Sunday, August 30, 2015

Fall Classes

Yes - classes are going to start very soon and I haven't had a chance to tell you what I am doing. So today is the day!   For the moment, I am still teaching at four stores in the area and will continue to do so although the number of classes is severely reduced from previous. Thank goodness I love my day job or I'd be in big trouble. I feel it is really importanat for me to maintain FACE time with "real" quilters for my sanity and to get feedback on trends, etc.  

Without further ado - here are the classes for the Fall of 2015. 

Ruti's Needlebed
10 Thomas Street - Streetsville (Mississauga)
Phone Number - 905-821-9370

Table Runner (Quilting Inspirations)   
1st Saturday of every month (September to June)
10:30 AM  OR 12:00 NOON
ALL levels welcome

In month one, I'll cover the piecing instructions of a tablerunner. Show n tell is also welcome as are questions about anything quilt related. That's the easy part!  The following month, we'll look at options for quilting the table runner. The focus will be on inspirations for free motion designs, but if straight lines work better - we'll cover that as well. We'll be chatting about all things free motion - thread choices, types of batting, backing, how to finish off the edge of a project, labels, sleeves - you ask the question - I've got the answer. The goal is to make an inspiration book with quilting designs. 

This is a great class because you get to come back every month to see how others have intrepreted the piecing instructions and then to see how different styles of quilting and thread choices can affect the final project. We will be working from ONE BOOKLET "On The Run Again" by Anka's Treasures. In total we will make 5 table runners and finish all 5 of them!

If you cannot make the Saturday class, Ruthi will be teaching the same class on the 4th Tuesday. 

On The Run Again by Anka's Treasures

Garden Quilt
1st Saturday of every month (September to June)
2:00 PM
NO applique experience required!

This fun applique project by Amy Bradley allows you to build a whimsical and beautiful garden without getting your hands dirty!  We are going to focus on fusible applique, but other applique technqiues will be covered. I've got some great embellishment tips, tips on thread choices, fabric choices and loads more. It promised to be a lively class and I can't wait to see how our gardens grow!   We might even work in Applique with the Brother Scan n Cut so if you have one - this might be the class for you!  ( I'm commited now that I wrote that!) Quilt is 52" by 64". 

|Garden quilt by Amy Bradley

Please note the FIRST SATURDAY is September 5  - so think quick!!!!!!   Actually, no thinking required - sign up - you won't be disappointed!!!!!    Please note - that the class for Jan will be held on Jan 9, NOT Jan 2. I think you'll agree with me. 

Call Ruti's at 905-821-9370 to sign up. 


Brampton Sew n Serge
289 Rutherford Rd S.

Wednesday:  Sept 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16, 2015 Jan 20 & Feb17, 2016
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Cost:$130.00 (pattern and supplies extra) Pattern $25.00

 While this looks like a traditional applique quilt, we are going to use some very non-traditional techniques to put it together. The six part (hands-on) class will explore many different techniques using a variety of accessory feet and many decorative stitches from the sewing machine.The applique backgrounds are pre-quilted, yet this is NOT a “Quilt as you go” quilt. Different threads and techniques will be used to embellish the quilt. It is going to be informative and loads of FUN! The finished quilt measures 85”x93”.  

Stitcher's Garden

Oh yes - we had loads of fun when I taught this last year and the show n tell is coming up soon. I wouldn't hesitate as I hear the class is almost full. If you are interested to see the actual quilts from last time - the show n tell is on September 9 at 6 PM.  A great time to get ideas on colour schemes. 

Call Brampton Sew n Serge directly at 905-874-1564 to sign up!


Sew Sisters
3961 Chesswood Dr, North York, ON M3J 2R8
Phone (416-633-8800

Introduction to Machine Quilting
Saturday, September 19
Time: 1 PM - 4 PM

This is going to be an amazing opportunity to learn how to machine quilt. Many quilting class focus on "how" to machine quilt. While I teach you how to machine quilt,  I also teach you how to fix all those problems that stop you from quilting. So we'll be looking at thread choices, tension, options for needles, batting, basting and OH yes - we will get to do some machine work. Learn all the tips and tricks that all the pros do and soon you will be quilting like a pro yourself!

Free Motion Quilting
Saturday, October 10
Time: 1:00  PM - 4:00 PM

This is a follow up class to the Introduction class and we're going to put the pedal to the metal!   What exactly is free motion and how does one go about becoming proficient at it?  Learning how to regulate the stitch length, how to take control of your work and much much more will be covered.  Oh yes - it is an itense course, but all you need is to have taken the Introduction to Machine Quilting and you are good to go. Loads of great ideas and tips. 

Elaine’s Tech Tips Quilting Book coverImproving Techniques
Saturday, November 21
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This is a lecture style event. You just need to bring a notebook and a pen. Oh - and your quilting concerns as well. Those common issues that you struggle with - how to get that "perfect" scant 1/4" seam allowance, how to press to get your blocks FLAT, how to properly put on a binding and much much more will be DEMONSTRATED in this class. If you haven't purchased a copy of my Tech Tips book - this will be a good opportunity as I will have them availabe and be using it as a guide. 

Please call Sew Sisters directly to sign up for these classes.  If you want to improve your technical skills - you can't miss out on these classes!   416-633-8800. 

There are some GREAT new Saturday Sampler quilts coming up for 2016.  Watch for those. And I had better get piecing!

Please call Sew Sisters directly to sign up for these classes.  If you want to improve your technical skills - you can't miss out on these classes!   416-633-8800. 

There are some GREAT new Saturday Sampler quilts coming up for 2016.  Watch for those. And I had better get piecing!


Hobby Horse Quilt Shop
12707 9th Line  - RR #5
Georgetown, Ontario
(905) 877-9292

Machine Quilting   
Saturday, September 26 
12:30 – 3:30 
$30.00 includes kit
 Start quilting the quilts you have made over the summer! Elaine will show you how to achieve excellent results with her advice, tips and techniques.
(this is same class as at Sew Sisters - just shorter description)

PTCoverProfessional Bag 
Sunday, October 4 & 18 
12:30 – 3:30 
$27.00 & pattern 
 This is a bag full of pockets and compartments and it will hold a laptop computer, your sewing supplies, or serve as a diaper bag. Everything inside will be tucked away with a top zipper closure.

 Free Motion Quilting 
Saturday November 28 
12:30 — 3:30 $14
 (pre-req Machine Quilting 

It’s time to learning free motion quilting with a free motion foot! Elaine will share her ideas and tips for your artistic free motion quilting adventures.
(same class as Sew Sisters - just shorter description)

Call the Hobby Horse Quilt Shop (905) 877-9292  to get signed up for these great classes.  That Professional Tote is fabulous and comes in TWO sizes.   

And there are a couple of great $25 quilts in the works for 2016 - watch for those!!!!  One will be pieced and the other will be appliqued. 

Misty Pines

I will also be teaching this class at my home studio.  I believe I have 21 kits for this quilt. All of them are spoken for, although once I finish cutting, I might be able to eek out another kit or two.  Remember these kits are 99% pre-cut. You just need to sit down and start sewing!    

Misty Pines: Dramatic Trees and Mountains Lap Quilt Pattern
Misty Pines

Date: September 27 (Sunday)
My home studio
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost $30   (plus $100 for the pre-cut kit)

If you have a kit from another source - you are welcome to attend this class, but keep in mind - we will NOT be cutting as the kits I'm providing are already precut. We can chat about the cutting.  If there is enough interest, I will run this class once more later in the fall. 

E-mail me if you are interested in the class or leave a comment on the blog and I'll schedule you in. 


I will likely have a couple of sit n sews in October and November - just haven't had time to schedule them in yet. 

If there are any questions about this - let me know.  Yes I am teaching machine quilting and free motion at two different stores.  This is a very important class and by offering it in two different areas, I hope to get more people quilting their own quilts!!!!!   

Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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