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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. If a class/event is NOT covered by the Class Pass, it will be noted in the class description.


3rd Thursday Demo -Sewing Ergonomics Part 2
Thursday, May 16, 2019
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!

On May 16th, Aimee will be presenting Part 2 of Sewing Room Ergonomics.



Blocks Without Borders – Art & Landscape Group
Thursday, May 16, 2019
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.

  • If you missed seeing the 12  “Bird Challenge” entries at CQC, they are on display the the Cortez Cultural Center through the month of May. Check it out! Many thanks to all who helped make the installation happen.
  • This month Marie will be showing us how to make Post Card quilts. These little gems are a mini landscapes and can be as simple or complex as your heart desires. Bring scraps and ideas for how you might show off your personality, our area, a dream, a laugh or anything that tickles your fancy in a small way.
  • Our next challenge (due in July) is “Necessity is the mother of Invention”! One over achiever in the group has already completed hers and it’s remarkable.

Thread Painting – Fox
2 Fridays – May 17 & May 24, 2019/ 2 Session Class
9:30 -3:00
Skill Level – Intermediate
Instructor: Shanna Stordahl
Is learning to thread paint on your bucket list of things to learn this year? If so, you are in luck! Shanna will teaching this class, and will provide instruction on how to complete this beautiful Hoffman panel.




Quilt Til You Wilt
Friday, May 17, 2019
6:00 – 10:00 pm
$10:00 (Not covered by class pass)
Bring your projects to work on, plan to chat and have fun! Ann will be here enjoying the evening with you. If you would like, bring a snack to share. Please RSVP, space is limited.


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.


BERNINA Creative Studio: Embroidery – Endless Embroidery Table Runner
Thursday, May 23, 2019



BERNINA Creative Studio: Technique – Quilting With Rulers
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Learn what you need to get started as you venture into this increasingly popular machine quilting technique.


BERNINA Creative Studio: Project – Heart Wall Hanging
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Make this sweet scrappy heart wall hanging with a modern twist. Learn applique, embellishment with decorative stitching and stitch designer. This project is beginner friendly!


Advanced Paper Piecing
Friday, May 31, 2019
This class is full, please call to be added to the next series.



1st Saturday Breakfast Club
Saturday, June 1, 2019
9:30 am

*We will be revealing our new fabrics, patterns, and projects
*Bring your show and tell!
*Block Lotto
*We will have light refreshments and plenty of fun, friendship and chatting!
*We will have a small gift for those who attend! 


Intro To Quilting With Rulers
Saturday, June 1, 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.


Imaginary Day – Embroidery Block of the Month
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Instructor: Linda Humphreys
Come learn and stitch out the first four blocks of your quilt!


Bernina Creative Studio Software Club
Lettering Play
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Instructor: Linda Humphreys
Using your fonts in BERNINA Software 8.1 is an easy and fun way to create your own designs. In this lesson, explore creative ways to play with fonts.

Big Red Bag
Friday, June 7, 2019

Skill Level Intermediate
Instructor: Virginia Robertson
This bag nearly will fit a kitchen sink. It will definitely fit a quilt, all your supplies for a class, or whatever you need to take for a day out. Virginia Robertson designed this pattern, and we are fortunate that she is willing to also come teach this class!



Kimberbell Summer Garden Party
Saturday, June 8, 2019
$99.00 (Includes class, kit and lunch!)

Come enjoy this fun day of machine embroidery.  Limited to seven customers, so call now!


BERNINA Creative Studio June Project
Petal Pouch
Thursday, June 13, 2019
1:00 – 5:00
The petal pouch is a fun and simple project that is also useful. Make them as quick gifts, or make several of them to store all the little items that you want to take along. Learn to sew in a casing, and a simple turning technique.



Easy Three-sy Jacket
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Skill Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Julie Ayers
Our garment classes have returned! Easy Three-sy Jacket pattern has a jewel neckline that turns back to create a collar, notched sleeve bands that complete elbow length sleeves, a Front & Sleeve that are one pattern piece and Back & Sleeve that are one pattern piece. 3 easy variations: a full back, a pieced back and a lower slit with walking flap overlap! One great jacket with 3 easy variations!!!  SIZES: 6 – 24

Happy Daisy Wall Hanging
Friday, June 21, 2019
Instructor Cindy Dahl
This will be a fun class creating this quirky appliqued wall hanging that includes embellished prairie points and uses Susan K. Cleveland’s piping hot binding technique.


Sew Many Quilts
La Plata Quilters Guild Show
Saturday/Sunday, June 22 & 23
La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall


BERNINA Creative Studio Embroidery Club
Hooping Techniques
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Instructor Linda Humphreys
One of the most important steps to beautiful machine embroidery is proper hooping. Come learn various hooping techniques, and how to know which method is best for the project at hand.


Necessary Clutch Wallet
Friday, June 28, 2019
10:00 – 5:00
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Instructor: Marilyn O’Brien
The Necessary Clutch Wallet isn’t just your ordinary wallet. Carry your cell phone/mobile, checks, cash, cards, coins and still have room for your favorite lipstick or even personal items. With its closed ends, everything is safe and secure and there is never any worry about anything sliding out. On top of this versatility, these wallets are very stylish to boot.


Intro To Paper Piecing
Saturday, June 29, 2019
1:00 – 4:00
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.



Lone Star Quilt
Friday, July 12, 2019
Skill Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Judy Bryan

Intermediate Paper Piecing: Wedding Ring
Saturday, July 13 & Saturday, July 27, 2019/ 2 Session Class
10:00 – 5:00
Skill Level: Intermediate – Must have prior paper piecing experience
Instructor: Judy Bryan
You asked for intermediate paper piecing… here it is! Judy will instruct this class and teach you how to advance your paper piecing skills. You will choose how big you wish this project to turn out. This creates a stunning quilt!


The Blue Coneflower
Saturday/Sunday, August 17 & 18, 2019
$120.00 + $20.00 Kit Fee  (Kit includes paints, fabrics, batting & backing)
Instructor: All the way from Australia…. Michelle de Groot
Michelle is scheduled to be in the USA to tape on the Ricky Tims’ Show… and will be here at Cortez Quilt Company and More to teach! This class features creating your own piece of art from a white piece of fabric and some paint. the cone flowers are painted on making this a whole cloth design. Michelle will explain how to use the textile paints and non-textile paints and show how to divide up your background area and create interesting designs on your art piece.

This workshop is great for those wanting to learn new techniques and skills in textile arts. You will learn how to paint onto the fabric to create a nice background as well as the foregound picture of the cone flowers. Students will also learn some basic quilting techniques and thread work, anto to top it off play with some bobbinwork.


After The Fire
Monday/Tuesday, August 19 & 20, 2019
$120.00 + $20.00 Kit Fee  (Kit includes paints, fabrics, batting & backing)
Instructor: All the way from Australia…. Michelle de Groot
Michelle is scheduled to be in the USA to tape on the Ricky Tims’ Show… and will be here at Cortez Quilt Company and More to teach! Michelle created this project after a local bush fire burnt through her property. She noticed the damage left behind, along with the amazing colors that were in the sky. All this led to creating this great piece of art.

This workshop is great for those wanting to learn new techniques and skills in textile arts. You will learn how to mix your paints and how to apply them to fabric. You will learn how to paint onto the fabric to create a nice background creating a starting point for your thread work. You will also learn some basic quilting techniques, thread work and bobbin work.


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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!