For all classes you need a cutting mat, rotary cutter, quilting ruler (6 x 24-inches is recommended) cotton thread in a neutral color, sewing machine, pins, scissors to cut fabric and scissors to cut paper, seam ripper, iron, ironing board and a pencil. All fabric purchased should be 100 percent cotton unless stated otherwise. Check out the class you are taking for additional supplies for that project.

Class fees include the cost of the pattern for that project.

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Beginning quilting – Spring Flowers Table Runner

Learn how to quilt by making a spring flowers table runner. Participants will learn basic piecing, machine applique and free motion quilting. When you’re done with the class, you’ll have all the skills needed to begin a larger quilting project.

This two-part class is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, and Saturday, April 6, at Neal’s Vacuum and Sewing Center in Muscatine, Iowa. The cost is $50. To sign up, click here.

Supplies: 5 fat quarters in a color of your choice, 1 1/2 yards of a white or tone on tone print, cotton thread to match your fat quarters, batting that measures 20 inches by 45 inches, walking foot, free motion foot (also called a darning foot or quilting foot), 1/4 yard of Heat’n Bond fusible web, 50 safety pins. You may also bring a 12 1/2-inch square quilting ruler, but it is not required.

How to make a T-shirt quilt
T-shirt quilt

Do you have drawers full of old T-shirts that you don’t wear anymore but don’t want to throw away for sentimental reasons? Now you can clear out your drawers guilt-free by repurposing the shirts in a quilt. This class will teach you how to cut out the designs, stabilize them so the fabric doesn’t stretch and piece them into a quilt top to enjoy.

This class is offered at CommUniversity, which is held from 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday in February at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. The cost is $40. To sign up, click here.

Supplies: A stack of T-shirts from your closet, applique pressing sheet, 12 1/2-inch square quilting ruler, fabric for sashing and cornerstones, 44-inch wide woven fusible interfacing. Please see the chart below for yardage requirements based on how many T-shirts you want to include.

how to piece triangles from squares

Triangle Boot Camp

If you have trouble with triangles, then this class if for you. Learn how to piece half-square and quarter-square triangles, double pinwheels and flying geese from squares. That’s right, you’ll make the quilt above without cutting a single triangle.

The method works by sewing first and cutting second. It helps stabilize the fabric, which makes for more accurate piecing, points that end up where they’re supposed to and quilts that lie flat.

Supplies: 18 fat quarters in assorted colors, 3 1/4 yards neutral fabric, 1/2 yard binding, 4 yards backing

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Quilt As You Go Placemats

Quilt As You Go Placemats are a great project for beginners or
advanced quilters looking for a quick weekend project. You don’t need
to be able to cut straight strips or sew a 1/4-inch seam, the
placemats will still come out perfect. And the best part about this
project, is when you’re done piecing the top, you’re also done
quilting. Just bind the placemats and put them on your table.

Supplies: One jellyroll will yield eight placemats. You need 1 2/3 yards of
fabric for the backing if you want to make eight placemats, or 1 yard if you want
to make four placemats, thread to match your backing fabric and a 14
by 18-inch batting piece for each placemat. You also need a walking foot. This is a great way to use up batting scraps, but you do want to use the same type of batting so
the placemats wash the same. I also recommend using a cotton or cotton
blend batting. The fabric sticks to it better than polyester, which is
better for the quilt as you go process.


Fabric Selection Workshop

If the thought of going into a quilt shop to pick out fabric for a new quilt is overwhelming, then this lecture is for you. Learn the tips and tricks to finding fabrics that work together and make your quilts pop. Bring a quilt pattern and I’ll help you pick out fabrics after the lecture.

This class is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Neal’s Vacuum and Sewing Center in Muscatine, Iowa. The cost is $15. To sign up, click here.

Upcycled Sweater Mittens
Upcycled sweater mittens

Have an old sweater that got a hole in it, stretched out or shrunk in the wash? Don’t throw it away, turn it into a stylish pair of mittens to keep you warm all winter? In the class, you’ll learn how to make a pair of upcycled sweater mittens with a fleece lining and get the patterns for three sizes so you can make more mittens at home.

Supplies: A sweater, preferably with some sort of design on it. “Ugly” Christmas sweaters make great mittens. (If you don’t have one you want to cut up, you can find one at the thrift store for about $4.) ¼ yard of fleece in a coordinating color

Tip: If your sweater is made from at least 60 percent wool. You can felt it prior to class by washing it on the hot/cold cycle and drying it on the heat setting in your dryer.


  • Opal Handlen says:

    Will I need to bring the sewing machine to the first class? At 1 p.m. there is a welcome Then I would have the machine in the car. Thanks. Opal

    • Bring your machine the first day. You can get it from the car after the welcome event.

      • Nony says:

        I take my pieces and cut them into sqeuras to put into raggy-shaggy quilts. If they are wide enough they may end up in a 6-Hour Quilt Tiny ones (less than 1 wide) clean up the dust bunnies and threads on the floor around my cutting table before going into the trash! Ps. Love your scrap basket! Looks like it contains a couple of quilts already! I call them my back to front tops and do like a chinese coin setting to use them up.

  • Wendy Hagen says:

    Should the fabric be washed beforehand?

    • It’s up to you. If you buy quality fabric from a quilt store, then you shouldn’t have to worry about color bleeding. If you buy something that is on clearance at a chain store, you probably want to pre-wash it to test for color fastness. I also pre-wash all my batiks and hand dyed fabrics because sometimes there is a little bit of excess dye that comes off in the first washing.

  • Dotty Weber says:

    The t-shirt class is full for Comm University. Will you offer it at any other time?

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