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.

Glacier Star

Saturday, October 13, November 17, December 15, and January 12, 9:30 - 3:30 

Instructor: Donna Mather | Cost: $195

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 to be taught by a certified instructor in a manner that will allow them to pick up any of her patterns and successfully complete them after they have completed one of the TOM patterns.  Please register at least 2 weeks prior to start of class.

This class meets for four sessions, October 13, November 17, December 15, and January 12.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education, Technique and Project


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Beginning Quiltmaking

Tuesday, September 18, and the following six Tuesdays, 10:00 - 2:00 

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $145

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. 

This class meets for seven Tuesdays starting Sept 18 and ending on Oct 30. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education, Technique and Project


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BiMonthly Bag Series - 'Province Travel Bag'

Thursday, September 20, 5:00 - 8:00 

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $60

This big bag is great for a last minute summer getaway or fall 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: Education, Technique and Project


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Celebration Tree Skirt

Fridays, September 21 and October 19, 9:30 - 3:30 

Instructor: Donna Mather | Cost: $70

Make this beautiful holiday treasure during this 2 session class hosted by Judy Niemeyer certified Donna Mather.  Bradley and Judy Niemeyer designed the layout and foundation pieces for a Tree Skirt we call Christmas Celebration. When completed the tree skirt is 60" in diameter. A sewing technique called foundation paper piecing is used when sewing the pieces onto the foundation units. Curved piecing and traditional piecing skills are required to join the units after the foundation piecing is completed.  The quilt has up to 10 distinct units and various designs.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education, Technique and Project


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Design Essentials I

Saturdays, Starting September 22, 9:30 - 12:30 

Instructor:  Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $175

We will study the essential principles and elements of design for quiltmakers in any style. Classes will consist of discussion and critique of assignments given the month before on specific design elements and principles including: color, value, scale, balance, unity, and illusion of depth. 

Assignments will be mock-ups on studies, not full quilts, in order to encourage experimentation and learning. Emphasis will be on learning to recognize problems and successes in quilts in an objective way and find ways to improve the problems.

This is a once-a-month, seven month design class that meets the following days: Sept 22, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15, Jan 19, Feb 16, March 16

Skill Level: Intermediate

Class Type: Education, Technique and Project


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Design Essentials II

Sundays, Starting September 23, 12:30 - 3:30 

Instructor:  Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $175

This once-a-month, seven month design class is the second year continuation of Design Essentials I. This time we will approach our exercises with a view to studies of sources and inspiration for design. We will still be mindful of principles and elements and combine that knowledge with finding springboards in our environment and design situations that will provide lifelong inspiration. 

Prerequisite: Design Essentials I with Lorraine.

Class meets the following days: Sept 23, Oct 14, Nov 18, Dec 16, Jan 20, Feb 17, March 17

Skill Level: Intermediate

Class Type: Education, Technique and Project


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Bernina Stitch Regulator Class

Wednesday, September 26, 9:30 - 12:00 

Instructor:  Cindy Fenster | Cost: $40

If you are the owner of a Bernina, and you have one of the most coveted attachments for a quilter’s sewing machine — the Bernina Stitch Regulator (BSR) then this class is for you. 

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 using your BSR. You will learn by practicing various designs and techniques. 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.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique


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Double Take Clutch

Thursday, September 27, 5:00 - 8:00 

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $30

This clutch is a great induction to bag-making. The strap is adjustable, so the bag can double as a cross-body bag. You will learn two zipper techniques as well as basic bag-making skills. 

The hardware and embellishments on this bag are optional. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education, Technique and Project


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Serger III

Thursday, September 27, 5:00 - 7:00 

Instructor:  Trish Pulvermacher | Cost: $35

In this advanced class additional serger techniques being taught include 2-thread stitches, wrapped stitch, flat lock and coverstitch (if your machine has this capability). By this time threading your serger should be a breeze. These new stitches round out your serger knowledge! Great fun learning new applications for your machine.

Prerequisite - Serger I and II.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Class Type: Education and Technique


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OESD Super Embroidery Spree

Friday and Saturday, September 28 & 29, 9:30 - 4:00 

Instructor:  OESD | Cost: $129

OESD’s Super SPREE is a fun, hands-on event for embroidery enthusiasts of all skill levels. Two fun-filled days of projects featuring featuring exiciting OESD Designs. Step-by-step handouts for all projects in full color. You will receive class CD with all class project handouts and designs and project kits for ALL 6 projects!

Trunk Show of beautiful embroidery projects. Door prizes and giveaways. Goody bag valued at over $200 filled with unique sewing and embroidery items. 

Lunch and snacks provided.  

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education, Technique, Project and Fun


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Collage Curved Mini Quilt

Friday October 5, 9:30 - 3:30 

Instructor:  Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $97

Using one of Lorraine's 4 Mini Quilt patterns and a kit - or your own fabric, make the top of one of these 15" square quilts.  All have curvy lines which we will make without curved seam piecing.  Instead we will zig-zag curvy pieces to a muslin foundation and then cover the zig-zagging with bias tape which you will learn how to make in class.  Also included in all the patterns is a section of paper foundation piecing, which we will learn to do from the front instead of the back as it is usually done.  

One free pattern of your choice for each student. Kits are $30 without the pattern and include everything but the thread.  Additional patterns are $10 each. 

Lorraine designed these Mini Quilts for a teaching trip on a cruise ship to the Eastern Caribbean.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education, Technique, Project


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Fall Into Color Bus Hop

Saturday October 6, 7:30 - 6:30 

Cost: $65

Join us for a fun one day trip in October. Enjoy wonderful, inspiring quilt shops and the beautiful fall colors. 

Sit back, relax, and leave the driving to us. 

Lunch and snacks are provided. 

We will tour Wisconsin and visit Quilt Essentials, Sew Many Pieces, Coins & Quilts, and Loose Threads.


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Sewing with Knits: 

Raglan Tee or Tunic Top

Wednesday October 10, 10:00 - 2:00 

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $40

Make this cute and versatile top as a shirt or tunic! The raglan sleeves are great for beginners. This is your chance to use your serger! You will learn how to read a basic sewing pattern and how to adjust for your desired size. 

You should know how to thread your serger before attending this class, otherwise it is a beginner class. 

Some classroom machines may be available. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education, Technique, and Project


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Quilt Your Own Quilt Workshop

Thursday and Friday October 11 & 12, 9:30 - 3:30 

Instructor:  Cindy Fenster | Cost: $90

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. 

On the first day, you will learn how to choose the correct needle, threads, quilting designs, and techniques your quilt, begin quilting. 

On the second day you will learn 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.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education, Technique, and Project


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Flying Leap  *NEW Class*

Monday October 15, 1:00 - 5:00 

Instructor:  Judy Hasheider | Cost: $45

This is a modern sampler of sorts. There are equilateral triangles, circles, chevrons, diamonds, and more. The class will cover making the chevron block, a circle block, and how to sew 60 degree triangles. 

Other elements used in the quilt will be discussed. Grab some fat quarters and begin the fun!

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education, Technique, and Project


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BiMonthly Bag Series: Serendipity Purse

Thursdays October 18 & 25, 5:00 - 8:00 

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $60

The Serendipity Purse complements any num-ber of looks, from a day at the office to a night on the town. 

The handle shown in the book is optional — we will discuss how to put in a pre-made handle as well. 

It’s one fun little bag!

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education, Technique, and Project


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Introduction to Machine Quilting

Monday October 22, 9:30 - 3:30 

Instructor:  Cindy Fenster | Cost: $60

Learn to do your own machine quilting.  Cindy has extensive quilting experience in both machine guided and free motion quilting.  She will help you get the most out of your home sewing machine.  

You will learn how to choose the best quilting designs for your quilts and the logistics of how to actually get the quilting onto your quilt.  

All skill levels are welcome.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique


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Beginning Hand Applique

Wednesday October 24, 9:30 - 12:30 

Instructor:  Linda Halpin | Cost: $40

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


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Beginning Hand Piecing

Wednesday October 24, 1:00 - 4:00 

Instructor:  Linda Halpin | Cost: $40

Geared with the beginner in mind, discover the joy of hand piecing in this basic beginning class. Learn how to make hand piecing templates, how to mark and cut fabric, and how to work your way through block construction.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique


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Graph Paper Piecing  *NEW*

Friday October 26, 9:30 - 3:30 

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.  You will then make your own small quilt.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education, Technique and Project


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Crazy Lady Log Cabin

Saturday October 27, 9:30 - 2:00 

Instructor:  Judy Hasheider | Cost: $50

With its illusion of curves and pieced border, this log cabin always brings compliments. Circles and curved diamonds are separated by a chain, giving the quilt a very stylish look.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project


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Zip It Up  *NEW*

Thursday November 1, 4:00 - 8:00 

Instructor:  Trish Pulvermacher | Cost: $55

Don't let zippers zap you! You'll leave the class with samples of a centered, lapped and invisible zipper application and more if time allows. 

Please note supply list and mandatory fee for class materials. Knowledge of using your sewing machine required.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique


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Sewing with Knits: Faux Wrap Top

Friday November 2, 10:00 - 4:00 

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $60

Sew up this comfortable shirt in a jiffy! This is a great way to get started with your serger, though a regular sewing machine works as well! This pattern includes a full range of sizes from girls up to plus size. 

In this class you will learn to “grade” your pattern to fit you! This top can be made four ways: with a ¾ sleeve or sleeveless, and with or without a collar. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Project


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Jelly Roll Rug

Saturday November 3, 10:00 - 4:00 

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $65

Perfect for a jelly roll, leftover strips, or extra binding! 

Learn how to successfully make this hot new project! 

All levels. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project


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Tuffets

Sunday November 4 & 11, 12:00 - 4:00 

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, furniture grade upholstery foam, button form, cording, solid wood tuffet feet, etc) - $100 (+tax) 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project


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Machine Quilting with Templates

Tuesday November 6, 9:30 - 3:30 

Instructor:  Cindy Fenster | Cost: $60

Looking for more control in using free motion quilting designs? Learn to use templates made for you home sewing machine and see how successful you can be with quilting designs and motifs. 

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.

This class will give you the opportunity to use a Bernina and a set of templates. If you have already purchased templates and foot, bring your own machine, special foot and templates to use. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique


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Cogs and Cams

Tuesday November 7, 9:30 - 2:30 

Instructor:  Jane Vaughan | Cost: $45

Need a gift for that special man in your life? This is it! Whether it is a husband, dad, broth-er, nephew, you’ve got it covered. 

Use dark colors, plaids, flannels or whatever your heart desires. You can use 2 1/2” strips, or fat quarters, and make it in two different sizes. Switch it up and use florals or modern designs for a totally different look.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project


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Fold & Stitch Wreath

Thursday November 8, 5:00 - 8:00 

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $40

Just in time for the holidays! This dimensional 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! 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project


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Fabric Selection Made Easy

Thursday November 8, 9:30 - 12:00 

Instructor:  Linda Halpin | Cost: $40

If walking into a quilt shop leaves you overwhelmed with all of the choices, or, if you wonder why your fabrics are not as exciting when they are put together as you thought they would be, this is the class you are looking for. 

This is a skill building class in which you will learn about fabrics and their characteristics, and tips on how to combine them. Students will build a Fabric Selection How-To Notebook that will help them make better use of their fabrics.  

No matter where you are in your quiltmaking journey, this workshop is good for all levels of experience. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education


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Mastering Hand Quilting

Thursday November 8, 1:00 - 4:00 

Instructor:  Linda Halpin | Cost: $40

Whether you have quilted before or not, this class is for you.  Begin as if you are new to the topic, and explore the world of poke-pull (or stab stitch) quilting.  Executed differently from running stitch, poke-pull quilting allows you to make quilting stitches that are truly reversible.  

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

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique


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Quilter's "New Best Friend"

The Walking Foot

Monday November 12, 9:30 - 3:30 

Instructor:  Cindy Fenster | Cost: $60

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.  

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique


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One Block Wonder

Tuesday November 13 and 20, 9:30 - 3:30 

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, join Cheryl at 9 am the day of the first class.  

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Technique and Project


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Scandinavian Snowflake

Wednesdays November 14 and December 12, 9:30 - 3:30 

Instructor:  Donna Mather | Cost: $70

This two session class hosted by Judy Niemeyer certified instructor Donna Mather is an excellent pattern for those new to foundation paper piecing and Quiltworx patterns.  A sewing technique called foundation paper piecing is used to assemble the units along with applique.  The pattern includes enough papers to make 4 table toppers.This is an excellent pattern for those new to foundation paper piecing and Quiltworx patterns.  A sewing technique called foundation paper piecing is used to assemble the units along with applique.  The pattern includes enough papers to make 4 table toppers. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Technique and Project


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Batiks and Sneak Peeks 

Thursday November 15 at 2:30 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 7:30

Friday November 16, 10:00 - 11:30

Instructor:  Jeremy Jeffries, Benartex | Cost: $10

Batiks and Sneak Peeks or The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, How Indonesian Batiks are made and a preview of 2019 fabric collections.

Join Jeremy Jeffries of Benartex for this three part presentation and become a fabric expert! Topics include how to identify quality fabric (and what makes it good quality), how batiks are made, and a preview of Benartex’s upcoming 2019 fabric lines. 

Enjoy refreshments and each attendee will get a goodie bag valued at over $50.


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Wooly Feather Tree  *NEW*

Monday November 19, 1:30 - 4:30 

Instructor:  Judy Hasheider | Cost: $40

In this class you will create a three dimensional tree made of wool. Most students will complete the class project during this three hour class.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project


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Quilt As You Go

Friday November 23, 9:30 - 3:30 

Instructor:  Judy Hasheider | Cost: $55

Join us to learn 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 the blocks together. Your blocks can be pieced or plain, hand or machine quilted or embroidered.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique


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Infinity Scarf

Thursday November 29, 6:00 - 8:00 

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $29

Burr, its cold outside! Use your serger or sewing machine to make this fun, cozy, easy scaf. 

You will want to make more than one in class! Great gift idea.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project


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Color Exploration

Saturday December 1, 9:30 - 3:30 

Instructor:  Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $97

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 some color basics, make some useful value charts in fabric and a 12 part color wheel in fabric and move on to some color exercises that will broaden your color vision.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education


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Designing Quilting Patterns That Fit

Saturday December 8, 9:30 - 3:30 

Instructor:  Linda Halpin | Cost: $70

Don’t be limited only to quilting stencils, patterns in books, or those dreaded words “quilt as desired.” Learn how to draft your own quilting designs that fit the spaces you need to fill. Elegant feathered wreaths, border designs, and corner motifs that flow smoothly around the corners are all covered in this class. 

There is no stitching in this workshop. It is a day of learning to draft patterns that can be used for hand or machine quilting.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education


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