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: $109

Are you an experienced sewer who is interested in learning how to make a quilt? Or maybe you quilted several years ago and want to pick it up again? In this class you will learn cutting, strip piecing, nesting seams, pressing, borders, basting, straight line quilting, squaring up, and binding. Before enrolling in this class, please be sure you understand how to use your sewing machine, including adjusting needle position, winding a bobbin, and changing feet.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Cindy Fenster | Cost: $65

This class provides an introduction to the skills and strategies used to machine quilt your quilts on your own sewing machine.  Are these questions you have about quilting?   “What designs and techniques could I use on my quilt?  What are my choices?  How do I start?  How do I layer my quilt?  What about batting, backing, needles, and thread?”  You will experience machine-guided quilting with your walking foot.   You will begin making a wholecloth table runner in class to learn quilting design and layout.  It will give you the practice and experience you are looking for in quiltmaking.  If you are a beginner, this is the first class to take before “Introduction to Free Motion Machine Quilting.”

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

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 and Technique

Instructor:  Kathy Doyle | Cost: $45

Paper piecing can make difficult piecing much easier. Learn an easy way to sew complicated angles and handle small pieces with the paper piecing technique. Learn accuracy with Kathy’s method. 

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:  Linda Halpin | Cost: $45

Focus on the techniques needed to create a well-crafted binding on the edges of your quilts. This class is a combination of demonstrations and hands-on stitching that will teach elements of binding you didn’t know you needed to know. Learn how to make a quilt that doesn’t ripple on the edges, proper blocking, making continuous binding, how to miter binding corners, and how to blend the beginning and end of your binding without lumps.

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

Instructor:  Trish Pulvermacher | Cost: $40

This is a follow-up class to Serger 1. Rolled edge, gathering, corners, curves and garment construction will be covered during Part II. You will gain more serger confidence taking this class! All serger makes and models welcome. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Kathy Doyle | Cost: $65

Join us to learn the "Quilt as You Go" technique. 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:  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 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  Jacquie Gering’s book WALK is required for the class.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Patrick Bass | Cost: $139

You have requested more Kimberbell sewing days. As the areas only Certified Kimberbell Shop, we can offer you exclusive projects from Kimberbell. Join us on Valentines day for a two-day tea party! You will create 6 projects (candle mat, gift pouch, mug rug, zipper pouch, card and tea towel ) perfect for your own party or as gifts while perfecting your machine embroidery skills. Embroidery kits, lunch and snacks are included. All makes of machines welcome.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project, Education and Technique

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $25

Bring those unfinished projects or start something new! Cheryl will be on hand to answer questions and provide guidance while you work. If you need to use a sew machine we have many different types available. Lunch is provided! 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project

Instructor:  Kathy Doyle | Cost: $65

Fun scrap quilt that will use all your partially used bobbins and small scraps, using a quilt as you go technique. All you would need is the pattern, a basket of scraps, two 4 x 8 backing fabric and two 4 x 8 pieces of batting. Pre-cut templates will be provided by the instructor. There will be demonstrations for cutting the templates, sewing the blocks, QAYG and binding. If you have already started this project and wish to work on it or finish, you are welcome to join for a reduced price!

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Project

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $109

Are you an experienced sewer who is interested in learning how to make a quilt? Or maybe you quilted several years ago and want to pick it up again? In this class you will learn cutting, strip piecing, nesting seams, pressing, borders, basting, straight line quilting, squaring up, and binding. Before enrolling in this class, please be sure you understand how to use your sewing machine, including adjusting needle position, winding a bobbin, and changing feet.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $30

Nervous about using those wonderfully soft, cuddly minky fabrics? Give them a try making this quick and easy self binding baby blanket! You’ll have enough fabric left over to sew up a couple of loveys too – what a great, quick gift idea! 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project, Education and Technique

Instructor:  Cindy Fenster | Cost: $90

The class “Quilt Your Own Quilt” has been a big hit.  Students learn how to divide their already pieced quilts into 2-4 sections to make it more manageable to quilt on their home sewing machines.  The only dilemma has been that some students don’t know which quilt to choose;  so Kathy and Cindy have designed a pattern for a pieced throw quilt.  It is a delightful, yet quick and easy style to piece.  You can use precuts to make it go even faster. You pick up the pattern, choose your fabrics, and then piece the quilt following the instructions, stopping when you have the quilt in two sections. The first day of this workshop will focus on layering your quilt, choosing a quilting plan, and then quilting.  The second day, you will finish the quilting, and learn how to put the quilt together using their 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 take this class, you will be able to apply these techniques to most any quilt. $90 plus pattern cost. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project, Education and Technique

Instructor:  Linda Halpin | Cost: $16

You will want to bring a camera to this one! Borders are not just to make your quilt bigger! Over 3 dozen quilts will be shown, all with different border treatments for your consideration. How you frame your quilt can be so much more than just four strips of fabric added to the edges. This program explores the wide range of possibilities for border treatments by examining dozens of variations on border treatments. How wide to make borders and lattices as well as making edges that don't ripple are just a few of the topics to be covered.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Event

Instructor:  Linda Halpin | Cost: $65

Fabric Selection skills start the day, followed by clever construction techniques in my two-for-one method. The construction used for the machine piecing creates cut-aways that are used to make a totally different Bonus Quilt. That is two quilts in one class!  Don’t miss it!

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Event

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $30

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: Project, Education and Technique

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $35

What a fun, soft pillow! Use as few as two fabrics or mix it up for a scrappier look. This is a great way to get used to sewing with minky fabrics. You’ll want to make several as gifts!

Skill Level: All

Class Type: 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:  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! 

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

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project

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 a Bernina but would like to attend we have some classroom machines available. Contact us to reserve a machine. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Linda Halpin | Cost: $45

This is one of Linda’s favorite Star blocks, and it is such fun to do.  The construction includes slick tricks that allow you to create an intricate looking block without ever having to actually work with tiny pieces.  Transform three sizes of squares into the Rolling Star block.  So much magic, so much fun!

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project, Education and Technique

Instructor:  Jane Vaughan | Cost: $40

Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to make a quilt that celebrates bright sunny days and colorful gardens.  Oops-A-Daisy is a new Thornberry Quilts pattern that uses fat quarters and goes together quickly.  Choose your own garden of fabrics, maybe 30’s reproductions, batiks, solids, or have the staff help you.  Join Jane for a day of quilting fun.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project

Instructor:  Cindy Fenster | Cost: $65

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.  The class requires that you have the Westalee Sew Steady Ruler Foot and Template Starter Set.  There are six separate templates in the set.  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.  You will learn how effective these new tools can be in quilting your own quilt.  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 three weeks before the class meets so we are sure you have what you need. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Donna Mather | Cost: $175

Sedona, is one of Judy Niemeyer’s latest designs.  It is for the confident beginner to advanced quilter and has the special bonus of no Y seams in its construction.   A sewing technique called foundation paper piecing is used to construct the units along with traditional piecing to assemble this dazzling quilt. Kits will be available at Mill House Quilts.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project, Education and Technique

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $55

This versatile quilt is easier to put together than it looks! The large squares invite creative quilting or can highlight a big print. If you choose a range of values or colors, you’ll get a strong 3D effect. This class is great for newer quilters who have taken a beginning quiltmaking class or have similar experience.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $65

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:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $20

Unlock the potential of your rulers! There’s more to them than just cutting strips and squares. Learn how to properly square up, as well as how to cut strips larger than your ruler. We will discuss ways to keep your rulers from slipping and making them easier to use. Your cutting is sure to become more accurate and a little easier after this workshop.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Kathy Doyle | Cost: $65

Play with 2 1/2” 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.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project

Instructor:  Donna Mather | Cost: $219

The Mariner’s Compass pattern is Judy Niemeyer’s second Technique of the Month (TOM) quilt.  This class is designed to incorporate a wide range of Judy’s tips and techniques for foundation paper piecing, leaving students with the ability to move on to many other Quiltworx patterns.  Pattern is available in two sizes – Wall, 69” x 69” or Queen, 98” x 98”.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project, Education and Technique

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; 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. Ready for a challenge? Add cubes or other interesting elements. If you need help finding fabric, MHQ has a variety of options to choose from.     

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project, Education and Technique

Instructor:  Cindy Fenster | Cost: $65

Cindy Fenster has been working on a new quilting technique she is eager to share with you.  This new strategy gives you the opportunity to have more control of your quilting by using rulers and a ruler foot made for your domestic machine. Rulerwork Quilting Idea Book by Amanda Murphy provides over 50 outline designs to use with her fantastic rulers.  This first workshop will feature Amanda’s Good Measure ruler called “The Every Angle”.  Cindy will teach you how to use this ruler and Amanda’s book to quilt smooth lines and create uniform designs. Cindy plans to have additional workshops each trimester as students learn to use rulers to make feathers, circles, curves, waves and many more designs.  Using the rulers and ruler foot provides the stability to keep the stitching line smooth and you will experience much more control in your quilting.   What a great way to add another strategy for quilting your quilts.     

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

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! 

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

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $20

This is a continuation of the Ruler and Cutting Workshop, but the first session is not required. In this session we will learn how to square up blocks, how to use your standard rulers to cut triangles and diamonds, and how to square up your quilt after it’s quilted. We will also discuss fussy cutting

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique