Classes

SPRING (and SUMMER) CLASSES 2016

The Important (But Boring) Details
  • Class fees must be paid at the time of registration. For your convenience, we can accept your credit card payment over the telephone. We understand that a registrant may not be able to attend a class for any number of worthy reasons, but to ensure that classes do not have to be cancelled at the last minute because of withdrawals, no refunds or credits will be issued unless the class is cancelled by Quilty Pleasures. Placing your name on a waiting list without payment does not guarantee you a space.
  • If a class is full, give us your name for a waiting list. If numbers warrant, we will schedule additional classes.
  • Classroom machines are available, but please reserve your machine in advance. When using a classroom machine, you still must supply your own needles and thread, and if you wish to keep your bobbin thread, you will be required to pay for the bobbin.
  • Please check your class supply list and preparation instructions before coming to class. As a courtesy to your classmates and teacher, and to obtain the maximum benefit from the allotted class time, please come to class with the cutting specified and other preparation work completed and the tools you need.
  • Make sure that all of your supplies are labelled and identifiable as yours. Quilty Pleasures is not responsible for items lost or misplaced during class.
  • We offer a 10% discount on class supplies. In general, all class supplies may be purchased at Quilty Pleasures. Thank you for supporting your local quilt shop!
  • Please ensure that your machine is in good working order prior to class. We do have a resident technician if you think you might need a tune-up, and carry or can order feet, bobbins and parts for almost any make and model.
Schedule in Calendar FormatHere's the class schedule in  calendar format. You can view the schedule by month and click the class title for a description. Pages are easily printable from your browser. You can still view the classes below as you normally would!

Schedule in List Format 



Becca Bag.
Need a quick little gift this summer? These bags are super-cute and practical -- because of the one-sided zipper application, they stand up and open for easy filling, and the two sizes included in the pattern are perfect for stashing various items for storage or travel. They're also ideal for busting your stash of fat quarters!

Level: All
Time: Tuesday, July 19, 2016   10:00 - 1:00
Instructor: Joan Ramsay Burn
Cost: $25, plus pattern

becca bag



Binding Basics
.
It's an important, yet often forgotten, part of your quilt. Learn how to calculate, cut, and apply your binding, with special attention paid to the Dreaded Mitered Corner and achieving a perfect finish. Don't get caught in a bind – take this class and finish those quilts!


Level: Beginner
Session I: Tuesday, April 19, 2016   1:30 - 4:30
Session II: Tuesday, April 19, 2016   6:30 - 9:30
Instructor: Valerie Lutes
Cost: $30

binding



BJ Applique Day.
You’ve probably noticed these funky wall hangings we have around the store – we’ve become addicted to them. Whether it’s stylin’ high heels, colourful elephants, groovy Volkswagen beetles, or any of the many BJ creations, these appliqués are pure, vibrant fun. Choose your favourite , then spend the day making it come to life. We’ll help with fabric and colour selections, as well as the fusible appliqué technique that holds it all together. Can’t think of a better way to spend a day!

Level: Intermediate
Time: Wednesday, August 10, 2016   10:00 - 4:00 (bring a lunch)
Instructor: Val Jensen and Leslie Burtch
Cost: $55, plus BJ pattern of your choice

 

morley moose

 

Canada Mystery Quilt Sit & Sew. If you've signed up for the Canada Mystery Quilt blocks, you know how beautiful they are. But you may not be completely comfortable with the process of fusible appliqué. Join us for a sit & sew session with Paulette. She'll answer all of your questions and get you on the right track for the blocks you've accumulated, plus the ones yet to come.

Level: All
Time: Wednesday, May 25, 2016   10:00 - 1:00 (SORRY, FULL)
Session II: Thursday, June 9, 2016   10:00 - 1:00 (SORRY, FULL)
Instructor: Paulette Warner
Cost: $20

mystery sit & sew




Cat Lady Quilt. Calling all cat ladies who want to learn some new techniques! This adorable wall hanging/table topper (which can be easily expanded into a full-sized quilt) gives you practice with paper piecing, machine appliqué, seam inserts, and triple-stitch detailing, all in one very cute project. It's the cat's meow!

Level: All
Time: Wednesday, July 20, 2016   10:00 - 1:00
Instructor: Paulette Warner (a certified cat lady)
Cost: $30 (the pattern is a free download)

cat lady



Chic Country.
Here's an updated, modern version of the traditional Winding Ways block that really makes a statement. The optical illusions are easy to achieve by careful value placement, and the curves are easy to achieve with the amazing Quick Curves ruler.

Level: Intermediate
Time: Saturday, June 25, 2016   10:00 - 4:00
Instructor: Valerie Lutes
Cost: $55, plus pattern and ruler


chic country



Colour Theory for Quilters.
Afraid of making a costly mistake when choosing fabrics for your quilts? Build your colour confidence with this hands-on layman's approach to understanding colour theory. You'll learn the non-scary basics of the colour wheel, how to select fabrics for pleasing colour combinations, and how to deal with problems of balance and fabric compatibility.

Level: All
Session I: Tuesdays, June 14 & 28, 2016   10:00 - noon
Session II: Tuesdays, August 2 & 9, 2016   10:00 - noon
Instructor: Carrie
McKay
Cost: $35, plus book


color workshop



Diva Wallet. Even divas need to carry their essentials with them, and this glamourous little wallet packs plenty of style along with the credit cards. Six card slots, a bill pocket, and a welted zipper pocket all come together in a sleek metal frame, becoming the perfect accessory for any outfit. And the perfect gift for all of the divas that you know.

Level: All
Time: Wednesday, August 24, 2016   10:00 - 1:00
Instructor: Val Jensen
Cost: $30, plus pattern


diva wallet 1  diva wallet 2



Essentials Tote.
The Essentials Tote is roomy and functional, but sleek and stylish, too. Measuring a generous 14.5" x 7" x 13", with lots of pockets and a detachable swing purse, this tote will take you through your busy day with space to spare.

Level: Intermediate
Time: Saturday, October 15, 2016   10:00 - 5:00 (bring a lunch)
Instructor: Valerie Lutes
Cost: $65, plus pattern

essentials tote




Fold & Stitch Wreath.
This is the hottest pattern in the quilting world right now! The dimensional wreath or table topper can be adapted to all seasons and reasons, and it's so quick and fun to make, you'll want to make one for every occasion.


Level: All
Time: Wednesday, June 1, 2016   10:00 - 1:00 (SORRY, FULL)
Session II: Wednesday, June 8, 2016   10:00 - 1:00 (SORRY, FULL)
Instructor: Paulette Warner
Cost: $25, plus pattern

fold & stitch wreath




Foot Folio.
An essential accessory for anyone with a sewing machine! The clear vinyl pockets keep all of your feet, needles, and small gadgets protected and accessible, while the zipper closures keep them safe and secure. Designed to hang on the wall by your machine or fold up for travelling, the foot folio allows you to always put your best foot forward!

Level: Intermediate
Time: Wednesday, August 31, 2016   10:00- 4:00 (bring a lunch)
Instructor: Val Jensen
Cost: $55, plus pattern


foot folio


Hand Appliqué with Kathy Wiley.
Join us for an introductory class in turned-edge appliqué with one of Orléans' native daughters who turned into an award-winning quilter, pattern designer, and C&T author! Kathy will teach the revolutionary Apliquick technique and will make her tools available for you to use during class. For your convenience, we'll be kitting the project (shown below, fabrics will vary) for a cost of about $20. Kathy is an amazing teacher, and her impeccable workmanship is an inspiration to us all. This class will give you an excellent grounding in hand appliqué as you learn from the best!

Level: All
Session I: Friday, September 30, 2016   10:00 - 1:00 
Session II: Friday, September 30, 2016   2:00 - 5:00
Instructor: Kathy K Wiley
Cost: $40, plus kit

Kathy Wylie Appliqué




                                                                                















Hand Quilting. 
Hand quilting gives a beautiful traditional look to a quilt and is appealing in its low-tech simplicity. Learn about tools and techniques for marking quilting designs, then discover the therapeutic benefits of hand quilting. You’ll work on a whole-cloth project that can later be finished as a pillow, but you’ll also be working on your mental health.
Level: All
Time: Monday, July 18, 2016   10:00 - 1:00
Instructor: Joan Ramsay Burn
Cost: $
25, plus kit

hand quilting




Hunter's Star. 
This traditional pattern, made with up-to-date techniques, is spectacular when made in either a co-ordinated collection (jelly rolls and layer cakes work perfectly!) or in a two-colour scheme. Looks complicated, but isn't, thanks to Deb Tucker's innovative Petite Hunter's Star ruler that allows for precise cutting and trimming.

Level: All
Session I:  Friday, April 8, 2016  10:00 - 2:00 (SORRY, FULL)
Session II: Friday, April 29, 2016   10:00 - 2:00 (SORRY, FULL)
Instructor:  Leslie Burtch
Cost:  $35, plus ruler


Hunter's Star




ICase.
Protect your i-nvestment with a custom-made carrying bag. Foam interfacing keeps its shape and cushions your device from nasty shocks, while the zippered pocket adds extra storage space.

Level: All
Time: Friday, May 27, 2016   10:00 - 1:00
Instructor: Marie-Claire Charette
Cost: $25, plus pattern

i case





Machine Quilting Express.
Learn the basics of machine quilting, both feed-dog assisted and free-motion, on practice sandwiches in this intensive one-day class. Once you get comfortable and find your groove, you'll be able to tackle your real projects with confidence.

Level: All
Time: Saturday, June 4, 2016   10:00 - 5:00
Instructor: Wendy Foster Birch
Cost: $75

meandering



Machine Quilting I.
This is the more relaxed version of our machine quilting class. Spread over three weeks, it allows you plenty of practice time with both feed-dog assisted and free-motion quilting. By the end of the course, you’ll wonder why you were nervous!

Level: Intermediate
Time: Mondays, May 16 & 30 and June 6, 2016     2:00 - 5:00
Instructor: Wendy Foster Birch
Cost: $95

machine quilting i

Migrating Geese Table Runner. Wonky, off-set flying geese liven up this graphic table runner as they head off in all directions. Deb Tucker's technique makes it easy!

Level: All
Time: Wednesday, June 15, 2016   10:00 - 1:00
Instructor: Val Jensen
Cost: $30, plus technique sheet


migrating geese



Mini Pumpkins (or Apples).
Celebrate back-to-school or Thanksgiving with these cute little wall hangings. The Mini Quick Curve ruler makes quick work of the, well, curves, but it won't seem like work. More like fun. And then you can celebrate learning a new technique!

Level: Intermediate
Time: Tuesday, August 2, 2016  1:30 - 4:30
Instructor: Carrie McKay
Cost: $25, plus ruler and pattern

mini pumpkins   mini apples



Mini Trees Table Runner.
Get ready for Christmas entertaining with this funky table runner. The Mini Quick Curve ruler makes it fun and easy -- so easy, you'll want to make more for gifts!

Level: Intermediate
Time: Tuesday, July 12, 2016   10:00 - 1:00
Instructor: Valerie Lutes
Cost: $25, pattern included

mini trees




Modern Argyle. Using Creative Grids' Scrap Crazy 6" template set, this up-to-date take on the traditional Argyle pattern is crazy easy and crazy effective! A great stash-buster!

Level: All
Time: Wednesday, June 22, 2016   10:00 - 1:00
Instructor: Val Jensen
Cost: $25, plus booklet and template set

modern argyle

 

PhD Seminars. Feel like going back to school to work on your PhD (Projects Half Done)? If you've taken classes at Quilty Pleasures and need to do some graduate work to finish your projects, come on in and let us help you.

Pre-requisites: Must have taken a Quilty Pleasures class and not finished the project. Please let us know which class project you will be bringing so that we can be prepared. Some conditions apply.


Level: All
Session I: Friday, July 15, 2016   10:00 - 1:00
Session II: Friday, August 12, 2016   10:00 - 1:00
Session III: Friday, August 26, 2016   10:00 - 1:00

Instructors: Val Jensen
Cost: $15





Pineapple Quilt.
Looking for the perfect stash-buster project? Here it is -- the ever-popular pineapple block! With the help of Creative Grids' Pineapple Trim Tool, you can clean out your collection of scraps (don't worry about colour placement, just reach into the bucket) and create perfect blocks that fit together perfectly. How perfect is that?

Level: All
Time: Monday, July 11, 2016   10:00 - 1:00
Instructor: Joan Ramsay Burn

Cost: $30, plus ruler (pattern provided with purchase of ruler)

scrappy log cabin    scrappy log cabin



Quilting I Foundations. 
This is an alternative version of our very popular Quilting I class, designed for the true novice. With a little more emphasis placed on the basics -- preparing, measuring, and rotary cutting fabric, perfecting the elusive 1/4" seam, and pressing -- , this class will then lead you through the process of making a sampler quilt that can be as funky or traditional as you like. You'll make a variety of traditional pieced blocks, along with some appliqué, and they'll all be assembled into a quilt top that you'll be proud to display as your first ever quilt. But not your last!

Level: Novice
Time: Tuesdays, April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31, and June 7, 2016   1:30 - 4:30 (SORRY, FULL)
Instructor: Valerie Lutes

Cost: $160, plus pattern and supplies

Quilting I Valerie


Rollie Pollie Organizer.   Here's a brilliant new way to organize your supplies, your jewellery, your cosmetics, your life! Four detachable, zipped pouches roll up into a secure little package for travel, then unroll and hang on the wall for easy access. It can even fold flat for storage when not in use. And, it's really cute!

Level: Intermediate
Session I: Friday, June 3, 2016   10:00 - 4:00 (1 SPACE LEFT!)
Session II: Saturday, June 11, 2016   10:00 - 4:00

Instructor: Valerie Lutes
Cost: $55, plus pattern

rollie pollie    



Sew Together.
This little compartmentalized pouch is perfect for keeping your sewing supplies protected and handy. Three pockets and four zippers keep everything organized and secure. Or use it for jewelry, cosmetics, school supplies, wallet overflow, ... . Suddenly, your life will be so together!
Level: Intermediate
Time: Friday, June 10, 2016   10:00 - 4:30
Instructor: Marie-Claire Charette
Cost: $60, plus pattern

  sew together 1                 sew together 2



Sunny Glasses Case.
You may have seen the QP girls sporting stylin' glasses cases lately -- they not only protect our specs, they also reflect our personalities. They're great fun to make, and they make great gifts, both fun and practical. 

Level: All
Time: Thursday, May 5   10:00 - 1:00
Instructor: Valerie Lutes
Cost: $30, including pattern

sunny glasses 1   sunny glasses 2




Tropical Punch.
Spend a day in air conditioned comfort as you sew this hot little number. The blocks are simple -- the secret to the quilt's pattern is in the colour placement -- but the effect is pretty jazzy. It would be equally effective in quieter fabrics or neutrals, but why not go for the gusto? PS This class is a real bargain. The pattern is included with your registration fee, you can sit and sew all day, and there will be a free bonus pattern to use up your leftovers.

Level: All
Time: Friday, July 22, 2016   10:00 - 4:00
Instructor: Val Jensen
Cost: $30, including patterns

tropical punch




Tuffet in a Day.
Little Miss Muffet will feel right at home on this cute footstool you can make for your home! We'll prepare kits for the base, foam, etc, so you just need to choose your fabrics. Then the 15-degree wedge ruler will take care of the construction. By the end of the day, you'll be able to put your feet up!


Level: All
Time: Friday, May 6, 2016   10:00 - 4:00 (bring a lunch)  (1 SPACE LEFT!)
Instructor: Paulette Warner
Cost: $55, plus kit, pattern, and ruler

tuffet



Voyager Bag.
This is the perfect travel bag! It's not only beautiful and stylish, it has inner and outer pockets, an adjustable (and removable) strap, comfortable padded handles, and a secure zipper closure. Plus it meets carry-on standards! Take this class, then take the Voyager with you on your next adventure!


Level: Intermediate
Time: Saturday, September 28, 2016   10:00 - 4:00 (bring a lunch)
Instructor: Valerie Lutes
Cost: $55, plus pattern

voyager



blueline910 (GIF)

Winging It.
Quilt-as-you-go is the way to go when you want a quick, finished project with minimal steps. This elegantly simple table runner comes courtesy of Gudrun Erla, our favourite quilt-as-you-go designer -- it's easy, fun, and done in just a few hours. No quilting required!

Level: All
Time: Friday, May 27, 2016   10:00 - 1:00
Instructor: Marie-Claire Charette
Cost: $25, plus book


winging it


blueline910 (GIF)


Skill Levels
 
  

Novice: Has familiarity with machine (threading, basic operation), but little or no sewing/quilting experience
Beginner: Has some quilting experience, understands basic quilting terms & techniques (e.g. 1/4" seam allowance) and knows how to use a rotary cutter.
Intermediate: Has experience with basic quilting projects and is ready for more advanced techniques.
Advanced: Has a great deal of quilting experience and is very skilled and comfortable with various techniques.
All: All levels except Novice.

blueline910 (GIF)