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. 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.

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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Simple Whatnots Club

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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Lorraine Torrence

Beginning Quilting

Mill House Class

Thursdays, January 15, 22, 29, February 12, 26 & March 5 |
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.

Introduction to Machine Quilting

Mill House Class

Friday, January 23 | 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.

One Block Wonder

Tuesday, January 27 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Reggie Regenold | Cost: $55

Discover a world of design, color, texture, movement, and more by using a special wedge ruler, layering, cutting and then sewing your pieces together. One block wonder quilts are representative of the kaleidoscope, meaning beautiful form watcher. You'll learn the latest construction technique used in creating hexagons and will be able to avoid the Y seam. You'll soon be designing your own quilts. Lunch option available.

Feathered Star

Mill House Class

Wednesdays, January 28 & February 25 | 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.

Oval Toothbrush Rug

Mill House Class

Thursdays, January 29 & February 5 | 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.

Rag Quilt

Mill House Class

Friday, January 30 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Denise Matson | Cost: $45

Cuddle up tonight in one of the coziest and easy to make quilts! Made from your combination of flannel, brushed, or woven cotton with a quilt-as-you-go technique, you’ll soon be ready to clip those seams for that raggy, fuzzy look. If you can cut a square and sew an x, you’ll be a pro with a rag quilt. The pattern is easily adapted to any size quilt. Lunch option available.

Exploring Embellishment on Laurel Burch Fabrics

Saturday January 31 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa Binkley | Cost: $55

Explore bead embroidery, thread embroidery, and design while creating a collaged panel of Laurel Burch fabrics to finish as mini quilt, beaded hand bag, part of a larger quilt, or part of a garment.

Beader's UFO Studio

Thursday, February 5 | 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 Paper Piecing

Mill House Class

Friday, February 6 | 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.

Burning the Midnight Oil

Mill House Class

Saturday, February 7 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Dan Hungerford | Cost: $15

You're working late to finish the quilt, and all of a sudden your machine acts up. What can you do? Dan's lecture includes a reference guide to help you learn how to trouble shoot to get your machine going again so you can make that deadline.

Beginning Punch Needle

Mill House Class

Thursday, February 12 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Krista Wallace | Cost: $35

Would you like a nice, easy, portable project? Punchneedle is quick and fun. It’s like painting with floss. Using a special needle, you work from the back side to create a picture.

Tools To Treasure

Mill House Class

Tuesday, February 16 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Judy Ward | Cost: $15

This lecture discusses quilting tools that are helpful, versatile, unique, promote precision in piecing, marking, cutting and pressing, enhance creativity, improve safety, and add to the enjoyment of quilt making. Some are oldies but goodies, others are new products that employ improved technology, built-in math solutions, or new approaches to traditional techniques. Come and learn about those tools you have, and discover others you might like.

Tee Shirt Quilt

Mill House Class

Thursday, February 26 | 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.

Quilt Your Own Quilt

Friday & Saturday, February 27-28 | 9:30 a.m - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Cindy Fenster | Cost: $50

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.

Modern Millie

Wednesday, March 4 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jane Vaughan | Cost: $35

Have you wanted to try modern quilting but feel intimidated? Here is the class for you. Simple piecing techniques and easy quilting makes this quilt a modern marvel. Be subtle, or go wild in your fabric choices. Either way you will be thoroughly modern.

Introduction to Machine Quilting

Mill House Class

Saturday, March 7 | 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. 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.

Oval Toothbrush Rug

Mill House Class

Tuesdays, March 10 & 17 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 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.

Simple Whatnots 2

Mill House Class

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: $49

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.

101 Sewing Machine Maintenance

Mill House Class

Saturday, March 21 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Dan Hungerford | Cost: $15

Learn the basics of sewing machines from master technician Dan Hungerford. The lecture includes a handout which will help you do simple home maintenance. You'll learn about bobbins, hooks, oiling, removing burrs, and lots of other important information to help you keep your machine in tip top shape.

Beginning Hand Applique

Mill House Class

Tuesday, March 24 | 9:30 - 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

Tuesday, March 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.