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.

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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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

Mill House Class

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

Mill House Class

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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