Monica Schmidt
  • Knoxville, TN
  • United States
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My Classes

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 Classes:

My class topics are 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.

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.

Please contact me directly ( 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 the Clinton Highway store, where I usually leave flyers and my business card.

Class Locations:

I teach most of my classes at the Hobby Lobby stores in Knoxville or Oak Ridge, 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 ( 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.

Class Sessions & Pre-Registering:

Students contact me ( to request the class topic that they want before we select a date & time.  I ask for a minimum of 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 for classes in advance is important.  I only drive to the classroom on dates when I have students pre-registered for a specific class topic.  I print enough handouts for the students who pre-registered, but usually do not bring extras. 

Pre-registration can be handled by phone or by email to me, then I will confirm via email to the student with the supply list attached.

Normal class sessions reserved at Hobby Lobby at 6580 Clinton Highway:

Monday mornings, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

(other days may be scheduled if the classroom is available)

Normal class sessions reserved at Hobby Lobby at 11040 Parkside Drive, in Turkey Creek shopping center:

Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

(other days may be scheduled if the classroom is available)

Normal class sessions reserved at Hobby Lobby at 380 South Illinois Avenue, in Oak Ridge:

I will schedule classes upon request when the classroom is available.


After you pre-register, I will e-mail the supply list to you.  Students are responsible for bringing their own supplies, unless special arrangements are made with the instructor in advance. 

It is best if you pre-register at least 2 days before the class session, so that you have time to purchase your supplies before class.  I encourage you to purchase supplies at the store where the class is held, but I cannot guarantee that supplies will be in-stock on the day of class.

Class Fees:

The class fee is due to the instructor at the beginning of each class session.

Fees vary between classes, depending on the class topic, the length of the class session(s), and the location.  Private lessons are available for higher fees.  The class fee normally does not include any supplies.

I always welcome suggestions for additional classes or topics that students would like to learn.

Happy Quilting, Tatting, & Crocheting! Monica

Monica Schmidt's Blog

ACTS Ministry Schedule for 2019

Posted on December 9, 2018 at 7:41pm 0 Comments

Here is the 2019 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…


Dresden Plate Block of the Month

Posted on July 6, 2015 at 5:38pm 0 Comments

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…


Caution: Be Careful Cleaning Rotary Cutting Rulers

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 8:04pm 0 Comments

Be careful how you handle & clean your plastic rotary cutting rulers. The grids and markings (on the bottom surface) can be damaged or removed if cleaned with the wrong solvents or liquids.

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.)

I recently read that fingernail polish (which may contain…


New Quilting Group in west Knoxville, TN

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments

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 &…


Rotary Cutting Tips - Rulers & Blades

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 10:30am 2 Comments

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…


Basic Skills Classes for Beginner / Intermediate Quilters

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 8:30am 0 Comments

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…


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Tell us about yourself—as much or as little as you like.
I began quilting around 2007. I now teach quilting, crochet & needle tatting classes. Most of my students are truly beginners, but I really enjoy helping them to learn basic skills to get started. I prefer piecing over applique, but can do both. I most enjoy designing my own quilts, planning them from start to finish. I also quilt my own tops, rather than having someone else do the final quilting. My quilts are primarily for use -- on beds, or for warmth & comfort. Thus I am particularly interested in techniques to make quilts more durable (particularly to keep the fabric seam allowances from fraying).
How many quilts have you made?
6 + many smaller projects
Do you want to make quilts, or simply enjoy them?
make quilts
How long have you been a quilter?
since 2007
What is your favorite quilting technique?
piecing & designing my own quilts
Why do you quilt?
To make durable quilts for people to use, for warmth & comfort.

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At 12:33am on April 9, 2014, sandi king said…

we just moved to CA from TN.

At 11:04pm on April 28, 2013, Chef Lisa said…

Hi Monica just here to introduce myself and welcome you to MQP.

Some times we are not sure where to visit on this site but I wanted to let you know that I have a group of gals and I that are doing several different quilts the Blooming Nine and the Jewel Box quilts. We are posting pictures with our choices of fabrics and progress. Carla Walton has done several of the Blooming Nine so she is our administrator. Come on over to view what we are doing at

To do the Jewel Box we have a Batik Strip Swap going on and we are using those strips for the Jewel Box. We recently started up a charm square swap with 5" squares of batiks and cottons so if you are interested in that you can go and join at Enjoy!


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