Teaching Schedule

Artscape Youngplace, 
180 Shaw Street, Toronto
Studio #109

We hope to reschedule in Fall 2020

March 15, March 29

10:00 to 14:00

pre-requisite: You must know how to use your sewing machine.

I encourage students to create their own design. None of the students leave the class with the same work which is why it is always difficult to post a picture of what we will make in class. If you like the description, take the class. If you are not sure, contact me :-)
 March 15, 10:00 to 14:00, $65

We hope to reschedule in Fall 2020

Quilt as you go…my version! No lining up sashing! No small fussy blocks! This “life changing” technique is a huge time-saver! Learn to build a quilt top as you quilt it! We will be making place mats as an exercise to understand the technique. This mat can be extended into a lovely baby quilt. The walking foot attachment for your sewing machine is necessary for the class. This class is not ideal for a (very) beginner quilt maker. You should have made at least 2 quilts before taking this class.

register at: sandra.reford@sympatico.ca

March 29, 10:00 to 14:00, $65

We hope to reschedule in Fall 2020

Making quilt tops using scraps isn’t as easy at it looks! You can’t just throw everything in! Using the simple square, we will learn some tricks for making a successful scrap quilt. Accuracy sewing tips included. This class is great for people who have lots of fabric and for makers who love the look of scrap quilts. Open to any level of ability. 

register at: sandra.reford@sympatico.ca

Note: You will have to bring your own sewing machine for the classes. You must know how to use your sewing machine. Please make sure you have a bobbin wound and ready. Please make sure your machine is clean (inside). Remove the throat plate and give it a vacuum (using a can of compressed air or the tiny paintbrush that comes with your sewing tools).

The Fine Print

The classes will take place at Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, in Toronto, in Studio 109 on the first floor.

Your registration is official when I receive your class payment.

A supply list will be sent to you after you register.

I need 3 registered people in order for the class to run. Maximum 8 in the class

If the enrolment is such that I have to cancel the class you will receive a FULL refund. 

I will know 2 weeks before the class if it will run.

Should you have to cancel and have already paid and I can find a person to take your place you will receive a credit note that does not have an expiry date. If you have to cancel and have already paid and there are more than 4 people registered for the class you will receive a credit note that does not have an expiry date.

Preferred method of payment is E-transfer to sandra.reford@sympatico.ca

Parking is located on the street, south of the school. Please read the parking signs. The closest  Green P parking is 1117 Dundas St W. If you chose that, you may want to unload your machine and supplies then go park and walk back.

You can drive in to unload on the circular driveway at the north end of the building. Do not park there. You can enter in the double doors at that end of the building and go up 6 steps to more doors that lead to the corridor where our studio is. (studio 109) Alternatively you can take the ramp at the front of the building, use the elevator to the 1st floor to avoid the 6 steps and turn right as you exit the elevator.

The studio opens at 10:00 am. I will have ten minutes to set up the studio with the tables. The class will start at 10:10.

The class will end at 14:00. Ten minutes before the end, we will start packing up. We must be out of the studio at 14:00.

We will have a short lunch break (20 minutes).

You can bring your own snack/lunch or purchase something at the coffee shop in the building or the Lucky Penny Cafe across the street.

Unfortunately, I will not be serving tea as was customary in my classes. There is no kitchenette in this space.

Thank you for your continued support!

register at: sandra.reford@sympatico.ca

If interest is good, I hope to be offering three more classes in the Fall (one in October, November, December).

Fall Classes will include at least these two:

Design your own “story” using simple shapes. Part 1 of the class will be dedicated to designing the quilt top which tells your story, whatever that story is… it could be a summer trip, a special dinner, your favourite book…anything! For Part 2 we will set up the ‘game plan’ for executing the design… a bit of calculating is involved here…Part 3 will be spent sewing. You’ll be set to finish that quilt top at home and create that special quilt which no one else will have. I will bring in some examples of my own “stories” to show you how I have expanded on an idea.

Free Motion Technique
Free yourself! Make curves without limitations. Learn to use your darning foot (sometimes called a free motion foot) for this technique which is useful as surface design or as a quilting stitch for quilts. We will be learning different ways to execute this. As a practice, we will make  a small envelope using a variation of fabric pieces.

I am open to any suggestions on quilt classes, things you’d like to learn or improve on.

About the Teacher

Sandra has been quilting for over 25 years and teaching for more than 15. She shares her knowledge of quilting and textile art in Toronto and Italy. Her specialty is scrap quilts.


Dear Sandra,

I wanted to send you a note to thank you for the wonderful class  you taught at our guild. I have rarely taken a class when I learned so much and got so much accomplished during the class. This is definitely a technique I will be using. DG
(quilt as you go technique)

Thanks so much -- I really enjoyed the class.  As always, you gave the kind of information, guidance and inspiration that allowed us to work confidently toward our own individual visions. I love the way this piecing is simple enough that I can focus on how the fabrics work together. The space was very convenient, lots of room & bright. JA

The class was great and certainly got me enthused about quilting again.  If only I had this week off work, I could spend the week sewing! JN 

( spring cleaning series)

Your class was (as always) incredible.  You are truly an inspirational teacher and I love the fact that you outline the design and we are then encouraged to put our own stamp on things.() The day was so relaxing despite my hurrying to get something done and making mistakes that I then had to fix. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it. Haven't finished a block on this one yet and I can't wait for your next class! Tempted to (ahem) call in sick tomorrow to work on the quilt! MM
(spring cleaning series)