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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.


Thursday, July 27, 2017
1:00 – 5:30 p.m.
$25, includes supplies
NOTE: This class is full. Please call to be added to the cancellation list.

Join us on Thursday, July 27 to make this roomy tote bag to take to the swimming pool or lake this summer. It also makes a great overnight bag! Students will learn how to sew using vinyl mesh, create a “box bottom,” and add handles. Youth classes are open to students aged 8-16. Aimee King will teach this class.


Sewing Day: 1600″ Jelly Roll Quilt
Friday, July 28, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Free with Jelly Roll purchased from Cortez Quilt Company

This is a fun, quick quilt that makes great use of a jelly roll (40 pre-cut 2 1/2″ strips). Sew strips together end to end, then sew sets together until you have a lap-sized quilt top. Add a border or two and it turns into a large throw or twin sized quilt. An instructor will be available for the first part of the sewing day to get you started. Then just sew, and sew, and sew!


Boxer Shorts
Saturday, July 29, 2017
1:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$18, pattern required

Boxer shorts aren’t just for boxers. They aren’t even just for men . . . but imagine the fun ones you could make for the special gentleman in your life. This class is a great introduction to garment sewing, something that we’ll be offering much more of starting in September. Tricia will be your instructor. We’ve ordered special, soft “pajama” elastic for this project.


MODA Cake Mix Sewing Day
Friday, August 4, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Free with purchase of Cake Mix ($12.99) and EITHER a layer cake or background fabric

Join us for a fun sewing day that requires little brain power and results in quilt blocks that you can put together in a variety of ways. Choose from eight different recipes. You’ll need one layer cake (forty 10″ squares), 3 1/8 yards of background fabric, and thread for piecing. That’s as complicated as it gets!

First Saturday Make & Take: Eyeglass Cases
Saturday, August 5, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
$5, plus kit ($22.99)

In our August First Saturday Make & Take you’ll whip up three – yes, three – eye glass cases. The kits include all of the fabric required and here’s the best part . . . it’s all pre-cut to the exact sizes you need. The applique pieces are laser cut and pre-fused. All you have to do is sit down and sew! Karen will teach this class.


My Chicken Kitchen Placemats: Guest Instructor Sine Skaggs
Friday, August 11, 2017
10:00 – 5:00 p.m.
$29, pattern required

Make these adorable placemats while learning new sewing tricks with guest teacher Sine Skaggs. Her classes are always fun (and full – so sign up soon!). No homework for this full-day class.


Beyond Stippling
Saturday, August 12, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Free with purchase of the Dancing Butterfly pattern ($34.95)

Are you ready to learn free motion quilting, or take your skills to the next level? If so, Beyond Stippling is the class for you. Using Leah Day’s Dancing Butterfly pattern and videos, you’ll practice eight different free motion designs. Once you’re comfortable with each one, you’ll stitch them out on four placemats. Bring your machine or use of our BERNINA classroom machines. Sign up soon. This class always fill up quickly. Karen Childress will be your guide.



Mystery Tote: Guest Instructor Sine Skaggs
Saturday, August 19, 2017
10:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Love a good mystery quilt? How about a mystery tote bag for a change of pace? Sine Skaggs will present her original design in this full-day class. You’ll measure, cut, and sew and at the end of the day you’ll have a surprise tote bag. It’s fun and functional, and that’s all we’re going to stay about that! Sign up today.


Little Quilt September Sewing Day
Thursday, August 24, 2017
10:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Free with purchase of pattern

We’re working our way through the year creating these adorable raw-edge applique wall hangings. Make them with or without the month at the bottom. These fit perfectly in the small wire stands. With the month added to the bottom, the finished size is 12 x 16.  Join anytime . . . you can backtrack and make the earlier months or make them later as each month rolls around.

Key West Handbag
Saturday, August 26 2017
10:00 – 5:00 p.m.
$29, pattern required

This bag is a great size for everyday use. It measures 11 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ and it’s 4″ deep. With lots of pockets on the inside and a large one on both the front and back you’ll stay organized and have everything you need within reach. This is a good first bag class . . . just challenging enough and no zippers. Fat quarter friendly, too. Judy Bryan will teach this class.

Beginning Quilting
September 8 & 9, Friday & Saturday
(Also offered on November 10 & 11)
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days
$119, includes supplies

Master the basics of piecing and quilting in this two-session class. You’ll choose four fabrics and make a beautiful quilted 35″ x 35″ wall hanging/table topper. Learn how to measure, cut, piece, press, machine quilt, and attach binding. This class will give you the skill and confidence you need to become an accomplished quilter. Class taught by Karen Childress.


Glow-In-The-Dark Trick or Treat Tote
Friday, September 15, 2017
10:00 – 5:00 p.m.
$29, pattern required

This cute glow-in-the-dark  trick or treat tote will help keep the little ones safe when they’re out for their evening fun. Nice and large to hold lots of loot! It also makes a fun bag for adults to carry around the holiday. Fully lined. The lettering on the reverse side reads “Smell My Feet.” Tricia Hale will teach this class. 


Bargello Placemats
Saturday, September 16, 2017
10:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Learn the bargello technique with Judith Swain in this full-day placemat class. Use eleven different fabrics to make four placemats that measure 14″ x 20″. You’ll likely finish one in class and the remaining ones at home. Or come to an open sewing day (every Monday and Wednesday) to complete your project.


Navajo Wedding Basket with Guest Instructor Barb Morgan
Friday, September 22, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$35, pattern required
NOTE: Classes passes to not apply for this class. Out of town teacher.

Barb Morgan from Durango designed this beautiful pattern and is coming over to teach the class for us. The finished size is 24″ and it can be made in traditional colors or anything you care to choose. You’ll need a 10 degree wedge ruler to complete the project. Homework includes cutting. Please pick up instructions and the pattern when you sign up for the class.


Beyond Beginning
Saturday, September 23, 2017
10:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Free with purchase of pattern and fabric

Anyone who has taken Beginning Quilting at Cortez Quilt Company is eligible to sign up for Beyond Beginning. In this class, you will choose a pattern and fabric to make a set of placemats, table runner, quilt. Beyond Beginning is intended to help you take what you learned in beginning and apply it using a new pattern. Our staff can assist you in choosing a project that will challenge you to take your skills to the next level. Limited to six students. Sign up today!


Classmates with Guest Instructor Peggie Buckholts
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Optional cutting day: Wednesday, October 11, 9 am – 1 pm
10:00 – 5:00 p.m.
$29, pattern required

Welcome back Peggie! She’ll be teaching her popular Classmates class for us once again on October 14. This great little organization bag folds up for easy transport of your sewing notions, travel cosmetics, jewelry, or school supplies. There is homework for this class. You’ll need to have all of your cutting and fusing done ahead of time. Peggie will be at the shop on the morning of Wednesday, October 11 to assist anyone who would like to do their homework then. 


Landscape Quilting with Guest Instructor Patty Joy
Saturday, October 21, 2017
10:00 – 5:00 p.m.
NOTE: Classes passes to not apply for this class. Out of town teacher.

Back by popular demand . . . Patty Joy. This class gets rave reviews! Patty is an artist who has the ability to convey landscape quilting concepts in a way that students can take in and apply. In this full-day class you’ll make a small landscape quilt and learn skills that will last a lifetime. Sign up soon as this class always fills up quickly.


Every Day Every Way Tote with Guest Instructor Peggie Buckholts
Friday & Saturday, October 27 & 28, 2017
Optional homework/prep day: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (9 am – 2 pm)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days
$49, pattern required

Guest instructor Peggie Buckholts will teach Every Day Every Way – the most versatile tote we’ve seen in a long time. It features deep exterior pockets on the front and back as well as expanded slip pockets on each side to hold keys, sunglasses, magazines, water bottles, and more. Inside organization includes a full-zippered mesh pocket and several additional divided pockets. This bag measures 15″ x 12″ and works as a large tote, carry-on bag, or even a diaper bag. The hardware for this tote is very nice quality and Soft & Stable makes it durable and comfortable to carry. Homework REQUIRED: Machine quilting and cutting all pieces. Peggie will be available on Wednesday, October 25 from 9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. to assist students who would like to do their homework for the class here at the shop. This class is for intermediate and above sewists.

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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. All other classes are for those 17 and older. Except for nursing infants up to 12 months of age, children may not attend classes with parents.

Thank you and have a fun class!