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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.


Sunday, February 12, 12:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $38

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.

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Friday, February 17, 9:30 – 4:30
Instructor: Cheryl Schenck | 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.

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Thursday, February 23, 9:30 – 2:30
Instructor: Jane Vaughan | Cost: $40

It’s time to think spring! Think of lovely blossoms peeking through the snow or a garden of blooms. Using easy sew and flip piecing you can have this quilt finished just in time for the first day of spring. Just 40- 2 ½’ strips make all of the flowers, the inner border and a blooming binding, just add background and flower center fabric and you are ready to start sewing. Join Jane for a day of quilting and growing flowers!

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Friday, February 24, 9:30 - 12:00
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $38

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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Thursday, February 24, 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 or 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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Friday, March 3, 9:30 – 1:00
Instructor: Judy Hasheider | Cost: $38

Pick a pallet of fabrics, cut them into varying widths, sew them together and then see the magic of creating these blocks.

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Saturday, March 4, 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.

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Tuesday, March 7, 10:00 – 1:00
Instructor: Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $38

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!

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Friday, March 10, 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.

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Tuesdays, March 14, 21, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2: 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 beginning quilting.

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Thursday, March 16, 9:30 – 12:00
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $38

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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Thursday, March 16, 1:00 – 4:00
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $38

This is one of my favorite Star blocks, and such fun to do. You have the choice of creating the star block in two different sizes. The technique includes slick tricks that allow you to create an intricate looking block without ever having to actually work with tiny pieces. While this star looks like it is made up of 21 teeny tiny pieces, there is not a single triangle cut in this method of construction. Instead, you will be cutting 3 sizes of squares, and with a few simple steps, they will be transformed into this Rolling Star block! So much fun, so much magic!

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Thursday, March 16, 1:00 – 4:00
Instructor: Trish Pulvermacher | Cost: $36

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.

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Thursday, March 16, 5:00 – 8:00
Instructor: Trish Pulvermacher | Cost: $36

This is a follow-up class to Serger 2. 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! Prerequisite – Serger I and II. All serger makes and models welcome.

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Saturdays, March 18 and April 1, 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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Tuesday, March 28, 9:30 - 12:00
Instructor: Kim Lapacek | Cost: $30

This whimsical patchwork kite is the perfect home decoration for the upcoming spring and summer months! In this class we'll be making the one exhibited at the shop. It's a quick and easy project that utilizes charm packs and a fun braided tail. If you'd like to personalize your kite with a name or other applique I will share with you how I prefer to raw edge applique to add this bit of whimsy and fun to the patchwork kite.

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Monday, April 3, 9:30 - 1:00
Instructor: Judy Hasheider | Cost: $38

Learn to cut and sew 60 degree equilateral triangles while making this six pointed star quilt.

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Tuesday, April 4, 9:30 – 4:00
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $55

The 2015 Wisconsin Shop Hop Design, this quilt gives the look of a paper pieced quilt without the fussy process of paper piecing. Clever techniques transform strips and squares of fabric into this captivating design.

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Saturday, April 8, 9:30 – 4:00
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.

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Wednesday, April 12, 10:00 – 2:00
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!

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Thursday and Friday, April 20, 21, 9:30 - 3:30
Instructor: Cindy Fenster | Cost: $85

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.

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More Beginning Basics: Flying Geese

Saturday, April 22, 9:30 - 12:30
Instructor: Mary Cain | Cost: $36

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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Thursday, April 27, 9:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Jo Anne Liska | Cost: $55

Spend the day with Jo Anne creating “Sparkle”. We will be using the 6” Creative Grids Scrap Crazy template set and your favorite fabrics to create your masterpiece. The finished size of 36” x 36” is a nice tabletopper or baby quilt. The piecing will be a snap and the all day class may even allow you time enough to quilt your project.

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Saturday, April 29, 9:30 – 4:00
Instructor: Kathy Doyle | Cost: $55

Play with 2 ½” strips and learn a method of quilt as you go while creating this gorgeous easy beginner level quilt. Use those wonderful Bali Pops, or any other 2 ½” strips. The pattern is an easy sixteen patch variation. You will work on evaluating and perfecting your quarter inch seams and intersections in addition to the quilt as you go technique.

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Quilting Classes


  • BIRD WALK - Block of the Month Program, January 2017
  • SPECIAL EVENT – Batiks, Industry Trends and You, Thursday January 12 – 6:00pm
  • QUILT RETREAT AT GATHER, Thursday, February 2 through Sunday, February 5, 2017
  • SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN SHOP HOP - Celebrate the Heart of Quilting, February 1 – 28, 2017
  • SUNDAY LECTURE: BORDERS ON PARADE, Sunday, March 26, 1:30 – 3:00
  • SLEEP IN YOUR OWN BED RETREAT, Thursday, March 23, 9:30 to 7:30 and Friday, March 24, 9:30 - 4:30
  • Quilt Appraisals, Saturday, May 6, 2017
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Quilting Clubs


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