The Quilt Patch
Classes: The Basics

10381 Main Street, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 703-273-6937

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5

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The introductory classes on this page are designed for the beginner and those who want to brush up on the basics.

Students: Please remember that you must be comfortable using your sewing machine if you wish to take a machine-oriented class. If you cannot bring your machine, ask about reserving one of our Bernina classroom machines. IF YOU NEED TO PURCHASE REQUIRED BOOKS, PATTERNS, ETC., PLEASE LET US KNOW IN ADVANCE TO ASSURE THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH IN STOCK FOR CLASS NEEDS. We can reserve your items for you.

Piecing Classes

Beginning Quiltmaking: Piecing by Machine
Whether you are a true beginner or not, this class will open up a new world of quiltmaking based on time-tested techniques. Not only will you learn all of the major block styles, but the entire quilt-making process including how to draft, make templates, mark, cut, machine piece, appliqué, quilt and finish. Students can expect to complete a sampler top, possibly quilt and finish it. *Sewing machine required in class for 3 sessions only. Ask or click here for a supply list. 8 sessions, $99
TUE 7:00pm-9:00pm: (2018) JAN 09, 16, 23, FEB 06, 20, 27, MAR 13, 20
THURS 7:00pm-9:00pm: (2017) SEP 21, 28, OCT 05, 19, 26, NOV 09, 16, 30

Beginner ................................................................ Instructor, Leslie Pfeifer


Curved Piecing
Using Marti Michell templates, learn how to achieve smooth, even curves as you piece a variety of curved quilt blocks. Start with a large, gentle Drunkard’s Path and proceed to smaller, tighter curves. Then you’ll learn how to combine blocks into more complex designs. *Sewing machine required. Ask or click here for a supply list. 1 session, $30
SAT 1:30pm-4:30pm: (2017) DEC 02
Adv. Beginner ................................................................ Instructor, Leslie Pfeifer


Paper Piece for Fun
Learn the basics of foundation (paper) piecing: stitching, trimming, all the little tricks for success, and have some fun. Give these mini quilts as gifts to friends and family or make a collage of your favorites for your home. Ask for supply list (some suggested patterns will be noted). *Sewing machine & pattern required. Ask or click here for a supply list. 1 session, $30
SAT 10:00am-1:00pm: (2017) AUG 26, (2018) JAN 06
All levels ................................................................ Instructor, Leslie Pfeifer


Perfect Machine Piecing
Discover all the tricks for perfect machine piecing. Most importantly, you'll learn how to achieve accurate points and intersections. Even experienced sewers appreciate the techniques taught in this class. End the frustration and enjoy the results. *Sewing machine required. Materials fee: $3 (payable at class). Ask or click here for a supply list. 1 session, $30
TUE 6:30pm-9:30pm: (2017) SEP 12
SAT 10:00am-1:00pm: (2018) JAN 20

Beginner, Intermediate ................................................................ Instructor, Leslie Pfeifer


*NEW*   Simple Drafting
Have you ever seen a beautiful quilt at a show or in a magazine or book that you just want to make right now? If you know some easy basic drafting techniques, you can do just that. Learn to draft 5 styles of quilt blocks and how to adapt them to the size block you wish to make; in other words, make any block in any size. Ask for a supply list. 1 Session, $30
SAT 10:00am-1:00pm: (2017) DEC 02
All Levels ................................................................ Instructor, Leslie Pfeifer


Quilting Classes

Advanced Finishing Techniques
There are more ways to complete your quilt that just basic binding. Explore piping, prairie points, inside and outside curves and others. Binding Basics is a prerequisite for this class. *Sewing machine required. Ask for a supply list. 1 Session, $34
SAT 1:30pm-5:00pm: (2018) FEB 24
Adv. Beginner, Intermediate ................................................................ Instructor, Kathy Gray


Free-Motion Quilting By Machine
So there's a bit more to this than just "winging it" so let's focus our attention on this one aspect of machine quilting and how to achieve good results with a minimum of frustration. Learn simple all-over patterns, feathers, easy motifs and some of the tools that will help you be successful. *Sewing machine required. Ask or click here for a supply list. 1 Session, $45
SUN 12:30pm-4:30pm: (2017) AUG 20, OCT 15
All Levels ................................................................ Instructor, Nancy Karst


Quilting With Your Walking Foot
Next to my patchwork foot, this is my favorite and most useful foot. We all know we can use it for quilting straight lines, but did you know that you can use it to quilt gentle curves as well? Learn how to navigate soft, flowing curves using your walking foot and how to use it to complement your quilt. *Sewing machine with walking foot required.
Please note that the class is $36, not $30 as stated in the newsletter. That was a typo.
Ask or click here for a supply list. 1 Session, $36
SUN 12:30pm-4:30pm: (2017) AUG 27
FRI 10:00am-2:00pm: (2017) NOV 17

All Levels ................................................................ Instructor, Nancy Karst


Other Basic Skills

Basic Machine Appliqué
Using a fusible bonding agent, freezer paper and your sewing machine, learn several methods of machine appliqué including an "invisible" technique that mimics hand work. We will make a practice sample in class that will serve as an example (or crib sheet) of the stitches and settings you like the most and will use in future projects. *Sewing machine with zig-zag capability required. Ask or click here for a supply list. 1 Session, $27
SAT 10:00am-12:30pm: (2017) SEP 23, (2018) JAN 27
All Levels ................................................................ Instructor, Leslie Pfeifer


Basic Rotary Cutting
Rotary cutting can make your quilt making quick and enjoyable, but you have to know how to use the equipment. This class will teach you all of the basic cutting techniques including proper folding, stacking and use of special rulers, etc. No sewing in class. This class is strongly recommended for beginners. Ask or click here for a supply list. 1 session, $30
WED 6:30pm-9:30pm: (2017) SEP 27
Beginner ................................................................ Instructor, Lesly-Claire Greenberg


Beginning Hand Appliqué

Beginning Hand Appliqué
Learn four different hand applique techniques while making a small wall quilt. This is a great opportunity to discover which techniques work best for you. Book: Applique: The Basics and Beyond required. Bring bag lunch. Ask or click here for a supply list. 1 Session, $45
SUN 12:00pm-4:00pm: (2018) MAR 25, 25
Beginner,Intermediate ................................................................ Instructor, Kathy Lincoln


Binding Basics

Binding Basics
The binding of your quilt should not be left to chance, but requires the appropriate finished edge. Learn straight and bias binding, when to use them and how to miter perfect corners. *Sewing machine optional, book Happy Endings required. Ask or click here for a supply list. 1 session, $30
SUN 1:00pm-4:00pm: (2017) SEP 17
All levels ................................................................ Instructor, Kathy Gray