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We will be closed on the following dates:

Sunday, April 1 for Easter
Sunday May 13 for Mother's Day


January 12 - January 21: The Great 2018 Stash Dash Kicks off!
If you purchased your Great Stash Dash Bag this year, the dash kicks off 1/12 and continues until 1/21. Come in with your bag and passport to get a 15% discount at any of the participating shops!

January 15 - February 28: Janome Red Tag Sale!
All our great Janome machines will be on special for the Red Tag Sale! Come in and get the machine of your dreams. More info closer to event.  

January 19, February 23, March 16, April 20: Friday Night Sew-ins!
Our Friday night sew-ins have gotten so popular we had to open up a second Friday Night! This is an open registration for anybody not already reserved in the first Friday night Sew-in. Registration is $20 and we will supply pizza, salad, desert, soft drinks, and camaraderie! We can even answer a question or two, if you have them about your projects!  Bring you own machine, sewing supplies, and project, and we will provide the irons, cutting mats, and dinner. 5 to 10 pm on the nights listed above. You must register for each session separately.

January 17 &  27, February 17 & 21, March 17 & 21, April 18 & 21: Embroidery Club is Back!
This club meets on either a Wednesday evening from 6 - 9pm, or Saturday morning from 9am - noon. A different project is worked on each month. You pay $5 to register, then purchase the supplies and software for the current month project. Bring your embroidery machine and we show you how to complete the project for that month!

January 20: Winter Class OPEN HOUSE!
Registration kicks off for our winter class schedule. In-person registration begins Saturday January 20 during the open house. Phone registration opens Tuesday January 23. Come see all the projects at the OPEN HOUSE! If you register for a class on January 20 you will receive a 10% discount on class fees and any class project supplies you purchase that day!

PLEASE NOTE:  Registration fees for our Jingle All the Way Embroidery event, Friday Night Sew-ins, Embroidery Club, Any block of the month and Janome events will NOT be discounted, and will be as stated below. You can also register for these classes immediately--no need to wait for the open house!

Starting January 22: Lori Holt's Let's Bake Sew Along!
If you are a Lori Holt fan, from Bee in My Bonnet, you are going to love this!  She is starting a new project, the "Let's Bake Sew Along" with free patterns and downloads in her BLOG! The project kicks-off January 22 and then she has instructions weekly for you! We have the Bake Sale 2 fabric line from Riley Blake that Lori designed and all the trimmings for this project! We are kitting it up just for you if you are going to participate!  Let us know you want a kit, all we will make one for you!


February 21: ​Gudrun Erla will be here! CLICK HERE for all of the details!

February 1- 26: Trunk Show from Heather Peterson of Anka's Treasures
You won't want to miss this trunk show. These pieces are just beautiful. Each made with a combo of fabrics and brilliant colored wool, each piece is more beautiful than the next!   They are all from a book called "The Joyful Stitcher." We were so excited, we made a project up and are having a class for it! See the classes section below and look for the wool class!

March 15: Kaffe 10 Month Mystery Quilt Kicks Off!
If you haven't already registered for the Kaffe Mystery Quilt, NOW  is the time to sign up!  We can still take registrations, but at any time, Westminster could tell us registration is closed.  So get registered soon, if you are interested! $10 to register, then $19.99 each month beginning in March thru December. See our full newsletter HERE for all of the details!

April 12 - April 14: International Quilt Festival Quilt Show at Rosemont!
We will be vending this great annual quilt show on Thursday April 12 through Saturday April 14. It will be at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Hours are 10am to 6pm Thursday and Friday, and 10am - 5pm on Saturday.


New! Wanna Built a Snowman?

This is a whimsical wall hanging that is the perfect fusible applique project! We will focus on the applique process with the first step as fusing the pieces together using an applique sheet. Debbie will give you sewing demos with a couple different threads on how to stitch down those applique pieces after fusing. We will have kits available in the fun fabrics you see above, or you can choose your own fabrics! Note: There is some pre-work required to put your background and borders together, as well as do your applique tracing, fusing, and piece cut-out BEFORE you come to class so that we can focus on the applique process.
Finished size: Approximately 21in x 25in.

Skill Level:  Confident Beginner

Dates: Sunday, January 28, 12:30 - 3:30pm
Instructor: Debbie Stark
Fee: $25

New! Sleepy Sloth!

Come learn to piece the sloth! You can make one or multiple blocks and do whatever you want with them. We made ours into a pillow and our pillow club last year really wanted to make this pillow, so we put it on the schedule!  The sloth block  is completely pieced - no applique, and really fun to do. It is one of the very popular Elizabeth Hartman designs.  The pillow is 24" by 24".  You will make one block in class.

Skill Level: Confident Beginners and above

Date: Tuesday, January 30, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Instructor: Laura Helvie
Fee: $25

New!  Jingle All the Way Embroidery Event!

Okay, so I know Christmas is finally over and we all want to move on from the holidays!  But...This was something we tried to host in December, but we were way late with our timing. So, we thought we could try it again! Why not make next years holiday projects now? We still have all the fabrics for the projects and they turned out so cute! So come join us! All you need to bring is your embroidery/sewing machines and thread! We supply the rest, including lunch for both days!  In fact, enroll a friend who wants to learn about embroidery and we will set them up on one of our wonderful Horizon MC 15000 Quiltmaker machines and give you both a 10% discount! Just let us know you need a machine for your friend when you register them with yourself!  See all the details below, then register! This program has already been announced, so no need to wait for our open house registration day to register.  No open house discounts will apply because this is already a great price! Just call or stop by!  

Friday, February 2 and Saturday, February 3
9:00am - 4:00pm each day

We supply the fabric and embroidery kits, as well as the software and instruction.  We supply lunch both days. You bring your own thread.

You make projects combining in the hoop and regular sewing!  You will be making a snowglobe pillow ( or small table mat), placemants, name tags, and a bench pillow or wall hanging.  See some of our pictures below of our projects.  These are not complete,  but give you an idea!

All for only $159.  That is a 2 day in-store embroidery retreat with all the supplies (except thread).  

You have to see all the cute techniques we have in store for you!  Snowglobes, chenille trees, dimensional mylar lights, foam padded name tags! Each of them cuter than the one before!!

Skill Level: Confident Beginner and above.  

Dates: Friday and Saturday February 2 -3
9:00am - 4:00pm each day
Instructor: Debbie Stark
Fee: $159


Newly Revised! Our Beginner's Series!
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 way this will work is we are going to do two small projects that will teach numerous skills. We hope to develop a few more for you to keep going, but for right now, we have just the two to start. You MUST take the first class to get started. The second class requires you had the first class, or are have previous quilting experience. These projects will be completed in class!  So without further ado, here are the two classes in the beginner's series!  

Four Patch Table Runner

This is the first of the two projects 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 together.  You will learn how to properly put on borders (Yes, there are some tricks!)  and finally you will learn to baste your quilt with your batting and backing, then quilt it and bind it.  You will have a completed table runner 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, or you can choose the same fabrics we used in our sample above.  Don't worry, just come and learn to Quilt!  

Skill Level:  Never done it before!

Dates: Sundays, February 4 and February 11
12:30 - 3:30pm each day (you must come to both classes)
Instructor: Suzanne Showalter
Fee: $48

Quarter Log Cabin
This is the second of the two projects in the BEGINNING Series.  Now that you have some basics under your belt from the Four Patch Table Runner, you can move on to make even more interesting quilts!  This one has a few more steps in it for you to advance your skills.  Many quilters want to make a baby quilt as their first project, and this one will fit the bill for a small throw-down or carrier quilt.  Perfect for a little one to drag around.  Or it can be a wall handing or table topper - your choice!

You will cut your fabrics at home for this project, then come and focus on piecing the block and keeping everything square.  You will then baste and quilt your project using decorative stitches on your machine for a fun quilting look!

Skill Level:  Next step beginner  - PREREQ:  Four Patch table Runner, or previous quilting experience.

Date: Sunday, March 11
12:30 - 3:30pm
Instructor: Suzanne Showalter
Fee: $25  

New!  Mariner's Compass Star Blocks!

These paper-pieced Mariner's Compass star blocks are simple to make, yet the results are stunning! Using the book "Mariner's Compass Stars" from Carol Doak, you will be learning paper piecing techniques while making beautiful star blocks. You will make at least one block, and with time permitting, two blocks during the class. 

Skill Level: Confident beginner and above.  
Dates: Tuesday, February 6 and February 20          
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: Wendy Torris
Fee: $48


New! Cuddle Fur Vest!  

We will be using the fake fur cuddle to make a luxurious winter vest, perfect for the cold weather and to snuggle up in while looking very fashionable! You will learn to cut and sew this product into a simple vest! We will show you how to layout the pattern and line this vest.  We will be using a commercial McCall's pattern for this vest.

Skill Level:  Confident beginner and above

Dates: Thursdays, February 8 and February 15
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: Patti Dockus
Fee: $48


New! Joyful Stitcher Wool topper or Wall Hanging!

This is the Wool class from the Joyful Stitcher's trunk show; these are simply stunning pieces! Come learn to do wool applique! Darlene will show you how to work with wool if you have not done so before.This piece is done with hand wool applique. Come and get started making a vibrant and stunning wall hanging! Wall hanging measures 24" square.  Kits will be available for the fabrics you see above!  

Skill level: Confident beginner and above.  

Dates: Sunday, February 18 
12:30 - 3:30pm
Instructor: Darlene Swanson
Fee: $25



New! Tourist Tote Bag - Beginning Bag making!

Have you ever made a bag before? The Tourist Tote Bag is a simple and great place to start with bag making, or if you already are comfortable with bag making,for just creating a beautiful large tote! The tote bag is the perfect size for carrying all your things to work, the gym or school. Use it as a beach bag or a craft tote. It is quick and easy to make and the uses are endless. You'll want to carry one everywhere! We will have kits available in the gorgeous fabrics we chose above, or you can choose your own fabrics! it is the perfect bag for novelty or large scale prints! 

Skill Level: Confident Beginner and above
Date: Thursday, February 22
6:00 - 9:00pm
Instructor: Kathy Pizarro
Fee: $25

New! Pincushion Collage! 

This is a follow-up to our Emerson collage class from last year. This project does a little more work by piecing different fabrics together for the background, as well as creating the floral motif "border."  Come join Debbie as she takes you on this impressionistic journey through fabric collage!  Learn what fabrics work well, and learn about color and value placement! The Pincushion collage pattern by Laura Heine is a great next step in your collage making journey!  We will have kits available with all the fabrics we used, or you can choose your own. The finished size of the piece is 41" x 45".  

Skill Level: Confident Beginner and above. Previous collage experience recommended.

Dates: Sunday, March 4 and March 18
12:30 - 3:30pm
Instructor: Debbie Stark
Fee: $48



New!  Sew Together Bag!

This little zippered bag is HOT, HOT, HOT all over the internet!  People are loving it! So, of course we had to bring it to you also! There are three zippered pouches with open slots between them for expansion or for other goodies to be stored! Then the entire thing closes with a zipper! It is perfect for storing and carrying any number of things like sewing supplies, makeup, artists tools, etc. We will have fabric kits available for the fabrics we chose. Come get your act together for the New Year with your very own Sew Together Bag! 

Skill Level: Confident Beginner or above
Dates: Thursday,  March 1
6:00 - 9:00pm
Instructor: Kristy Garceau
Fee: $25



New!  Scrambled Hex!

This quilt combines two of our very favorite designers! It uses a pattern written by Gudrun Erla of GE Designs contained in her book "Big Blocks, Bold Style" and vibrant Kaffe Fassett fabrics! It does not get any better than that!! The quilt looks complicated but the construction is so easy! Using a 60 Degree Triangle ruler, you cut strips of fabric into triangles. Then sew the triangles into rows. The rows are then sewn together to create the hexagons! You just have to manage your fabric placement so hexagons come out in the fabrics you want them to!  Easy construction! It is a fat quarter based quilt and of course we have a kit with fabrics for you to make it look like ours, or you can choose your own fabrics. Either way, it will come out vibrant and happy! 

Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Dates: Tuesday, March 6
6:00 - 9:00pm
Instructor: Laura Helvie
Fee: $25





New!  Dogs in Sweaters!

Another of Elizabeth Hartman's creations! The quilt uses conventional patchwork techniques to make these adorable dogs and their stylish sweaters! The pattern includes instructions for making 2 quilt sizes or a quilted pillow. There is even a glasses applique you can use to give your dogs some personality! We made the small quilt and used the same fabric background Elizabeth used in her pattern cover. Some of the flannels we used for the sweaters are also the same, so of course we have kits available, or you can choose your own fabrics. Class will cover construction of a dog, and then you can make however many you want! 

Skill level:  Confident beginner or above
Date: Thursday, March 8
6:00 - 9:00pm  
Instructor: Darlene Swanson
Fee: $25


New! My Kinda Town!

This town is a dynamite paper pieced quilt or wall hanging. The pattern is designed by none other than Laura Heine of the collage quilt fame!  Peggy Larsen is a co-designer from Fiberworks. The quilt features 9 whimsical paper pieced blocks In a quaint town setting! Pattern includes complete instructions for the quilt and full sized paper piecing patterns. Wendy just fell in love with this design and had to make it!!  She used her scraps and it came out just , well, phenomenally! Come get started on your own town and let Wendy guide you through the paper piecing process. This is NOT a beginning paper piecing project. Please see the mariner's compass class if you are interested in learning the paper piecing process on something less complex.  Size 42 x 54 

Skill level:  Intermediate. Must know how to paper piece.
Date:  Thursdays, March 15 and March 29
6:00 - 9:00pm
Instructor: Wendy Torris
Fee: $48


New!  Ziggy Zag Table Runner!
Tiger Lily Press is another favorite pattern designer.  This runner is way FUN!  You get to use a larger scale favorite print for the outer "border" and some graphic fabric for the "sashing" all featured around lovely color saturated angled "blocks"!  The result is absolutely stunning!!  This table runner is a snap to make and the pattern features fully illustrated step-by-step illustrations and templates.  Kathy will guide you through all the construction so you can make your own fab runner!  we willhave kits of our fabric choices, or you can choose your own fabrics.  

Skill level: Confident Beginner
Date: Tuesday, March 20
6:00 - 9:00pm
Instructor: Kathy Pizarro
Fee: $25


New! Fractured Star!
The Fractured Star was designed as a beginner pattern to introduce quilters to paper piecing. The project is fast, uses only 1 foundation block, employs simple cutting techniques, and is an affordable and fun way to jump into your first paper piecing project. It is meant to make those new to the process find confidence, understanding and success. We also fell in love with the fabric choices for the quilt, and bought all the timeless treasure fabric so we can make our sample and your kits the same as you see in the pattern cover.  I must confess, my sample is still in progress, so the quilt pic above is actually from Quilt Market where we saw it on display.  It does use a combo of a batik jelly roll and cut fabric to complete. We do have complete kits available for you if you like what you see above. Come get started with a simpler, yet lovely, Judy Neimeyer project!   Finished size is 80in x 80in.    

Skill level: Confident Beginner

Date: Thursdays, April 5 and April 26
6:00 - 9:00pm
Instructor: Patti Dockus
Fee: $48


Our machine classes are designed to help you learn to use your Janome sewing machine. The Janome classes are free with the purchase of your machine. Customers who have purchased Janome machines elsewhere are more than welcome to join us, but must pay a class fee. The classes are designed to orient you to your machine. We will go over basics such as threading, bobbin winding, using your various feet with utility stitches, accessories and features of your machine. On the machines that have memory functions, we will also cover those as well as embroidery functions for embroidery machines and any software that comes with your machine. More advanced models will require multiple classes to cover all the appropriate features of your machine. NOTE:  You must bring YOUR machine, all feet, thread, scissors or thread snips and your machine manual to class.

ALL Janome machine classes are exempt from the Open House.  You can register for them at any time!

Janome 101

Register for this class if you have any Janome model that has a normal size bed (i.e. M7050, DC2016, 3160, 4120, 7330, etc.) or a Skyline S3 or MC6300.  This class covers machine basics for all Janome owners.  Includes threading, bobbin winding, accessories, features of your machine,  basic zigzag, edge finishing stitches, and buttonholes.


Wednesday,  January 31, 6:00 - 8:00 pm  


Thursday, March, 10:30 - 12:30pm

Instructor: Patti  Dockus
Fee: $75 (free with machine purchase)
Skyline S5, Horizon 7700 , 8200, and 8900 as well as MC6700, 6600 or 6500

This class is for all our longer arm models that do not have a full computer touch screen.  Models include the Skyline S5, 7700, Horizon 8200, Horizon 8900, MC6700, 6500 and 6600 machines. Learn to use the unique features of your machine, your utility feet and all the basics. This class is 2 sessions.


Thursday, January 18 and January 25, 6:00 - 8:30pm


Tuesday, February 6 and February 13, 10:30am - 1:00pm

Instructor: Patti Dockus
Fee: $150 (free with machine purchase)

Skyline S7 , Skyline S9, Horizon 9400, Horizon 12000, 14000, 15000 and MC11000 Machines

This class is for our computerized and full touch screen models listed above. Learn to use the unique features of your machine, your utility feet, and all the basics.  This class is 2 sessions.

Tuesday, January 16 and January 23,6:00 - 8:30 pm
Thursday, February 8 and February 22, 10:30am - 1:00 pm
Instructor: Patti Dockus
Fee: $150 (free with machine purchase)

Embroidery Machines  

This class is  for any of our embroidery machines to learn all your embroidery features only.  You must register for the basic sewing portion of your machine in the Skyline S7 through MC11000 machine class above in order to cover unique feature, utility feet and basics.  This includes embroidery features on Horizon 15000, 14000, 12000, 11000, MC500e, 400e and Skyline S9. Learn all your embroidery features of these unique machines with optional lessons on the computer software!

Dates: Tuesday, February 13 and February 27, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Patti Dockus
Fee: $150 for 2 sessions (free with machine purchase)

Note: You must bring YOUR machine, all the feet and hoops, the manual, your foot control, some thread, and a pair of scissors or snips with you when you come to class!


Getting to Know Hue Block of the Month

Wednesday evening:  February 7, March 7, 6:30 - 8:00 pm


Saturday Morning: February 4, March 3, 9:00 - 10:30 am

This program ends in March. March is a Bonus month. We will not collect any fees for March, but you can come and see how to put all the pieces together and we will wrap up any outstanding questions you may have!

Instructor:  Patti Dockus


Fast & Furious Runner club of the Month

Wednesday evening: January 10, February 14, March 14, April 18, 6:30-8:00pm
Saturday morning: January 13, February 10, March 10, April 21, 9:00-10:30am

This program will complete in May, 2018. These are dates through April only. Next set of dates will be finalized as we work on the next spring newsletter.  

Instructor:  Wendy Torris

Cookbook Block of the Month

Wednesday evening: January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25, 6:30 - 8:00pm


Saturday morning: January 27, February 24, March 24, April 28, 9:00 - 10:30am

This program will complete in June, 2018. These are dates through April only. Next set of dates will be finalized as we work on the next spring newsletter.  

Instructor:  Laura Helvie


Embroidery Club

Wednesday evening: January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, 6:00 - 9:00pm


Saturday morning: January 27, February 17, March 17, April 21, 9:00am - 12:00pm                                                  

This is an on-going program. Register each month you wish to participate. These are dates through April only. Next set of dates will be finalized as we work on the next spring newsletter. This is an ongoing club, so is excluded from our Open house discounts. You can register at any time.

Instructor:  Debbie Stark

Vintage Rose Technique of the Month

Winter Meeting Dates: Saturdays, January 13, February 10, March 10, April 28, 9:00am - 4:00pm

This program will complete in April 2018. These are all remaining dates through April.  

Instructor: Jane Reents


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