Classes and Clubs at Calico Gals

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Class and Club Calendar

Feb
20
Mon
Free Motion Machine Quilting
Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Free motion quilting samples

Instructor: Candy Tucker
2 Class Sessions:
Class 1: Monday, February 13
Class 2: Monday, February 20

This class will take the scary out of machine quilting! Learn to quilt using your walking foot and free motion foot. Make a sample book of quilting patterns so next time you are ready to make a quilt, simply open your sample book and choose from the quilting patterns you learned to do. With Candy’s encouragement, you will have fun and explore your inner artist. Be surprised at what you can do!

Jo Morton’s Little Women Club
Feb 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Jo Morton fabrics
Hostesses: Melonie Unger and Beth Broadway

Well-known designer, Jo Morton, features the classic look of 1800’s reproduction fabric and patterns. $120 for the year includes monthly club meetings, a year of Jo Morton patterns, 5 yards (your choice) of beautiful Jo Morton fabrics and monthly discounts on everything Jo! This popular club has just a few openings!

Feb
21
Tue
Add a Quarter Club
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Image of paper pieced star

Hostess: Julie Burger
Foundation Piecers! Have you ever started a project you love and then another pops up, and another, and another? By now you may need a little support to get back to it! Julie has help for you! Come on in, bring your paper piecing projects to work on, share and chat with other piecers and just have fun. Stop in one time or every month.

Sit-Down Free Motion Quilting
Feb 21 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Sweet Sixteen qulting machine

Instructor: Rosanne Brown

3 Class Sessions:
Class 1: February 21
Class 2: March 21
Class 3: April 18

Spend a little time and learn a lot! In addition to cleaning, general maintenance, tension and thread choice topics, experiment with doodling and free motion quilting each month. Get more from your Mid Arm machine! Learn and try new doodles each class. Take your ideas home and add them to your quilts. Leave your machine at home and work on ours.

Vintage Compass
Feb 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Vintage Compass quilt
Instructor: Julie Burger

4 Class Sessions
Session 1: February 21
Session 2: March 7
Session 3: April 4
Session 4: May 2

The Vintage Compass is a wonderful example of a beginner pattern building off of the outside compass unit in the mariner’s compass pattern. The cutting instructions are simple; the foundation paper-piecing is fast as the pieces in this pattern are large pieces, which come together to complete an 8-pointed compass star. With a second layer of points behind the main unit, the center medallion makes a clean, vibrant impression. This highly recommend pattern is for both beginners and anyone who want to try something different and it doesn’t include any difficult assembly piecing, aside from the curves in the border, which is truly a piece of cake!

Feb
22
Wed
Basic Computer Skills for Embroiderers
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Instructor: Tom Baxter

Confidence with your computer skills will give you more flexibility when sewing. Review basic computer terminology (disk drives, curser, task bar, etc.), file and folder manipulation, internet downloads and the use of USB thumb drives. Create a folder, download a file, copy it to the folder you created and then copy it to an USB thumb drive. You can do this! Many of the concepts are the same for both Windows and Macs, but the visual aids will show Windows screens. Laptop required for class.

Feb
23
Thu
T-Shirt Quilts
Feb 23 @ 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 Quilts
Feb 23 @ 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.

Feb
25
Sat
Baby Lock Serger Revisit Basic Skills
Feb 25 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Photo of serger
Instructor: Melissa Morgante

Better understand all the great uses for your Baby Lock Serger! This in-depth class will cover serging curves, inside corners, outside corners, rolled hems, and more. Get those balanced stitches you dream of and serge on!

Tom’s In the House!
Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Avante quilting machine
With Tom Baxter

Long-arm quilting machines are truly amazing tools for quilters and the HandiQuilter Avante is a dream to use. There is nothing better than quilting your own quilts! However… the size and technology can be intimidating! Stop in and chat with Tom when he is in the house. See a demo, try it out and ask all the questions you want. No cost—just stop in!

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.

Store Address

Calico Gals

3906 New Court Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13206

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

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