Technique Classes

Machine Quilting

Quilting by machine is a great time-saver but it does take patience and practice to perfect this skill. In this workshop you will learn the following techniques to successfully machine quilt: grid-quilting, free-motion stippling, continuous-line stitching, traditional outlining and quilting in the ditch. Also, an explanation of battings, needles, threads and marking tools are given.

You will leave this workshop with the knowledge and skills to begin machine quilting your own quilts. This is a must-take workshop to help you finish that stack of quilt tops that have been waiting to be machine quilted. Good beginner or refresher class.

Working knowledge of your machine is a MUST prior to taking this workshop.

  • Instructor: Helen Gosselin
  • Skill level – Beginner/Intermediate
  • One 5½ hour session, $50
    • Saturday, September 23, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

 This workshop fills up quickly, so call 978-346-9292 or stop in to register.

The Art of Sewing by Hand

Slow down, we move too fast! Take a break from sewing everything quickly by machine and create a beautiful work of art, all sewn by hand. Crazy Quilting, Hand-Appliqué, English Paper-Piecing, Sashiko, Redwork, etc are all works of art sewn by hand. This will be an opportunity to get together with others who like to “slow down” and enjoy the process of sewing by hand!

Join us once a month, to improve on your skills if you are already hooked on hand work or form a solid basis ifCC Crazy Quilt 5 pastel block you are a beginner. Work on your projects or start new ones. Get inspiration from others!

  • Appliqué – A beginner will learn the basic needle-turn stitch, how to make beautiful bias stems, and the secrets for stitching the “tricky places”, such as inside angles, curves, circles and point.
  • Crazy Quilting – Learn a variety of creative stitches and embellishment techniques for each seam of your crazy quilt block. The fascination and intrigue of crazy quilting is the freedom it offers…anything goes. There are no rules! It is the ultimate form of artistic expression with fabrics, threads, ribbons, beads, charms, etc. It is left to the imagination of the quilter.

You will be delighted to have a project that is portable and that gives such satisfaction as it appears before your eyes.

  • Instructor: Helen GosselinCC Crazy Quilt 3 c closeup
  • Skill level – Beginner/Intermediate
  • One 3 hour session, $25
    • Saturday, 9:30 – 12:30 pm
      • September 16
      • October 21
      • November 18
      • December 16

Psst…the teacher is not here!

When our classroom is not in use, it will be available for independent sewing. Come by yourself or get together with some of your friends to sew in our classroom for a few hours or even for the entire day! This is a great opportunity to work on your UFQs (Un Finished Quilts) or PhDs (Projects Half Done), start a new project, lay out a quilt or two, or just hang with the gang. Space is limited to 11 attendees,  so registering is a must.

  • Fee – two options available
    • Open to all who register – fee is $10.00 per person
    • Rent the room for the day – fee is $80.00 (this would be your closed session)
  • Check the Red Barn Calendar for dates when the classroom is not in use. Then contact Linda (978-346-9292 or redbarn@redbarnonline.com) to schedule your time to use the classroom.

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