Classes and Workshops

The Quilt Studio in Afton is located in its own brightly lit, easy access building, nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge with stunning mountain views. 

PRIVATE CLASSES

Private quilt classes are customized to your schedule and quilting level.  You will receive one-on-one guidance and learn to quilt on your own machine and at your own pace, with a teacher that has over 30 years of experience.  

All private classes are $50.00 / hour + supplies. If you choose to bring a friend, classes will be $40/ hour per student + supplies for two or more (up to four). To sign up, first call or email to check available times, then find the class on SHOP page to pay.

Come for a day, and quilt a few hours, or choose a convenient one hour time slot and visit the studio to learn a new skill every week.

Cutting table at proper height
Ironing Board with big board and wool pressing board

BASIC SKILLS CLASSES

These basic quilting classes are designed for beginning quilters or as a refresher for long time quilters. To sign up you must first CALL OR EMAIL to schedule a time slot, then you may proceed to the STORE page to pay for your class.

THE ELEMENTS OF QUILTING

Elements of Quilting

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of quilt making. Take this five week class where you start with fabric selection and color study. Then move through lessons on machine piecing, appliqué basting, machine quilting and bias binding to finish. Learning new techniques at each stage you will gain confidence in your skills. ( 5- 3 hour lecture/demo style classes with homework) $450.00.

If you want to take a more intense class where you master one skill at a time with more hands-on practice then sign up for one of the following classes.

PERFECT MACHINE PIECING

Learn proper techniques for rotary cutting, practice machine piecing with an exact 1/4″ seam and get some great pressing tips.  You will learn to make some basic quilting blocks and units. (3 hours) $90.

FEARLESS APPLIQUE

With the many methods of applique that you will learn in this class you are sure to find at least one method to overcome your fear of applique. From traditional needle turn applique by hand, to fast, easy methods using your home machine you can whip up some amazing quilts in no time. (3 hours) $90.

Oak and Maple Leaves
Detail on Christmas Cardinal
Detail buttonhole stitch on Mini Hearts

MASTERING MACHINE QUILTING

On your home sewing machine you can finish a quilt top with just a few basic tools. Learn to how mark & baste a quilt top and then quilt by machine.  Use your walking foot, blind hem foot, quarter inch foot, darning foot and others. Also, try out some free-hand quilting.(3 hours) $90.

EASY BIAS BINDING

In this easy class you will learn how to cut bias binding, and attach it to your quilt by machine. Then finish the flip side, either by machine or hand. (2 hours) $60.

HOW TO PAPER-PIECE

Learn traditional paper-piecing and gain some tips for cutting out fabric to fit triangles. You will create enough blocks to make your own small quilt top (3 hours) $90.

ELECTRIC QUILT CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

*Must have EQ Loaded on your laptop

*Contact us to set up a date and time.

EQ FOR BEGINNERS

Do you own EQ, but never use it? Take a three-hour class with a hands-on tutorial. You will quickly be designing your own quilts at home. This class is for owners of EQ8 and earlier versions of Electric Quilt.

You can take this as a private class or set it up as a group class with friends. Inquire about group pricing (up to four students) (3 hours)$90.

This course is also offered as a workshop for guilds. (HALF DAY)

MORE FUN WITH ELECTRIC QUILT

In this workshop you can learn more advanced design applications, appliqué, how to make paper piecing patterns, and how to overlay quilt designs. 

You can take this as a private class or set it up as a group class with friends. Inquire about group pricing (up to four students) (3 hours) $90.

This course is also offered as a workshop for guilds. (HALF DAY)

*Must have taken Beginners class or have equivalent knowledge of EQ Program.

PROJECT WORKSHOPS

All workshops below are designed for groups of five or more and are offered at $300.00/ half day (3 hours) and $500.00 full day (6 hours). These are designed to be presented at your guild meeting, or at a quilt retreat. If the meeting is more than 2 hours away, room, board, and transportation costs must be covered. Send an inquiry for more information.

We also offer options for planning your custom retreat in the Afton/Wintergreen area in the heart of Virginia’s wine country and can set this up for your group. Please send an email with your proposed dates and number in your group.

In addition, we are hoping to offer these workshops as virtual ZOOM classes, sometime in the near future!

TESSELLATED LEAVES

Tessellated Leaves

From a Book Titled “Tessellations” by Jackie Robinson. This quilt was chosen for Judges Award at the Kingwood Area Quilt Show (Texas). At the time I was teaching at a quilt shop in Humble Texas. We also made Tessellated Fish and I even designed a Tessellated Texas!!

You will spend time studying and choosing your fabrics to pull this quilt together. A work sheet is provided to use in your planning to be sure to get the correct fabric placement. We will meet for a second session to assemble the top and talk about quilting options. ( FULL DAY)

* Designed for the more advanced quilter.

 STRIP PARTY QUILT

Strip Party Quilt

This would be a fun project to make on a retreat. Each quilter brings a few coordinated fat quarters that can be cut into strips and shared.
The idea for this quilt was borrowed from an out of publication book titled “Allegro”. Lots of color make this quilt pop!  (FULL DAY)

ROCKY ROAD TO OKLAHOMA

Rocky Road to Oklahoma

This stunning quilt is created in an unusual fashion – circles are first machine stitched and appliquéd onto squares, then cut apart into quarters to make the Drunkard’s Path (Rocky Road) pattern.  (FULL DAY)

Circular Flying Geese

Circular Flying Geese

This quilt was created in a weekend retreat offered by Gail Garber, the mistress of Flying geese. Passing on her knowledge, you will learn an easy method of drafting Stars and Geese and create your own masterpiece. A fun workshop for a retreat with friends as each quilt created is different. Learn how to draft your own star creation and get guidance in sewing out the center motif and attaching the circular geese. (FULL DAY)

RIBBONED STARS

Ribboned Stars

First taught as a mystery quilt, this wall hanging would be stunning in any color combination that suites your décor. Less complicated than it looks, with the easy to follow directions, this quilt is designed for quilters of every level. Original Pattern by Betty Tucker Dietz. (FULL DAY)

QUILTING ON THE CURVE

Sunrise/ Sunset

This fun little quilt was designed for learning how to make the New York Beauty Block with a special paper foundation technique called “quilting on the curve”. you will sew next to – not through – the paper. Pretty machine embroidery stitches are used to sew down the inner arc, and eased curves. (HALF DAY)

MOCK CATHEDRAL WINDOW

Learn how to make this fun table topper and learn a skill along the way. After learning this easy technique you may want to try it out on a larger quilt. (HALF DAY)

CHRISTMAS STARS

By the time you finish these stars you will be an expert at precision cutting a piecing. The block centers are made from tiny pieces of scrap fabric. Made into stars and then pieced together to make a Table topper in size of your choice. (FULL DAY)

LOG CABIN TABLE TOPPER

Make mini-log cabin blocks and learn how easy it is to paper-piece. This piece was hand quilted, and you can choose to finish yours by hand or machine. (HALF DAY)

SWEET HEARTS TABLE TOPPER

You too can make this sweet valentine table topper. Lots of red, pink and white fabrics come together to create this one. (HALF DAY)

WINTER WONDERLAND

Great class to brighten your walls after all the Christmas decorations are put away. This Winter Wonderland wall hanging only looks complicated. Made out of four-patch blocks and half -square triangles, construction is a breeze and you’ll learn some easy short cuts along the way. Dig into your blue and white fabrics and make it scrappy! (HALF DAY)

LECTURE

Spinning Around the Color Wheel

The Ives color wheel is used in the world of fabric manufacturing and fabric dyeing, making it the color wheel most appropriate for quilt makers to use. The primary colors are yellow, magenta, and turquoise(cyan) like what you see in home printers. Joen Wolfrom has created the 3-in-1 Color Tool based on the Ives Color wheel. In this lecture you will learn how to use the color tool when selecting fabrics for your next project. (Half Day)

You will also study color scales, color families, value, and color schemes. You will be given directions on how to create a small quilt based on the Sisters Choice block to remember each of the nine different color schemes.

All photos, classes, and workshops are under copyright protection by The Quilt Studio in Afton and Betty Tucker Dietz.

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