Upcoming classes at Pink Castle Fabrics!

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.

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!

In Tsuru with contrast bandIn 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.

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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