Participation is not confirmed until payment has been received by Pinheads. A minimum of three people are required to go ahead with the class. Upon confirmation of registration, class requirements will be distributed.
Class fees are refundable only in the form of a store credit, unless previous arrangements have been made.
Class participants should bring the following to class every week: sewing machine, rotary cutter and mat, quilting ruler, thread, straight pins, stitch ripper, measuring tape, small scissors, safety pins, walking foot to fit your machine. Other supplies may be requested by the instructor. Please ensure your sewing machine is in good working order and that you know how to thread it.
In the case of children’s classes, Pinheads respectfully requests no toy sewing machines.
Kit fees will be additional to the class fee unless otherwise stated.
Class participants will be offered a 10 percent discount towards class supplies.
Class participants are asked to pre-purchase class supplies so that classes can start on time. Class supplies should not be purchased until confirmation has been received that the class is going ahead, i.e. minimum three people enrolled.
Cell phones should be put to silent or vibrate mode; phone conversations should be kept to a minimum so as not to disrupt the class.
Pinheads will be open for regular business while classes are in session except Thursday evenings.
Participants are welcome to bring water bottles and non-greasy, non-sticky snacks.
Meet Pinheads’ Teachers
Joanne Deaver Joanne sewed her first pair of baby doll pajamas for a Girl Guide badge, taught by her best friend's mom. She fell in love with sewing and still owns the portable Singer that she bought at the tender age of 13 with her babysitting money. She loves the challenge of quilting placemats, tote bags or rag quilts and enjoys learning new techniques. Joanne works full time to support her sewing habit and enjoys spending time with her family!
Karen Duncan / Patti Williamson Patti Williamson and Karen Duncan are excited to teach for us. Together, Karen and Patti have created each of the BQ patterns, which are great patterns for large scale prints and they go together quickly! Patti has been quilting for 15-ish years and sewing other stuff for many more. Karen has been quilting for many years and is a long-arm quilter as well.
Cathy Forsyth Co-Owner of Pinheads, Cathy has been creating since she was a young child. Balls of yarn, scraps of fabric and skeins of embroidery floss kept her occupied in her youth. Grade 7 saw the creation of a pair of polyester “hot pants” – doesn’t that age her! Cathy first developed a passion for quilting through a beginner quilting class in Calgary almost 40 years ago – no free motion quilting at that time; blocks were sewn by machine, but hand quilted. Cathy loves teaching, mentoring, and finding out what makes things work. When she’s not teaching, you’ll often find her cleaning our demo Berninas, practicing new techniques, or creating store samples for Pinheads.
Linda Hurd Although Linda is the wife of Wayne Kollinger, Linda does not stand in his shadows. Linda is an accomplished quilter in her own right. She not only manages the schedule of Tuxedo Park Design, but also teaches Walking Foot Quilting and Quilt as you Go. Linda is Wayne’s “Vanna White” when he does his trunk shows and adds a great deal of humour to Wayne’s presentation (including facial expressions!).
Wayne Kollinger Wayne criticized one quilt too many and his wife challenged him to do better. So, he learned to sew and quilt and has never looked back. Today he's a successful pattern designer and quilt instructor. Wayne has also published the book “Designing Quilts is Easy”, available through C&T Publishing. Wayne resides in Calgary with his wife, Linda Hurd, who together own Tuxedo Park Design.
Gail Robinson Gail is known locally as the "Binding Lady" due to her proficiency at hand binding quilts for those that use her services. Gail has been a professional seamstress and now enjoys quilting and doing for others.
Allison Spence Allison A.K.A. Meadow Rose Quilts has a long history with crafts of all kinds. She started quilting when her eldest daughter was born (she's now 35!!!) by learning to make a yarn tied baby quilt. That was the start of an incredible and most enjoyable journey. Allison knows machines - she sold them for 13 years and can usually troubleshoot any issues in classes. Allison loves to teach others how to quilt. The joy and satisfaction in student's eyes when they "get it" is almost payment enough! Allison splits her time between quilting on her longarm for herself and customers, creating new projects to quilt, and teaching others about all aspects of quilting and sewing. Allison is a Handi-Quilter National Educator.
Questions about classes or instructors? Call Pinheads at 587-254-1035
Quilt As You Go ... And More! Explore the basic quilt-as-you-go technique with sashing. During Day 1 of this class, students will:
Learn how to prepare blocks
Learn how to join blocks to make rows and join rows to make a quilt
Learn how to add different types of borders
Learn how to apply a reversible binding to the edge of the quilt
During Day 2 of this class, students will:
Learn various techniques to join blocks (i.e. disappearing, pieced and wide sashing)
Learn how to complete blocks without sashing
Learn several techniques to piece and quilt the blocks in one step to make reversible quilts
Learn which patterns adapt to the quilt-as-you-go method
Dates and Times: Saturday, September 7, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. AND Sunday, September 8, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Instructor: Linda Hurd Cost: $150.00
Opulent Ornament Ball Description: This is not necessarily a sewing project, so we invite all skill levels to join us. Join Gail Robinson to make a stunning Christmas ornament from fabric pieces. We can assure you, there will be no giggles in this class! Dates and Times: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Instructor: Gail Robinson Cost: $75.00
Athabasca Description: Join Wayne Kollinger using his Athabasca pattern to put together a rather delightful quilt. The sample quilt has a warm "autumn" feel to it, but you can personalize it as you see fit and come up with a variety of results. It's all in the placement of the block and the use of the fabric. Dates and Times: Sunday, September 15, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. AND Sunday, September 22, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Instructor: Wayne Kollinger Cost: $100.00 Borders and Bindings Description: Join the "Binding Lady" Gail Robinson to learn how to finish your quilts using various border techniques including a normal, mitered, reversible, flanged, two-tone/scrappy border, and then learn how to bind them as if you were entering a judged show! Each participant will be required to bring five 12" x 12" quilt sandwiches to get some hands-on experience. Dates and Times: Saturday, September 21, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Instructor: Gail Robinson Cost: $75.00
Sunshine Wristlet Description: This Sunshine Wristlet is a fabulous carry along wallet/purse for any occasion. It is fashionable in its size, yet versatile to carry what you need for your supermarket trips! Dates and Times: Saturday, October 5, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Instructor: Christina Waldner Cost: $100.00
Large Quick Curve Ruler Description: The large Quick Curve Ruler is fun to play with! Linda will guide you through some of the perils and pitfalls of sewing curves to allow you to create some incredible projects. Dates and Times: Saturday, October 12, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Instructor: Linda Hurd Cost: $100.00
Dresden Village Description: You've heard this called also the Dresden Neighbourhood. Whatever you want to call it, let Linda Hurd assist you in learning how to improvise the Dresden ruler to create a full neighbourhood of fun! Dates and Times: Saturday, October 26, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. AND Sunday, October 27, 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Instructor: Linda Hurd Cost: $150.00
Bragg Creek Description: Wayne is back again to guide you in making his Bragg Creek quilt. As you've seen in the store, this pattern truly looks different depending on the placement of the fabric and the blocks. Can't wait to see how the blocks come together. Dates and Times: Sundays, November 3 and 17, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Instructor: Wayne Kollinger Cost: $100.00
Walking Foot Quilting and Beyond Description: Want to move beyond "Stitch in the Ditch" with your walking foot? Want to test the water with something less "safe"? Come and explore the simple elegant designs and texture of walking foot quilting on your domestic machine. Walking foot quilting is a great way to finish your projects. In class, students will: explore various geometric designs (linear, circles and grids); learn how to adjust built-in machine stitches to use as quilting stitches; learn to adapt free-motion quilting designs for walking foot quilting; learn how to transfer designs; learn the order of quilting for best results> Join Linda Hurd to learn that walking foot quilting isn't limited to a series of straight lines, and get ready to finish your projects! Dates and Times: Saturday, November 9, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 10, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Instructor: Linda Hurd Cost: $75.00 per day
Paperless Paper Piecing Description: This is a great way to learn paper piecing, without having to remove all the papers from the back! Linda Hurd teaches this technique class, which builds on additional classes coming up this fall ... think New York Beauty block. Dates and Times: TBD Instructor: Linda Hurd Cost: $100.00
Get to Know your New Bernina Instructor: Cathy Forsyth Cost: Free if you bought your Bernina from Pinheads, otherwise there will be a cost associated for the orientation. Times: Please phone to schedule a time that best suits your schedule and the classroom schedule. Bring your machine and all its accessories.
Mark Your Calendars Airdrie and District Quilt Guild Quilt Show 2019 Watch for further information coming about the Airdrie and District Quilt Guild bi-annual event, coming October 19 and 20, 2019. The raffle quilt will soon be hanging in our store, and tickets will be available for purchase -- can't wait for this one! Make sure to mark your calendars to enjoy some amazing local talent.