Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Hello from Knoxville, TN. I just returned from AQS-Paducah show, where I joined my Quilt Place. I have been quilting for 6-7 years, and started teaching classes for beginning quilters about 2 years ago. I truly enjoy teaching, and feel great when my…Continue
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Here are the Basic Skills in Quilting classes that I offer, what I consider the "core curriculum" for beginners:
Rotary Cutting for Quilting, Sewing, or Fleece -- 1 session, 3 hours
Basics of Rotary Cutting & Piecing by Machine (usually taught with the Log Cabin Quilt Block) -- 1 session, 3 hours
Raw Materials: Needles & Thread, Fabric & Batting -- 1 session, 3 hours
Blocks of the Month -- 1 session, 3 hours (select a specific pieced quilt block, see photos)
Raw Edge Appliqued Hearts Block -- 1 session, 3-4 hours (see photos)
Simple Turned Edge Applique Block -- 1 session, 3-4 hours
Dresden Plate Block, Pieced & Appliqued -- 2 sessions, 3-4 hours each (see photos)
Design of the Quilt Top -- 1 session, 3 hours
Assembling the Quilt Top: Sashing Strips -- 1 session, 3-4 hours (see photos)
Assembling the Quilt Top: Mitered Borders -- 1 session, 3-4 hours (see photos)
Quilting by Machine - Straight Lines with a Walking Foot -- 1 session, 3 hours (see photos)
Quilting by Machine - Free-Motion with a Darning Foot -- 1 session, 3 hours (see photos)
Making Continuous Bias-Cut Binding -- 1 session, 3 hours
Binding the Edge of the Quilt -- 1 session, 3-4 hours
Here are the "Special Topics" or Elective classes in Quilting that I offer:
Color Theory for Quilting & Other Fiber Arts -- 1 session, 3 hours
Basics of Hand Piecing -- 1 session, 3 hours
Quilting by Hand -- 1 session, 3 hours
Quick & Easy Tied Quilt (child or lap size quilt) -- 2 sessions, 3 hours each
Here are the Needle Tatting classes that I offer:
Needle Tatting - Beaded Josephine Chain Bracelet -- 1 session, 3 hours (see photos) (suitable for Beginners)
Needle Tatting - Medallion -- 1 session, 3 hours (see photos) (suitable for Beginners)
Needle Tatting - Bracelet with Rings & Chains -- 1 session, 3 hours (finish at home using instructions) (see photos) (must take Medallion class first)
Here are the Crochet classes that I offer for adults, teenagers, or children:
Beginner Crochet Class, chain stitch, single & double crochet -- 1 session, 3 hours (see photos)
Crochet In The Round, Make a Hat -- 1 session, 3 hours (see photos)
Crochet In The Round, Granny Squares (Adding Corners) -- 1 session, 3 hours (see photos)
Crochet In The Round, Make an Oblong Shawl -- 1-2 sessions, 3 hours each (see photos)
Crochet In The Round in 3D, Make an Ornament -- 1 session, 3 hours (Ball or Egg shaped)
Crochet Stitch Pattern of the Month -- 1 session, 3 hours
How To Join Crocheted Blocks -- 1 session, 3 hours (see photos)
How To Read Crochet Patterns -- 1 session, 3 hours
Beginner Crochet for Kids 1, Beaded Chain Stitch Bracelet -- 1 session, 2-3 hours (see photos)
Beginner Crochet for Kids 2, Single Crochet Coaster -- 1 session, 2-3 hours
Beginner Crochet for Kids 3, Double Crochet Mug Rug or Doll Blanket -- 1 session, 2-3 hours
My Class Schedule:
I teach most of my classes at the 2 Hobby Lobby stores in Knoxville, TN. Each store has a classroom, and I reserve the classrooms for specific dates & times, one month at a time. You can also check the Hobby Lobby website (www.hobbylobby.com) for general information on Store Classes under the Store Finder, although it is not always up-to-date and does not always display all classes.
Students contact me (email@example.com) to request the class topic that they want, then we select a date & time. I ask for a minimum of 2-3 students per class session, or else the class is taught as a private lesson (with a higher cost). I keep a waiting list of individual students who want a specific class but do not want a private lesson. Usually a new class can be scheduled within 1-4 weeks.
Pre-registering in advance for classes is important. I only drive to the classroom when I have students pre-registered for a specific class topic on that date. I print enough handouts for the students who pre-registered, but usually do not bring extras. After you pre-register, I will e-mail the supply list to you; it is best if you pre-register at least 2 days before the class session so that you have time to purchase your supplies in advance. I encourage you to purchase supplies at the store where the class is held, but cannot guarantee that supplies will be in-stock on the day of class.
After I have scheduled a class topic for a specific session (date, time & location), I will add it under My Events. This will indicate that at least 1 student has pre-registered for that specific class topic & session.
My overall list of class topics is listed above, sorted by Quilting, Needle Tatting, & Crochet. Photos of projects from some of my classes can be viewed in My Photos (i.e. photo albums) shown above.
Please contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions about my classes. Hobby Lobby does not handle any registration details for the instructors, does not handle payments for classes, and does not provide sewing machines or other equipment. Hobby Lobby does sell supplies for the classes. Minimal information about the classes may be available in each store, where I usually leave flyers and my business card.
Here are the normal class sessions that I reserve at Hobby Lobby at 6580 Clinton Highway:
Monday mornings, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Friday evenings, 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Here are the normal class sessions that I reserve at Hobby Lobby at 11040 Parkside Drive, in Turkey Creek shopping center:
Tuesdays, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturdays, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm (many Saturdays)
I always welcome suggestions for additional classes or topics that students would like to learn.
Happy Quilting, Tatting, & Crocheting! Monica
Here is the 2016 schedule for meetings of the ACTS Ministry (Arts, Crafts, Teaching & Sharing) at West Hills Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN.
This is a group of people who get together to crochet, quilt, sew, needle tat, knit, make jewelry, and enjoy each others company. We multiply our joys and divide our burdens while we meet with each other. Many members of this group are not members of this church, as we met through classes that I taught. Beginners in these or other arts &…Continue
I plan to reoffer my class to make a simplified Dresden Plate quilt block using machine piecing & applique techniques. Several students have requested this class. I hope to schedule it in August or September, 2015. You can find additional details for this class under My Events in January 2014, where the original sessions were listed. The class will now be 2 sessions of 3 hrs. each, as this is a complicated block using piecing, applique…
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A friend just tried cleaning rulers with rubbing alcohol, and found that this removed the grid lines from 1 brand of ruler but did not damage a different brand of ruler. (So this can vary between different brands of rulers.)
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I am starting a new group for quilters in west Knoxville, TN, at my church. The first meeting will be Wednesday, April 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (if we want to stay that long). It is at West Hills Baptist Church, 409 N. Winston Rd. (across from the West Side YMCA and behind Toys-R-Us) in room 39. We will discuss when to schedule future meetings, probably once each month. Bring whatever project you want to work on and everything that you need. Also bring a sack lunch &…Continue
I have been teaching quilting for over 2-1/2 years. Here are some of my tips for more accurate rotary cutting. For those quilters who want their blocks to be "square" and their points to match, it starts with how accurately you cut the fabric. Fabric always has some stretch in it, so you have to deal with that even if you cut perfectly. Applying spray starch to the fabric when pressing it before cutting will help, but that is not a good option if you are doing fusible…Continue
I am offering a progression of basic skills classes for beginning and intermediate quilters. These are Trend classes which I taught at the local JoAnn's craft store(s) in Knoxville, TN. Private lessons are also an option. Most of my students start as beginners, just learning to use the rotary cutter and some just learning to use the sewing machine. Several students have taken my Block of the Month classes in 2013, and their skills are increasing with each class - to become intermediate…Continue