Sewing 101 

Sewing 101 with Richard Killeaney

Ideal for folks who haven't sewn in years, have never sewn with quilting in mind, or have just plain never sewn. We'll cover the basics of how a sewing machine works along with simple trouble-shooting tips. You'll learn how to measure and cut fabric for projects and practice how to sew a good seam. The course will finish up with sewing a simple pillow cover that you can take home. Take Sewing 101 to gain confidence to tackle your own projects, to learn sewing jargon so you can understand book or pattern instructions, or to prepare for Denyse's Improvisational Workshop.

$120 includes tuition, lunch and goodie bag.
Class size is limited to 12 so register early! You will take home a completed simple project and lots of confidence!

11am to 4pm

2015 dates for Sewing 101 are coming soon!

Prior to registration please be sure to read our Registration Policies section. We’ll let you know as soon as we can if your date of choice is sold out.

We Provide

A delicious lunch, snacks, and beverages; a sewing machine, rotary cutter, cutting mat, and most of the fabric you’ll need for the day. Please carefully review the information packet you’ll receive upon registration for additional details.

What You Need to Bring

  • Bring 1/2 yard each of two coordinating fabrics.
  • one yard of 45-inch wide muslin.
  • if you prefer to bring your own sewing machine and tools, please feel free to do so – just let us know in advance and plan to arrive one-half hour early to set up your machine.

Whether you are traveling from afar or from just down the road, we've put together some information [pdf] to make getting here easier, and to help you plan an entire weekend in the area.

Richard Killeaney was raised in San Diego, California. He received his BA in Studio Art and French from Hobart College and an MFA in Textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has sold paper airplanes professionally, taught art at the San Diego Children’s Museum, worked for a winery, and taught English to French high school students. He was the studio manager and an Assistant Designer for Denyse Schmidt Quilts. Recently, he taught textile design to fashion students at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and other colleges. He currently lives in up-and-coming Bridgeport, CT and is working on his own line of quilts and pillows.