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SUMMER CLASSES (so happy to be back!)

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
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!

Cost: $ 40.00
Everybody needs a roomy Christmas stocking. If you have a new family member (congratulations!) or just need to refresh your supply, this class will fill your boots! Learn to make a basic stocking that will become a staple in your stable -- personalize them through fabric choices and hand-embroidered names, and there will be no confusion on Christmas morning. Just stockings full of fun!

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
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.

Cost: $ 60.00
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: $ 35.00
If you've grasped basic machine quilting and feel ready to expand your free-motion repertoire, here you go. Try out some new designs and advanced motifs that will stretch your skill level and increase your confidence. Move beyond meandering!

Cost: $ 50.00
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
Use the "hotdog/burrito/springroll method" (choose your favourite food!) to make a pillowcase in short order! All seam allowances are completely enclosed for neatness and durability, and pillowcases can be customized to the recipient through fabric selection. (How about making one to coordinate with a quilt? Doubles as a gift bag!) Great fun to make, they also make fun gifts for everyone on your list. NOTE: If you would like some uninterrupted secret sewing time, the classroom will be available after class, until closing, for you to continue working on your project.

Cost: $ 35.00
This class focusses on making an easy lined reuseable drawstring bag ideal for gifts or organizing children's toys. The pattern features eight sizes and custom sizing instructions! Sizes range from 4in -26in tall, or create your own size to fit your needs. You will be working on the Artist Size (16" x 10.5" x 4.5") during the class. This class is an ideal beginner project as you need only sew straight lines.

Cost: $ 35.00
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
If you're afraid of curved piecing, this is the class for you! The pattern uses the Everyday Curves template set to cut your pattern pieces to perfection. Then the gentle curves are easy to sew. From there, the big blocks go together quickly for a beautiful, graphic quilt. Still not convinced? Take this class and learn all the tricks!

Cost: $ 40.00
This novice class places 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
Celebrate the season of sunshine with this cheerful sunflower quilt. You get to use up your sunniest scraps, while the Mini Quick Curve ruler makes piecing easy, accurate, and fun. The best part? No pinning required!

Cost: $ 60.00
We are going to try something new this summer! Come use our space, our tools and enjoy our air-conditioning (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