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.

Beginning Hand Applique

Mill House Class

Wednesday, July 8 | 9:30 - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Halpin | Cost: $35

This class is designed with the beginner in mind. The stitch Linda uses is different from the one most commonly taught in hand appliqué. It is her 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

Wednesday, July 8 | 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

Denim Shopping Bag

Mill House Class

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.

Simple Whatnots 2

Mill House Class

Tuesdays, July 14, August 11 & Monday, October 12 | 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.

Notan: Dark/Light:Positive/Negative

Mill House Class

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.

Dresden Neighborhood

Mill House Class

Wednesday, July 22 | 9:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Kim Lapacek | Cost: $35

Pull out your fun scraps and turn them into a unique Dresden Neighborhood! We’ll put a whimsical ‘twist’ on the traditional Dresden Plate, cutting, piecing, applique, and stitching to make an adorable wall hanging. Once you learn Kim’s techniques, you’ll never look at a traditional block the same way. Lunch option available.

Little Gems

Mill House Class

Wednesday, July 29 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jane Vaughan | Cost: $35

Let your strips become jewels with the Little Gems pattern by Thornberry Quilts. Join Jane for a morning of stripping, fabric that is, and make this little gem of a quilt. It takes 2 ½” strips and background fabric and can be made in several sizes. You can go very scrappy or buy a lovely batik kit. Strip piecing makes it quick to piece.

Coloring Like A Kid (for adults)

Mill House Class

Thursday, July 30 | 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Trish Frankland & Kim Lapacek | Cost: $35

Doodle out a design or borrow one from a coloring book—then shade, fill, and flourish on fabric with Inktense pencils. Your tag-team teachers will show a myriad of ideas to turn your mini block into a mug rug or as part of a larger project.

Beader's UFO Studio

Mill House Class

Thursday, August 6 | 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.

Color Explorations

Mill House Class

Thursday, August 13 | 9:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $50

Come to this productive one day class to get a good handle on color basics and vocabulary. You will make a fabric chart of 12 hues in 7 values each from a kit, experiment with color schemes and palettes for future use and reference, and see a paint demo that proves that olive green is not green at all, but dark yellow! We will also do some other interesting color exercises that will provide enlightenment as well as fun! Lunch option available.

Beginning Paper Piecing

Mill House Class

Friday, August 14 | 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.

Quilt Talk Alphabet

Saturday August 15 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Trish Frankland | Cost: $30 (Combine with afternoon Quilt Talk for total of $50)

What’s your mantra? Sam Hunter’s Quilt Talk paper-pieced alphabet is fun and addictive. We’ll learn how to size and assemble letters to make your projects sit up and speak! Lunch option available for those attending the afternoon Quilt Talk.

Quilt Talk Strip Quilt

Saturday, August 15 | 1:30 p.m - 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Trish Frankland | Cost: $30 (Combine with morning Quilt Talk for total of $50)

This “drip” strip quilt looks hard but sews easily with a 2 ½” strip pack. Plus, there’s a place to insert your mantra—a name or feature a Row by Row pattern.

Hexi Mat

Mill House Class

Monday, August 17 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Denise Matson | Cost: $45

Have you tried hexagons? Make a delightful table mat while learning English paper piecing using 2” hexagons. You’ll be ready to try other sizes and a bigger project by the end of class. Lunch option available.

Tee Shirt Quilt

Mill House Class

Tuesday, August 25 | 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 Quilting

Mill House Class

Tuesdays, September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20 & 27 | 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 second class

Design II

Mill House Class

Fridays--Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18, Jan 15, Feb 19 & April 15 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $149

This once-a-month, seven month design class is the second year continuation of Design Essentials I: Principles and Elements. This time, we’ll approach our exercises with a view to studies of Sources and Inspiration for Design. We will still be mindful of Principles and Elements, and combine that knowledge with finding springboards in our environment and design situations that will provide lifelong inspiration. Prerequisite: Design Essentials I with Lorraine Torrence

Easy Strip Quilt

Saturday, September 19 | 9:30 a.am. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Trish Frankland | Cost: $45

Looking for a fast finish, or a last minute gift? This speedy quilt takes the “jelly roll race” idea further for a fabulous finish that doesn’t look rushed. Easy enough for beginners, still satisfying for an expert. Lunch option available.

Design I

Mill House Class

Sundays--Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 13, Jan 17, Feb 21 & April 17 | 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $149

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 Machine Applique

Mill House Class

Monday, September 21 | 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.

Feathered Star

Mill House Class

Wednesdays, September 23 & October 28 | 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.

Introduction to Machine Quilting

Mill House Class

Friday, September 25 | 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.

The Circle Game In Beads

Saturday, September 26 | 9:30 a.am - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa Binkley | Cost: $55

Circular designs can be found throughout the natural world as well as in human designs from diverse cultures across millennia. Join Lisa to explore and create a sampler of circular motifs in bead embroidery. Working with a wide variety of beads as well as a few buttons, learn, design, and stitch a diverse range of circular forms that could be used on art quilts, garments, and other fiber art. Lunch option available.

BQ2

Mill House Class

Wednesday, September 30 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Reggie Regenold | Cost: $45

Here is an opportunity to incorporate those beautiful fabrics with big prints into a relatively easy to sew quilt. Maple Island’s BQ2 is a big block pattern designed for quilters of all sewing levels. So, if you are a beginner or experienced quilter, BQ2 provides sewing interest for all. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you will piece your quilt top.