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:  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:  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.

Q24 Video

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, 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:  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 small scraps, two 4x8 backing fabric and two 4x8 pieces of batting .I will provide already cut fabric templates for you. 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. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Technique and Education

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:  Trish Pulvermacher | Cost: $35

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

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

Instructor:  Trish Pulvermacher | Cost: $40

Preparing to sew can be daunting! We start at the very beginning and discuss the pattern envelope information, choosing garment pattern size, basic fabric info, sewing notions needed, etc. Class structure is lecture with handouts given. Please bring a sewing pattern if you have one and pen and paper for note-taking.  

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education

Instructor:  Patrick Bass | Cost: $187

A new two-day event with a sewing and garden theme! This event features 5 Exclusive Kimberbell Projects: Pocket Full of Posies Apron, Hedgehog Needle Keeper, Buffalo Gnomes Tote, Gnome Knows Sewing Caddy and Gnome Garden Pincushion. Improve your embroidery skills and learn new techniques like over-the-edge appliqué and more! It’s a cheery celebration, sewing with friends, and Kimberbell. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Event

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:  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? Or maybe you've just purchased a new one! In this class you'll gain confidence learning how to thread your machine, change tensions 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: Technique and Education

Instructor:  Trish Pulvermacher | Cost: $40

Pre-requisite Beg. Sewing 101.  We'll be discussing what's inside the pattern envelope. How to read the guide sheet, markings on pattern pieces, and how to lay out your pattern pieces on fabric. If you'd like to bring a pattern to class, feel free. Please bring a paper scissors for cutting patterns. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education

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: $25

Bring those unfinished projects or start something new! Cheryl will be on hand to answer questions and provide guidance while you work. Pack your lunch and/or dinner or we can order in. Reduced fee if arriving after 6 pm.  

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Resource and Fun

Instructor:  Cheryl Schenck | Cost: $35

Show off your farmers market finds with this fun tote bag! Not all is exposed, though – the bottom fabric panel hides pockets for your keys and wallet. Your fabric accents can be all one fabric or make it scrappy!  

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

Instructor:  Staff | Cost: $49

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. Cost is $49. Single day rate of $35 is available.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Retreat

Instructor:  Donna Mather | Cost: $120

This is an excellent pattern for those new to foundation paper piecing and Quiltworx patterns.  A sewing technique called foundation paper piecing along with applique make an excellent summer placemats project.  Pattern includes enough papers to make (6) 18” x 13” placemats.  

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Technique and Project

Instructor:  Linda Wenturini | Cost: $49 per 3 Hour Session

Join us for an educational, hands on work shop and learn techniques to successfully quilt your next quilt.  Learn free-motion quilting, ruler work, couching and other creative techniques in this special course guided by quilting expert Linda Wenturine. The best part is the course is open to everyone. Whether you are a seasoned pro, or you’ve never touched a quilting machine, you can attend this course. Everyone will walk away with tips and techniques to improve their quilting skills.

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education and Technique

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: $250

Join Donna Mather, Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor at the GATHER Guest House, which just happens to be located right next door! Your weekend will include 14 hours of expert instruction, three delicious meals, comfortable sleeping accommodations and of course a discount on project supplies.  All this and SO MUCH MORE for only $250! Our June retreat will feature the Scandinavian Snowflake. This is an excellent pattern for those new to foundation paper piecing and Quiltworx patterns.  A sewing technique called foundation paper piecing along with applique make an excellent winter table topper.  Pattern includes enough papers to make (4) 20” diameter table toppers. Space is limited to 10 students. 

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education, Technique and Project

Instructor:  Lorraine Torrence| Cost: $99

Use one of Lorraine’s patterns for a 15” square Mini-Quilt using the Collage Curves technique to create a charming little wall hanging in this one-day class.  Learn sew and flip foundation piecing, covering curvy raw edges with bias tape, making self-bias tape and finishing techniques.  And best of all: no curved seam piecing!  

Skill Level: All

Class Type: Education, Technique and Project

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: $35

Prerequisite - Serger I and II. 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.

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: $40

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