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NEA Big Read: True Grit



Tuesday, March 5th at Pennington Quilt Works

Pennington Quilt Works is thrilled to be partnering with Pennington Public Library during the month of March 2019 as part of the Small Town… NEA Big Read Program.  The library has selected True Grit by Charles Portis for their month’s long programming which includes book discussion groups, movie screenings and community events.   Pennington Quilt Works will be offering a day of events that will educate you about textiles of the late 1800’s and engage you in a hands-on sewing class.

11:00-12:00 Antique Quilts Trunk Show

Presented by Dana Balsamo, owner of Material Pleasures, LLC.  Dana is an American Quilter’s Society (AQS) Certified Quilt Appraiser and has been in the vintage quilt business since 1999.  She will share her vast knowledge of vintage textiles as well as multiple examples of quilts from the late 1800s.

Guest Instructor: Dana Balsamo  

Fee: $10

1:30-4:30 Introduction to Hand Piecing

Presented by Arlene Stilson, manager of Pennington Quilt Works and Marisa Simon, quilting educator.  Though sewing machines were available in the late 1800s, most quilters pieced their quilts by hand. Arlene and Marisa will teach you the basics in this hands-on workshop.  Hand piecing is an enjoyable and portable way to make a quilt top and is currently making a comeback as part of the “slow stitching” movement.  

Instructors: Arlene and Marisa

Fee $30, includes fabric, templates, thread and a hand sewing needle.

Spend the day with PQW!

Join us for the lecture, a catered lunch including discussion of quilt history, and the hand sewing class.

Fee $50


Moonlight Garden 2-Day Sleep-in-your-bed Retreat

with Michelle Renee Hiatt

Join Michelle Renee Hiatt of Sew on the Go and Studio 180 in a fun-filled weekend focusing on her brand new pattern, Moonlight Garden. The weekend includes 2 days of sewing instruction plus a fun evening activity and open sewing until 9 on Saturday. 2 lunches and Sunday morning pastries will be provided. You deserve a "me" weekend! 
Instructor: Michelle Renee Hiatt of Sew on the Go 
Fee: $225
Dates: Saturday, June 1, 10am-9pm and Sunday, June 2; 10am-4pm
Required: pattern


A Child is Born: 2-Day Embroidery Workshop with Claudia Dinnell

Celebrate the first Christmas with Mary, Joseph, and the Christ child in a lowly stable in Bethlehem. Shepherds, wisemen, and glorious angels on high marvel at the signs and sights of His birth. Design created by PQW's very own Nyssa Benthin.

In this 2-Day Workshop students will master Claudia's multi-hooping technique for perfect placement! Improve your hooping skills, better understand the features on your machine that allow you to manipulate designs for better alignment. Get tips & techniques that make your embroidery flat, fun, & flawless! Designs in this pattern are all machine embroidered. 

Instructor: Claudia Dinnell 
Fee: $299; includes lunch both days and her exclusive embroidery designs 
Dates: Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22; 9am-3pm both days
Requirements: The minimum required stitch field is 7 1/2" wide x 11 1/2" long. The finished quilt size is 55" square. Pre-class preparation is necessary. Individual pattern required for each student.