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Thimble Thursday Hand Quilting


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

Supply list:

 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


Mystery Quilt, clues 1 & 2


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

Lisa Calle Lecture


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!


Thimble Thursday: Quilt as You Go


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

10-2 pm

Class list:

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. 

Pillowcases for Charity Sew In


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

Mini Quick Curve Ruler



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

Supply List:

 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


Wooly Applique


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.