Machine Workshops


Sewing machines are available for rent, $10 per day – RESERVATION REQUIRED

Finishing Class with Melanie

Now, with two classes on each Sunday session.  Come for one, or double up! 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 with a teacher nearby to help as needed.  This is time to machine piece; it is not a machine quilting class.  TWO students are required to run this class.

Sundays: 9 – 12 pm and/or 1-4pm Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 11, Apr 15

$25 per class or PREPAY 3 classes for $65


Beginning Machine Piecing with Melanie

Make a baby, Lap or twin sized quilt in this beginning machine class.  We will practice cutting, reading a pattern, getting an accurate ¼ inch seam, star points … and we will go beyond the pattern and try out a few other block skills as well.  Come meet new people and pick up tips that, along with some practice, will get you quilting!  I do need two students to run class.  Please download or pick up a supply list.    The sample hangs at BSQ.

Mondays: 1-3:30 pm Jan 22, Feb5 Last two dates chosen by class

$100 + supplies for FOUR sessions


Help with Pinwheel Roundabout (Roses on the Vine) with Melanie

If you are making this quilt you can sign up to attend any of these classes during the year. They are designed to give a little help to anyone not accustomed to cutting with templates or making these types of blocks.   Don’t hesitant to sign up.  Classes will continue monthly all year.  If you want more time to really work on the project with someone nearby then sign up for any Finishing Class with Melanie or Piecing with Rita Class.

Wednesdays: 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Jan 24, Feb 21, Mar 21, Apr 18 OR Thursdays 4:30 – 5:30 PM Jan 25, Feb 22, Mar 22, Apr 19; $10 per session


Slice ’em Up with Rita

Wondering what to do with those layer cakes (10 inch squares) or just want a fast and easy quilt you can make at any size?  A bit scared of rotary cutting and want to start out with something simple?

Slice ‘Em Up goes together quickly, with just a few simple cuts.  Blocks finish at 9 inches. Forty-two 10-inch squares makes 42 blocks, or a 6 x 7 layout (54 x 63, plus borders). Make your quilt scrappy or pick just a few fabrics for a more classic look.

Thursday, Mar 8, 10 – 3; $40 + Supplies

Anniversary Party Winners  with Rita

Did you win a layer cake, charm squares, or jelly roll at Budding Star Quilts’ 30th Anniversary show-and-tell? Want some ideas on what you can make with your winnings?  Rita will have lots of patterns and ideas to share and can help you get started on your project.  Come just for design ideas, or come and start making a quilt from your winnings.

Thursday, Jan 11; any time  between 10 am and 4 pm; $15 for one session 

Machine Quilting I -ABC- UPDATED with Pat

This is the Machine Quilting 1 Class updated and expanded! With the Skillbuilder Companion Book and Skillbuilder I panel, you will be off to learn and practice your machine quilting skills on your own machine. With a final class to make a quilted bag showing off your new found quilting skills! Students should have all the appropriate feet and machine knowledge to take their machine quilting to the next level. Skillbuilder companion book required.

Wednesdays 5:30 – 8:00 pm Jan 17, Feb 21, & Mar 21; $75 + supplies (3 sessions)

Bag Ladies UNITE with Pat

Have a bag you always wanted to make, but were shy to do it alone? Come in and join the group to ‘get your bag on’ ! Dive into a new project or finish a UFO bag! We will do it all! Bring your project or prepared fabric, pattern, and supplies, (along with your machine, of course), and Pat will help guide you through your journey to become a full fledged bag lady!!

Sundays 9am – 1 pm Feb 4 OR Mar 5; $30 + supplies

Magic Pillow with Kathy

A super gift for any age! Can be made in flat or flannel. Fast and easy and done in four hours (quilted too). This is a lap comforter that folds into a pillow (and the pillow pocket makes a great foot pocket for snuggling). Sign up for any Quilt in a Day session to complete this project.

See Calendar for QIAD sessions, $30 + Supplies

Mom and Me with Kathy

Bring Mom or Grandmom and come to make your first quilt! Learn the basics and have a great day together.

One day, Saturday, Feb 24: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm; $30 + supplies


T-shirt Quilts  with Rita

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.

Thursdays, 10-3:00 Feb 8 and 22; $40 + supplies (2 sessions)

Piecing with Rita

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.

Sundays: 1-4pm Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 18; $25 for one session or $65 for three! 

Classes Upon Request with Rita

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 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.

Offered available Sundays, Mondays or Thursdays. Minimum $25 for 3 hours, $5 for each additional hour.