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Quilting 101: Learn to Quilt

Join us for an introduction to quilting workshop!
In this 1-day intensive, you'll create a lap quilt (34" x 51") and learn the basics of quilt construction from choosing fabrics to cutting using a rotary cutter, quilter's ruler, and mat. You'll learn to piece a quilt top, sandwich, and straight-line quilt your quilt and finish it with binding. We'll even discuss labeling your quilt to officially "sign" your work!

Morning: Quilting supplies, fabric selection & prep + fabric cutting || Assembling blocks & rows + sewing the quilt top
Afternoon: Basting the quilt & straight-line quilting, squaring up the quilt || Binding + making a label

By the end of the workshop, you'll have a cozy lap quilt to enjoy for many years!

Please arrive 15 minutes early to browse the fabric selection in shop. We'll discuss color theory, pattern, value, in class and you'll have time to shop during the first session. Anything purchased during class time will receive a 10% discount!

Fabric requirements:
For this quilt you will need the following:
- 3/4 yard of light fabric
- 3/4 yard of dark fabric
*If you want a single color background you'll need 1.5 yards of fabric
- Five 5" squares (we will have a selection for you to choose from!)
- Backing - 1.5 yards
- Binding 3/8 yards (you may have enough leftover fabric to make a scrappy binding)
- Batting (minimum 36" x 50")

You'll want to bring or buy your lunch - this is a long day so feel free to bring snacks and your own beverage.

Class Policies

Attendance Agreements:

  • You acknowledge that crafting often involves the use of electrical equipment, irons, and sewing machines, as well as needles, scissors, and rotary cutters and that the use of these tools includes risks that can lead to injury. You agree to release and hold harmless Needles & Bolts, LLC its instructors, and employees from any and all claims and liability related to any accident that may arise as a result of your or your child's participation in classes, workshops, or programs. Should the need arise, you agree to first aid and/or medical treatment.
  • Each person who is planning to attend a class must purchase a seat.
  • Please be on time for class to be respectful of the other students and instructors.

Cancellations + Rescheduling:

  • All classes need a minimum of 2 students to run (except the "Make Friends" series). If a class has less than 2 students 24 hours before class starts, we will contact you and discuss moving your seat into the next available workshop or offer you a credit of the class amount paid to put towards a future class.
  • We do not offer refunds for classes unless Needles & Bolts needs to cancel for any reason. Store Credit or a transfer to another workshop is permitted. We do allow transfer of class credit to another student. We require a 48-hour notice of cancellation before the start of your class to receive a store credit. Please note that we cannot offer a store credit if you are within the 48-hour time frame. If you need to cancel a class or switch the date and the 48-hour deadline has not passed, please email us at to do so and we will be happy to help.
  • There are NO refunds, exchanges, or store credits given at any time for classes with out-of-town instructors and special guest instructors.


Additional Information

  • Free street parking is available on Germantown Avenue, Carpenter Lane, Meehan Street, and surrounding side streets. Please note that even if parking is free, an enforced time limit may exist. You may need to walk a bit to get to the shop, please plan accordingly.
Mass Transit:
  • The SEPTA 23 bus from Market Street Station in Center City headed towards Chestnut Hill stops directly in front of Needles & Bolts.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Knowledge of how to use a sewing machine is nice but not necessary. If you would like to take this class but need a sewing machine refresher, let us know so we can arrange extra time for you to get comfortable on our machines. If you would like to use your machine, make sure it is in good working order. Our instructors are not always well versed on every type of machine.
Materials Included: Pattern is included. We have classroom machines to use along with cutting and pressing tools.
Instructor: Sydney Camisa Deas or Amanda Karel
Instructor Bio: Sydney is a nonprofit professional who resides in Mt. Airy with her husband, Rollin, and their two cats, Frosty & Babette. She has been sewing since elementary school and comes from a long line of stitchers. She previously taught sewing classes to middle school students through an after-school program in Burlington, Vermont. She loves sharing her love of sewing and fabric with others! You can follow Sydney?s adventures in sewing (& food) on Instagram: @homemadephilly -- Amanda Karel began cross-stitching when she was 6 years old.? Over the years, her love for making things expanded into several formats -- sewing garments, baking, crochet, embroidery, macrame, and now quilting. She loves teaching, learning new skills, and helping people realize their creative visions.?You can see some of Amanda's projects on Instagram: @amanda.karel or visit her at Needles & Bolts during one of her shifts.
Price includes pattern and an Intro to Quilting booklet. A 10% discount is offered on class supplies purchased in the shop.

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.

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