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Beginning Quilting 101

Learn quilting techniques with this first class in our beginner's quilting series. You will learn how to quickly and accurately use a rotary cutter, piece strips together with a quarter inch seam, square up blocks, and add borders to your quilt top. At the end of class you will have a completed quilt top.

This class takes place over 4 sessions.

Pattern is Radio Way Quilt by Jaybird Quilts

Radio Way quilt

For Quilting 101, we will provide BERNINA sewing machines for students to use in the classroom. This helps ensure that everyone's machine is working properly and that staff are able to help students operate their machines. This leaves more class time available for learning to quilt!

There will be some sewing homework involved, so you will need to have access to a sewing machine at home. (We have some great, affordable sewing machine options for you!)

Notes from the Instructor

Welcome to the 1st of our Beginning Quilting Series.  The goal of this Quilting 101 class is to have fun and open up your world to the joy of quilting.  Upon completion of this class, you should have a beautiful quilt top that you will love and can quilt.


The quilting of the quilt top is a separate class or you can use a Longarmer (we have the names in the shop of local Longarmers you can use). 


Sewing machines are provided for all beginning classes.  We want you to focus on your quilt top and not how to work your machine.  We will take care of that for you.


There are supplies necessary to take this class.  Below is a supply list:


Supplies Needed:

  •   Rotary cutter with a sharp blade
  •   6 ½ X 24 inch ruler for cutting fabric and borders
  •   6 ½ X 12 ruler for cutting 10 inch strips
  •   2 ½ square ruler for measuring seam widths (optional)
  •   100 percent cotton thread to match.  I prefer Aurafil.  Please do not use cheaper threads in our machines because it clogs them with too many loose fibers.  Absolutely no polyester thread please because it cuts the cotton fabric.
  •   Quilter’s pins
  •   Pattern: Radio Way by Jaybird Quilts


  •  We have several options available in the store. Please select your fabric before class to allow for more instruction during class time.
  •   Please read pattern for fabric requirements. For the 50x70 Lap Size, you will need:

o   (35) 2-1/2” strips – one jelly roll

o   Background/accent fabric – 2 yds of a contrasting solid

o   Backing fabric – 3-1/4 yards


We look forward to seeing you in class.  Plan on having a great time!

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Requirements: Must also purchase pattern, fabric, and supplies separately. Materials will be available in store. Please have your supplies before the 1st day of class.
Instructor: Ruthie Salerno
Includes 4 sessions.

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
  • Creative Sewing & Quilting
  • Ph: (630) 208-6789
  • 11 N. 1st St..
    Geneva, IL 60134
  • Hours:
  • TUES - FRI: 10AM - 5PM
  • SAT: 10AM - 4PM
    Closed Sunday - Monday