Classes and Clubs at Calico Gals

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Class and Club Calendar

Sep
27
Wed
T-Shirt Class
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fun Projeccs
Instructor: Gay Silkey

Everyone has a box of T-shirts they can’t part with, yet no longer wear. It’s the emotional attachment! Good news—these shirts make excellent quilts! Because they are knits, there are few tricks to working with them. Gay has made several T-shirt quilts and she is happy to share her techniques with you. Bring some shirts and turn them into pillows, quilts or even totes.This class will cover the basics of cutting, sewing and preparing T-shirts for a variety of projects. Basic sewing and cutting skills required.

T-Shirt Class
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fun Projeccs
Instructor: Gay Silkey

Everyone has a box of T-shirts they can’t part with, yet no longer wear. It’s the emotional attachment! Good news—these shirts make excellent quilts! Because they are knits, there are few tricks to working with them. Gay has made several T-shirt quilts and she is happy to share her techniques with you. Bring some shirts and turn them into pillows, quilts or even totes.This class will cover the basics of cutting, sewing and preparing T-shirts for a variety of projects. Basic sewing and cutting skills required.

Oct
3
Tue
Chenille Panel Class
Oct 3 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Chenille quilt with astronaut and rocket in blues and orange

Instructor: Jen Cantrell

This is very cool! Start with a favorite panel and turn it into a super-soft, super-cozy chenille quilt. Jen will take you step-by-step as you master this fun technique. This makes a fabulous kid quilt or baby gift.

Oct
4
Wed
Machine Quilting Week: Longarm Quilting Basics
Oct 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Machine Quilting Week at Calico Gals logo

With Handi Quilter National Educator Susan Jungerheld

Does longarm quilting interest you, and you’d like to learn more about it? Or do you just need a review of longarm basics? This class takes the mystery out of longarm quilting by acquainting you with basic terms, machine features, how to load a quilt, and what you need to know about thread, needles and tension.

Fee for Susan’s classes: $30 per class or 2 classes for $50

Photo of Susan JungerheldAbout Susan
Susan Jungerheld has owned a longarm quilting business and a Handi Quilter machine since 2008. She loves free-motion and ruler-assisted quilting using her HQ24 Fusion®, and proudly quilts for local quilt shops, her customers, and charities.
Susan began teaching both piecing and quilting in local quilt shops, and now is thrilled to share her knowledge and experience with quilters everywhere as a Handi Quilter National Educator. Susan is an award-winning quilter, with several quilts featured in Quilt Trends magazine.

Before working professionally in the quilting industry, Susan worked in counseling, education, customer service, and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Originally from Pennsylvania, Susan has also lived in several other states, Germany, and Ireland. She and her husband reside in New York state and have two college-age children.

Machine Quilting Week: Ruler Mania
Oct 4 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Machine Quilting Week at Calico Gals logo

With Handi Quilter National Educator Susan Jungerheld

If you love precision and consistency in your quilting designs, you will love using design rulers and templates! These handy tools assist in placing designs accurately and stitching them out precisely. Learn to handle rulers and templates safely with the ruler base, and how to achieve accuracy with the markings.

TOPICS INCLUDE: Handling rulers safely, Accomplishing precision and accuracy, Straight line quilting and stitch in the ditch, Right angles and cross hatching, Overview of all shapes of Handi Quilter rulers

Fee for Susan’s classes: $30 per class or 2 classes for $50

Oct
5
Thu
Machine Quilting Week: Stepping Stones to Quilting Your First Quilt
Oct 5 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Machine Quilting Week at Calico Gals logo

With Handi Quilter National Educator Susan Jungerheld

This class is for everyone—whether you’ve never quilted and want to learn, or if you already quilt. This overview covers the step-by-step process, from selecting a quilting design to the first quilting stitches. You will learn how to resize and apply designs, choose batting and backings, baste quilt tops, and all about threads, needles and tension. You will be on your way to finishing your quilts!

TOPICS INCLUDE: Selecting, resizing auditioning and applying quilt designs, Preparing the quilt top and backing, Batting selection and basting, Threads, needles and tension, Stitch in the ditch and meander quilting

Fee for Susan’s classes: $30 per class or 2 classes for $50

Machine Quilting Week: Sit-Down Quilting Boot Camp Basics
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Machine Quilting Week at Calico Gals logo

With Handi Quilter National Educator Susan Jungerheld

Do you have limited space for a quilting machine, and prefer to sit down to quilt? Come see how the HQ Sweet Sixteen will solve those problems and help you finish quilts of any size! The machine features make free motion quilting a breeze, and additional creative feet and gadgets take you far beyond meandering and stitch-in-the-ditch. TOPICS INCLUDE: Built-in machine features, Stitch Regulation with Tru-Stitch, Pattern application and Golden Threads paper, Basting layers and manipulating the quilt, Creative machine feet, rulers and gadgets.

Fee for Susan’s classes: $30 per class or 2 classes for $50.

Oct
7
Sat
Free Motion Quilting on a Domestic Sewing Machine
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Machine Quilting Week at Calico Gals logo

With popular teacher and talented free-motion quilter Karen Miller from Redbird Quilt Company!

Experience the quilting artistry of Karen Miller! Join Karen on Saturday morning, October 7th, for an amazing trunk show and lecture of her work. Register for the exclusive hands-on class and learn her tips for free-motion quilting. Learn to meander, loop, pebble, swirl, echo and more on your own sewing machine! Great opportunity right here in Central New York!
Photo of Karen Miller from Redbird Quilt Company

Oct
10
Tue
Glacier Star
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Instructor: Julie Burger
6 Class sessions
Class 1: May 23
Class 2: June 22
Class 3: July 18
Class 4: August 8
Class 5: September 12
Class 6: October 10

$45 each class, $90 registration fee includes first & last class.

Calico Gals is thrilled to offer Judy Niemeyer’s Glacier Star as our Technique of the Month (TOM) Program. You will be thrilled to complete a beautiful Glacial Star quilt in just 6 months! Starting in May, certified instructor Julie Burger teaches a different Judy Niemeyer paper piecing technique each month, leading you to create a glorious quilt! TOM programs incorporate a wide range of techniques to familiarize quilters with paper piecing so they can successfully complete any Judy pattern. Class 1 covers fabrics, tools, organization, cutting papers and fabric, and set up. Join us for this once a month class and and find out just how easy Judy Niemeyer quilts really are! Choice of sizes: 60 x 60 inches or 90 x 90 inches.

Begin at the Beginning
Oct 10 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Sewing notions including measuring rape, thread, rotary cutter

Instructor: Nina Dukette
3 Class sessions
Class 1: Tuesday, October 10
Class 2: Tuesday, October 17
Class 3: Monday, October 23
New to quilting? Or, just looking for a powerful refresher? Nina teaches the tips and techniques that you’ll need to begin your next project. In three sessions, become familiar with the basic steps of quilt construction, accurate rotary cutting, machine piecing, basting, machine quilting and binding while making a decorative table topper. Class includes discussion of fabric choice and preparation, threads, needles and much more.

BOMs & Swaps

QUILTmania 2017 Mystery Quilt

Calico Gals is one of only four shops in the United States honored to offer the QUILTmania 2017 Mystery quilt. Begins shipping in February.

  • Quilt pattern by Michelle Yeo
  • Fabrics from the Torrington Place Collection by Penny Rose for Riley Blake Designs
  • $99.95 plus shipping and handling include first and last months
  • $49.95 per month plus shipping and handling
  • Mystery patterns will be available in the bi-monthly QUILTmania magazine

Flying South quilt

Flying South BOM
Play along February through June. Just $7.50 per month includes:

  • 5 months
  • 8 Chubby 16ths of exclusive new batik prints
  • Choose your favorites each month
  • Directions for the Flying South block
  • Quarterly Sew-In day
  • Months 2–5 include an alternate block pattern using the same shapes
  • $15 ($40 for precut version) registration fee covers your first and last month

Journeys End quilt

Journey’s End BOM

  • 6 months
  • Build your houses in the first 5 months; create the scrappy border in the 6th
  • Generous 66-1/2″ x 66-1/2″ quilt
  • $32 per month includes patterns, fabrics, and binding
  • $64 registration fee includes first and last months

U Swappin quilt

U Swappin’?

  • 8 easy blocks a month for 6 months
  • Bring them in by the 1st and Lynn will swap them out for pick up on the 15th
  • First blocks due February 1st
  • $15 for the entire 6 months, includes pattern
  • Double swap or both swaps for $25
  • Batiks: Any bright jewel tones for color and cream batik for background
  • Cottage: Any bright small print for color and white-on-white background (no cream please)

Bird Walk block of the month quilt

Bird Walk BOM
Hostess: Christy Blume
Includes:

  • 12 months
  • Detailed pattern
  • Batik fabric for quilt top
  • Pick up or mail order
  • Quarterly Sew-In day
  • $25 per month
  • $50 registration fee covers first and last months of the club

Star Spangled Liberty block of the month quilt

Star Spangled Liberty
Hostess: Jen Cantrell
Includes:

  • 9 months
  • Detailed pattern
  • Fabric for quilt top
  • Options for appliqué or pieced center row
  • Pick-up or mail-order
  • Quarterly Sew-In day
  • $25 per month
  • $50 registration to cover first and last months of the club

Snow Friends Wool and Cotton block of the month

Snow Friends: A Wool and Cotton BOM
Hostess: Melonie Unger
Includes:

  • One snowman design for 6 months and a month for details and assembly
  • Detailed pattern
  • Fabric for quilt top includes wool and cotton
  • Options for appliqué or pieced center row
  • Pick-up or mail-order
  • $25 per month
  • $50 registration to cover first and last months of the club

Freedom Bound Block of the Month quilt

Freedom Bound BOM
Hostess: Rosanne Brown
Includes:

Store Hours

Monday–Saturday
10:00 am–5:00 pm
Sunday
12:00–4:00 PM

Open evenings during scheduled classes.

Closed on:

  • Thursday, November 23
  • Sunday, December 24
  • Monday, December 25
  • Sunday, December 31
  • Monday, January 1

Store Address

Calico Gals

3906 New Court Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13206

Contact Us

Phone: 315-445-0617
Email: store@calicogals.com

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Sep
27
Wed
T-Shirt Class
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fun Projeccs
Instructor: Gay Silkey

Everyone has a box of T-shirts they can’t part with, yet no longer wear. It’s the emotional attachment! Good news—these shirts make excellent quilts! Because they are knits, there are few tricks to working with them. Gay has made several T-shirt quilts and she is happy to share her techniques with you. Bring some shirts and turn them into pillows, quilts or even totes.This class will cover the basics of cutting, sewing and preparing T-shirts for a variety of projects. Basic sewing and cutting skills required.

T-Shirt Class
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fun Projeccs
Instructor: Gay Silkey

Everyone has a box of T-shirts they can’t part with, yet no longer wear. It’s the emotional attachment! Good news—these shirts make excellent quilts! Because they are knits, there are few tricks to working with them. Gay has made several T-shirt quilts and she is happy to share her techniques with you. Bring some shirts and turn them into pillows, quilts or even totes.This class will cover the basics of cutting, sewing and preparing T-shirts for a variety of projects. Basic sewing and cutting skills required.

Oct
3
Tue
Chenille Panel Class
Oct 3 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Chenille quilt with astronaut and rocket in blues and orange

Instructor: Jen Cantrell

This is very cool! Start with a favorite panel and turn it into a super-soft, super-cozy chenille quilt. Jen will take you step-by-step as you master this fun technique. This makes a fabulous kid quilt or baby gift.

Oct
4
Wed
Machine Quilting Week: Longarm Quilting Basics
Oct 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Machine Quilting Week at Calico Gals logo

With Handi Quilter National Educator Susan Jungerheld

Does longarm quilting interest you, and you’d like to learn more about it? Or do you just need a review of longarm basics? This class takes the mystery out of longarm quilting by acquainting you with basic terms, machine features, how to load a quilt, and what you need to know about thread, needles and tension.

Fee for Susan’s classes: $30 per class or 2 classes for $50

Photo of Susan JungerheldAbout Susan
Susan Jungerheld has owned a longarm quilting business and a Handi Quilter machine since 2008. She loves free-motion and ruler-assisted quilting using her HQ24 Fusion®, and proudly quilts for local quilt shops, her customers, and charities.
Susan began teaching both piecing and quilting in local quilt shops, and now is thrilled to share her knowledge and experience with quilters everywhere as a Handi Quilter National Educator. Susan is an award-winning quilter, with several quilts featured in Quilt Trends magazine.

Before working professionally in the quilting industry, Susan worked in counseling, education, customer service, and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Originally from Pennsylvania, Susan has also lived in several other states, Germany, and Ireland. She and her husband reside in New York state and have two college-age children.

Machine Quilting Week: Ruler Mania
Oct 4 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Machine Quilting Week at Calico Gals logo

With Handi Quilter National Educator Susan Jungerheld

If you love precision and consistency in your quilting designs, you will love using design rulers and templates! These handy tools assist in placing designs accurately and stitching them out precisely. Learn to handle rulers and templates safely with the ruler base, and how to achieve accuracy with the markings.

TOPICS INCLUDE: Handling rulers safely, Accomplishing precision and accuracy, Straight line quilting and stitch in the ditch, Right angles and cross hatching, Overview of all shapes of Handi Quilter rulers

Fee for Susan’s classes: $30 per class or 2 classes for $50

Oct
5
Thu
Machine Quilting Week: Stepping Stones to Quilting Your First Quilt
Oct 5 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Machine Quilting Week at Calico Gals logo

With Handi Quilter National Educator Susan Jungerheld

This class is for everyone—whether you’ve never quilted and want to learn, or if you already quilt. This overview covers the step-by-step process, from selecting a quilting design to the first quilting stitches. You will learn how to resize and apply designs, choose batting and backings, baste quilt tops, and all about threads, needles and tension. You will be on your way to finishing your quilts!

TOPICS INCLUDE: Selecting, resizing auditioning and applying quilt designs, Preparing the quilt top and backing, Batting selection and basting, Threads, needles and tension, Stitch in the ditch and meander quilting

Fee for Susan’s classes: $30 per class or 2 classes for $50

Machine Quilting Week: Sit-Down Quilting Boot Camp Basics
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Machine Quilting Week at Calico Gals logo

With Handi Quilter National Educator Susan Jungerheld

Do you have limited space for a quilting machine, and prefer to sit down to quilt? Come see how the HQ Sweet Sixteen will solve those problems and help you finish quilts of any size! The machine features make free motion quilting a breeze, and additional creative feet and gadgets take you far beyond meandering and stitch-in-the-ditch. TOPICS INCLUDE: Built-in machine features, Stitch Regulation with Tru-Stitch, Pattern application and Golden Threads paper, Basting layers and manipulating the quilt, Creative machine feet, rulers and gadgets.

Fee for Susan’s classes: $30 per class or 2 classes for $50.

Oct
7
Sat
Free Motion Quilting on a Domestic Sewing Machine
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Machine Quilting Week at Calico Gals logo

With popular teacher and talented free-motion quilter Karen Miller from Redbird Quilt Company!

Experience the quilting artistry of Karen Miller! Join Karen on Saturday morning, October 7th, for an amazing trunk show and lecture of her work. Register for the exclusive hands-on class and learn her tips for free-motion quilting. Learn to meander, loop, pebble, swirl, echo and more on your own sewing machine! Great opportunity right here in Central New York!
Photo of Karen Miller from Redbird Quilt Company

Oct
10
Tue
Glacier Star
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Instructor: Julie Burger
6 Class sessions
Class 1: May 23
Class 2: June 22
Class 3: July 18
Class 4: August 8
Class 5: September 12
Class 6: October 10

$45 each class, $90 registration fee includes first & last class.

Calico Gals is thrilled to offer Judy Niemeyer’s Glacier Star as our Technique of the Month (TOM) Program. You will be thrilled to complete a beautiful Glacial Star quilt in just 6 months! Starting in May, certified instructor Julie Burger teaches a different Judy Niemeyer paper piecing technique each month, leading you to create a glorious quilt! TOM programs incorporate a wide range of techniques to familiarize quilters with paper piecing so they can successfully complete any Judy pattern. Class 1 covers fabrics, tools, organization, cutting papers and fabric, and set up. Join us for this once a month class and and find out just how easy Judy Niemeyer quilts really are! Choice of sizes: 60 x 60 inches or 90 x 90 inches.

Begin at the Beginning
Oct 10 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Sewing notions including measuring rape, thread, rotary cutter

Instructor: Nina Dukette
3 Class sessions
Class 1: Tuesday, October 10
Class 2: Tuesday, October 17
Class 3: Monday, October 23
New to quilting? Or, just looking for a powerful refresher? Nina teaches the tips and techniques that you’ll need to begin your next project. In three sessions, become familiar with the basic steps of quilt construction, accurate rotary cutting, machine piecing, basting, machine quilting and binding while making a decorative table topper. Class includes discussion of fabric choice and preparation, threads, needles and much more.