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.

Our February classes are all about quilting! Which seems reasonable considering the weather in Michigan this time of year!

South East Michigan (SEMI) Meet Up / Sew Ann Arbor 

Thursday, February 6, 7-10pm

Join Rae Hoekstra of Made By Rae and Karen LePage of One Girl Circus as they host their monthly sew in!

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Your First Quilt with Rossie Hutchinson of Fresh Modern Quilts

Fridays 10:15 am - 1:15pm (February 7, 21, 28 and March 7)

Learn the basics of quilting while you make an beautiful baby or lap quilt with our program coordinator, Rossie. Apart from knowing how to sew a straight seam on your sewing machine, there are no prerequisites for this class. All you need is a positive attitude and an eagerness to learn.

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.

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.

The Flyer's Quilt, quilted.

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

Thursday, February 27th, 6-9:30 pm

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.

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.

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Finishing Touches - Binding and More!

Saturday March 1, 10:15-1:15

 You've mastered creating your quilt top but what next? This class will mostly cover double-fold binding techniques including how to have a perfect join at the end of the binding and how to create lovely mitered corners. Cut your binding time easily by 1/5 by learning how to entirely machine sew your binding. Learn a machine binding technique with a flange that mimics piping. We will cover how to make bias binding as well as straight on-the-grain binding and why you would choose either. We will also discuss ideas for backing your quilt and how to make a pieced backing and how to create that perfect quilt label.

Using a quilt sandwich (a pillow sized "fake" quilt), you will learn the basic techniques and then have a sample to look at once you get home. There should be plenty of class time for discussion and for you to get started on one of your own quilts as well.  There is more information on what to bring on the class info page.

Prerequisites: While a basic class, this class assumes that the student has made at least one quilt top of any size and understands the concepts of 1/4" seams.

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There are more details on these and more classes on the classes page. Pink Castle Fabrics has sewing machines available for rental if you need one. 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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