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. If you need an item on the supply list and can’t get to the store before class, call the store at least one week ahead of class to have the item reserved for you. Double punches are given for class supplies.
If the weather is bad, we hold the class/event if the instructor/leader arrives. It will be up to the discretion of the instructor as to whether the class will be held.
Class instructors are under contract and must be paid even if you don't attend a class that you sign up for. Therefore cancellations one week or less before a class/event will forfeit the entire fee. Cancellations more than one week before the class/event will forfeit 10% of the fee. You will not forfeit anything if you send someone in your place. Refunds are given as store credit. Mill House Quilts reserves the right to cancel a class/event one week before if there is insufficient enrollment, in which case you can either reschedule or receive a complete refund.
Our classrooms are upstairs. Being an historic building, there are no elevators and there are no bathrooms on the second floor. We are always happy to assist in carrying your sewing machines.
3rd Friday, September, October, November, December, January, February & April | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $119
We will study the essential principles and elements of design for quilt makers in any style. Classes will consist of discussion and critique of assignments given the month before on specific design elements and principles including: color, value, scale, balance, unity and illusion of depth. Assignments will be mock ups on studies, not full quilts, in order to encourage experimentation and learning. Emphasis will be on learning to recognize problems and successes in quilts in an objective way and find ways to improve the problems.
Simple Whatnots 2
Second Tuesdays, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14 & August 11 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Denise Matson | Cost: $55
You’ll make six-eight darling little quilts designed by Kim Diehl, one each month. The patterns feature Kim’s Heritage Hollow line of fabric. Each of the quilts is no bigger than 40”. Patterns are included in the class fee. Kits with total yardage needed for the six quilts will be available for class members. Sewing machines are optional. You may choose to use the class time for cutting. Treats also included.
Tuesdays, March 31, April 14 & 28 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Kim Lapacek | Cost: $49.95
Stretch yourself and capture the sparks of creativity in a three-session class with Project Quilting's mastermind Kim Lapacek. PQ's inspired, limited time-frame challenges can be a great way to kick start your artistic process. You'll see a trunk show of projects made from past challenges, work through the thought process of the "limited unlimited", learn a few new techniques and skills to try, and then give it a shot with a special PQ class challenge!
Mondays, April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11 & 18 | 9:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Denise Matson | Cost: $78
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. Sewing machines will be needed starting with the third class
Fan Sweatshirt Jacket
Wednesdays, April 22 & 29 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Roberta Phillips | Cost: $45
Turn a cozy sweatshirt, new or used, into a knock out jacket by covering the front and back of the sweatshirt. Roberta is an expert with any sizing alterations that might be needed. You’ll end up with a soft, cozy, flattering jacket. Batiks make an especially classy look.
Oval Toothbrush Rug
Thursdays, April 23 & 30 | 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Phyllis Karr | Cost: $35
This is a great class for learning how to make area rugs and using scraps. The name comes from the original needle which was a broken off toothbrush handle. The rugs are easy to make, can be any size, and any color.
Beginning Paper Piecing
Friday, April 24 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Kathy Doyle | Cost: $30
Paper piecing can make hard piecing much easier. Learn an easy way to sew complicated angles and handle small pieces with the paper piecing technique. Kathy has developed an easy method of teaching the steps involved in accurate paper piecing. Lunch option available.
Tee Shirt Quilt
Thursday, April 30 | 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Dianne Larson | Cost: $35
Memory quilts make great gifts for many occasions. Bring all the tee shirts you would like to use. Dianne will show you several different ways to make tee shirt quilts using any number of shirts. It is best to bring your shirts uncut. Lunch option available.
Clothes For Kids
Thursdays, April 30 & May 7 | 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Roberta Phillips | Cost: $45
Learn clothing construction basics. Our book has general instructions and fourteen different kid’s patterns for sizes 12 months to 5 years. You pick the pattern and fabrics you want and learn how to construct the garment. You’ll love your new knowledge and a special someone will love their new clothes.
Cleaning Out The Sewing Room
Friday, May 1 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Kathy Doyle | Cost: $50
This wonderful quilt uses the scraps you have lying around. It can be any size, depending on how many strips you make. You’ll feel great using those scraps, your room will be cleaner, and you’ll have a great quilt to show for your efforts. Graduates are welcome to repeat the class for fun and inspiration if your quilt isn’t quite done. Kathy will use the pattern to demonstrate a method of quilt as you go.
Fabric Selection Made Easy
Wednesday, May 6 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $35
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, so no heavy equipment to bring. You will bring fabric squares which will be shared with the other students. You will learn to identify types of fabrics, and learn combinations that will make fabric selection easy. The fabric squares will be used to construct a fabric guide book. This book will serve as a valuable reference tool when choosing fabrics. Linda Halpin
Mastering Hand Quilting
Wednesday, May 6 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $35
Whether you have quilted before or not, this class is for you. Begin as if you are new to hand quilting, and explore the world of poke-pull (or stab stitch) quilting. Executed differently from the running stitch, poke-pull quilting is easier to do and 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, no sore fingers, and no need for a thimble, poke-pull quilting is especially good for those with arthritis, carpal tunnel, or limited flexibility due to mastectomies. You will also learn template making and transference of design. Linda Halpin
Beader's UFO Studio
Thursday, May 7 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa Binkley | Cost: $25
Bring in any of your unfinished bead embroidery projects for help and time to get them finished, or bring in bead embellishment projects of your own design for feedback and design brain-storming with Lisa and other participants.
Beginning Machine Applique
Friday, May 8 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: JoAnne Liska | Cost: $35
Learn the basics of machine applique as you create this beautiful flower wall hanging. JoAnne will guide you through how to transfer the design, cut out your shapes, and attach them to the base fabric. Your sewing machine must have either the buttonhole stitch or zig zag stitch.
Thursdays, May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 18 & 25 |
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Donna Mather | Cost: $78
This is a complete start to finish class. You will learn all the basics of quilt making. In the first session you'll learn how to pick fabrics. In the other sessions you'll learn about rotary cutting, machine piecing, settings, sashing, quilting and binding. You'll be amazed at how great your sampler quilt turns out! You must know how to use your sewing machine.
Thursday, June 11 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Reggie Regenold | Cost: $55
Bargello quilt piecing resembles Bargello stitchery, a type of needle point achieved by using a straight up and down stitch. Instead of using yarns, the quilter uses various widths of fabric to create movement in the desired design. Bargello quilt construction provides the quilter opportunities to explore the wonderful world of fabric, color, texture, and design while learning new and exciting techniques. Lunch option available.
Introduction to Machine Quilting
Friday, June 12 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Cindy Fenster | Cost: $50
Learn to do your own machine quilting. Cindy has extensive quilting experience and specializes in helping you get the most out of your home sewing machine. You will learn how to choose the best quilting design for your quilt and the logistics of how to actually get the quilting onto your quilt. All skill levels. Lunch option available.
Quilt Your Own Quilt
Friday & Saturday, June 19-20 | 9:30 a.m - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Cindy Fenster | Cost: $78
Here is your chance to quilt it yourself on your own sewing machine. Cindy will present the latest products and techniques for you to learn or re-learn how to machine quilt. The first day Cindy will help you determine your quilting technique and the designs that are best for you and your quilt. You will learn a strategy for dividing your quilt into large sections for ease of handling. You will help each other prepare everyone’s quilt sandwiches. Cindy will help you set up your machine with the correct needle and thread choice. You will spend the rest of the first day quilting. You may leave your machine overnight. The second day you will continue quilting. Cindy will help troubleshoot any difficulties and be there for encouragement. By the end of the class you will have learned how to successfully machine quilt. Your quilt will be done or almost done, and you will have done it yourself! Lunch option available.
One Block Wonder II (Encore)
Friday, June 26 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Reggie Regenold | Cost: $55
Add another dimension for your one-block wonder quilt top by incorporating cubes and blocks. After the original blocks are sewn and being arranged on the design wall, a quilter will often realize a need to transition from one color to another. Cubes and blocks come to the rescue enhancing the design and color flow of the pattern. Lunch option available.
Denim Shopping Bag
Thursday, July 9 | 9:30 am.m - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Judy Collins | Cost: $30
Would you like a nice, sturdy shopping bag with extra strong handles for those heavy loads? Judy will show you have to make a shopping bag out of old jeans. You’ll keep the jeans out of the landfill and get more ideas of great small projects from old jeans.
Fridays, July 17 & 24 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $80
Join this class to explore the importance of the relationship and interdependency of dark and light in a composition. Extending the lesson into positive/negative and the essential importance of every part of the area will improve every quilt you make in the future. We’ll start with black and white paper, move into black, white, and gray fabric, and finally colored fabrics win a value range for our exercises. Lunch option available.