We are offering a variety of classes for you to learn or improve your quilting skills and to challenge you with some new concepts. Check out the classes we have to offer below. There is limited space available so call us at 403-625-4353 to reserve your spot or to inquire for more details!
Updated Feb 3, 2020
"Rag Quilt Class"
Instructor: Hayley Whelpton
Date: Thursday, February 13 and 27, 6:30-9pm both evenings
Cost: $ 25 plus the cost of fabric
Join us for a class featuring these warm and comforting fabrics as we make this beautiful quilt over these cold winter nights.
We will be making a 60" x 84" rag quilt based on Northcott's pattern and Oh Canada Flannel 2019 - Stonehenge (collection - by Deborah Edwards of Northcott Studio with textures from Linda Ludovico - in support of Quilts of Valour Canada)
Class will be held over two evenings and you will have two weeks between classes to work on your project. This is a popular, quick and beautiful project. Come and enjoy this fun class with friends and get the chance to make new friends as well.
Kits in these Premium Northcott Fabrics are available at the store. Come in and see how beautiful the quilt is when it is all made up.
Hayley is of course one of the owners of Willow Creek Quilts and is nothing short of passionate about her craft. She loves our customers and places a high value on continuing education and is a life long learner herself.
Free Motion Quilting - Workshop for Beginners
Instructor: Kathy Witdouck
Date: February 22, 9am - 4pm February 29, 9am - 4pm
This Class is for true beginners to Free Motion Quilting. You will learn to make basic shapes, which can then be combined into basic FMQ designs. By the end of this 2 day workshop you will have learned to make the following designs.
Snowballs, Pebbles, Clamshells, Apple Core, Bear Claws, Checkerboards, Ribbon, E's, L's, Wishbones, All Over Loops with variations, Poppy Petals, Orange Peels, McTavishing and Feathers.
Kathy, who hails from Picture Butte Alberta area, is no stranger to Willow Creek Quilts and brings lots of experience and enthusiasm to her class.
Register today and receive the supply list and preparation steps for this hands on workshop.
Samples of Free Motion Quilting
Feathers and Fillers
"The Next Step" Free Motion Quilting
Instructor: Judy Barnett
Saturday, March 14, 9am-4pm
(note date change from February)
Cost - $70
Pre requisite for this class is that you have some previous Free Motion Quilting instruction and experience.
Are you bored using the same Free Motion Quilting patterns again and again? This class will allow you to expand your repertoire! You will have lots of opportunity to practice with fabric and your sewing machine. Individual attention will help you grow your skills in a targeted way. In this class you will learn how to plan and create fillers especially to highlight your block patterns and shapes.
When you register you will be provided with a supply list and instructions of what to get ready for the class.
Judy Barnett is one of our veteran instructors and has won prizes all over Canada and the United States for her masterful quilted projects
Instructor: Michele Rondot
Dates: March 7, April 4 and May 2
Cost: $125 for Instruction
Michele comes to us from Calgary and is a certified Judy Niemeyer instructor. With over 40 "Judy" quilts made, she started to share her passion by reaching other quilters. While still working by day, she continues to quilt for "therapy" and relaxation on evenings and weekends.
The Summer Solstice was designed by Bradley and Judy Niemeyer. These instructions teach a strip piecing technique that expands on their traditional foundation paper piecing approach to complete lone star units. Strips are sewn onto foundation paper to complete what we call a ‘Strip Set’. After the strip sets are completed, they are cut apart, rearranged, and resewn into a diamond star point. The technique evolved from seeing some common assembly approaches between the Summer Solstice and Bali Fever Backgrounds. Judy began experimenting with ways to speed up the creation of a lone star block with a strip to eliminate cutting, while also minimizing fabric waste. Register today to get a free fabric consultation with Hayley and get ready to learn.
Instructor - Donna Kendall
March 21 9:30am-3pm
Cost: $35, includes a Kit with samples of threads and practice fabric
Would you love to add metallic threads to some of your special projects? Are you concerned about how your sewing machine would react? How should you set your tension– can you even adjust it? Join Threaducator, Donna Kendall from Wonderfil Speciality Threads for a journey starting with Metallic threads through Holograms, Invisifil and more. Bring your projects and prepare to see them come to life with sparkle and bling. (Donna talks about many different threads, not Wonderfil exclusively
Join this interactive session and get comfortable using a wide variety of threads on your sewing machine. Get set to work the kinks out of tension issues and learn which thread works best for each of your projects. If you know Donna then you know you will learn a ton and have a lot of fun. There may even be chocolate.
All you have to bring is your sewing machine with the different feet that you want to try, empty bobbins plus a notebook and pencil. Make sure you write down your questions and bring them along for Donna.
Quilt as you Go
Instructor: Nancy Blezy
Thursday March 26, 10 - 4pm
Cost; $50 - includes Quilt as you Go Handbook by Pauline Rogers and use of our sashing tools and instruction
Would you like to quilt your own quilts on your sewing machine?
With Quilt As You Go you make and quilt individual blocks on your domestic sewing machine. The blocks are then joined together with with Pauline Rogers unique sashing method and finally pre-quilted borders are added. These techniques allow you to work in small sections at a time and eliminate all the bulk that frustrates most quilters!
Nancy is a co-owner of Willow Creek Quilts and has used this technique in several projects and is excited about sharing it with other quilters.
Sew Along the Curves Class
Instructor - Nancy Blezy
The 3rd Tuesday of every month from 10am-4pm except December
Feb 18, Mar17, Apr 21, May 19, June16
Cost: $10 per month
Work at your own pace on any Sew Kind Of Wonderful, Quick Curve or Mini Curve Ruler Project. Drop in once or come in every month. This is a great opportunity to learn new techniques, make great friends and enjoy the great atmosphere of Willow Creek Quilts.
Nancy Blezy, co- owner of Willow Creek Quilts loves the use of this 'no pins' 'no clipped curves' technique and has competed many fun Sew Kind of Wonderful Projects. Call, reserve your spot and join us for this relaxed, work-on-your-own-project-with-support Sew Day.
Block of the Month
We are super excited to unveil our latest Block of the Month
“Charlotte” Medallion Style Block of the Month – 111” x 111”
Fabric by Robert Kaufman – Pattern by Carrie Quinn
Date: Starting September 1, 2019 - 10 months
Cost: Beginning cost of $25.95 (which is the cost of the pattern), then the 10 months after that will be $47.50 (+ the cost of mailing, if needed). Cost includes all fabric for the top and the binding. – Backing sold separately.
Join us for this unique “chunk of the month” medallion style quilt made with stunning Robert Kaufman fabric. You will have the choice of using tried and true techniques and/or learning new techniques as we piece this beautiful quilt. In store help will be available as well.
NOTE: Spots are reserved with payment. Reservations can be transferred and will only be returned if a replacement for your seat can be found.