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Instructors:  Ruby Street Staff
Class Fee:  $45.00 (The Class Fee includes all three class sessions.)
Required Pattern:  Beginner's Luck Table Runner Pattern by Kathleen Lillis

Dates and Times:  Three Thursday Evenings, August 23, 30 and Sept 6, 5:30 – 8:30pm
Skill Level:  This class is for brand new quilters. No quilting experience is required. You do need to know how to operate your sewing machine. You need to know how to thread your machine, fill bobbins, select stitches, and how to adjust stitch length.
Location:  Ruby Street Quiltworks, 100 Ruby Street SE. Tumwater, WA

Class Member Savings: 40% off a rotary cutter, mat and ruler when purchased at the time of class sign up. Your equipment will be available at the first class session. For online purchases use the Coupon Code:  BEGINNER’S LUCK.  Shop Online Here

Class Description: Learn to quilt in this class for absolute beginners. In three class sessions you will learn to cut, piece, quilt, and bind a 14” x 28” table runner. The lessons are designed to teach you the essential skills you’ll need to make your table runner, and set you up to move to intermediate level projects.

In the first session, you will learn how to use a rotary cutter, mat, and quilting ruler to cut all the pieces for the top of your table runner and the binding. You’ll learn how to cut fabric to use the straight of grain, cross grain, and bias to the best advantage in your project. How to use directional prints will also be addressed. 

In the second session you will sew your “quilt” top, and assemble your quilt “sandwich” with the top, batting, and backing. You’ll learn strip piecing, chain piecing, seam matching, and how to piece half-square triangles with precise points. In the afternoon you will quilt the layers together with your own chosen stitching design.

In the third session you will complete the quilting process. You will attach your binding and finish your project.

Supply List (We recommend a visit to Ruby Street Quiltworks where the super friendly staff can help you select what you need!)


  • The Beginner's Luck Table Runner Pattern by Kathleen Lillis is required You can purchase it at Ruby Street Quiltworks for $5.00. Purchase the pattern online here.
  • Focus fabric – 3/8 yard (A small to medium size print is recommended because focus fabric strips will be narrow, only 1 ½” to 2 ½ inches wide when sewn.)
  • Accent fabric #1 and binding – ½ yard
  • Accent fabric #2 – 1/8 yard
  • Backing – ½ yard
  • Batting – 18” x 32” piece of low or medium loft cotton batting

Equipment and Notions

  • Sewing machine that you are familiar with. Please make sure your machine is in good working order. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to participate in a class because your machine is not happy. Bring the accessories box (including a quarter inch foot and a walking foot if you have them) extra bobbins, and the power cord and foot pedal!! It’s also nice to have the instruction book along, just in case.
  • Size 80 universal needles for piecing. For quilting your layers bring size 80 microtex or size 90 quilting needles.
  • Surge protector for your machine. (Using a surge protector is a smart thing to do anywhere you sew, but especially in a classroom where multiple machines, irons and other miscellaneous power tools are using the same circuit).
  • Rotary cutter
  • Self-healing cutting mat (18 x 24 is a good size)  
  • Rotary cutting ruler - a 6” or 8 ½” x 24” is a good size for beginning quilters.
  • Curved safety pins for basting quilts
  • Thread to coordinate with your fabric or a neutral color. We highly recommend our Aurifil! (Filling a couple of bobbins ahead of time will allow more time for your project in class.)
  • Your sewing kit with your favorite sewing notions: fabric shears, thread snips or scissors, marking tools, straight pins, basting pins, etc.

Plan to bring dinner or a snack or take a quick break to get something from one of the nearby eateries so you'll have enough energy to get through the evening.

Class Reservation and Parking Information

You can reserve a spot in this class with full payment of the class fee. If you are not able to attend the class, please notify us as soon as possible so your space may be offered to a student on the waiting list. A full refund will be made in the form of a store credit, which may be used towards another class or any purchases in the shop, so long as you notify us at least 5 days in advance of the first class date.

We regret that, on occasion, we must cancel a class because enrollments fall below our class minimums or due to an unforeseen illness or emergency. Of course, in this event we will fully refund your class fee either to your credit card or in the form of a store credit. We are unable to process refunds for class supplies.

While attending class, we kindly ask that you park against the chain link fence or on the street alongside the shop. There is also an additional parking lot just across the street from our back door. This kindness will allow access to patients of the chiropractic office and other businesses in our building. Of course you are welcome to pull right up to the door for unloading. Thank you for understanding.


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