Stop by or call the shop at (773) 980-1100 to register for any of our events and classes! Click here to read our Class Policies

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***BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!***

Color Confidence Workshop with Amy Walsh

The Quilter's Trunk is excited to host Amy Walsh of Blue Underground Studios for a fun and educational workshop. Participants in prior workshops rave about how much they learned! Don't miss your chance to take it this fall. Amy is here to de-mystify the color wheel and give you the confidence to play with color and expand your horizons when putting projects together.  What you learn can be applied not only to quilts, but to any project that involves color choice - painting your kitchen, selecting carpet for your den, picking shoes to match an outfit, you name it!

In this hands-on workshop, Amy will take students from exploring the color wheel to perfecting their own color palette and understanding how to make their own harmonious choices. The workshop consists of several lessons, with thought-provoking and fun activities. The workshop is a study in color, and does not involve any sewing. Lunch will be provided.

Saturday, September 16
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$55 Early Bird Registration
$65 after September 5th
Includes lunch
Get a $10 gift card with your registration!

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Serger Spectacular 2-day Workshop!

Join Serger/Sewing Machine Expert and Designer, Karen C. Clancy for 2 full days loaded with serger know how! From the Basics to more Advanced techniques, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish!

THIS Workshop is for YOU:

  • If you have ever thought about buying a serger, but weren’t sure if you would “really” use it.
  • If you have always wondered what a serger can do for you.
  • If you want to get more out of the serger you have.
  • If you have more sewing projects than time.
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Friday & Saturday, September 22 & 23
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

$159 Early Bird Registration
$179 after September 10th
All Skill Levels - even if you have never used a serger before!
Includes lunch both days

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Serger Spectacular Trunk Show

A serger is a multi-purpose machine is indispensable in anyone's sewing studio. Having a serger and a traditional sewing machine is like having both a microwave and a regular oven in your kitchen. You might be able to get everything done with one or the other, but most of the time you need both! 

Karen Clancy will present a trunk show of projects that she has created using a serger including home dec, apparel and accessories. She will share tips and tricks for leveraging the power of a serger. You will discover that a serger is not a machine to fear, but an incredible useful tool to create professional projects. You are sure to be inspired!

Thursday, September 21
6pm-8pm
$15 (FREE if you sign up for the 2-Day Workshop)
All Skill Levels
Includes refreshments

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Pieced Hexies Workshop with Mickey Depre

Together let’s take English paper piecing a hexie to a whole new level with Mickey’s Pieced Hexie Tumbler pattern.  This innovative technique turns English Paper Piecing on its head!  Don’t worry if you have never tried English Paper Piecing, traditional techniques will be covered.
 
Along with Mickey’s tricks to obtaining flat corners, she will teach a hand piecing technique to guarantee no stitches will be seen.   Your kit will contain the pieced blocks to start.  We will mark our paper pieces and baste our hexies.  Then, we will twist and turn them it every direction to form new and exciting designs!
 
As Mickey says “So let’s begin…and don’t blame me…. they are addicting.  You have been forewarned.”

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Saturday, September 30th
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
$29 early bird registration
$39 after September 18th
Skill Level: Confident Beginner

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Quilts and Human Rights Exhibit at the Pick Museum

Bus Trip

By popular demand, TQT has chartered a bus to see upcoming Quilts and Human Right Exhibit at the Pick Museum of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University. Laura McDowell Hopper, curator at the Pick Museum shared a sneak peek with us last month. It was fabulous, and we can't wait to see the full exhibit in person. In addition to the public exhibit, participants will be treated to a behind the scenes tour of their textile storage area.

The bus will depart from TQT at 9am. The first stop will be Egg Haven Cafe where participants can get brunch/lunch. Lunch is not included in the fee for the bus trip, so be sure to plan ahead. See the menu here: http://egghavencafe.com.

After lunch, the bus will take us to the Pick Museum for the tours. Participants will have time to explore the museum on their own after the tour. The bus will then return to TQT by 6pm.

Friday, November 10

9am-6pm

Fee: $49, which does not include lunch

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WOW Wednesdays

 

All summer, TQT will be running demonstrations of new techniques and products that will WOW you. There will be special deals on products shown. Learn something new this summer!

Every Wednesday at 12:00 noon
FREE

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CUT TIME. QUILT MORE.

AccuQuilt GO! Cutting System Demonstration

 

The cutting part of the quilting process is laborious and time consuming. You work hard to get the perfect cut – carefully measuring each piece, and enduring hand, arm and back strain as you cut multiple shapes. 

Your rotary cutter requires you to pay close attention to the blade and ruler while cutting. Any slips of either can cause inaccurate cuts and wasted fabric. 

You wish you could get to the sewing part faster…

Join Robert Hafner, VP of Sales & Marketing for AccuQuilt , as he demonstrates the GO! fabric cutting system. It will transform the way you prepare your fabric, appliqué shapes and even paper piecing templates.

 

Three sessions to choose from:

Thursday, September 7, 6pm-8pm

Friday, September 8, 10am-12pm

Friday, September 8, 2pm-4pm

Fee $10

Receive a certificate good for $10 towards your purchase of GO! Products with your registration

A Workshop with Mickey Depre
Featuring her newest quilt creation Abacus!

 

Our store samples on loan from Mickey show Abacus in two different versions - Scrappy Style (on the left) and Strip Style which uses two sets of 2 1/2" strips.

The always engaging Mickey will lead a fun and productive workshop as she shows you how to build an Abacus. It is a one block quilt made entirely out of 2.5” strips!  OR you can go scrappy if you wish! 

Thursday, May 25th
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

All skill levels will enjoy this workshop!

Workshop Fee $80 includes lunch
Get a $10 TQT gift card with your registration!
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Charity Sewing Event
Dress a Girl Around the World

Join Gina Ordonez and Ruth Bernhardt-Kuehl as we make cute dresses from men’s shirts.  These dresses will be sent to "Dress a Girl around the World", a program of Hope 4 Women International (http://www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com), where they will be distributed to girls in need. Using large-sized men’s cotton shirts, we’ll design, cut, sew, and trim a dress.  No matter how much sewing experience you have, there will be something for you to do from tracing and cutting out the pattern, to construction, ironing, making ruffles and buttonholes.

 

Free shirt kits will be available for you to use.  Alternatively, you may bring:

  • Large men’s cotton dress shirts
    • The more colorful the better
    • Hawaiian shirts are really fun
    • No all white dress shirts, please
  • At least ½ yard coordinating fabric
  • Fabric will be available for purchase at a 10% discount

We ask that you also bring basic sewing items – colorful thread, scissors, rotary cutter and small ruler.  You will use our classroom sewing machines, so leave yours at home! There is no cost for this workshop, but you may wish to donate a few dollars at the class so Hope 4 Women International can purchase some girls’ underclothes to be sent with the dresses.
 
Friday, May 19
1:00pm – 4:00pm

All Skill Levels
FREE

NOTE: This event is sold out. If you are interested in participating in a future session, let us know.

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**NEW!**
Introduction to Machine Sewing


Are you new to sewing but don't know how to operate a sewing machine? Then this class is for you. You will learn:
- the parts of a sewing machine
- how to thread a sewing machine
- how to wind a bobbin
- what kind of presser feet are available
- how to choose the right needle and thread for your project
- basic stitch styles
- how to manage fabric while sewing

And to try out your new skills, you will make a zippered pouch! **Use of a classroom machine is included in the fee, so leave yours at home.** 

 

Saturday, May 20
9:30am-1:30pm

Fee $40 plus a kit fee of $7.99 to cover materials

Please note that this class is for ages 18 and up and is not designed for younger sewists.

NOTE: This class is sold out. If you are interested in participating in a future session, let us know.

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**NEW**

Tapas Workshop with Penny Nichols

We are thrilled to offer our first workshop with the incredibly talented Penny Nichols! In this workshop, you will learn how to make the blocks for Tapas, a really festive quilt. It combines bold stripes and large scale prints with fabulous results! Use of a classroom machine is included in the class fee, so leave yours at home. Stop by the shop for a supply list. **Some pre-work is required so that participants can make the most of the workshop time.**

 

Saturday, June 3
10am-3:30pm

Skill level: Intermediate
Fee $80, includes lunch and a $10 TQT gift card

**Register by May 20 and receive a $10 Early Bird discount!**

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**NEW**

Quilts and Human Rights Lecture

 

Get a special sneak peek of a new exhibit, coming this fall to The Pick Museum of Northern Illinois University, here at The Quilter’s Trunk.

Join Laura McDowell Hopper, curator, as she discusses a new understanding of the history of global human rights as seen through textiles of awareness and activism.  Of all the textile forms linked to human rights activities, one form - the quilt - has proved an especially potent and popular art form for individuals, working alone or as part of organized groups, to subversively or overtly act for human rights.

Saturday, June 17

10:00am - 11:30am

Fee $10 

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**NEW**

BERNINA Basic Embroidery Mastery Class

 

Beverly will guide you as you get to know your new embroidery machine, from how to hoop, to manipulating designs, to which stabilizer to use and… what the heck is a jump stitch anyway?

 

 

Saturday, June 24

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Fee $40 (Fee waived if you purchased your BERNINA from TQT)

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**This Week**

Wish List Fulfillment Event

Do you have a Wish List? You should! We all spend so much time making sure our loved ones get exactly what they want for the holidays. Now it is your turn, and The Quilter’s Trunk is here to help!

Come into the shop and fill out your Wish List with everything you want to complete your sewing room. What about a Sew Steady extension table? Presser Feet? New scissors? That folding cutting mat you’ve been eyeing? Maybe even a new sewing machine for your studio or to take on retreats? I know, a Koala sewing studio!

Then, on Thursday, December 15, send your Santas in to fulfill your Wish List. The Quilter’s Trunk elves will be on hand to help. Your Santa will receive 15% off any regular priced item they buy from your List. (Some exclusions apply. See store for details.) We will be open extended hours that day and we will have hot chocolate and cookies! 

Thursday, December 15
9am – 8pm

Exploring Embroidery – Hands-on Class!

If you are interested in machine embroidery or are new to it, our Exploring Embroidery class is for you! In this hands-on class, you will stitch out four different projects as you learn about machine embroidery. Baby Lock Educator Sue Kostroski will teach you about importing designs, design placement, stabilizer selection, thread, needle and hooping options, monogramming and “in-the-hoop” applique. Class fee includes the use of a Baby Lock embroidery machine and a supply kit. Lunch and snacks are provided.

Friday, June 17
9:30am - 4:30pm

Skill level: New to or Beginner in machine embroidery
Class fee $60, includes lunch and supply kit

Receive a $10 TQT gift card with your registration!

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Foot Notes: Sewing Machine Accessory Hands-On Class

Do you use your standard presser foot or ¼” quilt piecing foot for every sewing task? Does getting crazy mean breaking out your zipper foot? You might already have a dozen or more accessory feet, and there are many others you could add to your collection. Why do you need specialty feet anyway? Well, you wouldn’t stir your coffee with a ladle or serve spaghetti with an ice cream scoop because they are not the right tool for the job. The right presser foot can make all the difference. They will make you better at sewing and give your projects a more professional look. Plus, some feet are just plain fun to use!

Join Baby Lock Educator Sue Kostroski as she shows you what you can do with accessory feet. This is a hands-on class where you will stitch out samples using various feet and accessories. Your samples will be attached to pages and made into a handy reference book for use again and again! 

Saturday, June 18
9am - 12pm

Skill level: all skill levels
Class fee $35, includes supply kit

Receive a $10 TQT gift card with your registration!

 

Demo: Two Christmas Trees, Two Ways!

Join Beverly in a demonstration on two terrific Christmas Tree projects. One is the 3-dimensional Christmas Tree from Auntie’s Two. Learn how to make and assemble the tree using batting strips. Next is a Christmas Tree wall hanging from Pacific Rim Quilts, which is a 2 fabric applique. Both pattern companies have many different projects using these techniques, so once you learn them, you will have many fun options! Note that this is a demonstration and you will not be sewing. Receive a 10% discount on any demonstrated items you buy after class!

Thursday, November 17
10:00am - 12:00pm
All Skill levels
Lecture Fee $20

Join The Quilter's Trunk for an Easter Egg Hunt! Who doesn't love the anticipation of cracking open an egg and seeing what surprise is awaiting you inside? This Thursday, March 24 through Saturday, March 26, grab an egg from our basket and find a special surprise inside. One egg contains a 25% discount on total purchase - including machines! 

One egg per person per day. Some restrictions apply, ask an associate for details.

Skill Builder: T- Shirt Quilt Fundamentals
Have you been wondering how to make a T-shirt quilt? They are wonderful gifts for graduating seniors or someone with a collection of special shirts. Come to Maribeth’s lecture/demonstration and learn the fundamentals of making a t-shirt quilt!  We will discuss the basics of selecting and stabilizing t-shirts as well as ideas for layout and sashing.  Note that this is a lecture and you will not be sewing.
Thursday, April 14
9:30am – 11:30am
All Skill levels
Lecture fee $20

Kids Sewing School!
 
Do you know a kid who would like to learn to sew? TQT has the answer: Kids Sewing School! In this week long session, kids will learn basic sewing terminology and techniques and how to operate a sewing machine while making a drawstring backpack, pin cushion stuffed animal and zipper pouch! Class fee includes all supplies and the use of a sewing machine. Ages 9 and up. Class size is limited, so call today!
 
Tuesday, August 16 – Friday, August 19
9:00am – 12:30pm
Fee: $449 includes a supply kit for all projects plus a brand new Baby Lock Molly sewing machine valued at $499! Click on the image below for more details about Molly. Or, for $299, your student will receive a supply kit and the use of a classroom machine.

Stop by or call the shop at (773) 980-1100 to register for any of our events and classes! Click here to read our Class Policies