Upcoming quilting classes

Beginning Quilting: table runner class

I’ll be teaching my first “official” quilting class on Wednesdays February 10 through March 3, from 6 to 8 pm at The Box Factory for The Arts in St. Joseph, MI.

I say “official” because until now I’ve only taught friends and family for free. It will be interesting (and I hope fun!) to teach strangers.

Fee: $40 for Box Factory members/ $50 for non-members

In this class students will learn cutting, machine piecing, machine appliqué, quilting and finishing techniques to create a simple table runner consisting of two pieced blocks and one appliqué block. That’s it pictured on the right.

A $20 kit may be purchased from the instructor (that’s me!) or a list of supplies is available. (See supply list below.)

The class can only accommodate up to six people, so if you have never quilted before and would like to try it, contact The Box Factory soon.

You can see the full rundown of classes on The Box Factory’s Facebook page.

Supply list


  • Sewing machine in good working order (you’ll need to do straight and zigzag stitches)
  • Rotary cutter, cutting mat and acrylic ruler
  • Scissors, seam ripper, bobbins, measuring tape, masking tape, spare sewing machine needles
  • Iron and ironing surface or ironing board
  • Neutral thread for piecing, coordinating thread for quilting, matching or contrasting thread for appliqué
  • 1 light and 1 dark fat quarter for pieced blocks
  • 1 fat quarter background fabric for appliqué block
  • Scraps for petals (at least 4″ x 4″)
  • 1 fat quarter or large scrap for flower center (at least 5″ across)
  • ½ yard fabric for inner border
  • ½ yard fabric for outer border
  • ½ yard fabric for the binding (may be able to cut this from the inner border fabric if you want the same color)
  • 1 package Steam-a-Seam 2 for appliqué
  • Batting (18″ x 37″)
  • Backing fabric of your choice (18″ x 37″)
  • Safety pins or quilt basting spray
  • Materials to create the label will be provided (If you have fabric markers, bring them to the last class.)
  • Extension cord or power strip would be helpful
  • Ott light or similar would be helpful

I will provide an ironing board, 2 irons, masking tape and some spray adhesive, but if you have your own it would be best to bring it so that we don’t run out.

Supply kits

Supply kits will be available for $20 / each and will consist of the necessary fabric and a sheet of Steam-a-Seam 2. You can specify a color-scheme when you register for the class. You must provide your own thread and other supplies as listed above.


About Kelly Smith

Kelly is a writer and editor. Her books include Open Your Heart with Quilting (out of print, but available directly from the author) and How to Build, Maintain, and use a Compost System (Atlantic Publishing).
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