Spring 2017 Classes


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WE HAVE MOVED TO: 624 Farnham Road Gibsons BC

15% discount on all supplies that are required for our classes. Buy your supplies for guild classes or classes held at other quilt shops and get the 15% discount. Classes must be current or in the future only, bring the supply list to qualify for the discount

Scrap Happy & Patchwork Crazy

Join the Club!

We meet every Sunday except Statutory Holidays.

We will try many different successful scrap-busting, fast quilt-making techniques to use up all our growing fabric scrap pile. This class is very casual and intended to be fun. Start now! Sort your scraps into groups: Such as Batiks or regular cottons , baby style/colour, masculine and feminine colour groups. Prepare to share your stash!

Sunday: 11am – 3pm

Drop-in Fee: $5 each Sunday starting September 17th


Carola Russell

This class is for the following types of quilters:

I have never free motion quilted, ever. I have tried a few times, but no success. I have taken a Free Motion Class, but lack confidence to tackle a special quilt. I am self-taught, need a few pointers. I can free motion quilt but am not satisfied with some of the results. I want to build my confidence. This class starts at the beginning, assuming you know nothing about free motion quilting. There are many tips for successful free motion quilting. Combine all the tips and you will notice your confidence build! 

Saturday February 18th

Class Time: 10am – 4pm

Class Fee: $48.00 Pick up supply list


Free Motion Quilting with Rulers – Intermediate

Carola Russell

Let’s ADD RULER WORK to our repetoire! If you have some Free Motion Quilting experience, this intermediate class is for you. You should have taken at least one free motion quilting class (or are self taught) in the past and are ready to hone your skills. Rulers are a great way to perfect “in the ditch” quilting, “navigate around corners”, perfect “channel quilting” and make consistent shapes such as curves and circles. Do not be intimidated by the description, this class is FUN for novices.

You must purchase a “RULER FOOT” and RULER SET before class

Friday February 17th 10:00am – 4:00pm

Class Fee: $48.00 Pick-up supply list

Beginner Quilting

Mary Robinson

How would you like to learn all the fundamentals of Quilting? Accurate cutting, seaming, quilting & finally, binding the edges. Each step along the way you will learn the tricks to success. The tips and techniques you’ll learn will make you a confident quilter!

The first quilt in the series is called Easy Big Blocks. This terrific quilt (42” x 52”) will show off your “Focus Fabric” surrounded by coordinating fabrics. You’ll even make a pair of matching pillowcases.

Four Thursday Nights: Feb. 16th, 23rd, March 2nd and 9th

6:00pm – 8:30pm

Class Fee: $79.95 plus materials (maximum class size: 6)

(Receive a 15% discount on all materials required for classes)

Sampler Quilt – Intermediate Quilt Making

Mary Robinson

You’ve learned the fundamentals of machine piecing & quilting and now it is time to move onto new techniques.

Join Mary for a five-session course that introduces you to the “Sampler Quilt”. Learn new patchwork techniques, making a different traditional block in every session. You choose the quilt size.

Class Fee: $89.95 includes textbook of 25 assorted Sampler Blocks

Five Wednesdays 6:00pm – 8:30pm

March 23rd, 30th, April 6th, 13th, 20th


Stitch + Dye = Serendipity Quilt

Carola Russell

In this two-day workshop, we will approach dyeing from a different angle.

Day one: piece together a quilt top using assorted undyed, natural fibre fabrics, cotton, bamboo, linen, rayon and silk. Day two: stitch some more and in the afternoon it is time to dye the pieced quilt top.

All dyes will be ready to apply to your quilt. No mixing, no buckets, no masks, no measuring, no prior knowledge required. A “Low Immersion dyeing technique” will be employed to make a multi coloured quilt top. Simply apply the dye, wait and Voila! You will go home with a gorgeous one of a kind quilt top ready to quilt.

Saturday & Sunday April 22 & 23rd 10:00 to 4:00 and 10:00 – 3:00

Class Fee: $115.00 includes dyes. Pick up supply list


Class Registration Policies

  • Registration is accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Class Fees and Kit Fees are required at the time of registration. (some kit fees are payable to the teacher)
  • Registration will be accepted:

  • by phone (VISA or MC); or
  • in person (VISA, MC, cash, debit)
  • 5% GST will be added to all class fees
  • Class Fees are non-refundabletwo weeks notice is required for class transfers
  • Minimum Class size: Four, unless otherwise specified
    • In the event that a class is cancelled at Carola’s Quilt Shop, all registrants will be contacted and offered a full refund or an alternate class, your choice of course.
    • Pick up your supply list when you register. Purchase your supplies before class unless your supply list indicates otherwise. Prepare as requested on the supply list.
    • Confirm that the class will run before purchasing supplies
    • Please purchase your supplies at Carola’s Quilt Shop to help keep classes running. You will receive a 15% discount on supplies purchased for our classes.
    • Bring your sewing machine or serger in good running condition, complete with instruction manual and accessories.
    • Arrive at least 15 minutes before class start time.

Easy Bargello Table Runner

This is a very easy table runner to make. The accompanying pictures take you step by step through the cutting and sewing process.

You will need:

6 – 5” wide strips wof – one of six different fabrics (wof= wide of fabric, cut selvage to selvage, measures approx. 42″ in length)

4 – 2 1/2″ wide strips (wof) for binding, set aside

Let’s get started:

Cut each 5″ wide strip in half along the fold, into 2 strips approx. 21″ in length

You will have 2 strips of 6 different fabrics.

Place the strips in order: 1 – 6 and repeat 1 – 6, for a total of 12 strips side by side

Let’s start to sew:  Use ¼” seam allowance throughoutBargello1

Sew all twelve strips together along one long side of the 5” wide strip. You can sort them in a pleasing manner before you start, the 12 strips must remain in the same order.

Press all seams in the same direction. When done you will have one strip set of 12 joined strips the unit will measure about 21” wide and 55” long.

Sew the unit into a tube by sewing the long side of strip number one to the long edge of strip number twelve. Press that seam in the same direction as the other seams.


Lay the strip tube on your cutting mat, right side out, smooth and straight. Without too much waste, trim one side with raw edges, to square it up. Starting at the squared up side, cut 8 – 2 ½” wide strips for a total of eight strips.Bargello2

Lay out the eight strip sets side by side. They are still in a tube.

At the top of strip-tube #1, designate a fabric as the first fabric.

At the top of strip-tube #2 fold the first fabric in half.

At the top of strip-tube #3 will have the second fabric’s seam at the top.

At the top of strip-tube #4 will have the second fabric folded in half.

At the top of strip-tube #5 will have the third fabric’s seam at the top.Bargello3

At the top of strip-tube #6 will have the third fabric folded in half

At the top of strip-tube #7 will have the fourth fabric’s seam at the top

At the top of strip-tube #8 will have the fourth fabric folded in half

Tip: Use painter’s tape to number the strips

Cut open strip #1 at the top along the seam (do not open the seam)

Cut open strip #2 along the fold (the middle of the first fabric)

Cut open strip #3 along the seam between the first and second fabric, do this with all eight strip sets.

You will notice that the strip with the “cut seam” snuggles up to the “cut fold” of the strip next to it.Bargello4

No need to pin. However I used 2-3 pins at the end of each seam. This allowed me to ease seams to match before I arrived at the end of the seam with the sewing machine.

Sew the 8 strips into pairs, making sure that the seams of one strip is centered in the middle of the rectangle beside it. Sew the pairs together until you have all eight strips sewn together. Voila!                                                                                   Quilt and bind your table runner as desired


Warning: Making multiples of this table runner in the same fabrics may result in a larger than expected quilt. Add borders to fit any size bed!

Copyright Carola’s Quilt Shop & Thread Company All rights reserved 2016

Use for your own personal enjoyment, do not copy or duplicate in any form. Send your friends here to download their own copy. Enjoy! Carola



Sewing & Craft Show March 2016

Thank-you for attending my lectures “Scrap Happy” & Quick Gifts to Make”

(If you attended my “Needle & Eye” lecture, you will find the notes in a previous blog post)

Here are the links and instructions you will need to make lots of gifts and scrap busting quilts while using great techniques and short cuts:

Converging Corners Quilt Tutorial



Mod Mosaic Quilt Blocks



Paper Piecing with Adding Machine Tape


Faux Pleated Table Runner



Crazy Quilted Hexagons

To printout your own graph-paper to create “Hexagon Papers”:

Visit incompetech.com

Click on Triangle and Hexagonal

Next Click on Equilateral Triangle

Scroll down (careful don’t click on the ads)

In the bottom of the measurement box: click “Download PDF”



Carola’s “Pleated” Cushion

Fits a 16” pillow form

This is a Fat Quarter & Jelly Roll friendly project

You will need: 

19 – 2 ½” x 20” long strips

1 – 18” x 18” square fabric for the stitching foundation

1 – 16″ square pillow form

Fabric for the pillow back

Temporary wash-away or fade-away marking pen

Let’s get started:

Press 18 – 2 ½” x 20” strips in half lengthwise, wrong sides together

Layout the strips in the order they are to be stitched. Strip #1 is not pressed in half.

Place strip #1 at the bottom of the 18” x 18” foundation fabric, you a=will be working from the bottom up.

Place strip #2 on top of strip #1, raw edges even, 1 ¼” up from the bottom. Pin through all layers.

Stitch in place, with a ¼” seam allowance, by sewing along the raw edges of strip #1 & #2

Strip #3 is placed 7/8” above the folded edge of strip #2. Pin in place and stitch along the raw edge.

Continue in the same manner adding the remaining strips.

Trim to 17” square. Use a ½” seam allowance to attach the pillow back.



Carola’s Quilt Shop

Rock Soup

If you want specific colours in your quilt, such as brights, autumn colours, pastels etc., sort fabrics into colour groups. A totally scrappy will look great too.

You will need Strips and Squares:

Cut some of the fabric into squares 3” to 5” in size, the bigger the square the faster you will complete your quilt.

Cut most of the fabrics into strips, any length in a variety of widths 1 ½” to 4” wide.

The wider the strips the faster you will complete the quilt.

An assortment of different strip widths looks nice, so cut an assortment of widths.

The squares (rectangles even!) and strips do not need to have accurate measurements, but straight edges are nice to work with though.

Let’s get started:

Thread your machine with a neutral colour piecing thread such as Aurifil 50/2 ply. Insert a new Universal 80/12 or Microtex 80/12 Schmetz needle.

Attach a ¼” piecing foot if you have one. Otherwise use the regular presser foot.

¼” to 3/8” seam allowance is allowed.

With right sides together, raw edges even stitch a square to a strip.

Press seams toward the strip. Trim excess fabric strips using a small ruler. Add strips to the next side moving in a clockwise manner as shown in diagrams.

Continue until you have at least a 15” or bigger square. Set aside.

Make a few more 15” squares. That’s easy, they are so much fun to make any time you only have a few minutes to sew

Use the 6½” x 24” ruler and make a diagonal cut through the 15” square. Cut as many 6 ½” strips as possible from one 15” block. Sub cut the 6½” strips into 6½” squares.

Join the leftovers to make additional 6½” squares.

Make as many 6½” blocks for desired quilt size.

Now is the time to audition fabrics for sashing, border and binding.

We cut our sashing 2” wide and the border 3 ½” wide.

Add sashing as shown in the diagram.

Our quilt measures 71” x 57” finished, 7 blocks across & 9 blocks down

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