10 Reasons to Take a Class at In Stitches
Most obvious- to learn a new skill or technique. Taking a class with an expert teacher can explain to you in a way you can understand with individual attention. We all learn a little differently and a good instructor will be able to help you understand the concept.
Refresh or perfect a skill. If it’s been a while since you’ve quilted or you’re struggling with a tool or technique a class is a great way to get back in the saddle.
The devil is in the details. In class you may learn a new way to pin, get that perfect quarter inch seam or learn to spin your seams.
In class, you get to see the fabric combinations of all the other students. I’m always amazed by the different styles and colors chosen for projects.
Sometimes there is show and tell- an inspiration for future projects!
Make new friends, hang out with other quilters, share ideas and laugh!
Learn how to use those specialty rulers that are available to quilters now.
A quilter will only grow in their skills if they step out of their comfort zone and learn a new technique or pattern.
Learn a new hobby- wool applique is hot, hot, hot! If you want a hand stitching project, then a wool class is in your future.
When you are finished with your class, the sense of pride and accomplishment can’t be beat! A great springboard for future lessons.
Sometimes little projects need a little hand quilting instead of by machine. Learn the tricks and tips on hand quilting.
10- 1 pm
$10 class fee
2- 12" squares of cotton muslin (nothing tightly made like polyester)
quilting hoop 10"
White thread, hand needle and scissors, marking pencil or water soluble marker
template to draw a design onto the muslin
Twice a year, we offer a mystery quilt design. You don't know what it will look like when it's done, but that's the fun part! We know what it will look like, so we can help you pick out your fabric. We usually pull several collections for you to chose from. There are several weeks in between the mini classes so you have plenty of time to get it done by the end of March. The best part is, if you finish your top by the reveal party, you get a great gift from In Stitches! Each mini class lasts about 45 minutes. During that time, we will walk you through step by step and have examples of what has to be done. The reveal party is the best because the quilts look so different when different fabrics are being used.
$25 sign up fee (covers teacher fee and cost of pattern)
Mini classes usually begin around 10 am, but that may vary if the group wants to start earlier.
Other dates are Feb. 24th, clues 3 & 4
March 10th, clues 5 & 6
March 31st, final reveal party
Have trouble getting your borders to fit your quilt? We will cover how to measure properly, what to do with bias edges and pieced borders.
$10 class fee
Lisa Calle is a well know international quilt artist and she will be doing her presentation, "Divide and Design, Get It Done" for us on Sat., Feb. 10th. Held at the Heidelburg Restaurant, just down the highway from the shop. Fee includes lecture, workshop and lunch.
$60 class fee including lunch
Must be paid upon time of registration.
Divide and Design:
Do you feel overwhelmed when gazing upon a quilt feeling anxious that something creative and beautiful is beyond your scope? Have you observed pieces designed by quilters and thought "where do they come up with such originality?" You are not alone, and the cure for such reluctance is just a class away. With Lisa's 3 step process you will approach the idea of quilting in a completely new way. Over the course of this class, you will divide large areas of your quilt into manageable smaller spaces, gaining the confidence and the skills needed to produce a design that will make your quilt top sing and have you smiling with pride! You will soon discover that anyone can transform the everyday quilt into a masterpiece, and moreover turn those special quilts into treasured heirlooms. So don't let quilter's agoraphobia keep you from doing what you love, let Lisa's class provide the freedom needed to bring out the quilter in you!
Learn how to quilt as you go with this simple and fun placemat. You will want to make some for yourself as well as gifts for family and friends. As you piece on top of the batting, you are quilting. So when you are done piecing, you just have to trim and add binding!
Taught by Denise FULL
$10 class fee
15: 2 1/2" x WOF strips
1/2 yd. backing
fabric to make bias binding (1/2 yd.)
small flat poly or cotton batting
sewing machine with a walking foot
basic sewing supplies- cutting mat, rotary cutter, scissors, thread, etc.
We are making pillowcases for the Hershey's Childrens Cancer Center and the Berks County Breast Cancer Center. Fabric provided- just need hands to press, cut and sew.
9:30- 3 pm
Use the mini Quick Curve ruler and make this 20" square wall quilt. Sewing curves isn't as hard as you think!
10- 1 pm
$10 class fee
Mini Quick Curve Ruler- avail. at In Stitches
Basic sewing items- rotary cutter, mat, scissors, etc.
Sewing machine with 1/4" foot
8 fat eighths assorted dark fabrics
8 fat eighths assorted light fabrics
3/4 yd. backing fabric
1/4 yd. binding fabric
Mini Country pattern- avail. In Stitches
Learn how to do wool applique using your own pattern. This is geared towards beginners that want to learn the techniques to working with wool and all those great stitches!
10- 2 pm
$25 class fee
Kits available. Bring your project, scissors and flosses to match.