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October Workshops

Presented by Kaye England

Plates, Wedges, and More
Friday, October 12  9 am to 4 pm 

Using specialty rulers you will make quick work of those pesky fan blades, plates, tumblers and much, much more.  A great stash buster as well as having a super time. You will need to use special rulers for this class.   

Scrap Mania
Saturday, October 13   9 am to 4 pm

The class explores different ways to combine blocks and techniques to improve piecing skills. Primary focus is on designing with scraps. Students should leave class with a more relaxed attitude about combining fabrics. A definite confidence builder for beginners and great fun for more advance piecers. Kaye recommends cutting strips to share as most quilters' stashes represent their favorite colors and therefore limits their scrap study.

November Workshop

Presented by Mary Lou Weidman

 Self PortraitSelf Portraits
Friday Nov. 9 - Saturday Nov 10.  9 am to 4 pm

This class has become very popular and in fact has taken many quilter’s self portraits to Museums for shows. Step out of the box and learn about yourself and how you can put ideas and things you had not thought of before into a quilt to leave a lasting impression about who you are and what is important to you. These quilts become legacy pieces that can tell others imaginative, fun and creative things. It might even surprise you to see how wonderful a self portrait of YOU can be.  Lots of smiles, easy going fun and friendships made in class.

January Workshop
Presented by Ruth Montalvo

Pieced Curves
Saturday, January 12   9 am to 4 pm
Information to come

March Workshops

Presented by Christa Watson

Walking Foot WondersWalking Foot Quilting
Friday, March 15   9 am to 4 pm

Learn to stitch beyond the ditch and unleash the power of your walking foot to quilt modern or traditional designs. Walking foot motifs to be taught include: wavy lines, decorative stitches, irregular grids, large continuous spirals, several straight line variations, and more! You’ll leave class armed with the confidence that yes, you can quilt your own quilts!

Class will also include a discussion on basting, favorite tools and supplies that make the job easier, plus tips for putting it all together on a real quilt.  Students should be comfortable with their sewing machines, and will practice on their own pre-basted fabric and batting samples.

Free-Motion FavoritesFree Motion Favorites
Saturday, March 16  9 am to 4 pm

Embrace perfectly imperfect quilting! That means little to no marking, and a whole lot of gorgeous texture. Ease into free-motion quilting with asymmetrical wavy lines, then move onto loops, traditional and modern stippling, plus curvy fillers like wishbones and cursive l’s that can expand to fit any space. Finish it off with several swirl variations, and you’ve got a toolbox of motifs to try on your next quilt!

Class will also include a discussion of basic free-motion quilting tips and tools, plus figuring out how to combine motifs together in the same quilt.  Students should be comfortable with their sewing machines, and will practice on their own pre-basted fabric and batting samples.

April Workshops

Presented by Nancy Kloster
certified Judy Niemeyer instructor

Scandinavian Snowflake

Friday, April 12  9 am to 4 pm

The Scandinavian Snowflake pattern includes enough papers to make (4) Table Toppers 20” in diameter. The pattern teaches basic paper piecing techniques and introduces quilters to the Quiltworx applique technique using laser-cut Stitch-N-Peel applique stabilizers for turn-under applique. The pattern was designed by Judy and Bradley Niemeyer at


Desert Sky
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Saturday, April 13  9 am to 4 pm

Bradley and Judy designed the layout for the Desert Sky using a selection of bright and dark fat quarters from our Wildflowers Collection, designed by Judy & Judel Niemeyer with Timeless Treasures. Template Layout sheets were designed and provided with these instructions to speed up the cutting process, allowing you to stack and cut your fat quarters in two groups of nine fabrics. An even amount of yardage is needed for each color. This small wall hanging is definitely one to add to your collection. The skill level ranges from beginner to advanced.

May Workshops

Presented by Ann P. Shaw
certified Ruth McDowell instructor

Flowers of the Gorge

Friday, May 10  9 am to 4 pm

Flowers have been an enduring source of inspiration for quilters; many traditional quilt blocks feature flower patterns. The remarkable  array of miniature wildflowers that can be found in the Columbia River Gorge and surrounding hills of the Cascade Mountains inspired my series of flower designs.  Based on the design and piecing techniques of Ruth McDowell, these designs take traditional patchwork a step further through the use of unexpected fabric choices. Join us in celebrating the beauty of flowers. We will learn the basics of Ruth piecing techniques and her fascinating use of fabrics.

Pieced Pets
(Saturday, May 11  9 am to 4 pm

Pets are fun, fabulous — and often furry.  They steal our hearts and enrich our lives.   Pieced Pets will tickle your fancy as these playful patterns bring these cherished family members to life.    The patterns in this series will initially focus on dogs (yes, I am a lifelong dog lover).    Other patterns of pets large, small and exotic will be included in the series.

In this class, you will select from several patterns to create your wallhanging. A brief discussion introduces the methods and techniques of freezer paper templates. You will then prepare a freezer paper template for your pattern and begin the process of selecting fabrics for your design. We will also discuss sewing methods and sewing order to complete your wallhanging.

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