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Judy Niemeyer's Rocky Mountain Bear Claw Table Runner

Instructor: Melanie Castle
Class Fee: $120 (Includes all three class sessions!)
Class Dates & Times:  Fridays, August 17, September 14 and October 19, 10:30 - 5:30.
Table Runner Size:  72 x 21 inches
Pillow Size:  20 inches square

Description:  We’re kind of in love with this Table Runner pattern. It has a very Northwestern vibe … a hint of Native America and a bit of the Wild Wild West with a suggestion of the Orient. We can see it as a fireworks display or a Ninja Death Star or a prickly cactus flower … perhaps even a thistle? It expresses the turbulent power of a tornado or hurricane or the, more gentle, spin of a snow flurry. Let your color selections tell the story.

The table runner pattern includes enough of Judy Niemeyer’s pattern papers to make a table runner and two pillows. We think these would make wonderful holiday gifts and summer is a great time to start adding to your stash of holiday gifts! We’re hoping someone will create this pattern with our shimmery gold William Morris Christmas Collection. It brings to mind the pop and excitement of a Christmas Cracker!

The Table Runner class is a great introduction to Judy Niemeyer’s paper piecing techniques. The class stands alone but it is also an excellent option for quilters wanting to try out a Judy Niemeyer pattern on a small project, then progress to a larger, more complex pattern.

The class is taught in three monthly sessions, each focusing on the techniques necessary to complete a design element. You will have plenty of class time to learn and practice the necessary techniques with Melanie and time at home to complete each section before moving on to the next feature.

What You Will Learn in This Class:  Paper Foundation Piecing Techniques: Stacking and Cutting, Floating Points, and Project Organization, as well as, Traditional Quilt Construction Techniques.

Melanie is a certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor. The instructor training is rigorous and intense, requiring the completion of several Judy Niemeyer quilts and attendance at Judy’s instructor seminars in Montana. Melanie is both skilled and delightful. We think you will enjoy working with her to complete your project.


Required Pattern: Judy Niemeyer’s Rocky Mountain Bear Claw Pattern. The pattern includes enough piecing paper to complete a table runner and two pillows. Available at Ruby Street Quiltworks for $26.00You can also purchase replacement papers to make an additional table runner and pillows here.

Fabric: Prior to the introductory session, review the pattern and select the required fabric. You can download a line drawing of the table runner pattern to help with fabric selection here and download a line drawing of the pillow pattern here.

Equipment and Notions:

  • Bring your fabric and pattern to the first class session.
  • 6 Large Ziploc Bags (Gallon Size)
  • Sewing Machine with a quarter-inch foot and a general sewing foot. Be sure you bring a sewing machine you are familiar with that is in good repair and ready to sew. 
  • Steam Iron - Travel Size
  • Ironing Board - Travel Size
  • Two pieces of Template Plastic (3 x 6piece and 3x 12piece)
  • 12Add-a-Quarter Ruler
  • Purple Thang
  • 6by 24Ruler
  • Medium Size Cutting Mat
  • Rotary Cutter (a new blade will make your class much more enjoyable!)  
  • Size 70/10 Machine Needles 
  • Scissors - Fabric and Paper
  • Seam Ripper
  • Surge Protector
  • Extension Cord
  • Fabric Glue Pen – Sewline or Fons and Porter- must be washable glue
  • Glue Stick - not liquid glue - must be washable glue
  • High Quality Cotton Sewing Thread
  • Pins - must be flathead
  • Scotch Tape - the regular kind is great
  • 2 inch Binder Clips or Large Paper Clips

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 session.

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 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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  • Telephone:   1.360.236.0596
  • Email: RS@rubystreetquiltworks.com
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