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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!

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 (, 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

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


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

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.



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

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

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



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 



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)



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