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. 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.

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 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.

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 | 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.

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: $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.

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.

Project Quilting

Mill House Class

Tuesdays, March 31 & April 14 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Kim Lapacek | Cost: $49.95

Stretch yourself and capture the sparks of creativity in a three-session class with Project Quilting's mastermind Kim Lapacek. PQ's inspired, limited time-frame challenges can be a great way to kick start your artistic process. You'll see a trunk show of projects made from past challenges, work through the thought process of the "limited unlimited", learn a few new techniques and skills to try, and then give it a shot with a special PQ class challenge!

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