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:  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:  Donna Mather | Cost: $299

The Vintage Rose pattern is a Judy Niemeyer Technique of the Month (TOM) quilt favorite.  This class was designed to incorporate a wide range of Judy’s techniques to be taught by a certified instructor.  The class meets monthly for (6) consecutive workshops.  Foundation paper  piecing , curved paper piecing, curved piecing and traditional piecing will be taught in creating this spectacular quilt.  

Skill Level: Intermediate

Class Type: Education, Technique and Project

Instructor:  Cindy Fenster | Cost: $65

"Walking Foot” Class Part I has been very popular, so much so that students asked for a second class covering additional designs from Jacquie Gering’s great book WALK.  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:  Judy Hasheider | Cost: $40

This is a technique class where you learn how to create different looks with a ruler and make 3-4 variations of the Dresden Plate design. After experimenting in class, you’ll be ready to decide what kind of quilt you'd like to make.  You can bring fabric from home or purchase a few fat quarters to play with.  

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education, Technique and Project

Instructor:  Linda Halpin | Cost: $50

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 and Technique

Instructor:  Linda Halpin | Cost: $50

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:  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: Education, Technique and 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 sign up. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

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 cut strips larger than your ruler, as well as triangles and diamonds. 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

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 the 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 Technique

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $60

We have knits! Let’s make a shawl collar pullover or hoodie out of one of them! If you have a serger, great, but if you don’t, you can use one of the shop models. This class is suitable for beginners who have used their serger or taken a serger class in the past.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $60

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: $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, etc) - $100 (+tax)

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project

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:  Staff | Cost: $50

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. Single day rate of $35 is available.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: UFO's, Projects and Fun

Instructor:  Amanda Murphy | Cost: $25

Amanda is proud to be chosen as one of the first group of Aurifilosophers! I love Aurifil thread and will share why. This lecture will cover thread basics, including information on weight and ply, spool positioning, needle recommendations, and tension settings. I'll show you the many ways I incorporate different weights of Aurifil thread in my work. Swag bags from Aurifil for everyone in attendance. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Event

Instructor:  Amanda Murphy | Cost: $119

Have you admired the work of expert quilters but don’t know where to begin when quilting your own projects? This class demystifies the process. We’ll learn to free-motion quilt a variety basic patterns and then create more complex designs by breaking up the design space and filling it in.

Toward the end of class students have the opportunity to bring in some unfinished quilt tops and talk with other students and the teacher about quilting options. We always have so much fun and generate lots of ideas!

Go home invigorated and ready to finish those quilt tops!

Signup for both workshops and receive a 10% discount 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Workshop

Instructor:  Amanda Murphy | Cost: $119

Have you admired the work of expert quilters but don’t know where to begin when quilting your own projects? This class demystifies the process. We’ll learn to free-motion quilt a variety basic patterns and then create more complex designs by breaking up the design space and filling it in.

Toward the end of class students have the opportunity to bring in some unfinished quilt tops and talk with other students and the teacher about quilting options. We always have so much fun and generate lots of ideas!

Go home invigorated and ready to finish those quilt tops!

Signup for both workshops and receive a 10% discount 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Workshop