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(956) 638-1961

Begin Quilting Class



Learn quilting one week at a time.  This eight week class will take you from the basics of sewing through the steps of creating a simple quilt.  By the last week, you will have a quilt and be ready to tackle your next quilting project with confidence, and though you still have much to learn, you will able to do it because you will know the basics of quilting.  This is our plan of attack:

Week 1: Learn about your sewing machine, the basics of sewing and create a simple table runner to apply your newfound knowledge.

Week 2: Creating a quilt starts with cutting.  You will learn how to use your rotary cutter, ruler and mat to cut those big pieces of fabric into the small pieces you'll need to create your quilt pattern.

Week 3: Now that you have many small pieces, you'll sew them together into the pattern's design.

Week 4: You have the center of your pieced top finished so now it is time to add the borders.

Week 5: Sandwich time!  But this one you won't eat.  We will layer the pieced top, the batting and the backing together to prepare for next week's step.  And depending on what you choose for backing, you may find you must piece your backing first.

Week 6: You've put much effort into creating a beautiful pieced top, possibly pieced your backing, and built your quilt sandwich.  It is time to secure it all together so that it will withstand the loving it will get later.

Week 7: Look how far you've gotten already, but you are not quite finished.  We will concentrate on the remaining raw edges of the quilt.  We'll bind them up and get ready to wrap up this quilt project.

Week 8: It's time to label our work so that our loving effort is appreciated for years to come.  And when we finish, we'll celebrate what we've all created!

Meeting weekly on Sunday for eight weeks at 2:00pm-4:00pm.  Refer to the calendar for specific dates.

The following is general information that applies to all classes.

Please avoid wearing fragrances.

  • You bring your own sewing machine.
  • Reservations are required, but if the class is full, we will be glad to put you on a wait list and let you know if there is an opening.  You can choose then whether you want to still join in.
  • Payment is required at the time of the reservation.  Please call and cancel if you are unable to attend so those on the wait list can attend instead.  Full refund will be made for cancellations up to 48 hours prior to the class.  Half will be refunded if cancelled within 24 hours before, and no refund if cancelled less than 24 hours before the class.
  • Coffee, tea and water available for no charge.
  • Fabric and supply lists will be provided when you make your reservation. 
  • Come prepared with your sewing machine, fabrics and supplies, and allow time to set up your sewing area beforehand, so we can start on time.


Skill Level: beginner
Skill Details: Beginner through Experienced Sewists
Materials Included: Pattern
Requirements: Supplies and fabric requirements provided with paid class registration.
Instructor: Barb Bergquist
Instructor Bio: As a quilter of more than 25 years and co-owner of A Block Away Quilt Shop, Barb is full of information and ideas!
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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.

Contact Us:

Phone: (956) 638-1961
Location: A Block Away Quilt Shop
                 2706 N. 10th Street
                 McAllen, TX 78501
Hours: Mon-Sat: 9AM-9PM, Sun: 10AM-6PM
Email: barb@ablockaway.com


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