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Judy Niemeyer's Mariner's Compass

Instructor:  Melanie Castle
Class Fee:  $270 (Includes all six class sessions and the opportunity to schedule an individual fabric selection consultation with Melanie.)
Individual Fabric Consultations:  January 5 and 20, 2019 (by appointment).
Class Sessions: The first Saturday of each month starting on February 2, 2019 (except for March 23rd) and running through July 6, 2019
Quilt Sizes:  Standard, 69 x 69 inches or Queen, 98 x 98 inches. You will need to purchase the pattern for your preferred size directly from Melanie. The Queen size quilt uses a pattern extension which is purchased separately.

Description:  This stunning classic has a maritime theme, perfect for Northwest Quilters!

Mariner’s Compass was Judy Niemeyer’s second “Technique of the Month” pattern, originally published in January, 2013. The pattern is only available through Certified Instructors or shops. The goal of the Technique of the Month program is to design quilts incorporating a wide range of Judy’s techniques, intended to be taught by Certified Instructors so that they may familiarize quilters with the unique techniques used in Judy Niemeyer patterns.

That means, in six monthly class sessions you will learn all the techniques necessary to complete, not only the Mariner’s Compass quilt, but any of Judy’s previous patterns as well. This is an excellent class if you are new to Judy Niemeyer’s patterns and techniques. Though the quilt looks impossibly difficult, you’ll learn to hack it one segment at a time with Melanie’s expert assistance. 

Skill Level:  This is a good class for quilters new to Judy Niemeyer’s patterns and techniques. You should be skilled in the use of your sewing machine and have basic quiltmaking skills (rotary cutting, piecing, finishing).

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: This Technique of the Month Pattern is only available from a Certified Instructor. Students will purchase the Mariner’s Compass pattern directly from Melanie. The Pattern is $65 for the 69 x 69 inch quilt. It can be enlarged to 98 x 98 inches with a pattern extension (an additional $30).

Fabric:  Prior to the first class session, you will have the opportunity to schedule an individual fabric selection session with Melanie. 

Equipment and Notions:

  • 25 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. (Note:  You will not need your sewing machine for the Fabric Selection Consultation)
  • Steam Iron - Travel Size
  • Ironing Board - Travel Size
  • Two pieces of Template Plastic (3 x 6″ piece and 3″x 12″ piece)
  • 12″ Add-a-Quarter Ruler
  • Purple Thang
  • 6″ by 24″ Ruler
  • 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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