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Get Your Three Month Class Pass: Take unlimited classes at Cortez Quilt Company for three months for only $69. Purchase a Class Pass anytime. It’s activated when you take your first class and expires three months later. Classes with supplies included in the price and those taught by out-of-town instructors are not included in Class Pass.​ 


Third Thursday Demo
Thursday, March 21

Join us on March 21 at 12:30 p.m. for our monthly Third Thursday Demo. This event lasts thirty minutes – feel free to bring your lunch if you are on your break. We always have door prizes at our Third Thursday Demo’s! Bring a friend!

March – This topic was rescheduled to this month due to the snowstorm in February. Sandy Cressler will be showing how fun it is to add crayons and colored markers to your blocks. This technique is sure to wow you!



Blocks Without Borders – Art & Landscape Group
Thursday, March 21
Blocks Without Borders (an Art & Landscape Society) meets on the Third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m.  Prepare to exchange ideas, along with giving and receiving inspiration.  Don’t forget to bring your Show-N-Tell! We will have a door prize! No RSVP necessary.

March 11, 2019


Because last month’s meeting was cancelled due to weather, we will be covering the same topics – bird quilts, post card quilts and flower pounding. We can also discuss what our next challenge project might be.

Our main focus will be our bird quilts because our hope is to have them completed by our April meeting so we can get them organized and ready for the festival in May. Please bring what you have to share with us! It has been amazing to see what has been done so far, and it serves as great inspiration for all of us!

I’m hoping that some of our friends who have been away for the winter will begin coming back, and we all look forward to reconnecting and catching up.

Take care, stay dry, and we will see you all on March 21st!

Marie Wirth



Friday, March 22, 9:30 – 5:00
Saturday, March 23, 9:00 – 1:00
Skill Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Ila Starks
Choose on of EIGHT different packable, zippered bags in class, then go home and make the other seven! Perfect for cosmetics, toiletries, sewing items, tech gear, kid’s toys and MORE!


Ruler Work Quilt As You Go Sampler Quilt Session
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Call To Be Added To The Next Available Session
During this multi-session class, participants will master the 12″ Arc Template, along with the Sampler Template Set, both of Westalee Designs. At the end of the series, students will have completed a 60″ X 72″ quilt that they have quilted themselves!


BERNINA Creative Studio Embroidery
Thursday, March 28, 2019


Advanced Paper Piecing
Friday, March 29, 2019
This class is full, please call to be added to the next series.



Intro To Paper Piecing
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:00 – 2:00
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Instructor: Judy Bryan
Come learn the technique of foundation paper piecing from Judy! Judy will give you expert tips and advice. This class is a prerequisite to take more advanced paper piecing classes that are coming up.


1st Saturday Breakfast Club
Saturday, April 6, 2019
9:30 am


Just Scraps
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Instructor: Cyndi Foote
We all have leftover fabric that we have been meaning to organize. Cyndi Foote uses everything (eventually) and will give a short presentation on fabric scrap control. Bring some of your scraps to begin the process of organizing your stash of leftovers.


Panels With Pizazz Series: Water Garden/Blue Heron Panel
Saturday, April 20 and Saturday, April 27, 2019
Skill Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Shanna Stordahl
Trapunto, thread painting, couching, free motion quilting… and bling. This project has it all – talk about spectacular! Be sure to sign up early as these classes fill up fast!



Midlength Designer Vest
Friday, May 3, 2019
Instructor: Julie Ayers
Skill Level: Intermediate
More info and pictures to come!



1st Saturday Breakfast Club
Saturday, May 4, 2019
9:30 am



Intro To Quilting With Rulers
Saturday, May 4, 2019
1:00-5:00 pm
This Class Is a Prerequisite For Further Ruler Work Classes
Skill Level: Beginner, Must Have Beginning Piecing Experience
Now is the perfect time to learn how to do your own quilting! Ruler work is one of the biggest trends in quilting today. , and we are so excited to present this series of classes to you. We can order the rulers for you no matter what make and model of sewing machine you have.You will start to learn the basics of ruler work, and will go home with four different blocks.


Elm Street Bag
Friday, May 10th – 10:00-5:00 & Saturday, May 11th – 9:00-1:00
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Instructor: Ila Starks
Perfect crossover bag for your everyday life! Wonderful in cork, & quilting fabrics. Easy construction and versatility will make this your go-to bag. Inside zip pocket keeps items contained and outside back pocket is perfect for your phone! Companion hardware kit available.


Navajo Wedding Basket
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Skill Level: Intermediate
Guest Teacher: Barbara Morgan
We are thrilled to announce that Barbara Morgan will be coming to teach this class! Barbara, who hails from Durango, designed this pattern based on an authentic Navajo weaving.


Trapunto, Thread Painting, Free Motion and More  – Panels With Pizazz
Friday, June 7 & Friday, June 21, 2019
Skill Level: Intermediate, or Prior Class Taken With Shanna
Instructor: Shanna Stordahl
More info coming. This picture does not begin to show how wonderful this quilt is – be sure to come in and check it out!


Necessary Clutch Wallet
Friday, June 28, 2019
10:00 – 5:00
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Instructor: Marilyn O’Brien
More info coming!


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Class Policies

Classes are limited to 6-8 students (minimum of three) depending on the complexity of the project.

Class fees must be paid and any required pattern/book/notions must be purchased in advance to hold your space.

Store credit will be given for paid classes if you cancel and give 48 hours notice (otherwise, no credit). Refund or store credit (your choice) given for classes if we cancel due to lack of sign ups.

Bring your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies (scissors, seam ripper, straight pins, etc.) to class. If you prefer, you may use one of our BERNINA classroom machines. We request that you use either Mettler or Aurafil thread on classroom machines.

Bring lunch (we have a fridge and microwave) or order out from one of the many fine restaurants on Main Street. Coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks are complimentary.

It is important to be on time for class. We recommend that you arrive 10 minutes before the class start time. If you arrive earlier please be aware that your instructor will not be available until the class begins.

Please do not park on Main Street in front of the shop when you are here for a class.

Please silence your cell phone while in class. If you need to make a phone call during class, we ask that you step outside or to the back of the store where it’s quiet so that other students are not distracted.

Youth classes are for students 8-16 years of age. Youth members may take the adult classes with instructor approval.

Except for nursing infants up to 12 months of age, children may not attend classes with parents.

Thank you and have a fun class!