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Discover the art of quilting in New York City with a variety of quilting classes. Learn traditional techniques, explore modern designs, and create beautiful quilts while enhancing your creativity and craftsmanship skills.

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Intro to Patchwork & Quilting

Keaton Quilts @ 150 W 28th St, New York, NY

Learn all the basics of quilting and create your own mini quilt in this workshop. From cutting fabric to binding the quilt, you'll gain essential skills while enjoying the art of patchwork. Supplies included!

(2) Beginner 18 and older
$109
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Beginner Quilting

Brooklyn Craft Company @ 165 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Unleash your creativity and master the art of designing intricate fabric patterns and stitching techniques with our engaging quilting course. Learn the fundamentals of quilting, from selecting fabrics to creating beautiful patterns, and bring your unique vision to life through this hands-on experience. Join us to embark on a journey of discovery and craftsmanship in the world of quilting.

(563) All levels 18 and older
$115
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Sew a Looper Quilt Top

Brooklyn Craft Company @ 165 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Dive into the world of modern patchwork quilting with our intensive workshop. Learn to construct a unique Looper Quilt top with modular blocks that can be arranged into endless designs. You'll master techniques such as cutting and assembling fabric pieces, ironing for quilting, and designing your layout. Ideal for those with basic machine sewing skills, this class sets the foundation for completing your quilt top at home.

(563) Intermediate 18 and older
$165
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Binding

Keaton Quilts @ 150 W 28th St, New York, NY

Master the art of perfect quilt finishing and achieve flawless mitered corners with this hands-on class. Learn the techniques of double-fold binding, from cutting strips to reducing bulk, and take your quilting skills to the next level.

(2) All levels 18 and older
$59
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Easy Machine Applique Workshop

Keaton Quilts @ 150 W 28th St, New York, NY

Learn the art of easy machine applique and create beautiful quilt embellishments. Join this beginner-friendly workshop and master the raw-edge technique using a cutting machine to quickly shape your fabric into hearts and more. From quilts to clothing, this class will teach you the skills to add a touch of creativity to any project.

(2) Beginner 18 and older
$75
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Hand Quilting Workshop

Keaton Quilts @ 150 W 28th St, New York, NY

Explore traditional and big stitch hand quilting at our workshop. Learn layering, basting, design marking, and stitching techniques with traditional and thicker threads. Bring your quilt or practice on a sample under expert guidance.

(2) All levels 18 and older
$69
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Y-Seams Made Easy Workshop

Keaton Quilts @ 150 W 28th St, New York, NY

Master the art of sewing Y-seams with ease in this comprehensive workshop. Say goodbye to any previous struggles and gain the confidence to tackle Y-seams on your own. Plus, with the help of a die-cut machine, you'll be able to quickly and effortlessly cut out all the necessary pieces for your future projects.

(2) All levels 18 and older
$59
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Polaroid Block Workshop

Keaton Quilts @ 150 W 28th St, New York, NY

Unleash your creativity with this hands-on workshop and create stunning quilt blocks inspired by polaroids. Learn the art of fussy cutting and piecing to craft unique designs. Join us for a fun and engaging session to bring your vision to life!

(2) Beginner 18 and older
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Dresden Baby Quilt Workshop

Keaton Quilts @ 150 W 28th St, New York, NY

Discover the secrets to creating a beautiful Dresden plate quilt top in this hands-on workshop. Learn how to easily sew and cut out your pieces while enjoying a fun and creative atmosphere. Walk away with the knowledge and skills to tackle future quilting projects with confidence.

(2) Beginner 18 and older
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Intro to Quilting

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

You’ll learn how to make a simple patchwork quilt top, how to create the “quilt sandwich”, and how to sew binding. You’ll complete this course with a finished quilt! Beginner machine sewing skills required.  Supply List: To view the list please CLICK HERE PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION IS REQUIRED for all adults and children ages 5+.

(1083) Beginner 18 and older
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$125
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Machine Quilting

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Learn the art of crafting beautiful quilts as you create your own mini quilt in this hands-on class. From learning essential quilt making techniques to joining quilt blocks and adding batting, you'll gain the skills needed to create a finished mini quilt measuring approximately 24" x 24". Basic sewing knowledge required.

(1083) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$295

6 sessions

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Clothes to Transform into Quilt Tops

Brooklyn Craft Company @ 61 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY

In this one-day workshop, visiting modern quilt artist Luke Haynes will teach his methods for transforming clothing or other used textiles into quilt tops. Luke will lead the class through his methods of deconstructing and reconstructing fabric into something greater than the sum of its parts. We will be working with abstract forms and learning how to harness fabrics that may be a little outside of the normative quilting oeuvre. Students will be...

(563) All levels 18 and older
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$125
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Quilting (4 Weeks)

Textile Arts Center @ 505 Carroll St, Brooklyn, NY

In this class, students will learn the fundamental skills of quilt making. This class will teach general quilting terminology, introduction to the rotary cutter, how to sew and press block units and an overview of hand and machine quilting techniques. Students will be encouraged to experiment and play with color and composition. Our classes are designed to focus on a learned skill rather than a final product. At TAC, our mission is to provide skills...

(504) All levels 18 and older
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$453.20

4 sessions

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Dear Jane Workshop with Diane Schneck

Keaton Quilts @ 150 W 28th St, New York, NY

Unlock your quilting potential at a renowned Manhattan workshop focusing on the iconic Dear Jane quilt. Master diverse techniques like hand piecing, machine piecing, foundation piecing, and hand appliqué for crafting sampler blocks. Whether starting fresh or continuing your masterpiece, join us to elevate your quilting skills.

(2) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$139

3 sessions

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Hand Quilting

Better Than Jam's Store & Studio

Intro to Hand Quilting: Learn the basics of traditional quilting by hand in this intro to quilting class. Working on a small sample piece, students will learn how to trace their own quilting designs, prepare materials for quilting, and have time to practice the hand quilting stitch using a wooden hoop.

(126) Beginner 18 and older
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East Village Vibrance Workshop

Keaton Quilts @ 150 W 28th St, New York, NY

Discover the secrets to creating beautiful quilt blocks with perfectly aligned seams in the vibrant East Village neighborhood. Join us for a fun and informative workshop where you'll learn time-saving techniques and leave with the confidence to finish your own quilt at home. Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your quilting skills in an inspiring environment.

(2) All levels 18 and older
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Fiber Art Exploration Club

Keaton Quilts @ 150 W 28th St, New York, NY

Unlock your creativity and push the boundaries of fiber art. Join us to share your projects, challenge yourself, and receive valuable feedback from fellow fiber artists. Expand your skills and explore new techniques in a supportive and inspiring environment.

(2) All levels 18 and older
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$49

6 sessions

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Quilting

Classeteria @ 284 Suydam St, Brooklyn, NY

In this course for adults and older teens, we will create our own patchwork quilts from fabric scraps and old clothing, while learning the history of quilting. Students will come away with skills such as rotary cutting fabric, piecing a quilt, and hand quilting a finished product to take home.

(3) All levels 16 and older
No upcoming schedules
$180

6 sessions

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Quilting 101: Quilt Star Throw Pillow

UR Fancy Shop @ 219 Irving Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Learn how to brighten up your space with a Quilt Star Pillow! Join us in our workshop to master the art of piecing together quilt stars and create a stunning throw pillow. No sewing experience required.

All levels 18 and older
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Quilt Making by Hand With Susan C Sato of Easy Piecing!

The Yarn Company

In this class, students will be instructed on template making, piecing fabric, adding sashing, borders,binding and finish with a hand quilting lesson. Note: Materials are not included and must be purchased at our store. No outside materials will be allowed in class. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to pick out and purchase your materials. Don’t have a sewing machine? You won’t need one to learn quilting. This class is for the newbie...

(76) Beginner 18 and older
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Reviews for Quilting Classes in NYC

Quilting Classes in NYC are rated 4.6 stars based on 2,357 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Beginner Quilting

    Reviewed by Josephine L. on 2/28/2023
    I loved this class so much! I was very nervous - I had been trying to teach myself to sew...with mixed results. The instructor was super clear and I walked away with a beautiful quilt! I can't believe it.
  • Beginner Quilting

    Reviewed by Nicola S. on 9/27/2022
    Fun class and I walked out with a beautiful quilt that’s now displayed in my living room.
  • Intro to Quilting

    Anonymous review on 12/9/2019
    Diana was a knowledgeable teacher who gave the class lots of hints. She even stayed late so the class could finish their creations. Had a wonderful time.
  • Beginner Quilting

    Reviewed by Barbara G. on 4/7/2019
    wonderful experience! Friendly and helpful teacher.
  • Beginner Quilting

    Anonymous review on 2/13/2017
    Great class! Very manageable quilting project for beginners. There were only four of us in the class and I think that is the perfect size since Giuseppe was able to give everyone individual attention w/o others having to wait around. Even so, the class went a bit over, and everyone left with just having to stitch the undersides of their bindings, but a very simple final step to complete at home. It was Giuseppe's first time teaching the class and he did a great job. Thanks, Giuseppe! The shop itself is meticulously curated: small but nice selection of (mostly) Kona cottons and Cotton and Steel fabrics for the project. The fabric, batting, binding and thread cost everyone around $40. Thanks, Brooklyn Craft Company!

Discover the Best Quilting Classes in NYC

The term quilting may well conjure up visions of pioneer women sitting in a circle in a barn, tatting up bedding for a young bride in the community. While such quilting bees did once exist, quilting has evolved into a popular hobby, with its enthusiasts numbering somewhere between nine and 11 million people, 98% of whom happen to be women. While creating a handsome and often heirloom-worthy patchwork arrangement is perhaps what you think of as quilting, the actual quilting process is the sewing together of a “sandwich” of fabric comprised of a top (the patchwork part), batting (the insulation part) and backing (usually a solid piece of material.) Quilting today is usually done using a sewing machine, although a patient person can make an entire quilt by hand.

Why You Should Learn Quilting in NYC

Life in the greatest of the world’s metropolises can get very hectic indeed, and, to preserve your sanity, you need something to take your mind off the stresses and strains of squeezing into a subway train during rush hour and the other hassles that are part and parcel of the Gothamite’s daily routine. When it comes time to find an activity that will counteract some of this urban stress, there are many hobbies from which to choose: some people cook for fun, others do yoga, others build model airplanes and fly them in the Sheep Meadow, others knit, and others still perform karaoke. So why not take up quilting?

There is a veritable Zen of needlework: the repetitive motion of needle and thread going through the layers of fabric isn’t exactly the same thing as meditation, but the effect can be very similar. You’re focusing your attention on something non-verbal and simple that you can do well. Quilting calls for precision, but it also allows you to exercise your imagination as you choose the fabrics to employ for your quilt top and decide how to stitch the layers together (you can even do that freehand with your sewing machine.) In addition to this micro satisfaction, you’ll get macro satisfaction sooner than you think: you can complete a large quilt in a matter of weeks, and then you’ll have a handsome handcrafted article to enjoy during cold New York winter nights. You can also make a batting-less summer quilt that will provide you with just the right degree of covering when you try to sleep on a swelteringly humid summer night.

If that doesn’t sell you on quilting, also consider that there’s a substantial quilting community out there that seeks to bring quilters together, be it to sew socially or to discuss quilting topics and share work and inspiration. Quilters come together at quilt shops and fabric stores, as well as in specialized quilting guilds such as the NYC Metro Modern Quilters Guild or Empire Quilters. You’ll discover that you’re far from being the only quilter in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, or Staten Island and that you can connect with people—not something easily done in the big city—through a hobby that can be both meditative and social.

What, you may wonder, should you do with all these quilts you imagine yourself making? You only need so many in a city whose winters aren’t utterly sub-zero, and your friends and family probably aren’t in need of countless quilts, either. You might then consider selling your work on a site such as Etsy, where some quilters have built thriving side gigs by offering their hand-quilted work to the general public. Some of these professional quilters even take commissions from clients who want a particular design turned into bedding. If you’re interested in going this route, you’ll be surprised how quickly your sewing machine will pay for itself.

In-Person Quilting Classes & Schools in NYC

You can learn quilting in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and, if you don’t mind, a brief expedition across the Hudson, Hoboken. Perhaps the biggest selection of classes is to be found at Brooklyn Craft Company. Located a block from the Greenpoint Avenue stop on the temperamental G train, Brooklyn Craft Company is both a shop carrying all manner of DIY supplies and a workshop space that is devoted to classes that allow busy adults to tap into their crafty side. Subjects taught include (inter alia) sewing, knitting, crocheting, dyeing, embroidery, and, yes, quilting. They have been hosting workshops and classes since 2012 and gradually evolved into what is, at present, a thriving business.

Their quilting classes begin at the beginning with Beginner Quilting. In the course of a five-hour class, reasonably experienced sewers (that’s people who sew) will be guided through the creation of a 36” square quilt, which can be then used as a baby quilt or a lap quilt. Two solid pieces of fabric are used for top and backing, and students learn to create the quilt “sandwich” and then how to baste, quilt and bind it. You won’t get to work with patchwork at this stage in your quilting career, but you’ll otherwise have had the full quilting experience in miniature and be ready to proceed to the creation of a design for the top layer of your quilts.

The Beginner Patchwork Workshop would be the place to learn the rudiments of what can develop into an extremely elaborate technique. The workshop gets you started by teaching you how to make a quilt block in the log cabin pattern (and how not to cut yourself using a rotary cutter to produce even pieces of fabric to sew together.) Students emerge from the workshop with a completed small quilt top that they can go on to quilt at their leisure. Further quilting classes from Brooklyn Craft Company include an English Paper Piecing Workshop in which students learn the clever technique of creating geometric patterns for quilt tops using paper templates.

Also in Brooklyn, just where the Battery Tunnel disgorges you, is Craftsman Avenue, a school that teaches such unusual activities as welding, woodworking, and knife forging. They also have a Modern Improv Quilting class which, in the course of three sessions, will have students taking several dress shirts that have served out their purpose in life and turning them into a finished crib quilt. Deeper into the heart of Brooklyn is Classeteria, which offers its own Quilting class that covers such skills as rotary cutting, piecing, and hand-quilting to produce a finished patchwork project.

In Manhattan, the 92nd Street Y[MHA], world-famous for its arts and cultural programs, has a six-session Intro to Quilting class. Here, students create a small patchwork quilt using fabrics of their choosing. (No supplies are provided.) Basic sewing (hand and machine) skills are required. Note also that proof of COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory for all participants. (An online version of the class exists as well.) The 92nd Street Y also has a class for grandparents (only) in creating a family quilt.

Finally, if you’re up for a short trek, M Avery Designs of Hoboken has quite an assortment of quilting classes from which to choose. These include something as simple as a Mini Patchwork Quilt Workshop that produces a quilt of modest proportions in two hours and something as elaborate as an Easy Modern Quilting Boot Camp that delves into contemporary quilting design and has students creating a fully quilted square at each session of the class. Put them all together, and you’ll have a handsome finished quilt to show for your efforts. You can also take an Intro to Free Motion Quilting class that, by demonstrating the technique on a pot holder, will show you the quilting equivalent of freehand drawing, a fun and inventive means of assembling your quilting sandwich without being fettered by the laws of geometry.

Virtual Quilting Classes & Schools

If you don’t want to deal with trying to get yourself and a half-sewn king-size quilt to Hoboken to take a class, or if you’d rather put your feet up and quilt in the privacy of your own room, you might wish to consider an online quilting class. Those generally provide you with a greater selection of classes (and class times) than those that can be found in your immediate vicinity and a degree of convenience that eliminates commuting time and makes a two-hour quilting class into two hours of fun rather than a drawn-out four-hour undertaking. You can even sit at home with a cup of hot cocoa under a quilt in your pajamas while you quilt on a cold winter night, which is far preferable to trudging through the snow with your sewing kit.

Some people, of course, learn better in a live classroom setting, so online learning isn’t for everyone. The other factor to bear in mind is that to learn quilting from home, you’re going to need a sewing room, or, since most New York apartments don’t allow for the wild luxury of an entire sewing room, you’ll at least need the equipment you’d find in a sewing room. In addition to the fabric that you’d need even in an in-person class, you’re going to need a full complement of notions and a sewing machine. Of course, as quilting classes are pretty much all geared toward people who can sew, you probably already have most of what you need. (If not, remember that sewing machines can be rented if you’re not sure you want to buy one just as yet.)

Online quilting classes are available from a number of providers throughout the country. M Avery Designs in Hoboken is one such provider, with a whole online catalog of classes not available at their brick-and-mortar location. On the second Wednesday of every month, they offer a Quilt Club that brings quilters together to work on a given quilt block. The club meetings are a great example of how the internet can make it possible for those who share an enthusiasm to share it with fellow enthusiasts. Other online options focus on specific projects, such as the Dresden Plate Quilt or a Hovea Quilted Jacket (yes, you can quilt more things than just quilts), or on specific techniques, such as Quilt Binding with Continuous Bias Tape.

Private Group Quilting Classes in NYC

Team-building events are an increasingly popular way of gently coaxing people who work together to form more cohesive units. While quilting may not be the first idea that springs to mind for such an activity, a small quilt can actually be made in a couple of hours, and the history of quilting bees and sewing circles shows that such activities can be a very effective means of bringing people together. You may not end up with a bunch of heirloom-worthy quilts, but you will have achieved your team-building goals with private group quilting classes in New York City. You have but to avail yourself of the contact form on the CourseHorse website to be contacted by a member of the event fulfillment team who will be able to make your quilting event a reality.

If you want something textile-oriented but that requires no sewing ability on the part of the participants, you might consider taking your team (of 60 members or fewer) down (or up) to Chelsea for a Wearable Art Workshop in Sneaker Painting. The event provides each participant with a pair of blank sneakers and a range of media with which to decorate them. There is a (cash) bar to help the inhibited get their creative juices flowing. You can also BYOB; a corkage fee applies. At the end of the event, at least some of those involved will emerge with a pair of sneakers they might actually wear in public.

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