 or 5:00 – 8:00
Instructor: Trish Pulvermacher | Cost: $45

Prerequsite - Serger I. Rolled edge, gathering, corners, curves and garment construction will be covered. You will gain even more serger confidence taking this class! All serger makes and models welcome.

Skill Level : Intermediate
Class Type: Education/Technique

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Give Your Dog A Bone

Thursday, October 19, 9:30 – 2:00
Instructor: Jane Vaughan | Cost: $50

No bones about it, whether you love dogs, cats, fish, or dinosaurs this is a great quilt to make for yourself or a special loved one. Simple strip piecing and cutting make this quilt easy to make. Join Jane for this dog-gone cute quilt. Patterns and kits are available, or be adventuresome, and try new fabrics.

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Project

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Modern Machine Embroidery

Thursdays, October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 5:00 – 8:00
Instructor: Diane Kroll & Kim Zajicek | Cost: $99

Learn the basics of modern machine embroidery. No experience needed! You will learn about types of machine embroidery, hooping, needles, thread and stabilizers. We will complete an embroidery project each week. The book “Modern Machine Embroidery” is required and will be available for purchase.

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Education/Technique

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Tuffets

Fridays, October 20 and 27, 10:00 – 2:00
Instructor: Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $80

Tuffet (noun) - A low upholstered seat or footstool, hassock, ottoman. While you'll want one for yourself, tuffets make wonderful gifts for special occasions including weddings, new babies, anniversaries and special birthdays. These heirloom creations will bring a touch of charm to any room! Join Cheryl, a certified Tuffet Source affiliate, and create your own masterpiece in a two-part workshop. You will have fun and walk out of the second class with a completed tuffet!

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Education/Project

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Serger Workshop

Thursday, October 26, 1:00 – 3:00 or 5:00 – 7:00
Instructor: Trish Pulvermacher | Cost: $35

Prerequisite; Serger I New class! For those who've had experience with using their machine, but are now working on specific projects and need assistance with them.

Skill Level : Intermediate
Class Type: Education

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T-Shirt Quilt

Wednesday, November 1, 9:30 – 2:00
Instructor: Dianne LArson | Cost: $50

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.

Skill Level : Intermediate
Class Type: Education/Project

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Smoothing Iron

Thursday, November 2, 9:30 – 1:00
Instructor: Judy Hashieder | Cost: $40

Another great 60-degree design. A gridwork of equilateral triangles creates the backdrop for six pointed stars that appear at the intersections. Learn how to draft your own block and then begin working on a hexagon table topper. Ideas for more projects will be shown.

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Project

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Beginning Hand Applique'

Friday, November 3, 9:30 – 12:30
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $40

This skill-building class is designed with the beginner in mind. The stitch I use is different from the one most commonly taught in hand applique. It is my 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 it results in invisible stitches. Try your hand at Applique with a charming little piece that we will do in a half day class. This is also the stitch I use on my quilt bindings.

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Education/Technique

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Refining Your Quilting Stitch Workshop

Friday, November 3, 1:00 – 4:00
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $40

Prerequisite; Mastering Hand Quilting. If you have taken Linda’s Mastering Hand Quilting class and learned her method of stab stitching, this class may be just what you are looking for. Now that you have had a chance to try the technique, do you need guidance refining your stitches? Do you need some hands-on assistance tweaking your technique? This is your chance. Bring your work in progress and your questions. Learn tips on using tape to assist in marking, how to measure for placement of lines of stitching, hints on traveling from one area to another, working with colored thread, how to turn corners, and more. Refine you stab stitching in the half day workshop.

Skill Level : Intermediate
Class Type: Education/Technique

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Quilt Your Own Quilt

Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10, 9:30-3:30
Instructor: Cindy Fenster | Cost: $90

Here’s your chance to quilt it yourself! In this two-day workshop learn a strategy called “cyndikation” that shows you how to divide your quilt into 2-4 large sections for ease of quilting even a queen or king size. On the first day, Cindy will help you set up your machine and share the latest tools and products to make the machine quilting doable on your own home sewing machine. She will teach you how to choose the correct needle, threads, quilting designs, and techniques for you and your quilt. (Note: If you choose to free motion quilt, you need to be experienced with free motion quilting.) By the second day you will have at least two sections quilted and then learn how to join those sections using “cyndikation”. Many participants leave the workshop with their quilt completed and ready to bind. To be prepared for the workshop, use the supply list and bring a completed quilt top, except do not add the borders. If the borders are attached, we will help you “unsew” them. Bring your border fabric with you. If you would like to learn this technique but to do not have a quilt top ready to quilt, we have a simple pieced top pattern that makes a great lap size quilt or baby quilt depending on your choice of fabrics. It is called “Summer Sunshine”, a sample hangs in the shop and patterns are available for $7.00 at the counter. This versatile top can be easily pieced in a day or two. Follow the instructions and complete the top leaving it in three sections. When you come to the workshop, you will be ready to quilt and will most likely have your quilt completed by the end of the second day. You may leave your machine overnight.

Skill Level : Intermediate
Class Type: Project/Education

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Fold and Stitch Wreath

Friday, November 10, 1:00 – 4:00
Instructor: Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $40

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!

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Project

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Tula Tuesdays

Tuesdays, November 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12, 10:00 – 12:00
Instructor: Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $99

In this class, we will be making blocks from the “Tula Pink’s City Sampler; 100 Modern Quilt Blocks” book. You may make as many or as few blocks as you want; we will continue working through the book over several sessions. The class is intended to reinforce and enhance skills learned in any beginning quilting.

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Project/Education

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Shifting Perspectives

Thursday, November 16 and Monday, November 20, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $99

Using a multi view lens find repetitive designs in the word around you and design a 9-block quilt. Make blocks bigger than the blocks you want (15” squares 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.

Skill Level : Intermediate
Class Type: Project/Education

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SERGER III

Thursday, November 16, 10:00-12:00, 1:00-3:00, 5:00 – 7:00
Instructor: Trish Pulvermacher | Cost: $38

Prerequisite - Serger I and II. Additional techniques include 2-thread stitches, wrapped stitch, flat lock and coverstitch (if your machine has this capability). By this time, you should be able to thread your machine fairly easily. These new stitches round out your knowledge of the serger! Great fun learning new applications for your machine. Please bring serger, all of your serger accessories including presser feet, etc.,5 different colors of thread, scissors, tweezers, all cords and foot pedal for your serger. You may want a small flashlight. Also, 3"x 7" pieces of fabrics that you like to sew on.


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Quilter's "New Best Friend" - The Walking Foot

Friday, November 17, 9:30-3:00
Instructor: Cindy Fenster | Cost: $60

Most quilters think of their walking foot as a tool to “stitch in the ditch”. Numerous quilting designs are achievable with this great attachment that provides a quilter with a comfortable level of control and success. Current quilting designs make use of straight lines, as well as slightly curved lines, to produce grids and patterns that provide interesting texture to your quilts. You will learn how to make the most out of your walking foot while trying out different techniques and patterns.

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Education/Technique

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Rocky Mountain Bear Claw Table Runner and Pillow

Friday, December 1, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Donna Mather | Cost: $55

The Rocky Mountain Bear Claw is a fun new design for the confident beginner to advanced quilter. A sewing technique called foundation paper piecing is used to assemble the units required to make (1) 72” x 21” table runner and (2) pillows or you can change things up to make 2 smaller table runners. Curved piecing is used to join the units after the foundation piecing is completed.

Skill Level : Intermediate
Class Type: Education/Technique

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Machine Quilting With Templates

Saturday, December 2, 9:30 – 12:30
Instructor: Cindy Fenster | Cost: $40

Looking for more control in using free motion quilting designs? Learn to use templates made for your home sewing machine and see how successful you can be with quilting designs and motifs. This class will give you the opportunity to use a Bernina and a set of templates. If you have already purchased the templates and foot, bring your own machine, special foot, and templates to use. Cindy will demonstrate various techniques and then you will have time to use them on your own quilt sandwiches. You will learn how effective these new tools can be in quilting your own quilt.

Skill Level : Intermediate
Class Type: Education/Technique

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Wool Ornaments/Gift Tags

Wednesday, December 6, 9:30 – 1:00
Instructor: Judy Hashieder | Cost: $38

Two ornaments/tags will be featured. A delightful project for beginning or advanced wool enthusiasts.

Skill Level : All
Class Type: Project

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Quilting Classes

Events

  • Row by Row Experience 2017, June 21 to September 5, 2017
  • Row by Row Junior 2017, June 21 to September 5, 2017
  • 13th Annual Quilt Expo - Escape, Create, Celebrate, September 7-9, 2017
  • OESD Super Spee, Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30
  • Chip Carving Class - Carve a Quilt Pattern Project, Saturday, October 21 9:00 - 4:00
  • 17th Annual St John's Piecemakers Quilt Show, Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28, 9:00 - 4:00
  • Modern Stitching Affair, April 28-29, 2018
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