Posts Tagged ‘Quilting Classes’

New Pieces for New Pieces Blog

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Good things come in pieces!

The blog is back after a few months away!

A lot is happening at New Pieces * and in the local quilting world. We’d like to use the blog as another way to reinforce the New Pieces Quilt community. I will be looking for items to post about gadgets and techniques, to alternate with  stories about the quilts and quilters in our midst, and other stuff of interest to you all. You are invited to send  your ideas for blog entries to New Pieces, or to write something yourself and send it to me. Pictures are welcome too!

*Many of you will notice that this amazing 360 degree picture of the store is filled with quilts by staff emeritae. We are rebuilding our teaching program as you read this. Please ask about the changes underway, and feel free to suggest great teachers and classes to us!

“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.

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!



“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!


Mary Mashuta’s Machine Quilting Class – SATURDAY!

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Just a quick note to mention that there is a space (maybe even two spaces…) available in Mary Mashuta’s Foolproof Machine Quilting: The Basics class  on Saturday, July 9. We’ve blogged about this great class before  (click here and scroll down). Mary’s classes are information-packed, fun and usually full by the week before.









If you’ve always wanted to take one of Mary’s classes, this may be your opportunity. Don’t wait to call or come in! Be sure to visit Mary’s website for inspiration, as well:


Improvisational Basketweave Class

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Pictures from Stacey’s Improvisational Basketweave class on June 25, 2011. Enjoy!

Circles and Squares

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

In July and early August you have the opportunity to take two wonderful classes over three consecutive Saturdays:  Check out Cindi Cossen’s Jewel Squares (Quik Quilt) on Saturday July 30th, and Rebecca Rohrkaste’s Circles Another Way on July 23rd and August 6.

Jewel Squares with Cindi Cossen.  Saturday July 30

Cindi will show you how to make a quilt that almost sparkles, using many different fabrics and only one rectangular pattern piece.   Quick cutting and sewing techniques will get your quilt off to a fast start.

Join Cindi for this class that is easy enough for beginners and fun for all levels of quilter.





Circles Another Way, with Rebecca Rohrkaste

July 23 and August 6

Rebecca will show you free-hand cutting and sewing techniques (no templates, no pins!) that make stunning quarter-circle blocks for your next improvisational quilt.

There will be time to try variations, work on color choices with Rebecca, and begin a quilt top using your new skills.




Saturday, June 18th, 2011

There is an old joke about a software engineer who took two weeks off — and then had to retire because he (or she) could never catch up. I know how she (or he) felt!

Earlier this month I had the honor of attending my daughter’s college graduation (in Iowa) and spending a few days on either side visiting with family. I returned to Berkeley (with husband, the aforementioned daughter and her 9 year-old brother) via AMTRAK. Wonderful! Worthwhile! But also a little disorienting.

I had planned for the blog to be updated in my absence, but had no idea how confusing it would be to return to an environment as dynamic as New Pieces is. Please accept my apologies for the missing blog entries while I try to find my feet again.

It occurred to me that a general update might be the best way back in, and helpful to those of you who also get overwhelmed coming into the Store.

At first glance everything’s like it always was, but there are dozens of new bolts of fabric, already comfortable throughout the Store. Palettes of quilts have been shipped by “Quilts4Japan” (quilts are still being accepted). There were kits for “Operation Kid Comfort” earlier this week (thanks Lauren!) but they have all been adopted. If anyone else is interested in sewing one, we can ask for more.

The class sample quilts have been swapped out for the Summer classes, and there are several I’ve never seen before. There are new classes on the schedule for Summer. Perfect!

One thing I didn’t miss out on was the June Mystery Quilter Talk — Tuesday June 21, at 12:30pm. If you haven’t been to a Mystery Quilter talk yet, maybe this is the month. The Mystery Quilter is always a friend of New Pieces and/or a local quilter — and he or she always has an interesting story to share with whoever is there for the free, lunch-time talk. I can’t tell you who the June Mystery Quilter is, because I don’t know.

Thanks for your patience, and I do hope to see you at New Pieces, soon. It’s great to be back!