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FALL CLASSES

Note: While we gradually return to normal, we are being very careful to follow Public Health guidelines. Our priority is the health and safety of our staff, customers, and students. To that end, most class sizes will be limited to 4 people per session in accordance with social-distancing guidelines. Also, please register only if you have been double-vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

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.
  • 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 MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL OF THE REQUIRED FABRICS AND SUPPLIES.
  • Please note that we do not give refunds for cut fabric. If we cancel a class, we will be happy to refund the cost of the class plus any rulers, books, patterns, etc. that were purchased specifically for that class (must be in original packaging and condition when returned). If you don't want to take the chance of being stuck with unwanted fabric (is that a thing?), please wait to buy your fabric when you know the class is definitely happening.
  • Supplies specified on the supply list are all available at Quilty Pleasures unless otherwise noted. If a specific product is listed, please do not make substitutions. Our teachers are familiar with the products they recommend and cannot guarantee good results with alternative brands.
  • 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.
  • During the winter months, please don't forget to bring slippers or indoor shoes to class.

Schedule in Calendar Format Here'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!

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.

NOTE: Just click on the class title for more details, such as dates, times, cost, instructor, etc. Sorry, we can't register students electronically -- please call us at 613-834-3044 with any questions and to register for your classes.
There are three areas where accuracy is crucial in the quilting process: cutting, sewing and pressing. Learn techniques to improve your skills, discover tools that make these jobs easier, and watch your workmanship improve. After all, if it's worth doing, it's worth doing as well as you possibly can.

Cost: $ 35.00
Binding is an important, yet often, forgotten part of the quilt-making process. This class is a perennial favourite and tends to fill up quickly. In this class you will learn how to calculate your requirements, cut and apply binding with special attention paid to the dreaded mitered corner. The skills learned are also applicable to crafting, bag making and garment projects. Don't get caught in a bind - take this class and finish those projects!

Cost: $ 45.00
This is a hand-pieced, hand-quilted project done over a period of eight four-hour classes from 10 to 2 every 4th Friday starting September 16. Have you considered the benefits of making a quilt by hand? transportable, precise, meditative. Join us to accomplish this perhaps daunting endeavour in the company of like-minded individuals. The pattern allows for putting together 16 different blocks of varying complexity, thereby growing our skills. We will share ideas for fabric choices and placement, learn piecing by hand, techniques in working with circles, project organization and one of many quilt-as-you-go methods. There will be homework involved in that specific blocks must be completed for the next class; this will provide the necessary momentum to complete the quilt in a timely manner.

Cost: $ 450.00
Cute little coin purse measuring 3" x 3", perfect for little fingers to get into. Make them as gifts for everyone you know!

Cost: $ 35.00
This pattern allows you to go beyond square and rectangular blocks. Diane will gently introduce you to cutting and sewing curves using the Quick Curve ruler.

Cost: $ 80.00
This project uses a fun technique which finishes to become a 16 1/2" x 43 1/2" table runner. It would be equally cute as a wall hanging, with the trees all growing in the same direction. Repeating the row in different fabrics results in a lovely quilt. While we will be working on one set of four blocks we will discuss different ways to assemble it depending upon your goal.

Cost: $ 45.00
Want to take a bite out of your stash? This is the class for you! We will learn several techniques for creating crumb quilts and focus on creating the "Twist and Shout" quilt found in Crumb Quilts: Scrap Quilting The Zero Waste Way. This is a two-part class. Class number 1 will focus on different types of crumb quilt construction techniques. We will begin making the crumb squares. Class number 2 will focus on cutting and arranging your background pieces and assembling your final project.

Cost: $ 65.00
Everybody, it seems, is afraid of adjusting the thread tension on their machines. But that dial is made to move for a reason! Join this class to learn the highs and lows of tension adjustment and gain the confidence to defy your home ec teacher's admonishments. You'll be rewarded with better stitch quality, the freedom to experiment with different thread weights and decorative stitches, and a general feeling of well-being, all without the help of Excedrin.

Cost: $ 45.00
As our Summer Sit and Sew days were a resounding success, we have decided to run a series of Fall Sit and Sew Days! Come use our space and our tools (and escape your family, renovations or anything else you'd like to leave at home). Come alone or bring a friend. This is a great opportunity to sew-cialize with friends, both new and old! You can reserve a three hour time slot for $10. A staff person will be assigned to help you, if needed, but there will not be a specific lesson or class being taught. You must bring your own machine (as always, we can help you carry it in), your project supplies and rotary cutters. As an added bonus, any regularly-priced shopping you do the same day will be discounted by 10%. Please call the store to register or ask any questions you may have. 613-834-3044

Cost: $ 10.00
This is the relaxed version of our machine quilting classes. 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!

Cost: $ 110.00
Make this project using muted tones or bright colours to reflect Christmas ornaments. Using the Quick Curve Ruler allows for perfect curves with a minimum of effort.

Cost: $ 90.00
This novice class starts from the basics -- preparing, measuring and rotary cutting fabric, perfecting the elusive 1/4" seam and pressing. It 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 applique, 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! There will be weekly homework assigned.

Cost: $ 190.00
This course is designed for someone who has inherited or been gifted a sewing machine without any guidance or instruction. In this class we will will learn how the parts of the machine work, how to thread your machine, make a bobbin and sew a straight line. We will learn to follow a basic pattern in order to complete a lined cushion cover complete with zipper. The class will focus on introductory skills common to all sewing machines.

Cost: $ 60.00
So you've finished your Quilting I class. Now what? Learn how to sandwich a quilt top, batting, and backing and quilt it with basic straight line quilting using your machine's feed dogs to guide the layers. We may even throw in a few gentle curves for fun! You'll practice on muslin sandwiches in class, then you'll be one step closer to turning your QI top into a finished quilt!

Cost: $ 50.00
Come use our space and our tools (and escape your family, renovations or anything else you'd like to leave at home). Come alone or bring a friend. This is a great opportunity to sew-cialize with friends, both new and old! A staff person will be assigned to help you, if needed, but there will not be a specific lesson or class being taught. You must bring your own machine (as always, we can help you carry it in), your project supplies and rotary cutters. As an added bonus, any regularly-priced shopping you do the same day will be discounted by 10%. Please call the store to register or ask any questions you may have. 613-834-3044

Cost: $ 15.00
This is the perfect pattern to learn to use the Wonder Curve Ruler! Diane will walk you through using the markings on the ruler and using curved piecing to make a beautiful table runner. Even better? The pattern is free with the purchase of the ruler!

Cost: $ 40.00