classes + events

AUTUMN classes at valley fabrics!

We're offering all sorts of playful + practical (think Holiday Gifts) classes this Fall.  We’ve got some previous classes brought back by popular demand - Machine Quilting w/ Marsha, Bottomless Bag, Winter Sky Quilt Top and Placemats - to new classes: Scrap Solutions, T-Shirt Quilting w/ Amy, Tunic #1 w/ Deb Piela, and Appliqué w/ Marsha.

✅Check out our schedule below and find a class or event that interests you! 

  • Call us at 413.570.4911 or visit the shop to register for classes
  • Payment is due at the time of registration
  • Cancellation Policy: If Valley Fabrics receives notice of cancellation more than seven days prior to the day of class, a full refund will be given
  • Supply lists available at time of registration (or soon thereafter)
  • For all classes (unless specified as non-sewing) you will need Basic Sewing Supplies: sewing machine, rotary cutter with new blade, cutting mat, 6"x24" ruler, thread, pins, small scissors, seam ripper, etc.
  • We offer 10% discount on class supplies.


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Walk-in Open Sew

Every Tuesday + Friday  (unless there's a scheduled class) 10am-5pm $10

We’ve got the space, ironing, and design wall - you bring your projects, sewing supplies, & machine and enjoy the company!


Long Arm Machine Quilting Training

Call 413.570.4911 to schedule a time that works for you $50

Come learn to quilt your own quilts on our beautiful Bernina Long Arm Quilting Machine. Judy Richardson will walk you through the process, from loading your quilt top to executing free-form and pantograph designs. She’ll give you all her own tips and tricks and take the intimidation out of long-arming! You must take this training class in order to rent Sylvia, our Long Arm Machine.

English Paper Piecers + Hand Stitchers

The 3rd Thursday of each month (unless there's a scheduled class
10am-12noon - free

Stitch with like-minded people, share strategy and technique or just gossip!  Join us.

September

ELIZABETH HARTMAN BLOCK OF THE MONTH 
T
he 1st Thur or Sat of each month*
*Except for THIS MONTH: Thur Sept 12 6pm OR Sat Sept 14 9am* 

Elizabeth Hartman Block of the Month (EBOM) is a lecture/demo session on the first Thur (6pm) or Sat (9am) of each month. Always check the schedule for exceptions due to holidays or special events. EBOM will run for 10 months, starting September and going through June.  We will make 10 different critters based on Elizabeth Hartman’s adorable patterns, and you’ll receive setting instructions to put it all together.  You can use scraps, FQs from your stash or Elizabeth Hartman’s line of fabrics from our shop. This has been on my bucket list for a long time. Come play with us! 

  • $60 registration fee is due before the first meeting.  
  • We will use three patterns: Spectacular Savanna, North Stars and Fancy Forest. You can purchase all three patterns for $60. ($80.+ value) or individual patterns at 20% off.  Please let us know at time of sign up which patterns you need.
  • When you arrive for class each month, bring your completed block from the month before and any other show & tell quilting project (optional). Do NOT bring your sewing machine and supplies. 
  • There are no penalties for missing class or showing up without a block. Come anyway!
  • Each month there will be instructions for completing the block. The instructions will include general guidelines for fabric selection, but it will be up to you to choose the specific fabrics for each block. These blocks will be great for stash- and scrap-busting. 
  • Should you be absent from an EBOM session, you may stop by the shop during regular hours to see the next block, and if necessary, to pick up instructions. We will not mail or email instructions. We will not SKYPE or video conference in those who cannot make class. 
  • Along with the final block, there will be instructions for a suggested quilt setting for your ten critter blocks. 
  • In case of bad weather, we will make a decision by noon Thursday or Friday 6pm about holding class and will post on Facebook + Instagram. Please call the shop (413-584-3227) if you have questions.

(Tabletop) Machine Quilting with Marsha Molloy

Thur Sept 19: 1-4pm  $40
 



Learn to free motion quilt on your own home machine. Marsha will show you tips and tricks for managing a large size quilt in your small machine, as well as guide you through various free motion patterns.  This is an incredibly useful class for all quilters! Instructor: Marsha Molloy

Scrap Solution: Spiderweb
Sat Sept 21: 1-5pm  $40 (includes pattern)



Our scraps are overflowing the bin.... What to do? Make something fun!  We will use up scraps of all sizes - free-form - to create a playful block that I call  'Spiderweb'.  Learn to stitch n' flip scraps to create a fabulous circular pattern that can take on a variety of shapes and sizes.  Come play with (your) scraps! Instructor: Francesca

Francesca’s Bottomless Bag (Holiday Gift Idea #1)

Tuesday Sept 24 Jun 12: 10-12pm  $30 (includes pattern)



This bag pattern is adapted from a bag I found in Hawaii while traveling home after World Cup ’89 in Australia. It’s the perfect size, shape, and can carry everything from a laptop + the Sunday paper to a quilt to clothing for a getaway weekend or a bag of groceries. Reinforced with French seams, no hardware is needed. Great in Canvas, Linen/Cotton, or Bark Cloth. A smart bag for all generations!  Instructor: Francesca

TUNIC #1: Make it Your Own! 
Fri Sept 27 or Sat Sept 28: 1-5pm  $40 (not including pattern) 



Tunic #1 from 100 Acts of Sewing is a great basic tunic pattern using woven fabric (not knit).  You can make a shirt, tunic or something in between! Deb will walk you through using a pattern, and tweaking it where necessary to produce a cute and casual top in the fabric of your choice! Instructor: Deb Piela

🎃ctober

ELIZABETH HARTMAN BLOCK OF THE MONTH (2nd meeting)*
Thur Oct 3 6pm OR Sat Oct 5 9am
*See September for details + sign up information

Francesca's Winter Sky Pattern

Thur Oct 3 or Sat Oct 5:10-3pm
  $50 (includes pattern) 


You’ll learn Francesca’s technique for piecing unique snowflakes and stars using 60° triangles and a 60° triangle ruler.  No paper piecing or applique! Make this beautiful Winter Sky top your own. Kits will be available or we'll help you pick your own fabrics.  Instructor: Francesca

Build a T-Shirt Quilt!

Thur Oct 10 or Sat Oct 12: 10-3pm
  $50

Finally! Amy is going to divulge her secrets and technique for piecing T-shirts into a quilt top, pillow or wall hanging.  She will walk you through the basics of preparing the T’s, and then show you traditional and free-form design and construction to finish the project. Instructor: Amy

18TH ANNUAL MASSACHUSETTS QUILT SHOP HOP | OCT 18-20
FRI OCT 18: 9am-7pm | SAT OCT 19: 9am-7pm | SUN OCT 20: 11am-4pm  
$8 for passport

Participating Shops: Bayberry Quilts | Brookside Quiltworks | Karen’s Quilting Corner | Pumpkin Patch Quilts | Quilts & Treasures | The Spare Room Quilt Shop | VALLEY FABRICS!

               🚗 Can you say Rooooaaaaad Triiiiiiiiiiiiiip?!

Holiday Gift Idea #2: Pillow Cases 
Thur Oct 24 OR Sat Oct 26: 10-12pm  $20 

A big bang for your buck! Pillow cases are easy to sew and are a great way to personalize a gift through fabric choice. Charley Harper organic or Art Gallery poplin fabrics are a perfect choice for this project! I make a set every year for my girls' stockings! Instructor: Francesca 

Holiday Gift Idea #3: Slice n’ Dice Placemats! 
Thur Oct 24 OR Sat Oct 26: 2-5pm  $30 

Get a jump on gifts for the holiday with these easy, playful pieced placemats. We’ll turn eight Fat Quarters into eight pieced, coordinated placemats using a fun free-form process. Chain piecing will get us to completion! Instructor: Francesca 

Holiday Gift Idea #4: Quilted Zipper Pouch
Tue Oct 29 OR Sat Nov 16: 10-1pm  $30

I’m in love with this little pouch AND how easy it is to put together. Zippers? Nooooo problem! Using a free online pattern from Angela Walters, we will make a quilt sandwich, attach a zipper, and shape with boxed corners.  These are so much fun - once you get the hang of it, you’ll be making them for everyone on your list! Instructor: Francesca

november

ELIZABETH HARTMAN BLOCK OF THE MONTH (3rd meeting)*
Thur Nov 7 6pm OR Sat Nov 2 9am
*See September for details + sign up information

❤️Appliqué with Marsha
Sat Nov 2 or Thur Nov 7: 1-4pm  $45

This is one of my favorite Marsha classes!  She’ll show you how to appliqué a heart four different ways and the outcome is an adorable wall piece.  Marsha has impeccable stitching technique and will pass along to you her tried and true strategy.  I highly recommend this for anyone who is a hand stitcher (or wants to be).  Instructor: Marsha Molloy

Scrap Solution: Windows

Sat Nov 9 or Fri Nov 15: 1-4+pm  $30

Deb Piela makes scrap quilts almost exclusively!  So, she’s going to help you use up your overflowing scrap bin. Inspired by the book, Sunday Morning Quilts, you will use scraps of all sizes to make small framed square blocks, and once you’ve got a bunch of them the fun will be layout!  Come play with (your) scraps! Instructor: Deb Piela

Holiday Gift Idea #4: Quilted Zipper Pouch
Sat Nov 16: 10-1pm  $30

I’m in love with this little pouch AND how easy it is to put together.  Zippers? Nooooo problem!  Using a free online pattern from Angela Walters, we will make a quilt sandwich, attach a zipper, and shape with boxed corners.  These are so much fun - once you get the jist, you’ll be making them for everyone on your list!  Instructor: Francesca

december

ELIZABETH HARTMAN BLOCK OF THE MONTH (4th meeting)*
Thur Dec 5, 6pm OR Sat Dec 7, 9am
*See September for details + sign up information

 
6 Days of S❄️lstice Sale!

December 9-14

10% off select items - a different category each day!
… more info to come via email


We look forward to seeing you in the classroom! 

Q’s? Call us: 413-570-4911
 or email at info@shopvalleyfabrics.com