Double Shot of Stitching – Cross back Apron & Sew Together Bag Member-Led Workshops

Join us for a double-shot of stitching – two member-led workshops in one day! Register for one or both workshops! See below for all the details.

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Location: Community Church of Cedar Grove


Workshop 1: Cross back Apron Workshop with Colleen Wiest
Time: 9am-1pm
Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members

In the first session, Colleen will take us step-by-step through the construction of the gorgeous Purl Soho linen cross back apron! This apron is the perfect cooking accessory: as functional as a paring knife, as useful as a wooden spoon, and as classic as a Bundt pan. For this version, we suggest using the gorgeous Watercolor Linen, a lightweight fabric that will stand up to the heat of the kitchen! Watercolor linen can be purchased at Purl Soho or Gray Lines Linen in the Garment District.

Upon registration, you’ll receive a comprehensive supply list and cutting instructions.
We recommend that you come to class with all pieces cut out and labeled.

To register for the Cross back Apron class, click here: Cross back Apron Registration
This class has a cap of 20 students.


Workshop 2: Sew Together Bag Workshop with Amy Rehbein
Time: 1pm-5pm
Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members

In the second session, Amy takes the fear out of zippers! She will show you how to sew a wonderful little bag with three zippered pockets and four open pockets. This pouch holds lots of sewing notions, embroidery tools, or anything your heart desires! Don’t fear the zipper!  It’s so easy and Amy will show you how it’s done. These pouches can be made in so many great fabrics and make excellent gifts too. There are so many variations and you can have a lot of fun with the exterior. The finished size of the bag is 10” x 5” x 5”.

This class requires the purchase of the Sew Together Bag pattern. Upon registration, you’ll receive a complete supply list and links to purchase the pattern or you may check your local quilt shop and purchase it there.

We recommend that you arrive to class with all pieces cut and interfacing fused so we can get sewing right away and you can leave with a finished bag.

To register for the Sew Together Bag Workshop, click here: Sew Together Bag Registration
This class has a cap of 20 students.

NOTE: We will host a cutting party on Friday, May 19th from 7p-9p at the Cedar Grove Community Church to prepare for class the next day. Please indicate on the registration form if you are interested in attending so we can account for space.

About the Instructors

IMG_5824Colleen Wiest was born in the little town of Emmett, Idaho. Her mother taught her to embroider at a very young age. Her first stitching memory is of embroidering a kitten on a hanky for her grandmother when she was six. Her grandmother also taught her to use the sewing machine at a young age. She helped Colleen make her first blouse and skirt when she was 12. Colleen says sewing in one form or another has always been a part of her life. Her love of quilting developed as she watched her mother quilt. In recent years, with a bit more time on her hands, Colleen’s quilting skills have increased and developed as she has spent time with the wonderful women in the NJMQG. Colleen is married to her dear husband Joel, and together they have four children and, by the time she teaches the class, they will have 12 grandchildren!

amyrWife to her high school sweetheart and mother of 3 daughters, Amy Rehbein has been a maker for as long as she can remember. Born and raised in New Jersey, Amy spent countless hours playing at the feet of her Mother’s Singer sewing machine. She has been sewing since she was a little girl – generations of women before her influencing her creative passions. Ten years ago she began quilting, developing a unique style that she likes to call “Vintage Modern,” honoring the past by weaving traditional elements into her modern designs. Amy’s work has been published in modern quilting books and shown in quilt shows. She has taught various sewing classes to all levels of sewists. Currently, Amy is serving as the Vice President of the North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild where she has been an active member since 2013. Amy also taught the hugely popular Betty Bowler Bag workshop earlier in 2017.