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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.

SERGER III May 15

Monday, May 15, 1:00 – 4:00
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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BROKEN DAISY *New*

Wednesday, May 17 and June 14, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Donna Mather | Cost: $100

This is an excellent pattern for those new to foundation paper piecing and Quiltworx patterns. Make four beautiful placemats while learning a new technique. A sewing technique called foundation paper piecing is used to assemble the units required to make (4) 14” x 17” placemats. Curved piecing is used to join the units after the foundation piecing is completed.

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SERGER III May 25

Thursday, May 25, 5:00 – 8:00
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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BEGINNING QUILTING I

Saturdays, June 3 and June 17, 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.

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SUNDAY LECTURE: WHAT SCRAP QUILTS HAVE TAUGHT ME *New*

Sunday, June 4, 1:30 – 3:00
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $18

Intrigued by the ingenuity of quilters before me, I have long been attracted to scrap quilts, those quilts made up of dozens of fabrics to become a thing of beauty. What I did not realize was all the things I would learn from Scrap Quilts. Come with me on my journey through the world of scrap quilts, both antique and modern, as I share what scrap quilts have taught me.

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DRESDEN DESIGNS *New*

Monday, June 5, 9:30 – 1:00
Instructor: Judy Hasheider | Cost: $38

This is a technique class. To show you how to create different looks with the ruler you will make 3-4 variations of the Dresden Plate design. After experimenting in class, you’ll be ready to decide what kind of quilt you would like to make. You can bring fabric from home or purchase a few fat quarters to play with.

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WHAT QUILTING GOES WHERE *New*

Tuesday, June 6, 9:30 – 12:30
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $38

Quilting transforms the quilt. You spend hours picking colors, choosing fabrics and constructing the quilt top. The choice of a quilting pattern deserves the same care. This discussion course helps you to decide what type of quilting best enhances your quilt, whether by hand or machine, traditional or contemporary.

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MASTERING HAND QUILTING

Tuesday, June 6, 1:00-4:00
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $38

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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THE GREAT ZIPPER POUCH *New*

Friday June 9, 9:30 – 12:00
Instructor: Diane 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. This pattern is so simple, and so versatile you’ll easily be able to have a stash built up for gift needs. You’ll learn the basic bag, how to vary the size, make coordinated sets, and several ways to turn it into a purse.

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INDIGO DYEING

Saturday, June 10, 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. 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. Rain date is June 11.

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IMPROVING THE CHECKERBOARD *New*

Thursday, June 15, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Lorraine Torrrence | Cost: $65

Learn a smorgasbord of variations on the checkerboard in this class! You will make the checkerboard from strip sets and stripes, with single squares changed, perspective checkerboard, joining two same-size checkerboards with a curved seam and keeping all seams aligned, as well as many more checkerboard ideas. Learn how to design a quilt from your “parts department”.

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GLACIER STAR

Fridays, June 16, July 21, August 25, September 15, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Donna Mather | Cost: $180

The Glacier Star pattern is Judy Niemeyer’s first Technique of the Month (TOM) quilt. This class was designed to incorporate a wide range of Judy’s techniques. This class is taught by a certified instructor in a manner that will allow students to pick up any of her patterns and successfully complete them after they have completed one of the TOM patterns.

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BEGINNING QUILTING BOOT CAMP *New*

Monday through Thursday, June 19 to 22 and June 26 to 29 from 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.

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CIRCLE MAZE *New*

Wednesday, July 12, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Linda Faivre | Cost: $60

Curved seams make the Circle Maze quilt design distinctive and versatile. Sewing curved seams can be challenging. In this class you will learn to confidently create curved seams with the “Piec-lique” (piece-li-kay) technique, a simple method for sewing virtually any curved seam. In Piec-lique, select curved edges are turned using freezer paper templates and spray starch. Once turned, the pieces are layered, wrong side up and glue basted together on a layout template. After assembly, each seam is sewn and trimmed, then the blocks are trued -up.

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MUCKELED NINE PATCH *New*

Thursday, July 13, 9:30 – 1:00
Instructor: Judy Hasheider | Cost: $38

This is a technique class. Learn how to assemble this series of nine patches and squares without having to lay out a single block. Make your nine patches prior to class so you can start assembly in class.

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PRISMATIC STAR *New*

Fridays, July 14 and August 11, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Donna Mather | Cost: $100

This class will teach you to construct a double eight-pointed star with a color wash of light fabrics in the center to darker fabrics on the outside edges. All of the diamond blocks are paper pieced and then edged with an accent fabric. This class is designed for confident beginner to intermediate quilters, but anyone is welcome to join us.

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More Beginning Basics: Flying Geese

Saturday, July 15, 9:30-12:30
Instructor: Mary Cain | Cost: $38

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.

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COLOR EXPLORATION

Thursday, July 20, 9:30-3:30
Instructor: Lorraine Torrrence | Cost: $65

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 color basics, and make some useful value charts in fabric. You will create a twelve-part color wheel in fabric and move on to color exercises that will broaden your color vision.

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ROLL OF THE DICE

Saturday, July 22, 9:30 – 4:00 and Sunday, July 23, 12:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Mary Lieck | Cost: $70

You can make this impressive quilt that looks like the letter Y, without any y-seams! This bright and cheerful quilt is entirely sewn using the strip-pieced method. The 3-D optical illusion is created with simple value selections. Join Mary as she leads you through the step by step Quilt with Marci Baker 3-D process. This quilt is easy enough for a confident beginner.

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ICE DYEING – FUN, SURPISING AND EASY *New*

Saturday, July 22, 12:00 – 4:00
Instructor: Tess Imobersteg | Cost: $75

Do you like to create your own fabric colors but don't want to tie, wrap or boil? Do you like surprises? Join Tess for a fun, outdoor class in Ice Dyeing (in winter we would use snow and call it Snow Dyeing). The results are serendipitous and gorgeous. There are equipment requirements for this class. Contact us for the list of what you will need to bring or reference the class supply list. You have a choice of dyeing 2 yards of fabric or 2 t-shirts or a combination. (Rain Date, July 29)

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HUNTER'S STAR *New*

Monday, July 24, 9:30 – 4:00
Instructor: Jo Anne Liska | Cost: $60

Making a Hunter’s Star is a snap with this “shortcut” technique. Learning these quick easy steps will enable you to create a table runner, quilt or wall hanging. In this class, we will focus on making a table runner that will consist of twelve 12” finished blocks. You will use a standard 24” quilting ruler, no special rulers required! You are invited to spend the day with Jo Anne and learn this awesome technique.

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CORN ROWS *New*

Thursday, July 27, 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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CHRISTMAS IN JULY WORKSHOP: MH CHRISTMAS PRESENTS *New*

Friday, July 28, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Kathy Doyle | Cost: $55

Get a head start on Christmas gifts! MH Designs ever popular Christmas Gift pattern will be taught. You can use the Christmas presents you create to embellish an apron (taught as part of the class) or on kitchen towels. Just think how nice it will be to have Christmas shopping started in July!

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INTRODUCTION TO MACHINE QUILTING

Saturday, July 29, 9:30-3:30
Instructor: Cindy Fenster | Cost: $60

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 welcome.

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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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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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