Planned and Unplanned

at Gotham Quilts - Midtown

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$145 6 seats left
Start Date:

Sat, Nov 16, 11:30am - 6:00pm

Midtown, Manhattan
40 W 37th St
Btwn Ave of the Americas & 5th Ave
New York, New York 10018
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 15 and older
Average Class Size: 6
Teacher: Melanie Tuazon

What you'll learn in this quilting class:

No pattern, no problem! Learn how to improvise your own personal way as you start to piece a quilt top. We'll talk strategies, like how much to plan and how much to leave to serendipity. Find where you are comfortable and where to push your improv to the next level.

In this class, you’ll work on a one-of-a-kind quilt that is partially planned and partially unplanned. What you decide ahead of time and what you improvise is up to you, but of course Melanie willl be there to coach you and offer some insights. Students should expect to leave class with a solidified concept and process for their quilt, as well as some blocks, depending on complexity.


  • Confident Beginner. 
  • Must know how to use a sewing machine and sew a 1/4" seam.

BERNINA sewing machines, neutral thread, irons, and design walls will be provided for use in the classroom.

Required supplies to bring with you(all supplies available for purchase on location):

  • Rotary cutter (28mm works best for curves)
  • Acrylic ruler between 6.5" - 12.5" long
  • Pins
  • Scissors 
  • Fabric - 2-10 different solids or prints that will play well together. Solids are recommended but not mandatory; bring fabric that you love. The fewer colors you bring, the greater contrast there should be. Make sure you can put your fabric into at least two groupings, for example high and low saturation, warm and cool, black or white and color. If you’re feeling playful, add one or two fabrics that are a little outside your comfort zone.

Some questions to think about before we start:

  • What is your favorite way to piece?
  • What would you sew if you could do anything?
  • Do you prefer to puzzle and problem-solve in a project, or do you like to know that things will come together in the end?

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Refund Policy

If you need to cancel or reschedule your class registration, we are happy to accommodate changes made at least 3 days before the start of your class. You can choose a different class session or receive a store credit towards a future class registration. Please note that cancelations or changes within 3 days of the class date are not eligible for a credit or refund. 


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