How are the 2017 class offerings different from previous years?


We offer a new focus on machine work, a new concept in scheduling, and a new approach to combining projects from more than one class.


This year, we are excited to feature four traditional sewing machine teachers and four longarm machine teachers. There are no hand-sewing classes.


All of the classes use either a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen machine, domestic home sewing machine, or a longarm machine. We also offer a new 90-min class option within the longarm curriculum. This allows you greater flexibility when choosing classes and planning your days.


What is a “Progressive” class?


It’s a brand new concept in quilting curriculum. The Progressive classes are taught by three well-known, experienced, and popular teachers. You can take one, two, or three of these all-day classes, each taught on a different day. A kit is provided for each of the three classes and the teachers have planned carefully so all of the fabrics coordinate.


Each class project can be used and enjoyed on its own, or you may choose to enhance and enlarge it by taking additional Progressive classes. Look for the notation appearing in the title of these classes identifying them as Progressive.


Each of the three teachers has designed a quilt from the three class techniques. These quilts will be revealed at the Saturday evening The Last Course! dessert party, which starts at the conclusion of Saturday classes.


Do I have to take all parts of the Progressive classes or can I pick and choose?


You may choose to take any one of the Progressive classes, choosing the one that interests you the most. The other day(s) you may wish to take a longarm class and/or a class using the Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen. Our goal is to provide you with a totally unique opportunity to explore a wide variety of machines, projects, and creative potential.


Are there regular classes offered or are they all specialty classes?


We are offering regular sewing machine classes, longarm classes, and Sweet Sixteen classes in addition to the Progressive classes.


When can I take one of the 90-min longarm classes? That sounds perfect for my schedule.


The 90-min classes are offered throughout the day on Thursday and Friday. With start times of 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., there’s bound to be one that suits you. The instruction will be the same in each class, so just choose the time that is right for you.


Are there other learning opportunities at Quilt Festival?


Open Studios is located on the show floor and offers free demonstrations and discussions during show hours in four different areas: Quilt, Knit/Crochet, Embellish/Paint, and Stitch/Sew.