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. Refunds are given as store credit. 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.

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $129

Starting Date changed to February 12. 

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: All

Class Type: Education

Instructor:  Donna Mather | Cost: $0

Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor, Donna Mather, will present a trunk show of her amazing collection of breathtaking Judy Niemeyer quilts. Donna will include some of the techniques used to inspire quilters from beginner to advanced, creating their own heirloom quilts using the Judy Niemeyer Foundation Paper Piecing method. Free, call to register.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Inspiration

Instructor:  Linda Halpin | Cost: $65

This class starts with the basics of learning how to make an invisible applique stitch, how to create crisp points, and how to achieve smooth curves. It then continues with two terrific methods for creating narrow stems and perfect circles. All combine beautifully in the classic Rose of Sharon Applique block. This class gives the novice valuable grounding in applique, as well as the more proficient stitcher a review of basic techniques. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Cindy Fenster | Cost: $65

Learn to do your own free motion and machine guided quilting. You will quilt over a dozen different free motion designs. You do not have to take the “Basics of Machine Quilting” first, as each class is different and both provide good instruction and plenty of hands-on lessons and practice. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Linda Halpin | Cost: $15

Join us for an early birthday celebration for Laura Ingalls Wilder (b. 1867), author of the Little House on the Prairie featuring a presentation and trunk show of what quilts were like during Laura’s lifetime. Quilting was a big part of her life as quilting and other forms of sewing are mentioned over 70 times in her books. From her first sewing lessons on Nine Patch quilts, to the quilts of the 30s–40s when she wrote her Little House books, this presentation is a treasure trove of history and quilts. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Fun

Instructor:  Trish Pulvermacher | Cost: $40

This is a follow-up class to Serger II. Additional techniques include 2-thread stitches, wrapped stitch, flat lock and coverstitch (if your machine has this capability). By now, 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. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Cindy Fenster | Cost: $65

Learn to use templates made for your home sewing machine and see how successful you can be with quilting designs and motifs. The Westalee Sew Steady Ruler Foot and Template Starter Set are required. The Ruler Foot must be specific to the make and model of your machine. Cindy will demonstrate various techniques, and then you will have time to use them on your own quilt sandwiches. If you need to purchase the templates and ruler foot, the staff at Mill House will be happy to help you so you get the correct set and ruler foot. Please place your order two weeks before the class so we are sure you have what you need. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Kathy Doyle | Cost: $65

This class will teach you foundation piecing and quilting as you go. You will now have a great outlet for that basket of scarps you have been saving. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $70

Use a jelly roll, extra binding, yardage, or your stash to make this colorful rug. It’s a great way to brighten up a room! And when it gets dirty, you can just toss it in the wash. It makes a fantastic gift, though you’ll want one of your own, too! 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $80

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: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Cindy Fenster | Cost: $90

Here’s your chance to quilt it yourself! In this two-day workshop learn and apply  “cyndikation”, a process where you divide your quilt into 2-4 large sections for ease of quilting. On the first day, you will learn how to choose the correct needle, threads, quilting designs, and techniques and begin quilting your quilt. On the second day you will learn how to attach the quilt sections. There are specific requirements for the quilt top so please call us for details of what is needed for this class. Lunch and snacks are provided both days.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project, Education and Technique

Instructor:  Donna Mather | Cost: $299

Come and learn the NEW Judy Niemeyer/Quiltworx Technique of the Month (TOM) from Certified Instructor Donna Mather. Over a series of 6 classes you will learn so much from this beautiful new foundation paper pieced pattern. Curved piecing, appliqué and so many more tips, tricks and techniques will be taught during this class. You don’t want to miss out on making your own version of this heirloom quilt in either wall hanging or queen size. 

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Class Type: Project, Education and Technique

Instructor:  Trish Pulvermacher | Cost: $50

Be honest! Is your serger still in the box or collecting dust because you are not sure how 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 tension and troubleshooting. We’ll discuss serger functions and when to use your serger. All serger brands and models are welcome. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Trish Pulvermacher | Cost: $40

This is a follow-up class to Serger II. Additional techniques include 2-thread stitches, wrapped stitch, flat lock and coverstitch (if your machine has this capability). By now, 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. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Linda Halpin | Cost: $45

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 fabric for your projects. There is no sewing in this class. The focus is totally on learning about fabrics and how to decide what fabrics go well together and why. Bring 3” squares of 20 different fabrics (cut 2 each, for 40 squares ). We will share the squares everyone brings and use them to illustrate a Fabric Selection notebook that will serve as a valuable reference tool. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education

Instructor:  Linda Halpin | Cost: $45

This hand quilting class is very different from the traditional running stitch method of quilting and gives beautiful results. Explore the world of poke-pull (or stab stitch) quilting. This method 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, sore fingers, or thimbles—poke-pull quilting is especially good for those with arthritis, carpal tunnel, or limited flexibility due to mastectomies. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Jane Vaughan | Cost: $55

Celebrate the windy days of March and the coming of spring with this lovely quilt from Thornberry Quilts. You can pick one of two sizes or make it larger if you wish. Fat quarters or 2 ½” strips make up the charming flowers. You will learn at least 3 ways to make half square triangles. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $55

This big bag is great for a last minute getaway or sewing retreat! It includes a removeable shoulder strap, three exterior pockets, multiple interior pockets and a top zipper. You’ll want to take it everywhere! 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project

Instructor:  Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $149

In this hands on “design and sew” class, you will first meet for a half day to learn how to approach designing your own collage curves quilt with curvy edged shapes. They will be covered with self-made bias tape. Then we will go on to plan and prepare a muslin foundation on which to mount our fabric pieces in the next full day session. You will cut pieces of fabric, mount them on the muslin base and zig-zag the pieces in place. Finally, you will cover the zig-zagged edges with bias tape. Quilt and bind your completed quilt at home and show off proudly! 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Project

Instructor:  Cindy Fenster | Cost: $65

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 produce grids and patterns that provide interesting texture. 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 and Technique

Instructor:  MHQ Staff | Cost: $49

Do you want a chance to sew all day but need to be home at night? We have a two-day retreat right here at Mill House Quilts. Gather projects you wish to work on and join us! We will provide snacks and lunch, both days, as well as door prizes. Cost is $49. Single day rate of $35 is available.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project and Fun

Instructor:  Kathy Doyle | Cost: $65

Join us to learn to quilt as you go. In the first hour, multiple methods will be shown and demonstrated. Then we will look at your blocks, choose the best quilt as you go method and help you get blocks together. Your blocks can be pieced or plain, hand or machine quilted or embroidered. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Donna Mather | Cost: $95

This popular Judy Niemeyer foundation paper pieced quilt is just waiting to be made with some beautiful batik or contemporary fabrics. This design uses 2-1/2″ Strips to create Ring Sets, foundation paper piecing for a perfect piecing outcome, there is a Creative Grids ruler available to assist with Curved Trimming, and it is a classic in the Quilting Industry. It makes a perfect wedding or anniversary present.  

Kits will be available at Mill House Quilts for the 80” x 80” quilt.  Additional patterns are available for the table topper and bed runner size.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Cindy Fenster | Cost: $65

If you are the owner of a Bernina, you have one of the most coveted attachments for a quilter’s sewing machine - - The Bernina Stitch Regulator (BSR). Our machine quilting teacher, Cindy Fenster would like to help you become skilled in using this fantastic tool. She will guide you through different free motion designs and techniques using your BSR. If you want to gain confidence in using this great accessory and take advantage of the great features your Bernina has to offer, join us for this class.  If you don’t own a BSR or Bernina but would like to attend, contact us to sign up. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Bernina Educator | Cost: $129

Master techniques to construct, finish, and embellish during this two-day educational hands-on course. It is open to everyone, seasoned pros or if you’ve never touched a sewing machine. Leave with a reference guide technique book as you expand and build a solid sewing foundation.  Lunch is included both days along with drawings, door prizes and fun.

Learn how to successfully sew a variety of seaming, hemming, and embellishment techniques to give your projects a professional finish. Discover ways to make sewing easier by using proper feet, stitches, and features of BERNINA machines for precise sewing. Students will be inspired and encouraged to sew as they learn how to successfully work with new techniques made easy with the right tips and tools.

You will build a solid sewing foundation that will help them through a lifetime of sewing. At the end of the Academy, participants will have made a Technique Book to use as a reference guide every time you walk into your sewing studio to sew your next project.

Lunch for both days is included.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education, Technique and Fun

Instructor:  Carol Butzke | Cost: $50 per Appraisal

Would you like to know the value of your quilt? Carol Butzke, certified quilt appraiser, will be at Mill HouseQuilts on Friday November 30. Both vintage/antique or newer quilts can be appraised. Your quilt can be appraised at replacement or resale value and carol will provide a written appraisal at the end of each appointment. Half hour appointments per quilt can be scheduled by calling our store or signing up on-line at www.millhousequilts.com. $50 per appraisal.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Appraisal

Instructor:  N/A | Cost: $65

We will send a bus to the International Quilt Festival in Chicago on Friday, March 29th! The bus will leave MHQ at 7:15am and return approximately 7:15pm. The price includes the bus, show ticket, light snacks to and from Chicago and door prizes! 

Skill Level: All

Class TypeBus Trip

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $75

You will be amazed at the beautiful designs one fabric can produce! The main portion of this quilt is made from one single fabric    because it’s all in the cutting and arranging. You will learn how to line up the fabric, cut triangles, and arrange them for stunning results. If you need help choosing fabric, join Cheryl at 9:00 am on March 31, the first day of class. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education, Technique and Project

Instructor:  N/A | Cost: $159

In addition to visiting seven unique and inspiring quilt shops you will  collect 8 mini quilt patterns and coordinated vintage prints. $159 includes deluxe motor coach, hotel, all meals and snacks. We will visit Quilted Treasures, Calico Hutch, Quilter's Window, The Quiltmaker's Shoppe, Quilt Peddler, Stitch Supply Co, and Pins 'N' Needles Quilt Shop as we travel through Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. This event only happens once a year and space is limited so sign up soon. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Shop Hop