Archive for the ‘Quilting Classes’ Category

“How Do I…” Technique Classes, Coming Soon

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

One goal at New Pieces is offering the classes quilters want, in a relaxed and supportive environment. We want to help students master skills that make the creative process less painful and more productive. Sometimes our classes teach skills via the making of a certain quilt pattern, or a project from start to finish — but some classes address the acquisition of skills more directly — but still in a fun, creative environment. This post is a plug for the second kind of class, of which we have several coming up in the next two months.

Among the May classes are two you may have been waiting for:

Cindi's Class Sample, using Saturday Sampler Blocks


Cindi Cossen will offers Setting Your Blocks class on Saturday May 12, from 10 – 2:00pm. Many of you remember Cindi from the Store, but also from years of Saturday Samplers. This class is the help you need to get from blocks to a quilt top, and Cindi is an excellent guide.


The following Saturday (May 19th) Pat Dicker offers  Introduction to Free Motion Quilting from 10 – 3:00pm. Pat’s class is designed as a true introduction to free-motion quilting, starting with supplies and threads, and with time to practice under her watchful eye.

If you’ve wanted to try free-motion, but were feeling insecure about it, Pat’s class provides the perfect opportunity to jump in and give it your best try. It’s not that you can’t do it — it’s that you can’t do it yet.

Then, on June 3rd, from 10 – 3:00pm, Pat offers Beyond Basic Binding. This class designed for those with an understanding of standard fold-over bindings who are looking for other options for finishing edges on quilts and wall-hangings. Pat has a talent for novelty bindings that complement her pieces. You can see her fused bindings on her 12 x 12″ x 12″ Challenge quiltlets. She’s also a great teacher and her classes are fun.

UPDATE: April 25, 2012

Much to my surprise, I find there are spaces available in Mary Mashuta’s June 2 class, “Foolproof Machine Quilting: The Fun Stuff”

Mary’s class is an intense introduction to a very special form of machine quilting that combines elements of straight-line and template quilting with the use of novelty threads and clever techniques. For this class it is highly recommended students acquire Mary’s book, Foolproof Machine Quilting (we have some copies in the store) to use as a resource in her class. There are also additional samples of Mary’s quilting style on display at New Pieces.

February 12 x 12″ x 12″ Challenge – “Heart”

Monday, March 5th, 2012

The February quiltlets are as wonderful as their January cousins were. They represent a wide range of interpretation, and an even wider range of techniques. Additional information on these pieces is available on the New Pieces 12 x 12″ x 12″ Challenge page.  We received 16 finished pieces by the last day of February, and one of them will be declared the “Favorite” by popular vote of everyone who comes into New Pieces during the first 5 days of this month.


Lissa Miner                                                    Mary Risard Burnett


Gail Hynes Shea                                            Roxanne Fiscella


Jeanne Bartlett                                              Claire Adams


Kristin Takakuwa                                         Sharona Fischrup


Lisa Doyen                                                     Karen Dugas


Pat Dicker                                                     Betsy Livak


Heather Jacobsen                                         Julie Banfield


Kathy Ritter                                                    Jane Voytek









Lissa Miner

The next theme is “Spring”. If you’d like to take part in the March Challenge, come pick up your challenge “kit” (theme and fabric) at New Pieces. The kit is $3.00, and the “Favorite” receives a $10.00 New Pieces Gift Certificate. Deadline for finished pieces is 6:00pm, Saturday, March 31st. Come Play with Us!

Kaleidoscope with Sue Wells: Simple and Stunning!

Saturday, January 21st, 2012


I just spent half an hour looking at the class sample for Sue Well’s “Kaleidoscope” class. Wow!

My photos can’t do justice to this luscious and lively quilt. The quilt has 30 blocks, each with a unique pattern, and all cut from ONE stunning Asian print fabric. The same fabric  becomes the quilt’s border.

The method is similar to, but simpler and more controlled than, a “One-Block Wonder”. Your fabric choice will strongly effect your result.

Sue says her favorite part of making this quilt is the sense of excitement and wonder  she gets opening each and every block — when each one turns out to be different, and lovely.

The Kaleidoscope class will be held on Tuesday February 28 and March 13, from 2-4:00pm. A few spaces remain as of today.

Sew With Sho – Banish UFOs

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
One of the things we want to do this year at New Pieces is to find ways to help you (our friends and customers) get from where you are in your quilt journey to wherever you want to be. We are offering a range of new classes and groups towards this end.
One option is this monthly class, Sew with Sho. Sew with Sho is an opportunity to work on something new, or something old, with the support of a group, and under Sharona’s guidance.
Join Sho on the 3rd Tuesday of every month in 2012, from 11:00 to 1:00 pm or 6:00 to 8:00 pm with the goal of doing something challenging for you — whether that’s starting a new project or finishing an old one; learning to take your sewing a little more seriously or yourself a little less…
Bring your machine and fabric from your stash, or let us help you move in a direction that’s new for you. Batiks? Large Prints? Asian Indigos? Come play with fabric and set your own goals. Help protect the planet from being overrun by UFOs!
For each block, quilt or UFO you complete you will be entered into a monthly drawing!
Come and sew! Come and enjoy the company of other quilters! Come finish a project!


Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

New Pieces is fortunate to have a friend like Pat Dicker.  We’re even more fortunate that Pat is willing to share with us her mastery of  the techniques that showcase her own wonderful work. On Saturday December 3 (this weekend), Pat is teaching “Binding Basics” at the Store, from 10-1:00pm. In this three hour class Pat covers making a standard binding from start to perfectly joined ends.

There is no more pleasant way to finally subdue those mitered corners. If there is time we will also covered faced bindings and how to finish an edge beautifully with machine satin stitch. This class is open and appropriate for all levels.

No matter how busy your December is, Pat’s class is one that will give you time back, in the long run — Did we mention it will be fun?

Call soon, space is limited and Saturday looms.


Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Many of us are old enough to remember mandatory Home Economics class in Junior or Senior High School. Some of us have horror stories about things we learned or should have learned there.

If you think of yourself as “in recovery” from 20th Century Home Ec, or you never had the opportunity to take it — this is for you. HOME EC 101 is a monthly drop-in class for those who need to learn skills or just get some help and support in a safe environment. Stacy Sharman teaches Home Ec 101 from 6:15 to 8:15 pm on the First Tuesday of the month (November 1 is the next meeting).


Stacy’s a young and high energy teacher with a laid back attitude. This drop-in is NOT for those of you who just… need to… match your points… MORE perfectly, but Stacy will cover basic skills and you may get help from other students as well, because that’s how quilters are.

There is no advanced sign up for this evening session, and the fee is $10.  Bring what you’re working on, and a good attitude. We look forward to seeing you there!



Pull Up a Dream Chair and Get Cozy!

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Alethea Ballard has a thing about chairs, and color and whimsy.

Dream Chair Quilt by Alethea Ballard

She also has a class at New Pieces next month, November 5th from 10-4.

Dream Chair Quilt by Alethea Ballard

Working from Alethea’s “book” (a Pattern Pack featuring multiple chair-related projects) and with her assistance, you will learn to create with large scale fabrics and your own developing sense of the whimsical. Alethea’s workshop is not likely to be repeated soon, and is suitable for all levels so please consider making time for it this November 5th.

Two Classes With Sue Wells In October

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

October at New Pieces includes two new classes with our Sue Wells. Gentle Waves (see left) is simpler than it looks, and serves as a gentle intro to curves and circles. Sue’s class sample is breathtaking, an ethereal space-scape of spheres and triangles that is pieced and machine appliqued.

Gentle Waves will meet on October 6 and 20th, from 6:15 – 8:15 pm, and there are a couple of spaces available.










Sue’s other class is Easy Cathedral Windows, a charming and modern take on an old-fashioned technique. The photo here doesn’t do justice to the subtle palette Sue chose, but hints at the “cathedral windows” effect she has used to make the diagonals that almost look like piped icing on the surface of this simple geometric quilt.

Easy Cathedral Windows is offered on a pair of Sunday afternoons – October 23rd and November 6th – from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Both quilts are throw sized, and the timing is good to make one or the other for the holidays.

There are a couple of places left in this class as well. Come in soon to sign up!














“Flower Power” with Kim Butterworth

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

The photo above is a detail of the class sample quilt for Kim Butterworth’s one day (September 24th) class “Flower Power”.

This class is appropriate for students at all levels, and is a wonderful example of a simple, but stunning, quilt top that could easily become a gift for someone very special. “Flower Power” is considered to be both “Beginner Friendly” and a “Quick Quilt” class.

There are only a handful of spaces available at this point — don’t get closed out!


Do You Know About Our Website?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

when you get ALL your tools together, you might need a computer!

Sometimes a customer has a question for which the answer is “Have you seen our Website?”.  It’s tricky to write about the website, since you’re ON the website right now — but maybe a quick introduction is in order — it will help you get more out of what is available at New Pieces.

The New Pieces website has Contact information for the Store, and Directions for getting to our Store (at 766 Gilman Street). You can read About New Pieces for information about the Store and the Staff. And of course it wouldn’t be a quilt store without a place for “Show and Tell”. We are always looking for pictures to add to our gallery of proud friends and customers.

Under Quilting Service is a brief explanation of the quilt related services available at New Pieces. Even old friends of New Pieces may be surprised at the range of tasks we can do for you when you don’t want to do them yourself. We recommend reading this part of the website to acquaint yourself with the range of possibilities, and their estimated costs. “Quilting Service” also has samples of some of the quilting designs we offer — and precise instructions on preparing your quilt top & back for longarm quilt service — Reading these instructions can save you time and money.

In Classes you will find a calendar of all upcoming events and classes and a description for each class – usually with a photo of the class sample quilt. While we have always tried to indicate how much experience you may need for certain classes, we recently began tagging some classes as being especially appropriate for certain kinds of students:


If you find a class that interests you, you can register by phone or come see us in person. If you are looking for a particular class or pattern, there is also a search function (click on “go here>>” on the Classes page to get there). If you still don’t see what you’re looking for — let us know!


...Have you seen the Mystery Quilter?

SO… since you’re reading this you already found the Blog.  You either got here by clicking “Blog” on the navigation bar (the red bar under where it says “New Pieces Quilt Store & Gallery”, or by clicking link from our Facebook page. The Blog is meant to give you an idea of what we’re about. We use it brag about students and teachers and to remind you about upcoming classes; we mention new things happening in the store and offer tips and how-tos. The Blog is about the things we’d tell you if you were right here in the Store. If there are things you want to know more (or less) about please don’t hesitate to let us know, either as a comment here, or on the New Pieces Quilt Store  Facebook page. It’s not a conversation without your input!