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

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

Instructor:  Trish Pulvermacher | Cost: $40

Continuing our sewing journey, we'll be taking an in-depth look at our sewing machine. When to use what stitch, testing stitches and practicing on fabrics. Discussion on correct needles and lots more.  

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $15

Join this lecture/demonstration class for an enlightening view of what this amazing Bernina foot can do and how to use it.  You will see samples of the possibilities the will make you itch to stitch! Give the foot a test spin on a store machine or the instructor's machine before you go, too! 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Donna Mather | Cost: $120

This class will teach you to construct a double eight-pointed star with a color wash of light fabrics in the center to darker fabrics on the outside edges.  All of the diamond blocks are paper pieced and then edged with an accent fabric.  This class is designed for confident beginner to intermediate quilters, but anyone is welcome to join us. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education, Technique and Project

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $76

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! Dinner included.  

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project

Instructor:  Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $99

Explore interesting ways you can vary the age-old checkerboard pattern.  Make samples you can use together to make an “Improved” Checkerboard wall hanging. Along the way, learn important lessons in color, composition, scale and other formal elements that artists in all media use regularly!    

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $129

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, 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:  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:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $115

Something's afoot -- a sewing machine foot, that is! You'll make new friends and a mystery throw-sized quilt top in this fun class! We'll provide refreshments, and fabric; you just provide your sewing machine. Fabric included; several colorways available.  

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Project and Fun

Instructor:  Kathy Doyle | Cost: $65

Spend the day paper piecing  a wonderful Fall quilt inspired by Wisconsin's own Horicon Marsh and migrating geese. The pattern is required and some experience with paper piecing helpful. There will be demonstrations on paper piecing and binding as well as help with color and fabric choices. Kathy looks forward to sewing with you.   

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Technique and Project