Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year, New Classes

Students in our part of the world think of September as the beginning of the school year but I always look to January as the beginning of my year of teaching. So, with 2010 just around the corner, I have put the finishing touches on new class samples, created supply lists and am eagerly looking forward to getting into the classroom again!

I am starting several quilt series at Calico Cupboard Quilt Shop beginning in January. The complete schedule of classes (with sample photographs) is now available.

The first series is a Basic Beginner Quilt class - 6 weeks of study where you will learn all the basic skills to make a unique sampler-style quilt.
Two Clubs are also beginning in January: Row of the Month Club is a monthly session from January through June - 4th Friday morning of every month. We'll create a horizontal row quilt in this club. The design is Fat Quarter Friendly and it is perfect as a 2nd project for new quilters or anyone who would like to join in a fun 'club' atmosphere.

Art Quilting Club is also a monthly group beginning in January. The one is the 4th Friday afternoons. We will experiment with a variety of techniques as you learn to design and make original art quilts. I am also offering a dedicated Stamping on Fabric class using materials that you can find at hardware and craft stores. This is a great way to personalize your work.
Some basic technique classes are on the calendar again. Free Motion Quilting with an emphasis on stippling and creation of your own free motion style is presented in January and again in March. Hand Quilting is a wonderful way to finish a special quilt and in this class you will learn all about needles, threads, hoops, and the traditional rocking method of hand quilting.

A couple of new Give & Take Applique designs round out my classes - remember, it's just like cut and paste and MUCH easier than you might think. Chutes & Ladders is based on the old favourite New York Beauty block and Stonehenge Maze is a wall-size version of my latest pattern.

If you have questions about any of the classes just ask and I'll be happy to help you find the perfect class for you. Hope to see you in the classroom!
Registrations are now being taken at the shop (in person or by phone with a credit card: 250-658-2722). Remember the shop has moved to its new location. There is a map on the last page of the online brochure. I am very pleased with the size of the new classroom - we'll have so much creative energy in the new space!

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