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 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 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

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 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.

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 (Big Block Patterns)

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.

Quilt Your Own Quilt

Friday & Saturday, October 2-3 | 9:30 a.m - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Cindy Fenster | Cost: $78

Here is your chance to quilt it yourself on your own sewing machine. 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 to quilt straight and slightly curved lines using your walking foot. 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! Note: If you choose to free motion quilt, you will need to have had a class and/or experience free motion quilting. Cindy has a class on Machine Quilting the week before the workshop where she teaches free motion and machine guided quilting. It would be a great way to get the instruction and practice necessary to free motion quilt. Lunch option available.

Beginning Machine Applique

Mill House Class

Wednesday, October 7 | 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.

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

Beginning Quilting I

Saturdays, October 17 & 31 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Mary Cain | Cost: $49

This class is for the true beginning quilter. You will start at “square one” with fabric selection during the first session followed by instruction on use of a rotary cutter and other basic tools for quilting. You will learn how to piece blocks, add borders, quilt and bind a quilt while making a friendship star table runner. Lots of “Mary’s Tips” are given during the course of this class. Lunch option available.

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.

Bargello II

Friday, October 23 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Reggie Reginold | Cost: $55

Bargello quilts are a perennial favorite. Stunning designs are created using various widths of fabric to create movement in a design. Bargello II will expand on techniques learned in Bargello I using a pattern called Aurora Borealis. Your quilt will be a winner. Lunch option available.

Beader's UFO Studio

Mill House Class

Thursday, November 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.

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 ½” 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.