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Quiltmaking Fundamentals

April 27 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Date: Saturday, April 27th
 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Laura Lee Fritz
Location: Room 201, Fiber Arts Studio
Adult, 18+
Skill Level:
Sliding Scale:
 $80 / $100 / $120
Materials Fee: $5

About the class

In one day you will complete a table mat (approximate size 12” x 12”) to learn the entire process of making a quilt.

Learn to:

– compare fabrics
– read a quilt pattern
– safely use specialized cutting tools
– cut and sew the “Shoo Fly” block
– cut and sew a border surrounding the block
– quilt the layers together 
– prepare and stitch a binding for a clean finish to the edges

If you have a portable sewing machine you may bring it (complete with a bobbin and your machine manual). Some sewing machines are available in class, so bringing a machine is NOT necessary.

As interest allows, we will have additional classes monthly to learn to make different blocks, which can be utilized as units in a lap or wall quilt.

Supplies to bring (again, this is optional as we have supplies in class):

– sharp scissors
– rotary cutting kit (cutter, cutting mat, accompanying cutting ruler)

Fabric, thread and batting will be supplied through the materials fee. You may choose to bring your own fabric (three fat quarters of cotton fabric).

Basic sewing machine experience is required.

Note: There will be a 30 minute lunch break; please bring a bag lunch.

Please share any special considerations (medical, physical, learning) that will help your instructor make your class accessible and accommodating for you. You can share these considerations when register or by emailing Sean at

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructor

Laura Lee Fritz

Instructor / Artist

Laura has taught fiber arts, including surface design, since 1989.  Her professional quilting career has taken her from Alaska and Canada to Mexico, from Hawaii to Boston, to teach and practice.  She has been published internationally for six quilting books, and self-published as many more.

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