Periwinkle Quilting & Beyond
If you want to come and sew at the store with a group of sewing friends just doing your own thing, we are happy to help you book a day the classroom is available. Mornings, afternoons or all day. For only $5.00/person you can have a great time sewing, chatting and enjoying each others' company. 

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  Classes list for winter 2017


1. Learn to Quilt: 7 weeks (21 hours of classes) Instructor: Sandy Cost: $185.00

Have you always loved quilts? Why not learn to make some?. You'll learn the basic techniques of quilting, from choosing fabrics to rotary cutting, strip piecing, setting blocks, borders, binding, and quilting by hand and machine. Sandy is an amazing teacher. She is a treasure chest of information. You will lay a good foundation for all future quilting projects.

2. Quick Start Quilting One 3-hour class, Instructor: Sandy /$30.00

Have you been away from quilting for a while? Or have tried your hand at one or two but feel you need to learn the tips and tricks to make it easier for you? With this class you can improve your precision in cutting, pressing and seam allowances without signing on for an entire beginner class.

Session I: Saturday morning, April 1, 9:30 - 12:30

3.  Machine Quilting Techniques: two 3-hour classes,       Instructor:Sandy        Cost: $55.00

It is both rewarding and fun to quilt your own quilts!    Using a preprinted panel, you will learn to do free motion quilting and fine-tune your tension settings and needle/thread combinations. You'll also see how different batting and thread affects the look of the quilt.  If you have gotten into longarm quilting, this is a great class to learn freehand filler patterns!

4. Sewing with Sandy Tutorials:  one 3-hour class Instructor: Sandy Cost: $28.00  limit 6 students

 Have you started a project but hit a wall and don't know what to do next? Have you sewn some blocks but aren't sure about what to do with them? During these sessions, Sandy can help you figure out your next steps and make a plan.  She has such a wealth of experience that you will pick up loads of useful information and tips during these individualized sewing times. 

Session V: Sunday, 9:30am-12:30pm, Mar 12

Session VI: Sunday, 9:30am-12:30pm, Mar 26

Session VII: Sunday, 9:30am-12:30pm, Apr 9

Session VIII: Sunday, 9:30am-12:30pm, Apr 23


5. Paper Piecing (on a Foundation) one 3 hour class, Instructor is Sandy $30.00

This technique can be used to construct a pictorial block or a design with odd shapes or sharp points.  It is an essential technique to add to your quilting arsenal.   Pattern is supplied.               


6. English Paper Piecing, by hand   one 3 hour class, Instructor is Patti, $35.00   includes the supply kit

You can create an infinite number of designs using this hand piecing technique that would be nearly impossible to sew with a machine.  The technique involves basting fabric to paper shapes and then whipstitching them together.  Learn the basic technique to start you on this enticing hobby. 


7. Fluffy Flannel-- a Rag Quilt one 3 hour class, Instructor is Wendy, $35.00

This is a totally different way to construct a quilt, with the seams on the outside to make a fringe.  Everyone loves to curl up in one of these.  


All Day Mini Retreats: why not book off work for a day and come for a full day of learning and social sewing...


8. Dresden Plate     one six hour class, Instructor is Sandy, $55.00

The beautiful fan patterns called dresden plates can be varied endlessly in size and numbers of petals to create quilts in many styles from old fashioned romantic to very modern. In this class you can start a table runner or table center, or even a larger quilt. If you have your own Dresden pattern that you want to make, you can bring the pattern and the materials and work on that.  

              Monday, Feb 27, 9:30am-4pm

        9. Machine Pieced Hexagons with the Hex n More Ruler Regular size or MINI,  one six hour class,

Instructor is Sandy, $55.00

Hexagons have been around for a while, but they are enjoying a revial with the modern quilt movement. Julie Herman from Jaybird Quilts has really opened up the options with this wonderful shape with her Hex n More ruler. A hexagon has 6 sides so we sometimes use other shapes with it such as 60 degree triangles, trapezoids or kites to get the design we want or to make piecing easier. These can also be cut from this ruler. Many of these patterns use large shapes which sew up quickly and make great use of some of those fun prints. The mini ruler is also fun, with a smaller investment of time and materials.

                   Monday, 9:30 to 4 p.m, (half hour for lunch) Feb 13

  10. String Quilts ----Strings of a Different Angle,  One 6-Hour class,     Instructor: Sandy Cost: $ 55.00

In this class we will combine string quilts with 60 degree angles. You can make this column quilt, or a string star based on the 60 degree angles. I liked this one so much, I am going to make it again. It can use a lot of little bits up!! If you have a stash of Selvages, they will work too!  

                             Wednesday,  9:30 to 4 p.m, (half hour for lunch) April 19

11.  Yellow Brick Road   one 6-hour class,  Instructor, Sandy  Cost, $55.00

If you have just learned to quilt, and are looking for another project to solidify your technique, this might be a good class for you to take.  You will learn how to get the most out of a quilting pattern, and learn more strip piecing skills.

                     Tuesday,  9:30 to 4:30 p.m.  (half hour for lunch)  February 21

         12Lone Star Quilt two 3 hour classes, Instructor is Jenn $55.00 Pattern is supplied.

This  quilt is sometimes called Star of Bethlehem or a Morning Star quilt.  It is made up of lots of little diamonds that radiate from the center.   You will learn how to strip piece it so that it is a lot faster than you think.                   

           Friday 1 to 4 p.m, March 17 and 24

13. Sew Together Bag one 3-hour class,  Instructor, Sandy  Cost, $35.00, plus purchase of the pattern  

You might have seen these zippered cylinders that are so handy to hold lots of your sewing stuff.  Sandy will guide you through the construction, step by step,

Session I: Saturday morning 9:30-1:30 p.m. Jan 7

         Session II: Monday, Mar 13, 9:30am-1:30pm

        Session III: Tuesday, Apr 11, 9:30am-1:30pm

14.  Quick Curve Class   one six hour class, Instructor is Sandy, $55.

          Using the Quick Curve Ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful you will learn to cut and sew gentle curves easily. There are lots of beautiful patterns available with this ruler so once you have the hang of it the sky's the limit!

          Session I: Monday, Jan 23, 9:30am-4pm


15. Hand Applique Two 3-hour classes, Instructor: Sandy /$55.00

With this technique you will learn about hand applique doing a Hawaiian block. The first class will consist of learning cutting and basting. The second class will take care of the basic stitching skills while you work on your block.

Session I: Wednesday, Jan 31 and Feb 7, 9:30am-12:30pm

16.  Quilt Math  Two 3-hour classes, Instructor: Jennifer /$55.00

Have a pattern you'd like to make larger/smaller? Need to figure out size and number of blocks in a quilt? Jennifer takes the mystery out of the math required to create or make the changes to your quilt top.

Session I: Friday, Feb 10 and Feb 17, 9:30am-12:30pm

 17. Just Can't Cut It  One 3-hour class, Instructor: Sandy /$35.00

This is a great place to use a big print that is just waiting for a quilt to show it off. It's a great class for any novice quilter. Fun and no stress!

Session I: Saturday, Mar 25, 9:30am-12:30pm

Session II: Wednesday, Apr 12, 9:30am-12:30pm


18. Illusions One 6-hour class, Instructor: Sandy /$55.00

Need to test your quilting chops with a more challenging project? This is a very cool looking quilt top which uses the same method as the other wedge ruler quilts. Sandy will guide you through this pattern to ensure your project is a success. Note: this class uses the same ruler and the tuffet patterns.

Session I: Saturday, Apr 8, 9:30am 4pm

19. The Wedge Quilt One 6-hour class, Instructor: Sandy /$55.00

This class also uses the tuffet wedge ruler. It is a great place to showcase some wonderful fabrics. A quick quilt with a contemporary look.

Session I: Saturday, Apr 15, 9:30am 4pm

No Measure Bargello Two 3-hour classes, Instructor: Sandy /$55.00

A fun bargello that uses up those batik bundles, Bali Pops and Bali Poppies.

Session I: Saturday, Apr 22 and Apr 29, 9:30am-12:30pm

Log Cabin Renovation: Two 3-hour classes, Instructor: Wendy /$55.00

Wendy will introduce you to the classic Log Cabin block. In the first class Wendy will discuss this type of block and it's construction. The second class will look at the block's variations

Session I: Monday, Mar 20 and Mar 27, 9:30am-12:30pm




And New to Periwinkle! Monika Kinner-Whalen

Monika is a full time fibre artist specializing in freestyle embroidery. Her creations are expressions of her love for the prairies and often originate from her own local photographs. If you're not familiar with Monika's work check out her blog at:

Creative Quilted Postcards /$40.00 kit fee $5.00

This is a very fun, experimental class. You will learn easy construction for trouble-free mailing. You will be given themes and plenty of fabric options to spur your creativity. You will learn how to use your machine in a more creative way as you make your postcards. A variety of finishing methods and backing options will be shown.

Thursday March 9, 5:30-8:30 p.m.


Threadpainting Project /$50.00 kit fee $10.00

Learn the free motion machine embroidery techniques that I use, how to set up & manipulate the sewing machine, as well as tips and trouble shooting. Working from selected photographs, I will guide you to understand what you are looking at in terms of executing stitch, as well as specific techniques of shading, cross hatching, blending, and long & short stitches. Go beyond simply 'colouring in' a picture.

Thursday March 8, 1-5pm


General Information on Classes : The fine print!

We have a dedicated classroom space in the lower level of the building. It is important that students be able to navigate a typical stairway to access the classroom. It is equipped with sewing machines and cutting mats so that students will not need to carry those bulky items up or down the stairs.

There is a 12 space parking lot at the rear of the building for our exclusive use so students will have no worries about finding a parking space close to the store

You receive a 15% discount on any supplies you purchase for the class. Supply lists are available when you register, but it is wise not to purchase anything new until a week before the class starts, in case you have to drop the class or it's cancelled.

Class Fees are payable at the time of registration.

No refund or exchange is given on classes within 7 days of the class date. We have tried to be flexible with this in the past, but have to tighten up this rule. We try hard to accommodate hardships, but we can't give refunds if someone just forgets to turn up. Please mark down your dates.

A full refund is issued if the class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. You will be given a week's notice if this occurs.

Class size is a minimum of 3 people, maximum of 8 people.

If you would like to use a store sewing machinejust let us know when you register, you will only need to get a pack of needles and a bobbin.


We want our classroom busy!

We are always happy to have our classroom being used. If there is a class you'd like to take but don't see it listed let us know! If you want to gather a group of sewing friends together to take a specific class, we can do that too!



If you want to come and sew at the store with a group of sewing friends just doing your own thing, we are happy to help you book a day the classroom is available. Mornings, afternoons or all day. For only $5.00/person you can have a great time sewing, chatting and enjoying each others' company.


 Session I: Wednesday morning, 9:30 to 12:30 Jan 20 and 27 z