SPECIAL INFORMATION


We will be closed:


Friday October 4: closing at 1pm to prepare for Kaffe event

Wednesday November 27: closing at 5pm for Thanksgiving

Thursday November 28: Thanksgiving

Tuesday December 24: Christmas Eve

Wednesday December 25: Christmas Day

Wednesday January 1: New Years Day

CLASSES AND EVENTS


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945 E. Rand Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

(847) 506-6410

   

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am - 5pm
Wednesday: 10am - 8pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
Monday: Closed





FALL CLASSES


NEW!  Riding the Waves Bed Runner or Table Runner!

This is an absolutely beautiful piece! The colors of teals and blues look so much like ocean waves curling over and just beginning to break. The range of colors in the quilt leads one to believe that shafts of sunlight are streaming through the waves near sunset.....  aaahhh, what a relaxing image - can't you just hear the waves breaking??  

Did you know that the Bargello concept originated in tapestry work in the 1300's??  The legends talk of a Hungarian princess who married into the de'Medici family, a most famous ruling family of Florence Italy.  She decorated her new home, the Bargello Palace in Florence, with these incredible "flame-patterned" tapestries she had brought with her.  They became know as Florentine work and Bargello embroidery designs.                                                
The bargello style is a perennial favorite of quilters worldwide. Simply sew strips of fabric together, slice them, and arrange the strip-pieced units into mesmerizing swathes of movement and color. Even newcomers to bargello can achieve flawless results with the easy-to-follow charts included. It's like quilting by number!  Bargellos are one of my favorite styles of quilt design, although I have yet to make one of my own yet!  It is on my quilting bucket list, however!  But YOU can make this one NOW!  Why wait when this one is so beautiful and just the right size to get started on this ancient design and style of quilting!  We will show you all the ins and outs to creating a bargello and how to do this, and soon you will be making your own! The project is a great bed runner, but could also be a generous length table runner.   We do have a kit available in the fabrics we used or you can choose a selection of your own.  A book is required for the class titled "Strip -Pieced Bargello".  Join us and come get started on your own bargello!  This class meets twice, three weeks apart, so that you have plenty of time to get a little work done outside of class and come back with questions and time to finish up.  Bed runner size:  24.5" x 110.5"

Skill Level:  Confident Beginner

Dates:  Tuesday Eves, 9/24  and 10/15 (two sessions - you must come to both sessions)      
Time:  6:00 - 9:00 pm each day

Instructor:  Kathy                     Fees:  $48 plus supplies

 

         
   

 
New !  Fourteen Squared !

This is a great simply constructed piece that looks more complicated than it really is!  Great as a next step for beginners, or for anyone looking to create a fun quilt!  This a fat quarter quilt - it uses just 14 fat quarters!  You can make one in a day!!  It uses squares and rectangles for an improvisational look with very little waste or hassle. It is so much easier than it looks!!

Our sample is done in a palette of soft greens and pinks.  We originally planned this for the summer, so it was a perfect summery color selection!  We do have kits available in our fabrics, or you can choose your own fat quarters!  You can make if feminine or more masculine, or even for the holidays by simply choosing different palettes and fabrics!  Choosing fabrics that have a wide range of values from light to dark will give you maximum impact, as well as choosing fabrics that have a range of texture from small to larger, and even some solids or near solids!   This pattern also works well in all fabric styles from modern to traditional or batik.  Ours is done in batiks.  Come join us and make your own version!  Finished size:  54" x 68"


Skill Level:  Confident Beginner and above.

Date:  Thursday Eve, 9/26                    Time:  6:00 - 9:00 PM
Instructor:  Wendy                                Fees:  $25 plus supplies



         
   

 
New ! Poolside Tote !

This is a fabulously sized tote bag from Noodlehead !!  Very generous to haul all your stuff - whether it be to the pool as the name suggests, or from the farmer's market or to classes, or for knitting, etc!  The uses will be endless!!  Those of you who are snowbirds might really appreciate a new bag for those "summer" months down south this winter!!  We did ours in a great mud cloth kind of fabric that was very summery, but again, any fabric could be used!  We have some lovely canvas or linen blends that would create a nice sturdy bag, or denim could also be used - your choice!!

This bag is fully lined with a zip pocket on the outside (or optional slip pocket ), and a key loop on the inside to attach your key chain securely.  A great project to learn how to put in a zipper - trust me it is very, very easy - and get a great bag at the same time!  The size is 7-1/2in D x 14-1/2in W across base, 14-1/2in tall, 23-1/2in including handle.

Skill Level:  Confident Beginner and above.  

Dates:  Thursday Eve, 10/10           Time:  6:00 - 9:00 PM
Instructor:  Kristy                             Fees:  $25 plus supplies

     



         
   

Back by Popular Demand! Tree Hugger !

The Holidays are just around the corner, and this can be a great gift or addition to your own home.  A paper pieced tree that is 27" x 77" - almost life size in height!  It's perfect if you don't have space for a real tree, but want the effect of one.  Hang it on the wall or your door, or even drape it over a chair to give any room a little holiday cheer!  We have the kits for this complete with fabric, and paper piecing foundations that came from Hoffman Fabrics, so they feature batik fabrics that are already cut to the proper paper piecing size and the kits are required for class.  This is a great project to learn to paper piece if you have never done it before, but great for all skill levels also!  It was so popular last year, we decided to offer 2 classes - one in October, and another in December, so come and get yours made!!  

Skill Level:  Confident Beginner and above.

 
Dates: Saturday, 10/12                      Time:  9:00 - Noon pm
      --or--
            Thursday Eve, 12/5                Time:  6:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor:  Wendy                             Fee:  $25 plus supplies
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New!! Diamond Gem Bag !

This bag is so vibrant and cool!!  The Gem Bag pattern is a stunning, sophisticated tote bag. There are two colorways show on the pattern, adn we have two of these bags made up in the shop using different fabrics!  The actual pattern cover shown above uses Kaffe Fassett fabrics, which is what we used for our sample!!  The pattern includes a custom interfacing template  for perfect 60 degree triangles. So you are basically paper piecing using ths interfacing template - easy peazy!!  Becoming an art quilter is within reach for any sewer with this technique! This pattern will give you a great way to use your stash and create something gorgeous from seemingly useless little scraps. Using pre-cuts is also an option, where you can select just the right look for your bag.   Or,you can use our kit and have all the fabric selection work done for you!!    Extra sets of templates are also  available to order if you want to make more after you've learned the technique!.  Finished size: 15.5in w x 13.5in h x 6.5in d

Skill level:  Intermediate
 
Date:  Tue Eves, 10/22 and 10/29 (two sessions - both required)     Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor:  Debbie                    Fee:  $ 48 plus supplies
   
 
 
     
 

Newly Revised!  Our Beginner's Series!


We had a beginner's quilt class that taught you everything you needed to know to get started in quilting.   The book we were using went out of print, so we had to redesign this class, and it took us a while to find just the right resources for those of you who want to learn about quilting and get started!  We got started this last winter with our revised program. Then we revised it a little again!  We will be using Pat Sloan's book titled " Teach Me to Make My First Quilt".It is truly a how-to book for everything you need to know to get started!    It's a wonderful reference book of everything you need to know from measuring and cutting to making quilt blocks and finished projects!  The book's easy-to-follow instructions and more than 140 clear how-to photos make it fun to start, stitch, and finish  simple quilt projects--even if you're an absolute beginner. Learn the basics, from selecting notions and cutting fabric to machine sewing to quilting and binding.You'll be proud to finish your first quilt .... the first of many!

The way this will work is we are going to do a small project that will teach numerous skills from cutting all the way to finishing putting the quilt top together.   This project will be completed in class.  We  developed 2 additional add-on classes for you to keep going, one for getting the top prepped for quilting and quilting it, and the last one for binding it!  We separate these topics, so if you are already familiar with putting the quilt top together and don't need that section, you might just want the quilting and binding portions!  The book will be required for any of the classes as a valuable "how-to" resource.  So without further ado, here are the beginner's series classes!  






Part 1:  Four Patch Table Runner

This is the first of the series and is the BEGINNING of the Beginner's Series.  This is where you start if you have never done any quilt projects before!  In this 2 session class, you will learn to use your rulers to measure and rotary cut your fabric.  You will learn to sew an accurate 1/4" seam used by all quilters, and put your runner quilt top together.  You will learn how to properly put on borders (Yes, there are some tricks!).  You will have a completed table runner quilt top when you are finished with class!  Your friends and family members will be truly amazed when you tell them you made it yourself!  We can help you choose your fabrics.  Don't worry,you will be in good hands, so just come and learn to Quilt!    We will  have rulers and rotary cutters available for your use during class so you can "try before you buy" all your tools!  If you do have your own tools, please bring them so that you get used to using YOUR tools!  
 
Skill Level:  Never done it before!


Dates: Sundays, 11/3  & 11/10  (two sessions - you must come to both)          
Time:  12:30 - 3:30 pm
Instructor: Suzanne                       Fees:  $ 48 plus supplies
 
   
 
New - Beginner's Series Part 2!   Prepping your top for Quilting and Quilting It !
This is Part 2 of the Beginner's Series!   Come learn how to prepare your quilt top for quilting, layer up your top, batting, and backing, and then actually quilt it!!  We will be showing you all the steps and you will be using a walking foot for straight line quilting.  A perfect technique to start when you have not done this before!  

This class is the next step after the Beginner's Series Part 1 above, or if you have already made a quilt top and know that part, for those of you who just need to figure out the next step of actually quilting it!  If you have not taken part 1 above, you will need to have a small quilt top to quilt.  

Skill level:  Never Done it Before!


Dates:  Sunday, Nov 17                     Time: 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Instructor: Suzanne                           Fee:  $25 plus supplies

 
 
New - Beginner's Series Part 3!   Binding Your Quilt!
This is Part 3 of the Beginner's Series!   Come learn how to finish up and bind your quilted quilt!  Binding is that fabric that wraps the edge of the quilted quilt sandwich .  It is the last step in the process of making a quilt.  Even if you like to "quilt by check" with a long-arm professional quilter, you still need to bind it when it gets done!!  

This class is the next step after the Beginner's Series Part 2 above, or if you have already made a quilt top and know that part, for those of you who just need to figure out the last step of binding the the quilt!  If you have not taken part 1 or part 2 above, you will need to have a small quilted quilt to bind.  

Skill level:  Never Done it Before!


Dates:  Sunday, Dec 8                     Time: 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Instructor: Suzanne                         Fee:  $25 plus supplies


 
 

     
     

 
New!  Clam Toss Quilt!

We offered the Glam Clam quilt project last winter, here in the shop and it was very popular!  This is a another take on the "clammy" quilts!  It is both classic and modern and is designed to use one of the Clammy Templates!  
The Clam Toss  takes the classic clamshell quilt shape and updates the size and piecing techniques to make it modern and fun to put together - with a twist!  The clamshells are tossed in every direction!!  This pattern includes six size layouts ( baby thru king) for all four Clammy template sizes - 6in, 8in , 10in and 12in sizes. It includes all the cutting instructions for all the shapes needed to make the Clam Toss quilt. Also included are coloring pages and row labels that you can download once you have purchased the pattern!  We saw this quilt made at market in a fun printed line of fat quarter panels adn that is what we made our sample from!!  We do have kits in the fabrics and size we made!!  The Clammy template will be required and you will be able to choose your size. If you choose our kit, you will need the 12" clammy template.  You will be  amazed at how much fun and how easy this is to do!!  You will be cutting out the clamshells in advance, and then learning to sew them together in class. Come join Kristy and let her show you how to sew those clamshells!

We made the throw size using the 12" Clammy tool  T he finished size of the piece we did is 60" x 72".  

Skill  Level: intermediate

Dates:  Thursday Eve, 11/7            Time:   6:00 - 9:000 pm
       
Instructor: Kristy                            Fee:  $25 plus supplies

 
   

 
     

New! Showering Star Table Runner!


The Holidays are just around the corner, and this can be a great gift or addition to your own home.   Showering Stars h ome decor projects make a sparkling addition to the table and couch with this 16 1/4" x 71" table runner and two coordinating 26" pillow covers. Patchwork squares and half square triangles make these fun and striking projects that can be made separately or the yardage is also specified to make all three. Designed by Robin Pickens and shown in holiday fabrics, yet these designs are year-round festive looks.  Come join us to make this great table runner for your own holiday table, or as a gift!  We have kits available of the fabrics we used, or you can choose your own!  

Skill Level:  Confident Beginner and above.
 
Dates: Tuesday eve, 11/12                Time:  6:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor:  Suzanne                          Fee:  $25 plus supplies
 
 
 
 
 





 

Back by Popular Demand!  WALK !


Walk, don't run to your sewing machine and start quilting with this intuitive book as a guide to mastering the art of quilting with your walking foot!  It's time to get that walking foot out of the ditch and take it for a test drive to see what that baby can really do!  Using Jacquie Gering's book as a guide, and working on muslin quilt sandwiches, Debbie will lead you through 10 different walking foot patterns that can be incorporated into your quilting with ease, quality and creativity!  A few of them are shown above.  Come start Walking your way to finished quilts in this one day workshop!!.
Please note:  You must have a walking foot for your machine.  Kit of quilt sandwiches will be provided and is included in the price below.  There will besome small supplies you will still need to bring.  Skill Level: Confident beginner and above.  
Date:  Saturday, 11/16                          Time:  9:00 - 3:30pm
Instructor:  Debbie Stark                     Fee:  $ 70, plus supplies

 

 
 
  
 


New! Sliced Charm Runner  - Quilt as You Go!


You all know and love Gudrun Erla from GE Designs!  Well, this is one of her patterns and we have kits in Kaffe Fassett fabrics, all nice and pretty and ready to go for you!  You can choose your kit color pallate (see the pretty pictures above!) or you can choose your own fabric!  It would look great in holiday fabrics!!  All it takes is a charm pack of 5" squares, a little sashing and the backing and batting to get started!  For those of you who may not understand what "quilt-as-you-go" means, it means EASY!

You start with your backing and batting, then put some registration marks on the batting.  Next you start lining up cut pieces of fabric and sewing your "seams" through ALL the layers, flipping the fabrics open as you go before adding the next piece!  Even sashing and borders are put on this way!  The end result is a completely finished runner - all quilted and sewn in one easy step!  All you have to do is trim and bind and you are DONE, DONE!!  It is a great technique and this runner is a great starting point to learn how to do this.  

Skill Level: Confident Beginner and above.

Dates:  Tue Eve, 11/19                                 Time:  6:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: Dierdre                                        Fee:  $ 25 plus supplies
 
 
 
   

   
 


New! A Fresh Cup Applique Project!

This is a lovely fusible applique pattern by McKenna Ryan!  It is fresh and clean and makes a lovely statement in anyone's decor!  Who wouldn't want this pretty as a picture wall hanging?!

A Fresh Cup is Block Three of McKenna's Coffee Classic series. 10-1/2in x 19in. We chose this one because of it's light and airy look.  This four block series can stand alone as individual beautiful wall hangings, or can be put together to create a stunning four-block group. (Hint:  We have all four kits in the Coffee Classic Series in the Shop!!)  Our version Uses McKenna's Seed to Blossom batik fabrics and others by Hoffman California Fabrics, and we have kits!  Come do some fusible applique!  You will need to piece your background together before working on the applique in class.  Kits required.  

Skill Level: Confident Beginner and above, fusible applique experience helpful.    

Dates:  Thursday Evening, 11/21         Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: Debbie                                Fee:  $ 25 plus supplies
 
 
 
   

   
 


New! Santa Dash PillowsProject Class!

I fell in love at market with these adorable pillows from an Aussie designer and just had to have them!!  So whimsical, charming and cute!  We even had some of the same fabrics used in the pattern cover - or very similar fabrics!!   You can make one of them, or both of them!  Pick one and work on it in class!   Cut the pillow top to size, then do fusible applique for the reindeer or santa and sleigh.  The backing is designed to use a zipper closure.  Debbie will explain how to make the back with an overlap design to avoid a zipper, and still have easy removal of the pillow form.  We do have kits that include applique fabrics as well as front, backing, and binding for both pillows!  

Skill Level: Confident Beginner and above, fusible applique experience helpful.    

Dates:  Tuesday Evening, 12/3            Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: Debbie                                Fee:  $ 25 plus supplies