Classes

You can register for classes at the shop or by phone (831) 623-0200.

PLEASE READ OUR CLASS POLICES at the bottom of this page

ROW BY ROW 2017

Steve and Scarlett Squirrel will be ON THE GO – which is this year’s theme.

VISIT – Visit any participating quilt shop during the summer and ask for their free Row by Row pattern.

COMPLETE A QUILT/WIN A PRIZE – Family Threads had a prize winner! But check with other shops – you can show your quilt and claim a prize at ANY shop that hasn’t already had a winner.

Dates: Starts June 21

—————– JULY —————–

JUST IN CASE
These handy folding organizers feature two inner pockets made from mesh and vinyl for easy visibility of contents. Each pocket has a zipper closures – no need to worry about things falling out. An invisible magnetic snap closes the bag beautifully.

The Small Case is small enough to fit in a glove box so is perfect to use an emergency car kit, first aid kit, organizer for supplies (sewing, cosmetics, or office) or purse organizer. The Large Case can hold maps, documents and more and fits easy under the car seat.

For class you’ll choose either the large (7”W x 6”H) or small case (10 1/2”W x 8”H).

**Pre-class homework: as per pattern instructions, please cut and, if required, quilt all pieces**

Date: Friday, July 14
Time: 10:30 – 2:30pm
Cost: $35 + pattern
Instructor: Sheila Galindo
Skill Level: Basic sewing and rotary cutting skills

 

BOWL ME OVER (2 DAYS)
This fun-to-make shoulder bag features a classic bowler silhouette and measures about 10 ½”H x 13”W x 5”D. The double-zip main compartment opens wide for easy access to the bag’s contents. Three interior slip pockets and two full zippered pockets keep everything organized. The exterior pocket closes with a magnetic snap flap and is perfect for keys or phone.

**Pre-class homework: as per pattern instructions, please cut and, if required, quilt all pieces**

Dates: Saturday, July 15 and 22
Time: 10:30 – 2:30pm
Cost: $45 + pattern
Instructor: Sheila Galindo
Skill Level: Basic sewing and rotary cutting skills

 

MACHINE QUILTING (2 DAYS)
Machine Quilting is all about practice. The more you practice the better you will become. Learn machine quilting techniques the easiest way possible with this very easy, informative class. You will work on a small quilt sandwich, creating straight-lines and free motions quilting. All essential notions will be discussed and used for the class, as well as quilting design and finishing techniques.

**There is a supply list – you will need a sewing machine with the ability to drop the feed dogs, a “darning foot” or sometimes known as a “free motion foot” and a “walking foot”.

Dates: Thursday, July 20 AND Thursday, July 27
Time: 10:00 – 4:30pm
Cost: $80
Instructor: Annie Smith
Skill Level: All levels

 

TO MARKET TO MARKET – NAME TAG HOLDER

Keep your load light and your hands free for shopping with the nifty little name tag with adjustable strap. Made to wear around the neck or over the shoulder, it will hold your name badge (or passport), cell phone, pen and pencil, credit card and money, receipts/travel documents, glasses and more!

**Pre-class homework: as per pattern instructions, please cut and, if required, quilt all pieces**

Date: Saturday, July 29
Time: 10:30 – 2:30pm
Cost: $35 + pattern
Instructor: Sheila Galindo
Skill Level: Basic sewing and rotary cutting skills

 

—————– AUGUST —————–

EVERY DAY EVERY WAY (2 DAYS)
Abundant pockets to organize all sorts of things! This bag is so versatile and can be a bag (or diaper bag), backpack or a purse. There’s four options to choose from – Padded handles, backpack straps, adjustable, detachable strap for over-the-shoulder or cross-body carrying or stroller straps. It measures 12”H x 15”W x 7”D

**Pre-class homework: as per pattern instructions, please cut and, if required, quilt all pieces**

Dates: Saturday, August 5 and 12
Time: 10:30 – 2:30pm
Cost: $45 + pattern
Instructor: Sheila Galindo
Skill Level: Basic sewing and rotary cutting skills

 

MAD ABOUT MESH
You’ll find lots of uses for these easy-to-make bags made using mesh fabric. Light in weight, the mesh provides visibility for contents, ventilation and easy washability.

Sort and protect clothing and small items in suitcases or the laundry. Use for produce or shopping. Carry toys to the beach and let the sand fall through the holes.

The pattern includes instructions for three size that are ideal for everything!

Small 8 ½ x 13 ½, Medium 13 x 17 ½, Large 17 ½ x 19 ½

Date: Tuesday, August 8
Time: 10:30 – 2:30pm
Cost: $35 + pattern
Instructor: Sheila Galindo
Skill Level: Basic sewing and rotary cutting skills


CATCH ALL CADDY (2 DAYS)

You’ll love this over-sized, sturdy caddy with lots of easy-to-access slip pockets and dividers to hold and organize all your supplies. Seven slip pockets on front, back, and one end provide easy access to tools and supplies. A zippered pocket on one end keeps personal items safe and secure. Expanding dividers on the inside open to organize a multitude of supplies or collapse to fall flat against the interior of the caddy affording a wide-open interior for plenty of storage possibilities. Comfy padded fabric handles make carrying easy and attach with rectangle rings allowing them to fall flat along the side.

Measures 7″H x 13½W x 6½D

**Pre-class homework: as per pattern instructions, please cut and, if required, quilt all pieces**

Dates: Saturday, August 19 and 26
Time: 10:30 – 3:30pm
Cost: $45 + pattern
Instructor: Sheila Galindo
Skill Level: Basic sewing and rotary cutting skills


THREAD DISPENSER/SEWING CASE

You’ll have no more tangled jumbles of thread when you use these handy thread cases. The large case has four see-through pockets which hold up to 48 spools of thread as well as a larger pocket for scissors, needles and other supplies. The 10” x 30” organizer neatly folds to a compact 8” x 10”.

Perfect for individual projects, the small case holds up to 12 spools of thread and folds to measure 5” x 5”. Directions are given for a standing case as well as a version that folds flat.

**Pre-class homework: as per pattern instructions, please cut and, if required, quilt all pieces**

Date: Tuesday, August 22
Time: 10:30 – 2:30pm
Cost: $35 + pattern
Instructor: Sheila Galindo
Skill Level: Basic sewing and rotary cutting skills

—————– SEPTEMBER —————–

TANGLE A TOTE & TAG
Learn to draw beautiful Zentangle® patterns on a canvas tote bag in this exciting new class! Zentangle is a relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing repetitive patterns. Previous artistic experience not required.

Using a pen, students will learn to draw a variety of pleasing tangle patterns on a fabric tote bag & tag. Participants will add vibrant color with Inktense ink pencils and set the design with fabric medium. All supplies will be provided by the instructor.

Certified Zentangle Teacher Nancy Domnauer will share her enthusiasm for Zentangle and guide you through the steps of drawing easy-to-learn, beautiful tangle patterns. Students will also stitch an attractive tag for the tote. Previous Zentangle experience not required.

Zentangle is a world-wide phenomenon that opens possibilities for quilters to be even more creative!

Dates: Saturday, September 23, 2017
Time: 10:30 – 2:30pm with a 45 minute mid-day lunch break
Cost: $50 + $15 materials fee paid directly to the instructor
Instructor: Nancy Domnauer, CZT
Skill Level: Beginner


QUILTING 101 (8 WEEKS, EVENINGS)

Quilting from A to Z best describes this class. Begin with fabric and color selection and work through a variety of basic quilting techniques to make this traditional Sampler quilt. Class includes all aspects of quilt construction; understanding quilting tools, quick piecing, hand piecing and appliqué, and quilt finishing.

Annie will share her wealth of tips, tricks and techniques that she has acquired in 20 years of teaching this class. A perfect class for beginners who wish to learn basic quiltmaking skills, anyone with a desire to make a great Sampler quilt or for anyone wanting to hone their skills.

The quilt shown is Annie’s sample. With so many choices in this class, everyone’s quilt looks totally different.

**For the first night of class all you will need is the b ook and note taking supplies.**

Dates: Starting Tuesday September 26
Time: 6:30-9:00pm
Cost: $180 + book Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! (2ND EDITION ISBN 978-0844226170 – NOT the 3rd) and basic quilting supplies
Instructor: Annie Smith
Skill Level: All levels

—————– OCTOBER —————–

GUMBALL MYSTERY QUILT (2 DAYS)
Join us for this fun and creative class built upon the idea of, well, a vintage Gumball machine. We’ll start out by taking a turn at the machine to determine what your color scheme will bedealt to you by the gumball machine.

You’ll learn some cool construction techniques while going with the flow of what the quilt tells you that it wants. We’ll play with different threads, free motion doodling and quilting. Each quilt will be different, based on your interpretations. And, we’ll have LOADS of fun!

Dates: Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7
Time: 10:005:00
Cost: $80
Instructor: Annie Smith
Skill Level: Confident Beginner

—————– ON GOING —————–

FINISH OR START IT FRIDAY (TWICE MONTHLY)circle-labels-finish-it-friday
You now have TWO different Fridays to work on any projects you’d like. As always, this is a free sewing day without an instructor. If you have a question we will try to answer and help but this does not take the place of our Quilting 101 or Beginning Sewing classes.

Monthly dates: THIRD and LAST Friday of the month
December 16 and 30
January 20 and 27
Time: 10:30 – 4:30pm
Cost: FREE!
Instructor: None

SEWING (BEGINNING & ONGOING) / SEW FOR LOVE
Instructor Michelle Zeiler LOVES to sew and has decades of experience. She’s here at the shop once every other month sharing all of her knowledge

DATES:
July 7 (after 5pm), 8 (all day), 9 (10-4pm)
September 8 (after 5pm), 9 (all day), 10 (10-4pm)
November 10 (after 5pm), 11 (all day), 12 (10-4pm)

circle-labels-machine-basicsBeginners – she’ll walk you through the basics of the sewing machine – thread, needles, tension, bobbins, stitch count. You can bring your own machine or can rent one from Michelle.

SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED FOR CLASS
Package of long pins (yellow), good fabric scissors, 6 inch sewing gauge, basic thread, sewing machine with empty bobbin, foot pedal and pressure foot (you can also rent a machine for $5 – let us know when you sign up)

Class length: 3 hours
Cost: $30

circle-labels-sewing-ongoingOngoing –If you want to broaden your sewing skills Michelle offers instruction for all levels, from beginners to intermediate students.

Class length: 2 hour minimum
Cost: $10/hour (2 hour minimum)

 

circle-labels-sew-for-loveSew For Love – This is a volunteer sewing program Michelle started back in 2000. Benefitting local charities with items such as quilts, hats, cubie chairs, pet beds and tote bags – Michelle is always looking for volunteers to sew these simple items, stuff chairs or just help out.

Class length: Anytime Michelle is here
Cost: FREE

SHEILA’S BLOCK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB: REVISED HIDDEN STARS (MONTHLY)
Sheila continues her once-a-month Saturday sessions with a beautiful new block-of-the-month “Revised Hidden Stars”. Sheila will give a talk and have a sample of the month’s block – which you can pick up at the shop on the day of the meeting. You can ask questions and of course bring your show-and-tell of blocks that you’ve completed. There will be coffee and donut holes to snack on. And, at the end of the program there is a show-and-tell of your finished block-of-the-month.

Dates: 3rd Saturday of each month for 12 months
Time: 9am-10am
Cost: $5/month OPTIONAL: Perfect Patchwork Templates Set A and C
Instructor: Sheila Galindo
Skill Level: Basic sewing and rotary cutting skills

 

 CLASS POLICIES

DISCOUNT
You will receive a 10% discount on class supplies plus 10% on the day of class.


CANCELLATION POLICY
You must notify us AT LEAST 3 DAYS prior to class. For our QUILTING 101 class you must cancel at least ONE WEEK (7 DAYS) prior to the first class.

Refunds will be given ONLY IF the student requirement has been met OR you can fill the spot with another student.

Refunds WILL NOT be given if you haven’t notified us or just don’t show up for class. NO EXCEPTIONS!

If for any reason the instructor cancels you will most certainly get a refund.


PHONES
You are important, as is everyone in class. Your phone calls…well..not so much to other students. Please turn your phone to vibrate or why not take a little break and turn it off. If you must make a phone call, please do so outside.


EATING IN THE CLASSROOM
Would we be quilters if snacks weren’t involved? Food and drink are allowed in the classroom. Please be sure to keep the tables clean so someone else’s project isn’t compromised by your Nachos Supreme and sugar free vanilla iced latte. 🙂

SEWING MACHINES
You must be familiar with your sewing machine and it must be in good working order. Instructors are here to teach, not to take time away from other students to troubleshoot your machine. We do not rent machines at this time.


PRE-CLASS HOMEWORK
Some classes require pre-class work (usually noted on the supply list if there is one). If you class calls for this, please make every effort to get it done. This allows more time to actually work on your project AND to ask questions if you need clarification on something.


PARKING
You can park in any designated spot you’d like in front of the shop. If you are parking BEHIND the shop, there are 3 spaces FACING THE WOODEN FENCE. The sign in front of the space MUST SAY “GUEST PARKING”. If it’s doesn’t, do not park there!


MINDFUL
Classes are meant to teach you something you don’t know, to brush up on things you do, but most of all to be fun! Please be mindful of conversations that might not make these things possible to the students around you.

 

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