Lebanon Plaza
Route 22  East
Lebanon, NJ  08833
 (908) 236-7676
Machine Piecing and Quilting Classes
This page was last updated: May 27, 2017
CANCELLATION POLICY - All Classes
Cancellation must be done by PHONE,  which has a 24-hour answering machine, 
or IN PERSON. 

1 week cancellation notice for regular classes, 2 weeks notice for camp.
A sewing machine, clean and in good working order, is required for all machine piecing/quilting classes.
Supply lists are on the NEWSLETTER webpage.
Check out our new class schedule and Summer 2017 newsletter. 

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Accidental Landscapes
With Rita $25 for 1 session, or $65 for 3 sessions
Sundays: Jun 18, Jul 9, Aug 20, Sep 17
     1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Create a beautiful wall-hanging and learn a wonderful new technique. No fusible, just simple free cutting with scissors and rotary cutter. Bring lots of scraps and pick a theme from the required book: Accidental Landscapes by Karen Eckmeier. Bring your sewing machine and threads to match your landscape fabrics. Straight stitching only! You won’t believe how easy this project is. See the supply list for details. SIGNUP BY WEDNESDAY BEFORE CLASS IS REQUIRED.

Classes Upon Request
With Rita Minimum class fee: $25 for 3 hours 
$5.00 for each additional hour
Rita offers private one-on-one or small group classes upon request. Is there one of Rita’s classes you’d prefer to take at a special time, or is there something else you want to learn that isn’t offered in Rita’s scheduled classes? If so, send your request by email to quilts@buddingstarquilts.com 
or leave your name and phone number for a callback. Classes-upon-request are offered on available Sundays, Mondays, or Thursdays. Registration by phone at 908-236-7676 or in person required at least 1 week in advance.

Disappearing 9-Patch
With Rita $25 per session + supplies
Sunday, Jun 18, Jul 9, Aug 20, Sep 17
     1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Just plain simple. Make 9-patch blocks from any size squares (5-inch charm squares or 6-inch squares work best). Cut the 9-patch block in a special way and create a dramatic quilt where the 9-patch has “disappeared.” One layout even creates your sashing and cornerstones! SIGNUP BY WEDNESDAY BEFORE CLASS IS REQUIRED

Finishing Class with Melanie
With Melanie $25 per session
or prepay for 3 classes for $65
Sundays: Jun 11, Jul 16, Aug 27, Sep 24
     1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
or Mondays: Jun 12, Jul 17, Aug 28, Sep 25
     1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Finishing class is time to work on ANY project you want to. This is time set aside to sew without the distractions of home, with other quilters to chat with and a teacher nearby to help as needed. This is time to machine piece; it is not a machine quilting class. I need two students to run class so be sure to call to sign up.  

Fold and Stitch Wreath
With Melanie $25 per session + supplies
Sundays: Jun 11, Jul 16, Aug 27, Sep 24
     1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
or Mondays: Jun 12, Jul 17, Aug 28, Sep 25
     1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This is a fun and unique project. We have a limited number and variety of kits but you can also buy the pieces and choose your own fabric or pick your fabrics and have us kit a kit for you (requires 2 weeks). There is room for embellishments. Think Patriotic, summer, to match a room . . . .

Fusible Applique
With Rita $25 for 1 session, or $65 for 3 sessions
Sundays: Jun 18, Jul 9, Aug 20, Sep 17
     1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Bring any fusible applique project (or use a free pattern from Rita and Steam a Seam 2) and learn the techniques of fusing and machine stitching applique. We have a limited number of kits available or bring your own kit or pattern and fabrics. Projects using any type of fusible are welcome. Please bring a roll of baking parchment paper and an applique pressing sheet, if you have one; also a small iron if available. 

Hand Binding
With Kathy $30 + supplies
Saturday, July 22
8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
CALL TO REGISTER. Come and let’s truly FINISH your quilt. Bring your machine to sew the binding onto the front of your quilt and then hand stitch it to the back. Learn tricks for going faster and creating perfectly invisible stitches. Class will include a big surprise and free gift. We will also discuss signing your quilt. It will be a fun day of stitching together. 

Lemon Pepper - NEW
With Melanie $25 + supplies (1 session) 
Sunday: Aug 13, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 pm
This scrappy pattern is great for fat quarters or fat eights. The more the merrier – collect 1/4 or 1/8th yard pieces or a combination of both and plan to come and cut for a bit then start sewing. While you won’t be done at the end of class, class time & sewing among quilting friends will make the time fly and the project more enjoyable! Start collecting your fabric now! Pick up a supply sheet for tips and what you will need for class.

Machine Quilting I
With Pat $40 + supplies
Wednesday, May 31
6:00 p.m.– 9:30 p.m.
Learn the basics and so much more. Learn about basting, batting, threads and needles as well as the notions that can make your quilting so much easier. Explore techniques including stippling, echo, free form, quilt-in-the-ditch, and using stencils.  

Magic Pillow
With Kathy $30 + supplies
Any QIAD Session - see page 1 for dates
A super gift for any age. Make it in flat or flannel. Fast and easy and DONE in 4 hours (quilted, too!) This is a lap comforter that folds into a pillow. Sign up for any ‘Quilt in a Day’ session.

Mom and Me
With Kathy $30 + supplies 
Saturday, Aug 5
8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Bring Mom or Grandmom and come to make your first quilt. Learn basic skills and have a great day together.

Paperpiecing 101
With Rita $25 for 1 session, or $65 for 3 sessions
Sundays: Jun 18, Jul 9, Aug 20, Sep 17
     1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Whether a beginner of experienced, come and paperpiece. Have a pattern, but don’t know how to get started? Bring your pattern and learn the technique. If you don’t have a pattern, Rita will provide a couple of simple free block patterns for you to try. Bring a ruler with quarter-inch markings, a piece of template plastic (approximately 2 x 6 inches), and some fat quarters or fabric scraps. Add-a-Quarter Ruler recommended. 

Piecing with Rita - Piecing and More
With Rita $25 for 1 session, or $65 for 3 sessions
Sundays: Jun 18, Jul 9, Aug 20, Sep 17
     1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Work on any quilt. Get help and guidance on any project, including interpreting patterns, cutting techniques, and construction. Also available for Accidental Landscapes, Fusible Applique, Happy Villages, Paper Piecing, or Strippy Throw Pillows.

Scrap Crazy 6” 
With Melanie $25 per session
Sundays, May 28, Jun 11, Jul 16, Aug 27, Sep 24
     1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
or Mondays, Jun 12, Jul 17, Aug 27, Sep 24
     1:00 p.m. - 4 p.m.
I enjoy templates and you may, too, if you give them a try. Come to class with the template set and fabric to cut. Class time is spent cutting and planning but not sewing. Please download or pick up a supply list. My sample was from fat quarters and fat eights (I suggest you have as many different fabrics as you can that total about 5 yards to make the size of the sample) purchased to go together – but scraps from your sewing room are also an option. Join us in class to prep for a lovely quilt.

Sewing Machine or Technology Help—Need help with your sewing or embroidery machine, smartphone, or laptop?
With Rita $20 (1 session)
Thursday, Jul 20
1-hour appointments between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Learn how to clean your machine—including the feed dogs—as well as how to adjust tension and discuss types of needles and threads. Bring your machine AND your machine’s user manual. Need help with other technology? Bring your device—phones, tablets, laptops, sewing or embroidery machine—and the user manual. Rita will schedule one-on-one 1-hour appointments. To make your appointment, call the shop at 908-236-7676.

Stack-n-Whack
With Melanie $50 per session plus supplies
Sunday: Jul 16, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
or Monday: Jul 17, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The pinwheel is a great stack-n-whack pattern. Come try one in novelties, Asians, florals . . . And we will see the magic happen! Please pick up or print from online the supple sheet before class and take a look at it! 

Storm at Sea
With Rita $40 + supplies
Thursday: Jun 8, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Would you believe:  a Storm at Sea quilt made almost entirely without templates?  Yes, by cutting strips first and then subcutting (without templates!), you can make a Storm at Sea quilt using only ONE template to trim one of the block’s pieces. This easy method makes a complicated quilt a snap. And the Storm at Sea block can be set in many different ways and the quilt can be made in many different sizes just by altering the number of blocks. See the Supply List for sample layouts for this wonderful traditional quilt. .

T-Shirt Quilt
With Rita $40 (2 sessions)
Thursdays: Jun 15 & 29, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or
Thursdays: Aug 3 & 24. 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Do you have a selection of T-shirts you’d like to turn into a T-shirt quilt? In session 1, you’ll deconstruct the T-shirts, size the images, add interfacing. Rita will design a custom setting for your T-shirt blocks. (No sewing machine required for session 1) In session 2, you’ll sew your quilt top together. 

Throw Pillows the Strippy Way
With Rita $25 per session + supplies
Thursday: July 6, 10 - 1   OR  1 - 4
Have some 2-1/2-inch strips and don’t know what to do with them? How about some strippy throw pillows, easy and quick to make. See supplies list for fabric requirements.

Winding Ways (also called Wheel of Mystery)—NEW
With Melanie $25 plus supplies (1 session)
Sunday: Aug 13 or Sep 24, 9:00 a.m. - Noon  
This will stretch your skills with a bit of template cutting and a bit of gentle curved piecing by machine. We will get started with some cutting but also leave time to do some piecing. You may choose to bring fabric simply to test out this pattern and see if you like it before buying for a larger project, or dive in and start a quilt or wall hanging. More details are on the supply sheet. If you find you want guidance beyond this class, you can take any Finishing class with Melanie to continue. Remember: every new technique takes some time to master- but you can do this!