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:  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:  Trish Pulvermacher | Cost: $40

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

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

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:  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:  Cindy Fenster | Cost: $65

This class is a follow-up to the Walking Foot Part 1 Class.  Students loved the different techniques they learned and practiced so much that they wanted to continue working on additional designs.  If you didn’t attend Part 1, you are still welcome to join us.  Each class works on different designs, so you can do Part 2 before Part 1.   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 continue to 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:  Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $97

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. (No requirement to have taken Color Explorations I.)


Supply Fee due in class:  $12 (includes paint, mixing dishes)

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $50

English Paper Piecing is a great way to take your quilting with you! Once you learn this technique, you’ll be able to do intricate patterns with ease. Start off with hexagons to make a grandmother’s flower garden or jump right in with one of the modern animal patterns by Violet Craft. This is a hand technique.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Staff | Cost: $10

Thinking about a long arm, for business or personal use, or maybe upgrading, then join us on Wednesday April 10 for a "Longing for a Longarm" event. There will be a short presentation, demonstrations and hands on time. See and experience the best longarm machines available.

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Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $85

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! 

Tuffet kit fee (hardware, patterns, etc) - $100 (+tax)

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project

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! This class is sew much fun!

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project

Instructor:  Linda Halpin | Cost: $70

Cheery colors pop in this fun version of the Mexican Cross. Not only is it a great pattern for using up lots of different fabrics in one quilt, but the construction technique cleverly creates a bonus quilt out of the cutaways. This complex looking pattern is a snap when you make it with my shortcut techniques. Good for all levels of experience.  Fine tune your piecing skills with this two-for one project.  As you construct the Mexican Cross quilt, you will get cutaways that can be used to construct the Bonus quilt.  That's two patterns in one class!

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Technique and Project

Instructor:  Cindy Fenster | Cost: $90

Journey Quilt “First Step” is a pattern for a delightful, yet quick and easy throw quilt.  All students will be working with the same pattern, but using their own choice of fabrics.  Precuts can be used to make it go even faster.  The cost of the pattern is $9.00 for those attending the class.  You pick up the pattern, choose your fabrics, and then piece the quilt following the instructions pp.1-4, and stop when you have the quilt in two sections.  At that point you are ready for the first day of class. 

Day One of the workshop will focus on layering your quilt, learning the quilting design and then quilting the two sections of your quilt.  The second day, you will finish the quilting, and learn how to put the quilt together using the technique called “cyndikation”.   No one will ever know that you quilted it in smaller sections to make it easier to do on your own home machine.  Once you have taken this class, you will be able to apply these techniques to your own quilts and travel on your journey to become a skillful quilter.  You may leave your supplies and equipment in the classroom overnight.  

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Workshop

Instructor:  Cindy Fenster | Cost: $65

This class provides an introduction to the skills and strategies used to machine quilt your own quilts. You will learn machine-guided quilting and free motion. You will begin by making a wholecloth table runner in class, learning quilting design and layout. This will give you the practice and experience you are looking for in quiltmaking. If you are a true beginner, take this class before taking “Introduction to Machine Quilting.” 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Linda Halpin | Cost: $15

The most requested thing students have asked for is how to make more time to do what they love. It all goes back to using your time efficiently, from how you organize your workspace to how you stitch your fabric. Included in this presentation are tips on how to improve your cutting, pressing, piecing and organizational skills, all resulting in better quilts overall. There are lots of ideas you are going to want to jot down! To cap it off, enjoy a trunk show of quilts to get your creative juices flowing!

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Presentation and Trunk Show

Instructor:  Jane Vaughan | Cost: $55

Need a quilting challenge?  Then this is the quilt for you!  Though the block is easy to piece, it's the layout that makes it look challenging.  You can make this quilt with a roll of 2 1/2" strips, in a variety of colors, or in just 3 colors, with a choice of 2 sizes.  There are lots of options here.  Join Jane for a day of quilting fun. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $109

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, Technique and Project

Instructor:  Linda Halpin | Cost: $45

This skill-building class is designed with the beginner in mind. The stitch Linda uses a stitch different from the one most commonly taught in hand applique. It is my favorite applique stitch because it gives such lovely results and the 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 this charming little piece that we will do in a half day class. This is also the stitch I use on my quilt binding.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Linda Halpin | Cost: $45

This skill-building class is designed with the beginner in mind. The stitch Linda uses a stitch different from the one most commonly taught in hand applique. It is my favorite applique stitch because it gives such lovely results and the 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 this charming little piece that we will do in a half day class. This is also the stitch I use on my quilt binding.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Cindy Fenster | Cost: $65

This class is an introduction to the skills and techniques you can use to machine quilt your quilts on your own sewing machine.  We will work on both machine-guided quilting using the walking foot for your machine and free motion quilting using the free motion or darning foot on your machine.  

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique