Mill House Quilts
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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. 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.

Beginning Quilting

Mill House Class

Mondays, September 8, 15, 22, 29 & October 6 & 13 | 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

Simple Whatnots

Mill House Class

Second Tuesdays September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9, January 13 & February 10 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Denise Matson | Cost: $49

You'll make six darling little quilts designed by Kim Diehl, one each month. Each of the quilts is no bigger than 40". Kim's fabric line, Vintage Farmhouse, is featured in this first set of quilts. Simple Whatnot members will be the first to be able to purchase these fabrics for their projects. Each month you will receive a pattern and instruction for that month's quilt. You will see the sample of the next month's quilt before you leave and have the chance to purchase a kit, or use your own fabrics. Sewing machines optional.

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Beginning Quilting

Mill House Class

Thursdays, September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 16 & 23 |
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.

Design Essentials

Mill House Class

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.

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Prairie Lily

Mill House Class

Tuesday, September 23 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $55

Joyous colors combine to create Prairie Lilies. You will start with valuable fabric selection information on how to choose and combine fabrics. Then Linda will demonstrate her two-for-one piecing method which creates cutaways that can be used in a second quilt. You will adorn you lilies with applique utilizing a very nifty stem technique. If you choose, you can actually make two quilts at the same time. Lunch option available.

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Linda Halpin

Feathered Star

Mill House Class

Wednesdays, September 24 & October 22 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Donna Mather | Cost: $78

This breath taking star by Judy Niemeyer would make a stunning addition to any wall. Donna will guide you through the fabric placements and paper piecing as you create your own Feathered Star. With one month between classes, you'll be ready to start assembling the sections in the second class. Lunch option available.

The Great Outdoors

Mill House Class

Friday, September 26 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Joanie Zeier Poole | Cost: $55

Take a joy ride through the scenic countryside as you learn time-tested free-motion fundamentals stitching numerous background fill patterns. First, a Powerpoint presentation introduces each concept of the class: landscape pattern structure, prep of supplies and workspace, and Joanie's tried and true machine quilting essentials. Next, you will successfully complete each step of the process including marking the design, pin basting the layers, practicing essential free-motion basics to become confident with your ability and learn to perfect the tension of your machine to achieve meticulous results. Finally, create your own landscape mini-quilt from Joanie's original pattern designed to teach free-hand free-motion patterns representing tree bark, pebbled path, rock foundation, ripples on a lake, clouds, fields of flowers, barn wood, leaves, and mountains. This project is the training wheels to your future machine quilting adventures by guiding you to fill unusually shaped spaces. Lunch option available.

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Beginning Bead Embellishment

Mill House Class

Saturday, September 27 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa Binkley | Cost: $55

Explore all of the basic stitches used in bead embroidery under Lisa’s expert guidance. You’ll go home with a sampler of bead embroidery stitches, hand-outs with information about beads, threads, and embroidery techniques, and many fun new ideas to try at home. A kit with the sampler base, beads, needles, and thread will be purchased at the beginning of class from Lisa. Learn some new ways to liven up quilts, garments, and just about anything made of fabric. Lunch option available.

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Beginning Crazy Quilting

Mill House Class

Tuesday, September 30 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Renee Shedivy | Cost: $35

Learn how to make a traditional crazy quilt block in the morning and then embellish it with 10 different stitches in the afternoon. We'll focus on getting the block finished and then using your floss/pearl cotton to make basic CQ stitches. You're welcome to bring some of your current or antique crazy quilts along for show and tell. Lunch option available.

Clothes For Kids

Wednesdays, October 1 & 8 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 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.

Tee Shirt Quilt

Mill House Class

October 9 | 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.

Beginning Paper Piecing

Mill House Class

Friday, October 10 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 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.

Bead Embellishment - Beyond the Basics

Mill House Class

Saturday, October 18 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa Binkley | Cost: $55

Have you had some bead embroidery experience, or taken the Beginning Bead Embellishment class and now want to learn even more beautiful techniques?  Come to this class with a pair of sharp scissors and your creative thinking.   You’ll receive a kit with beads, thread, and a sampler base, plus hand-outs.  You’ll learn how to beautifully and securely incorporate larger beads, buttons, and cabochons into your quilts and bead embroideries.  You’ll also explore a variety of edge stitches and fringe techniques while creating a sampler for you to take home for future reference and inspiration. Lunch option available. Lisa Binkley

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Beginning Hand Applique

Mill House Class

Friday October 24 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $35

This class is designed with the beginner in mind. The stitch I use is different from the one most commonly taught in hand appliqué. It is my favorite appliqué stitch because it gives such lovely results. This technique takes the fear out of appliqué. Not only is it easy to do, but it results in invisible stitches. Try your hand at appliqué with this charming little piece.

Mastering Hand Quilting

Mill House Class

Friday, October 24 | 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.

Introduction to Machine Quilting

Mill House Class

Saturday, October 25 | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 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. 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.

Photo Pillow

Mill House Class

Thursday, October 30 | 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Karen Evans | Cost: $35

Make a new photo pillow for that special someone. Find a great picture, have it transferred to fabric (we can do that for you) and then make a pillow showcasing that photo. It can be a present for someone else, or it can be someone's first sewing project with help from an adult. Great for kids and adults of any age. Note: photo transfer needs to be done several days before class.

Winner's Bouquet

Mill House Class

Thursdays, November 6 & 13 | 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Reggie Regenold | Cost: $45

Do you remember the times you admired quilts with curves and wished you had made it? Now is the time to sew one of your very own! Winner's Bouquet by Terry Atkinson is a fascinating quilt and will hold your attention from beginning to end. As soon as you set your needles in the fabric, you will be amazed at how simple curves can be sewn and how much you enjoy sewing them. A limited color palette or a wide variety of colors may be used. You will be delighted with the effects the various shapes and colors create.

Heart of Gold Beaded Ornament

Saturday, November 15 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa Binkley | Cost: $55

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. Lunch option available.

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Birds of Paradise Beaded Ornament

Saturday, December 6 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa Binkley | Cost: $55

Explore new bead embroidery techniques and designs or refine skills you already have while creating this ornate Asian-inspired ornament. The project—in deep red, grass green, and robin’s egg blue—can be stitched and finished as an ornament, a pin or pendant, or an embellishment for a handbag or quilt. Kits contain complete step-by-step instructions, fabric and stabilizer, beading needle and thread, all necessary beads, a Czech pressed-glass button with birds and botanical motifs, Ultrasuede for backing, and a hanging loop. Bead embroidery experience recommended. Lunch option available.

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