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Christmas Quilt: Modern Snowflake Tree Skirt Class

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Nov 19, 2013 12:30:00 AM
  

 Christmas Quilt: Modern Snowflake Tree Skirt class with Debbie Grifka

 Thursday, December 12th, 5:30pm-8:30pm 

Snowflake tree skirt

Add a bold snowflake to your holiday decor this year! 

Don't have time to make a full-fledged Christmas quilt? Come and learn how to machine applique as you make this beautiful, modern tree skirt with pattern designer and applique expert Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts.

This pattern was a big hit at Quilt Market and is sure to bring an extra bit of joy to the bottom of your tree!

The skirt is 48" diameter with a bound opening and optional ties and features non-fusible machine applique. With only slight adjustment, this could be a round quilt instead of a tree skirt. Debbie's tree skirt is make with Robert Kaufman's Kona solids in White and Medium Gray, but it would also look amazing in brighter colors, or even prints (perhaps those great snowflakes or the mistletoe from In from the Cold?). You can read Debbie's blog post about the pattern here.

Students should be able to sew a straight stitch on their sewing machines. Be sure to check the supply list to know what you need to bring!

Price per student is just $49, and the pattern is included in the price of the class.

Snowflake tree skirt

One of the great things about Pink Castle is how often we get the chance to learn how to make projects with the actual, fantastic designers! This is another great opportunity to take a class with a an expert we are lucky to have nearby!

If you are not so nearby, this pattern is available for purchase through Debbie's Etsy and Craftsy shops. Although Pink Castle does not carry this pattern yet, we have many other fine patterns from Debbie in the shop, including an adorable bias applique Christmas tree wall hanging.

But if you are here, you need to sign up for this class! This tree skirt is so good! And knowing how to do applique opens up a new realm of possibilities for your future sewing projects.

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Debbie Grifka

Known for her cool, minimalist style, Debbie Grifka is a pattern designer who regular contributor to quilt magazines and books. She is on the board of the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild. She also travels around the country teaching classes on hand, machine, and bias applique methods, and gives talks about the Modern Quilting movement. She is also one of the featured counselors for Pink Castle Fabric's own sewing retreat Camp Stitchalot Winter 2013, (which is coming up pretty soon!) where she will be teaching us how to make charming hot pads and potholders.

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Upcoming classes at Pink Castle Fabrics!

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Nov 3, 2013 5:41:00 PM
  

Upcoming Classes at Pink Castle Fabrics! 

There are lots of classes in the next few weeks at Pink Castle Fabrics, on  a variety of sewing topics! For complete listings, please see our classes page.

 

Made-To-Measure Skirt Workshop with Rae Hoekstra of Made by Rae

Saturday, November 9, 2013, 10:00am - 1:00pm

This fun and flirty gathered skirt has a sophisticated flat-fronted waistband, with an elastic casing in the back for ease of fit. Also, no zippers to fight with! It has pockets, and who doesn't love/need pockets? If there is time, Rae will also teach us how to add the contrast band, a skill that will surely lend itself to many future dressmaking projects. The Made-to-Measure skirt is perfect over tights and boots in the fall and winter!

An awesome class at Pink Castle Fabrics! An awesome class at Pink Castle Fabrics!
In Tsuru with contrast band In Oliver + S without contrast band.

Prerequisites: Students must be able to sew a straight or curved seam, keep a seam allowance, and adjust tension and stitch length on your sewing machine.

In the class you will be making a pattern using your own measurements on Pellon 830 pattern tracing material a pattern that is not only just your size but yours to keep, so that you may make many adorable skirts on your own afterwards.
 
Once you are registered, you will need to bring your sewing machine, 1 inch elastic, and 2-2.5 yards of light to medium weight fabric (some types of light weight fabrics we carry are voile and oxford; quilting cotton is a medium weight fabric), and coordinating thread to the class. If you want a contrast band, 1/2-1 yard of fabric will do. The elastic and tracing material will be available for purchase at the store.

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Rae Hoekstra is a blogger and pattern designer at Made By Rae (made-by-rae.com), a popular spot for DIY and sewing tutorials. She also designs for Cloud 9 fabrics, is a Sew Mama Sew Board member, and co-hosts SEMI Crafty meetups once a month at Pink Castle Fabrics.

 

Make a Turnstyle Quilt with Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts

Thursday, November 14th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts has a new quilt pattern for you to try! This fun new pattern features charm squares and provides a chance for you to practice partial seams! The quilt finishes at 41" x 41" Arrive at class with your fabric and sewing machine and Debbie will walk you through her pattern. This is a quilting class.

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Known for her cool, minimalist style, Debbie Grifka is a regular contributor to quilt magazines and books. She is one of the featured counselors for Camp Stitchalot Winter 2013.

 

Improv Crosses, Plusses, and Cabins with Rossie Hutchinson of Fresh Modern Quilts

Saturday, November 16th, 10:15am-1:45pm

Are you looking for more blocks to make for improv quilts? Come learn four of Rossie's favorite improv blocks: the improv cross (pictured), the scrappy plus, the log cabin, and the open cabin. In this three-and-a-half hour workshop, Rossie will make each block with you and discuss problem-solving techniques for combining them and making a quilt top. You'll leave class with at least four blocks and a handout reviewing what you learned.  What an awesome quilting class!

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Rossie Hutchinson is the founder of the influential Flickr group Fresh Modern Quilts. Her quilts have appeared in magazines, books, and quilt shows around the country. She also creates and sells custom plexiglass shapes for itajime shibori dyeing and other uses in her Etsy shop.

There are more details on these and more classes on the classes page. If you have any questions or need help booking your class, please email rossie@pinkcastlefabrics.com or stop into our shop at 3808 Plaza Drive.

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Upcoming classes at Pink Castle Fabrics!

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Oct 28, 2013 10:49:00 PM
  

Upcoming Classes at Pink Castle Fabrics! 

There are lots of classes in the next few weeks at Pink Castle Fabrics, on  a variety of sewing topics! For complete listings, please see our classes page.

Free-Motion Quilting: Beyond the Basics with Ginia Forester of Forest Quilts

Saturday, November 2, 2013 // 10:00am - 2:00pm

Ginia’s machine quilting classes focus on building a strong foundation of basic skills and encouraging the student to develop their own style.

This class is for those who have grasped the basics and want to expand their free motion skill set.  You will learn some tips for giving your quilts a more polished look.   We will cover some basic filler motifs, such as grids, curls and pebbles. Then you will develop your own fillers and motifs.

Students must have already done some free motion quilting or taken the “Free-Motion Quilting: Getting Started (Free Motion 101)” class. Among other things, you will need a sewing machine with a darning/ free motion foot, a pair of scissors and a ruler, as well as thread, needles, fabric and batting to practice on. Some of these supplies are available to purchase at Pink Castle Fabrics

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Ginia Forrester is a quilter who has made many amazing quilts, and is pursuing her interest in historical quilts by becoming a quilt appraiser.

Hand Appliqué Course with Debbie Grifka of Ecsh House Quilts

This is a two-part course.
Friday November 8 and 15, 10am-12pm

Learn about needles, threads, thimbles, fabrics, preparing the pieces and how to do needle-turned hand appliqué.  You'll fall in love with the simplicity of this technique and never be without a portable hand project again!  You'll get a good start on your pillow in class and will be able to finish the rest at home with confidence.  Students will learn to appliqué some basic shapes and make a cute owl pillow. This is a quilting class.

Students should be comfortable with hand stitching. Students need to bring fusible web such as Heat N Bond Lite, a stabilizer such as Stitch N Tear, freezer paper, #10 betweens hand sewing needles, and thread for hand applique- YLI silk #100 is recommended but not required. The instructor will have some YLI silk #100 on hand for students to try if they like.

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Known for her cool, minimalist style, Debbie Grifka is a regular contributor to quilt magazines and books. She is one of the featured counselors for Camp Stitchalot Winter 2013.

Made-To-Measure Skirt Workshop with Rae Hoekstra of Made by Rae

Saturday, November 9, 2013 // 10:00am - 1:00pm

This fun and flirty gathered skirt has a sophisticated flat-fronted waistband, with an elastic casing in the back for ease of fit. Also, no zippers to fight with! It has pockets, and who doesn't love/need pockets? If there is time, Rae will also teach us how to add the contrast band, a skill that will surely lend itself to many future dressmaking projects. The Made-to-Measure skirt is perfect over tights and boots in the fall and winter!

An awesome class at Pink Castle Fabrics! An awesome class at Pink Castle Fabrics!
In Tsuru with contrast band In Oliver + S without contrast band.

Prerequisites: Students must be able to sew a straight or curved seam, keep a seam allowance, and adjust tension and stitch length on your sewing machine.

In the class you will be making a pattern using your own measurements on Pellon 830 pattern tracing material a pattern that is not only just your size but yours to keep, so that you may make many adorable skirts on your own afterwards.
 
Once you are registered, you will need to bring your sewing machine, 1 inch elastic, and 2-2.5 yards of light to medium weight fabric (some types of light weight fabrics we carry are voile and oxford; quilting cotton is a medium weight fabric), and coordinating thread to the class. If you want a contrast band, 1/2-1 yard of fabric will do. The elastic and tracing material will be available for purchase at the store.

book now

Rae Hoekstra is a blogger and pattern designer at Made By Rae (made-by-rae.com), a popular spot for DIY and sewing tutorials. She also designs for Cloud 9 fabrics, is a Sew Mama Sew Board member, and co-hosts SEMI Crafty meetups once a month at Pink Castle Fabrics.

 

There are more details on all these and more classes on the classes page. If you have any questions or need help booking your class, please email rossie@pinkcastlefabrics.com or stop into our shop at 3808 Plaza Drive.

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October Classes at Pink Castle Fabrics - Make a Washi Dress

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Oct 8, 2013 10:52:00 AM
  

Washi Techniques Workshop - Rae Hoekstra of Made by Rae

Thursday October 10th, 6-9 pm  

The Made by Rae washi dress pattern!  At Pink Castle Fabrics.

This workshop is designed to offer time to work on the Washi Dress with the pattern designer Rae's assistance. Rae will also cover many of the sewing techniques needed to complete the Washi Dress. Possible topics are: sewing a smooth dart, shirring with elastic thread, adding facings, seam and armhole finishing, and hemming. These techniques are commonly used in many other women's (and even children's) clothing patterns as well!

Please note that due to time limitations, we will not be able to sew an entire dress from start to finish; we ask that you cut your pieces before you come. However, Rae will be available to assist you and answer questions specific to your dress.

To see a huge gallery of beautiful Washi dresses sewn by and for women all around the world, check out Rae's recent blog post.

Rae Hoekstra is a blogger and pattern designer at Made By Rae (made-by-rae.com), a popular spot for DIY and sewing tutorials. She also designs fabric for Cloud 9 fabrics, is a Sew Mama Sew Board member, and co-hosts SEMI Crafty meetups once a month at Pink Castle Fabrics.
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Free Motion Quilting: Getting Started - Ginia Forrester of Forest Quilts

Saturday, October 12, 2013 // 10:00am - 2:00pm

 

Ginia’s machine quilting classes focus on building a strong foundation of basic skills and encouraging the student to develop their own style.

This class focuses on free motion quilting for the beginner.  If you have never tried free motion, or tried it and gave up, this is the class for you.  You will learn the basics about different kinds of batting and thread, how to set up your machine and workspace, how to make quilt sandwiches.  Then we’ll move on to practicing some fun filler motifs for the beginning quilter.

Ginia Forrester is a quilter who has made many amazing quilts, and is pursuing her interest in historical quilts by becoming a quilt appraiser.

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Carefree Circles & Reverse Applique - Rossie Hutchinson of Fresh Modern Quilts

Monday, October 14th 10:15 am -1:15 pm

 

There are a lot of ways to make circles in a quilt.  Come to Pink Castle and learn Rossie's reverse applique method.  Students tell us they find this method "fool proof" and have 100% success with it in class and at home!  Rossie's method can be used to make perfect circles or more irregular shapes (as in the picture).  She developed this method when making her Painted Pebbles Quilt, which is now part of the American Quilter's Society Modern Challenge!

Rossie will also teach the 6-minute-circle technique and go over the pros-and-cons of this method vs. her reverse applique method.

Students will leave class with at least one completed block and a handout to remind them of what they've learned!

Rossie Hutchinson is the founder of the influential Flickr group Fresh Modern Quilts. Her quilts have appeared in magazines, books, and quilt shows around the country. She also creates and sells custom plexiglass shapes for itajime shibori dyeing and other uses.
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Garment Sewing For Quilters - Karen LePage of One Girl Circus

Thursday, October 17, 6-10pm

Awesome pattern at Pink Castle Fabrics.

Are you a quilter who is ready to take baby steps into the world of garment sewing? Learn to use your mad sewing skills to make something you'll love to wear!

Are you a beginning sewist ready to try out a clothing pattern? Come and learn a basic pattern with us!

In this class, we'll take the mystery out of garment sewing by making Lila Lounge Pants, which will be a gentle step into apparel sewing.  We'll go over choosing the appropriate size, preparing a pattern, cutting the fabric, finishing seams, and hemming the pants to the length you want. (Think of all the beautiful scraps you'll have left over for your next patchwork project!) 

Karen LePage designs sewing patterns, teaches sewing classes, volunteers in the Ann Arbor and Detroit crafty communities, and makes bespoke garments for people who are sensitive, hard-to-fit, or just too individual for off the rack clothes. She co-hosts SEMI Crafty meetups once a month at Pink Castle Fabrics.
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We hope you can join us for some fabric fun this month! And don't forget to add your projects to the Made with Pink Castle Fabrics Flickr group.

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Your First Quilt, a Pink Castle Fabrics class

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Sep 22, 2013 3:59:00 PM
  

Your First Quilt

 Learn the basics of quilting while you make an beautiful baby or lap quilt with our program coordinator, Rossie.  There are no prerequisites for this class. All you need is a positive attitude and an eagerness to learn.  Learn this amazing half square triangle quilt!

This class will cover fabric selection, cutting, piecing, pressing, making a quilt sandwich, basting, machine quilting, and double fold binding.  For the first class you will need your sewing machine, the sewing machine's manual, and thread. Later classes will require additional materials, this will be discussed in class.

Flyer Quilt - A Class at Pink Castle Fabrics
The Flyers Quilt

The Flyers quilt is the project.  Although the pattern is for a lap or baby sized quilt, the design is customizable... you can start a big quilt or just make a mini quilt! You will be learning how to choose fabrics for a quilt, as well as two ways to cut and piece half square triangles. You will also learn how to use the Accuquilt Go to cut pieces, as well as using a rotary cutter.

Flyer Quilt - Class at Pink Caslte Fabrics
The Flyer's Quilt, quilted.

This a course.  It meets four Fridays, from 10:15-1:15; each class is three hours long. The course runs from September 27th through October 18th.

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The teacher of this class, Rossie Hutchinson, is the founder of the influential Flickr group Fresh Modern Quilts. Her quilts have appeared in magazines, books, and quilt shows around the country. She also creates and sells custom plexiglass shapes for itajime shibori dyeing and other uses.

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