Mill House Quilts
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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.

Design Essentials 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

Design Essentials 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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Feathered Star

Mill House Class

Wednesdays, September 23 & October 28 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Donna Mather | Cost: $78

This breathtaking 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.

Fabric Selection Made Easy

Mill House Class

Friday, October 9 | 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

Mill House Class

Friday, October 9 | 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, October 22 | 9:30 am.m - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Judy Collins | Cost: $30

Here’s a great way to use some of those old jeans you have lying around and get a great recycled shopping bag. The bags are super sturdy, the handles extra strong, and you can make them fancy or plain, depending on the jeans you wish to use. Join Judy for a fun class.

Microwave Bowl Cosy

Friday, November 6 | 9:30 a. - 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Donna Sorenson | Cost: $20

Here is a quick, easy, perfect gift for someone special, or yourself. Your bowl of food is placed in the cozy, then put in the microwave and heated. The cozy is the perfect potholder for removing the bowl from the microwave, and can be used at the table to help keep the food warm. The cozies use minimal yardage and Donna will supply the pattern. You’ll make four microwave bowl cozies in class.

More Beginning Basics:Flying Geese

Saturday, November 7 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Mary Cain | Cost: $30

Expand your quilting skills by learning how to make the flying geese block. You will learn three techniques for making flying geese, but the focus will be on the fast way to make geese that “fly” off your sewing machine. Instructions to make a “gaggle of geese” will be provided in class. Lots of other ideas for using flying geese will be presented. You can use them to make stars, pine trees, house roofs, and lots more.

Dresden Neighborhood

Mill House Class

Tuesday, November 10 | 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.

Inlaid Strips Vest

Friday, November 13 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lorraine Torrence | Cost: $55

Make a sophisticated garment using a simple vest pattern of your choice, or one of Lorraine’s patterns. You will start with a solid or mottled background and cut it open to insert pieced strips that seem to float in the background, but there is no applique. Everything is pieced. Finish your vest parts in a day and construct it at home. This technique could also be used for a jacket or lined skirt. Lunch option available.

Joyful Leaf Ornament

Saturday, November 14 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa Binkley | Cost: $55

Enjoy a new direction in bead embroidered ornament design. Working with hand-dyed wool, an elegant leaf silhouette, and a mix of beads and embroidery thread, stitch a Joyful Leaf that can be finished as an ornament, a brooch, or an embellishment for a handbag or quilt. Kits contain complete step-by-step instructions, wool, stabilizer, beading needle and thread, all necessary beads, embroidery thread and needle, a ceramic cabochon face (like those seen in lots of Lisa’s work), and backing material. Kits will be available in a range of autumnal and spring hues. This class is suitable for all levels of hand stitchers, but some bead embroidery experience is helpful. Lunch option available.

Prairie Blossoms

Saturday, November 21 | 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jane Vaughan | Cost: $35

Make a garden full of blooms for yourself or a friend. This lovely lap-sized quilt is made with 2 ˝” strips or fat quarters. Maybe you would like to do it in Christmas fabrics for a gift this holiday season. Lunch option available.

Eastern Star Ornament

Saturday, December 5 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa Binkley | Cost: $55

Explore new bead embroidery techniques and designs while creating this very ornate, lush Eastern-design-inspired ornament. The ornament—in shades of turquoise blues, golds, and white—can be stitched and finished as an ornament, a pin or pendant, or an embellishment for a handbag or quilt. It has a richly textured surface and lots of fringe. Kits contain complete step-by-step instructions, fabric and stabilizer, beading needle and thread, all necessary beads, and Ultrasuede for backing. Bead embroidery experience strongly recommended. Lunch option available.