Sunday, April 22, 2012

Retreats and Classes at The Cabin

We have scheduled Retreats and Classes here at The Cabin

Welcome to our neck of the woods.
Day Retreats and Classes have been scheduled for The Cabin.   All day classes include coffee, tea, juice and lunch.  Three hour classes include coffee, tea, juice and bagels.  In most of our classes you will have the benefit of two instructors, one to help you with the project or technique and the other to help with your sewing machine.  This provides for more one on one attention and ensures the class flows smoothly.  Our goal is to provide you with knowledge and teach you how to get the best result out of your sewing machine.

1.  Day Retreats   
We have lots of space in the classroom and studio for cutting, pressing, basting and more.  There is a table set up for rotary cutting including a large mat 23” x 24”, rotary cutters and rulers.  We have one large and two small pressing stations set up including several irons.  We have food here in the morning including bagels, fruit, coffee and tea.  For lunch we will have sandwiches and snacks.  For dinner Bernie will fix us something special.  You are welcome to bring soft drinks or any other food or drink you would like.  Please remember to bring your sewing machine, cord, foot control and presser feet.  If you are working on a special project you will need to bring any needles, thread, basic sewing supplies, fabrics, etc., necessary to complete your project.  If you forget something I’m sure I will have it here in the studio, in a pinch Wineberry Fabrics is only 15 minutes away.  We would love to see what you are working on and any finished projects you would like to share with us.  Class space for the Day Retreat is limited to six people for your comfort. 
9:00am – 9:00pm
Wednesday, April 25 or Saturday, May 12

The KeyStone Series
We have created a new set of classes called The KeyStone Series. 
The series includes:
 1.  It’s all about the stitch.
2.  Machine appliqué
3.  Embellishment
4.  Rotary Cutting
5.  Machine Quilting Fun-Damentals
6.  Free-Motion Fun-Damentals
7.  Serger Savvy
Each class is designed to give you a solid foundation of knowledge so you can create with more confidence.

2.  KeyStone Hand Appliqué
In a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere learn the age old tradition of hand appliqué.  Learn how to layer, master inner and outer points create perfect circles and learn how to achieve a tiny, blind hand appliqué stitch.  A kit, including background, appliqué fabrics and tools of the trade, will be provided for you to practice these wonderful techniques.  
$50.00 includes kit and lunch
10:30am – 4:30pm
Monday, May 14th
Supply list.

3.  It’s All About the Stitch
In this class you will sew with a variety of threads, needles and fabrics in order to gain a thorough understanding of their characteristics.   Learn how the combination of needle and thread can make the difference on any fabric.  We will discuss your sewing machines’ personality and shine a light on the black art of tension, all in a fun and informative way.  This is a great class for beginner to advanced sewers.  Any brand of sewing machine is welcome.  In order to standardize, a kit with thread, needles and fabrics will be provided.
$60.00 includes kit and lunch
10:30am – 4:30pm
Monday, May 21st
Sewing machine.  Supply list

4.  KeyStone Free-motion Fun-Damentals
In a relaxed atmosphere learn the fundamentals of free-motion quilting.  We will give you hints and tips to help you understand your sewing machine including tension.   We will discuss thread, needle, fabric and batting combinations that work well together for quilting success.  In addition you will learn some tricks of the trade and how to properly handle the quilt while guiding the fabric under the needle.  Join us and build both your confidence and your skills. 
$45.00 includes lunch
10:30am – 4:30pm
Monday, May 28th
Sewing machine.  Supply list

5.  KeyStone Rotary Cutting and Machine Piecing Tutorial
Learn the basics of accurate rotary cutting, machine piecing and proper pressing in this class designed for the beginner quilter and the intermediate quilter who would like to enhance skills.  We will begin with cutting, piecing and pressing strips of fabric and find that perfect ¼” seam allowance on your sewing machine.  Later we will explore cutting squares, triangles and rectangles.  You will learn how to strip piece, press, sub-cut and sew together straight of grain squares and bias squares accurately.   This class is a must when it comes to mastering accurate cutting, pressing and piecing techniques.
$45.00 includes lunch
10:30am – 4:30pm 
 Saturday, June 2nd                                                                         
Sewing machine.  Supply list.  Rotary cutting equipment.

6.  KeyStone Machine Appliqué
Machine appliqué can be used on a quilt top, for home decor or for jazzing up clothing.  Learn how to select the right fusible web for the pattern, what thread, needle and stitch to use for machine appliqué.   Learn about an overlay, how to prepare the background and appliqué fabric, how to trace the shapes onto fusible web, how to arrange and fuse the shapes onto the background fabric, how to stitch around the shapes and much more.  A kit and pattern will be provided.
$50.00 includes lunch and kit
10:30am – 4:30pm
Monday, June 4th
Sewing machine.  Supply list.

7.  KeyStone Serger Savvy
If you’re tired of looking at your serger just sitting in the box or gathering dust on your sewing table join us for an informative 6 hour serger class.  Everything from trouble shooting to techniques.
$55.00 includes fabric kit and lunch
10:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday, June 23 
Serger.  Supply list.

8.  KeyStone Machine Quilting Fun-Damentals
Quilting your quilt can be a bit scary.  If you have said to yourself “I’m afraid I’ll ruin it” this class is for you.  In a relaxed environment we will teach you how to create the best straight stitch possible on your sewing machine and how to understand tension.  You will learn about your walking foot and stitching in the ditch.   We will discuss thread, needle, fabric and batting combinations and show you why the right combination will give you success with your quilting.  
$45.00 includes lunch
10:30am – 4:30pm
Wednesday, June 6th
Sewing machine.  Supply list.

9.  Autumn Splendour
After many requests we have scheduled a 2 day class for Autumn Splendour, the TopStitchers project from last year.  Techniques you will learn while creating this lovely bag includes precision piecing, couching, corded pin-tucking, stitching with decorative threads, sewing beads on by machine, how to create an easy welt zippered pocket and much more.  This project will be pre-cut and kitted for your convenience so all the class time will be spent learning new techniques. 
$125.00 includes lunch, kit and workbook.
10:30 – 4:30
Saturday, July 7th and 21st
Sewing machine.  Supply list.

Group Retreats
If you have a group that would like to get together for a retreat at The Cabin call and book a day. 

If you would like to register for any of our Day Retreats or Classes please email me at or give me a call at (604)506-0241.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Stitches,

Please Note:
1.  If you are unable to attend a retreat or class that you have registered for please give me a call or email me 10 days prior the start of the class.  I will be happy to issue you a credit towards or transfer you to another class.  If I have less than 10 days notice, class notes and kits will be here for you. 
2.  A supply list for retreats and classes will be sent to you upon registration.  Please check the supply list for homework and preparation prior to class. 
3.  As some people are allergic to perfume we would kindly ask you to avoid wearing any to The Cabin.  Thank you in advance.

 We hope you can join us.

The TopStitchers Club is in full swing.  We're making a notebook cover for either a spiral bound or an iPad.  I'm loving thinking outside of my usual box.

I had a lot of fun working with the  Circular Embroidery Attachment and the decorative stitches on my sewing machine.  I love the Perky Prairie points.  I'll post a picture of the finished project.  

Tomorrow I'm dyeing fabrics with my pal Sue Rogers.  I'm really looking forward to seeing what we create.

Happy Stitches,