Classes and Clubs at Calico Gals

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Class and Club Calendar

Jul
19
Fri
NUTZ
Jul 19 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Melonie Unger riding wooden horse

Hostess: Melonie Unger

NUTZ (No Unfinished Top Zanies) meets first and third Fridays except when the store is closed for holidays.

Need help finishing up a project from a class or a kit you purchased at the store? Melonie can help you! Bring in anything you want to work on and spend the day indulging in some dedicated sewing time. Everyone brings a dish to pass and the gals guarantee friendship and fun!

Jul
20
Sat
One Block Wonder
Jul 20 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

One Block Wonder hexagonal pieces in pink and greenInstructor: Marcia Evans

Learn to make a beautiful “kaleidoscope” quilt using large print fabrics sprinkled with creativity! Spend the day exploring this technique and creating hexagons to make a gorgeous quilted piece. It’s so fun to see what everyone comes up with! Depending on the amount of fabric you purchase, create any size from a table topper to a queen-sized quilt! Marcia will provide a light lunch and dessert to keep you going in this fun day-long class.

Jul
21
Sun
Collage Quilts
Jul 21 @ 12:30 am – 3:30 am

Fabric collage with seahorse
With Peggy Bass

Class 1: July 13, 10:30–3:30
Class 2: July 21, 12:30–3:30

Unleash your creativity and have fun with beautiful collage quilts!! Learn the collage technique and build your confidence in this 2-part class. In class one, learn the technique as you prepare and start cutting fabrics. In class two cut out your fused design, add background and finalize. No sewing machine needed for either class!

Jul
24
Wed
Dream Big
Jul 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Dream Big in shades of purpeWith Sue Pilkarsky
Are you ready to Dream Big? Do you have a Hoffman Dream Big panel on your shelf but are unsure where to start? Maybe you’re ready to jump in but just need some guidance and encouragement! Learn to free-motion quilt feathers, or try your hand at using rulers with a long- arm. If you’re any one of the above, this class is for you! The class is a lecture with loads of tips, tricks, advice, drawing practice, and some hands-on long-arm practice on the HQ Simply 16.

Dream Big
Jul 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Dream Big in shades of purpeWith Sue Pilkarsky
Are you ready to Dream Big? Do you have a Hoffman Dream Big panel on your shelf but are unsure where to start? Maybe you’re ready to jump in but just need some guidance and encouragement! Learn to free-motion quilt feathers, or try your hand at using rulers with a long- arm. If you’re any one of the above, this class is for you! The class is a lecture with loads of tips, tricks, advice, drawing practice, and some hands-on long-arm practice on the HQ Simply 16.

Jul
27
Sat
Liberty Crown Quilt
Jul 27 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Liberty Crown Quilt in red, beige, and blueWith Karen Cross
The Liberty Crown quilt is one that appears to be very difficult, but is easily do-able with QuiltSmart interfacing. This variation of the American Beauty pattern has spikes that
are easy to piece, with no struggling to make that point. Karen shares the tips to make it sensational. Go traditional or a little funky! Have fun creating a unique layout by placing each block in different directions.

Liberty Crown Quilt
Jul 27 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Liberty Crown Quilt in red, beige, and blueWith Karen Cross
The Liberty Crown quilt is one that appears to be very difficult, but is easily do-able with QuiltSmart interfacing. This variation of the American Beauty pattern has spikes that
are easy to piece, with no struggling to make that point. Karen shares the tips to make it sensational. Go traditional or a little funky! Have fun creating a unique layout by placing each block in different directions.

Jul
31
Wed
Trunk Show and Meet and Greet with Debby Brown
Jul 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Welcome back, Debby Brown! This very popular award-winning and much in demand national quilting educator is returning to Syracuse!

Join Debby at Calico Gals for a fun evening of quilting demonstrations, special buying privileges and Debby’s beautiful quilts created from Cutie patterns. Refreshments, too (of course).

Debby is known for her published quilts, patterns, articles and columns in major quilting magazines, and authoring 2 books. She teaches at national and international quilting shows, has filmed HQ Sweet Sixteen® instructional DVDs and has taught multiple machine quilting classes
on Craftsy. Debby is obsessed with the precision of ruler quilting on domestic, sit-down and longarm machines and spices up those lines with whimsical free-motion quilting that appeals to quilters of all skill levels. When not traveling to spread her fun brand of quilting, Debby creates in her studio in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley.

$10 (or free with your registration of any class August 1–3)

Aug
1
Thu
Stand-Up Longarm Machine Quilting Basics
Aug 1 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


With Debby Brown

This is the perfect try-before-you-buy or review class of long arm basics. Debby removes the mystery of long arm quilting by explaining machine and frame elements and features, how to load a quilt, and vital facts about thread, needles and tension. Learn the basics of rulers, micro handles and free motion on a long arm. Handi Quilter long arm and frame systems come in various sizes for every budget, are user-friendly because they are designed by a quilter!

Calico Gals wants you to be successful in finishing your own quilts. We welcome Handi Quilter with a truckload of long arm machines to Syracuse for three full days of hands-on classes with Debby Brown! Join Debby and work on a long arm as you learn the basics and much more of long arm quilting. No experience necessary. You do not need to own a long arm to enjoy these classes—the machines are provided!

Aug
2
Fri
Fast, Fun, and Fabulous Free Motion Quilting
Aug 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


With Debby Brown

Quilters everywhere LOVE the excitement and fun of free motion quilting—and it’s easier than you think! Create flowing designs by connecting simple design elements with continuous lines, traveling across the quilt or filling in a specific area. Learn how drawing and muscle memory contribute to beautiful free motion quilting, and how to create stunning designs. Class includes tips on edge-to-edge free motion quilting, using Micro Handles for free-motion control and adjusting your quilting path to create your own new designs.

Calico Gals wants you to be successful in finishing your own quilts. We welcome Handi Quilter with a truckload of long arm machines to Syracuse for three full days of hands-on classes with Debby Brown! Join Debby and work on a long arm as you learn the basics and much more of long arm quilting. No experience necessary. You do not need to own a long arm to enjoy these classes—the machines are provided!

Buy more and save on half-day classes! $60 each, 2 or more $50 each, buy 3, get the 4th free!

BOMs & Swaps

Make up your mind quilts in blue and purple

Make Up Your Mind!

With Lynn Schantz
Calico Gals Playful Swappers presents: Make Up Your Mind! Choose Moody Blues or Purple Haze . . . or both!

  • Make Up Your Mind block consists of a 6-1/2″ square with a 3-1/2″ square snowballed in opposite corners.
  • Create 13 quick blocks a month for 6 months.
  • Bring them in each month and Lynn will swap them with blocks from the group.
  • $15 registration fee includes free pattern. $25 to do both!
  • Starts July 1.

Farmhouse Block of the Month pattern cover

Farmhouse BOM

Create a contemporary farmhouse quilt one block at a time for 10 months.

  • Learn a variety of techniques and have fun making many different blocks to complete this unique sampler.
  • Finished quilt: 88½ inches square.
  • The BOM begins April 1.
  • $25 per month includes all patterns and fabric for quilt top.


Create this beautiful sampler quilt featuring piecing and appliqué.

  • Based on historic designs from the turn of the last century.
  • Make a couple blocks each month for 12 months.
  • Finished quilt: 63 x 70 inches.
  • The BOM begins April 1.
  • $25 per month includes detailed patterns and all fabric for quilt top.

Amish with a Twist quilt

Amish with a Twist with Karen Cross

Quilt artist Nancy Rink’s newest Amish-inspired Block of the Month features a dynamic design!

  • Combine a traditional Amish Trip Around the World with a unique center star and a variety of colorful blocks.
  • Create this big quilt (88 x 98 inches!) one piece at time over 12 months.
  • The use of solid fabrics not only keeps with the Amish tradition, but also makes this a very affordable project.
  • The BOM begins in the spring, but you can sign up now to reserve your place on the list!
  • $12.50 per month.
  • $25 registration fee includes first and last month.

Tonga Lush BOM quilt

Tongan Lush with Daryl Hanifan

The new BOM from Wing and a Prayer uses beautiful tonga batiks from Timeless Treasures.

  • Join for 12 months to create a large 108-inch square quilt.
  • All patterns and fabric for the quilt top are included.
  • $25/month.
  • $50 to join includes first and last month blocks.

Geese on the Meadow BOM quilt

Geese on the Meadow with Marcia Evans

The new block of the month from Kim Diehl!

  • Join Marcia one Sunday each month for 6 months to collect your patterns and fabrics to create a 66-1/2 inch square quilt using traditional piecing techniques.
  • Learn the tips and techniques from Marcia as you use Kim’s warm color palette to make this gorgeous quilt.
  • $38 per month for 6 months.
  • $75 registration fee includes first and last months.

Spring Tapestry wool project

Spring Tapestry Wool BOM with Melonie Unger

Melonie has created a new wool appliqué BOM from the patterns of Jan Vaine.

  • Two colors of flannel background joins a variety of wool pieces to make a garden of blocks.
  • Blocks measure 5-12 x 9-1/2 and 5-1/2 inches square.
  • This BOM is a pick- up, but you can join Melonie’s Wooly 911 class for more tips and fun with wool stitchery.
  • $15 a month includes the fabrics, stitching guides and patterns for up to 4 blocks each month for 12 months.
  • $30 registration fee includes first and last month.

Store Hours

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

Open evenings during scheduled classes.

Store Address

Calico Gals

3906 New Court Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13206

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