Learn Quilting: A 2022 Guide to Quilting Classes Near You and Online

By Marian Kret •  Updated: Mar 12, 2022 •  Guides

In this article, you will find a comprehensive list of in-person and online classes for learning quilting. Enjoy and happy crafting!

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For a more complete list of creative hobbies, and an idea of where our new direction might take us, please see our (somewhat) complete list of Creative Hobbies, Arts and Crafts for Adults: A Complete Guide.

Why an Article on the Best Quilting Classes?

But we will also turn our focus more and more on those other artistic and creative hobbies, and that’s where I come in.

And as I have been putting together articles and content for crafters and crafting I have been taking into account not just my own interests and expertise, or suggestions and requests from friends and readers, but also what is – and isn’t – currently available online.

And, quite surprisingly, in my fairly extensive research and digging around I have realized that there is very little available on the web right now about finding classes and instruction for the various kinds of crafting. In fact, if you want to find the best classes for, in this case, learning how to quilt, it might be quite a bit more difficult than you imagine.

So I thought it would be super helpful to put together a list of the best available quilting classes – including group and private lessons – for 16 cities and metro areas around the United States, and to include some of the best online classes and books as well. But first… 

What Is Quilting?

Quilting is a time-honored craft involving stitching together various “patches” of fabric to form a single decorative sheet, which is then joined to usually two additional layers – the “wadding” in the middle and the bottom layer, called the backing or the liner. Quilting is traditionally done by hand, but now the quilting world uses special “longarm” sewing machines as well.

This process is used for making really beautiful blankets, throws, wall hangings and other pieces, and if done well can result in truly special and high quality heirloom pieces.

Quilting is one of those arts and crafts or creative hobbies we think of as being passed on from generation to generation, from older family members to younger, and it is nice to think of parents or grandparents sitting around with their children or grandchildren, teaching, stitching and just spending time together.

But this may not happen as much as it used to, and this is probably why we see that beginner quilting classes are so popular these days – both online and in-person classes. And while it might not be evident, there is a lot to teach and a lot to learn – not just the basic stitching and assembly, using a sewing machine, rotary cutting, piercing, applique, seams and borders, but also

If you don’t yet feel comfortable with basic sewing techniques, you should check out my article on the best sewing classes, here – Learning Sewing – but if you are already a dab hand at sewing, and you’re ready to create your first beautiful quilt, table runner, wall hanging or pincushion, read on!

What is the Best Way to Learn Quilting?

I wanted to make sure that you could quickly and easily find the right instruction and instructors to learn quilting skills – whether you want beginning quilting lessons, advanced classes or even just more quilting experience, free motion quilting or machine quilting, an online class, a local class or private quilting lesson, or even the best books on learning quilting, so I put together this guide to answer some basic questions:

For local classes, I will concentrate on 16 cities and their metropolitan areas, with two subsections for each city, and so you will find below the best classes for making quilts and the best private quilting teachers for the following cities:

Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis / Saint Paul, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle

Following the listings of best local quilting classes I will mention a few of the very best online quilting courses you can take, and then recommend a few of my favorite books for teaching yourself how to quilt.

What Are the Best Online Classes for Learning Quilting in 2022?

Not everybody is able to go to physical classes, because of location, schedule, social distancing / enforced isolation, or other reasons. Luckily there are a lot of other good options, and online learning is one of the best – especially if you can find a good teacher, good course content and well produced classes.

So when people ask me specifically:

…based on my experience and feedback from lots of other makers in the community I have the following recommendations:

Skillshare

You may already be familiar with Skillshare, since they are becoming one of the most popular, best known and most highly rated learning platforms online – and quite well known for arts and crafts classes.

Not only do they have a great selection of quilting classes, Skillshare also has an extensive range of basic sewing classes to help you lay a good foundation.

Udemy

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Another giant of online learning, Udemy doesn’t have nearly as many quilting classes as Skillshare (above), but they have a few, and a great selection of basic sewing classes as well.

American Quilter’s Society

For not only the best traditional quilting classes at all levels, as well as great instruction in longarm quilting, but for exceptionally creative and fun classes as well, American Quilter’s Society’s online school is my number one choice for the best online quilting classes. Their site also gives access to tons of resources, and helps you to connect with a vibrant quilting community.

Classes can be purchased individually, but a membership gives great discounts and lots of other benefits.

American Quilter’s Society Online Courses

National Quiler’s Circle

National Quiler’s Circle offers a huge range of online courses, both free and premium, and the annual membership gives you instant access to all of them, as well as lots of other benefits. Even the gold level membership is surprisingly affordable, but both levels are a great value.

Extremely well produced classes with intelligent and helpful content, and highly recommended.

National Quiler’s Circle Online Classes

YouTube

It must be said that YouTube has some pretty amazing free content, and the quilting tutorials and classes I’ve checked out are no exception. Another great thing about YouTube is the search engine, which when you’re searching for something as basic and popular as, say, “Learning Quilting” comes up with brilliant results right at the top of the page. 

But if that all isn’t easy enough for you, just click on this link and you’ll see what I mean!

YouTube “Learning Quilting”

If you’d like even more specific recommendations, please check out a couple of my favorite YouTube sewing channels:

What Are the Best Books for Learning Quilting in 2022?

And I’ll close out this comprehensive online guide to the best resources for learning quilting with a short list of some of my favorite books on the subject. 

I had originally planned to list beginners and advanced books on how to quilt separately, but as I reviewed my own personal picks I realized that I greatly prefer books that offer both – ones that start at a basic, total beginner level, assuming no experience or knowledge, but also include advanced techniques, and often a lot of other resources, ideas and inspirations for people of all levels.

So while the first few books are really geared more at newbies, you will find that, even if you have no prior experience, any of these books will be a great choice and a wonderful resource.

What Are the Best Local Classes for Learning Quilting in 2022?

Anybody can use one of the countless online specialty search services for finding places that offer quilting lessons – whether for beginner quilting or advanced, freehand or on a longarm quilting machine – as well as private sessions, quilting bees and quilting clubs to join, open quilting sessions, quilt patterns and inspirations and a lot more.

In fact services like groupon or yelp do usually offer good, fairly complete and up to date listings of class offerings in the area – and you might even find a private lesson or teacher, or open shop time time. So you might want to check out some of the leading ones, like:

Usually these search services are really easy to use, by simply typing in what you’re looking for – “quilting classes” – and the area, city or state – “Monowi, Nebraska” – and then it’s just enter, wait and wade through the somewhat random listings.

Or, better yet, you can instead simply find your area in the list below and try one of these personal recommendations. You can contact them to make sure they are accepting students, when their next class is, how much classes cost, if they provide patterns, fabrics, other needed materials.

Please note that these are often for sew websites, so you can also ask about refreshing, or even learning, your basic sewing skills.

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Quilting in Atlanta

Atlanta Sewing Academy

2731 Woodland Terrace, SE, Apt 324

Smyrna, GA 30080

(404) 374-7833

sew3022atl@gmail.com

Quilting Classes & Workshops for 2022

Fabricate Studios

1537-B Howell Mill Rd

Atlanta, GA 30318

404-981-4665

info@FabricateStudios.com

Quilting Classes – Fabricate Studios

Tiny Stitches Quilt Shop

2518 East Piedmont Rd

Marietta, GA, 30062, US

770 565 1113

tinystitches@bellsouth.net

Upcoming Events, Classes & Clubs – Tiny Stitches Quilt Shop

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Quilting in Atlanta

Atlanta Sewing Academy

2731 Woodland Terrace, SE, Apt 324

Smyrna, GA 30080

(404) 374-7833

sew3022atl@gmail.com

Classes & Workshops

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Quilting in Austin

Austin Area Quilt Guild

Faith Lutheran Church

6600 Woodrow Avenue

Austin, TX 78750

programideas@aaqg.org

Austin Area Quilt Guild – Workshops

Austin Sewing Machines and Quilting

1601 S IH-35, Suite 300

Round Rock, Texas 78664

(512) 310-7349

Quilting & Sewing Classes, Events in Austin, TX

Honeybee Quilt Store

9308 Anderson Mill Rd #300

Austin, TX 78729

512-257-1269

info@honeybeequiltstore.com

Classes | Honey Bee Quilt Store | Austin, Texas

Over The Top Quilting Studio

Commons Shopping Center

200 Buttercup Creek Blvd (Suite 111)

Cedar Park, TX 78613

512-358-4605

info@overthetopquilting.com

Classes and Events

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Quilting in Austin

Over The Top Quilting Studio

Commons Shopping Center

200 Buttercup Creek Blvd (Suite 111)

Cedar Park, TX 78613

512-358-4605

info@overthetopquilting.com

Classes and Events

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Quilting in Boston

All About Quilts

958 Main Street

Walpole, MA 02081

508-668-0145

Quilt Classes – Walpole

Cambridge Quilts

95 Blanchard Road

Cambridge, MA 02138

617.492.3279

quilters@cambridgequilts.com

Cambridge Quilt Shop 2022 Classes

Homestead Quilting and Fabrics

54 Main St

Lakeville, MA 02347

774-419-3984

Class Schedule

Sew Pro Cape Cod

22 Quaker Ln

Bourne, MA 02532508-759-2222

sewprorepair@comcast.net

Cape Cod Quilting Classes | Sewing Lessons | SewPro

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Quilting in Boston

Cambridge Quilts

95 Blanchard Road

Cambridge, MA 02138

617.492.3279

quilters@cambridgequilts.com

Cambridge Quilt Shop Private Lessons

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Quilting in Chicago

Quilter’s Quest

7440-M Woodward Ave

Woodridge, IL 60517

(630) 969-2205

info@quiltersquest.com

Quilters Quest Classes

The Quilter’s Trunk

10352 S. Western Ave

Chicago, Il 60643

(773) 980-1100

info@thequilterstrunk.com

Events & Classes — The Quilter’s Trunk

Top Shelf Quilts

19081 Old LaGrange Road Suite 100

Mokena, IL 60448

815-806-1694

info@topshelfquilts.com

Top Shelf Quilts Classes, Activities & Events

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Quilting in Chicago

Quilter’s Quest

7440-M Woodward Ave

Woodridge, IL 60517

(630) 969-2205

info@quiltersquest.com

Quilters Quest 2022 Classes

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Quilting in Cincinnati

HomeGrown HomeSewn

5761 Springdale Rd Suite L

Cincinnati, OH 45247

(513) 401-9747

info@homegrownhomesewn.com

Quilting Classes | Cincinnati, OH

Sew Easy Sewing Studio

11427 Lebanon Rd

Cincinnati, Ohio 45241

sewezy_sales@zoomtown.com

Sew-Ezy Registration Policy & Information for All Classes

Silk Road Textiles

6106 Hamilton Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45224

513-541-3700

silkroadcincy@gmail.com.

Classes – Silk Road Textiles

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Quilting in Cincinnati

OH Valley Quilters Guild

Ohio Valley Quilter’s Guild

Contact Us – Ohio Valley Quilter’s Guild

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Quilting in Dallas

Rocking Bobbin 

4441 Bass Pro Dr. #100

Garland, TX 75043

(972) 803-8400

Sewing classes for quilters of all skill levels | Dallas, TX

Sew Charming Quilts

17802 Davenport Rd Ste 103

Dallas TX 75252

(469) 319-2800

Info@Sewcharmingquilts.com

Quilting Classes | Sew Charming Quilts

Sew Much Love Texas

216 W. Pearl St

Granbury, TX 76048

(817) 754-8877

sewmuchlovetexas@gmail.com

Quilting Classes for 2022

Urban Spools Sewing Lounge

1152 N Buckner Blvd #121

Dallas, TX 75218

(214) 324-5755

Urban Spools Classroom Quilt Classes

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Quilting in Dallas

Urban Spools Sewing Lounge

1152 N Buckner Blvd #121

Dallas, TX 75218

(214) 324-5755

Urban Spools Classroom Quilt Classes

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Quilting in Denver

A Quilter’s Choice

8698 Aberdeen Cir

Highlands Ranch, CO 80130

720.214.3442

aquilterschoice@gmail.com

Class Schedule | A Quilter’s Choice

Fancy Tiger Crafts

59 Broadway

Denver, CO 80203

303-733-3855

info@fancytigercrafts.com

Classes + Events – Fancy Tiger Crafts Co-op

Heaven’s Quilts

15725 West 63rd Avenue

Arvada, Colorado 8040

(720) 219-8169

rita@heavensquilts.com

Classes ⋆ Heaven’s Quilts

Holly’s Quilt Cabin

8210 South Holly Street

Centennial, CO 80122

(720) 529-9659

Calendar | Holly’s Quilt Cabin

Wooden Spools

2805 S Broadway

Englewood, CO 80113

303-761-9231

Classes and Events – Wooden Spools Quilting Knitting & More

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Quilting in Denver

A Quilter’s Choice

8698 Aberdeen Cir

Highlands Ranch, CO 80130

720.214.3442

aquilterschoice@gmail.com

Class Schedule | A Quilter’s Choice

Heaven’s Quilts

15725 West 63rd Avenue

Arvada, Colorado 8040

(720) 219-8169

rita@heavensquilts.com

Classes ⋆ Heaven’s Quilts

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Quilting in Detroit

Front Porch Quilts

2071 E Maple Road

Troy, MI 48083

(248) 795-4876

Classes | Front Porch Quilts

Sew What Wyandotte

1128 Eureka Road

Wyandotte, MI 48192

(734) 281-1344

sewwhat59@aol.com

Classes & Descriptions

Time Remembered Quilting

16701 21 Mile Rd.

Macomb, MI 48044

(586) 221-1954

trquilting@gmail.com

Quilting Casses

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Quilting in Detroit

All Sewn Up! Sewing School

3 Medford Circle

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

734-971-5610

info@allsewnupbyanne.com

Classes & Camps

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Quilting in Kansas City

Harper’s Fabric & Quilt Co.

7918 Santa Fe Dr.

Overland Park, KS 66204

913-648-2739

CLASSES | Harper’s Fabric

KC Maker Studio and Fabrics

5327 Johnson Drive

Mission, KS 66205

913-314-0340

patti@kcmakerstudio.com

Class Schedule | KCMakerStudio

Prairie Point Quilt and Fabric Shop

12116 W. 95th Street

Lenexa,  KS 66215 

913-268-3333

prairiepoint@prairiepoint.com

CLASSES

Quilter’s Haven

116 N. Clairborne Road

Olathe, KS 66062

(913) 764-8600

mail@quiltershaven.com

Quilting Classes

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Quilting in Kansas City

KC Maker Studio and Fabrics

5327 Johnson Drive

Mission, KS 66205

913-314-0340

patti@kcmakerstudio.com

Class Schedule | KCMakerStudio

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Quilting in Los Angeles

Quilt Emporium

4918 Topanga Canyon Blvd

Woodland Hills, CA 91364

(818) 704-8238

info@quiltemporium.com

Beginning Quilting to Advanced Project & Technique Classes

Quilts and Things

3704 1/2 Foothill Blvd

La Crescenta, CA 91214

(818) 957-2287

qntfiberarts@gmail.com

2022 Classes at Quilts and Things 

Quilty Pleasures

1742 East Los Angeles Avenue Suite A

Simi Valley, CA 93065

805-581-1577

quiltypleasure5440@att.net

https://www.quiltypleasuressimivalley.com/classes.htm

Tanner’s Sewing and Vacuum Center

6230 West 87th Street

Westchester, CA. 90245

310-670-2429

Service@tannersewandvac.com

Adult Sewing | West Los Angeles | Tanner’s Sewing and Vacuum Center

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Quilting in Los Angeles

Quilt Emporium

4918 Topanga Canyon Blvd

Woodland Hills, CA 91364

(818) 704-8238

info@quiltemporium.com

Beginning Quilting to Advanced Project & Technique Classes

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Quilting in Minneapolis / Saint Paul

Textile Center

3000 University Ave SE

Minneapolis, MN 55414

612-436-0464

info@textilecentermn.org

The Quilting Grounds

224 West Elm Street

Norwood Young America MN 55368

952-467-2757

thequiltinggrounds@gmail.com

http://www.thequiltinggrounds.com/classes.htm

The Quilting Page

1964 Rahncliff Court #700

Eagan, MN, 55122

651-340-6503

651-340-6503

pagej@thequiltingpage.com

2022 Quilting classes

Treadle Yard Goods

1338 Grand Ave

St. Paul, MN 55105

651-698-9690

tyg@treadleyardgoods.com

Classes | Treadle Yard Goods | Apparel

Twin Cities Quilting

550 County Road D West Suite 10

New Brighton, MN 55112

(651) 340-8263

TCQ@twincitiesquilting.com

Classes | Roseville, MN

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Quilting in Minneapolis / Saint Paul

The Quilting Page

1964 Rahncliff Court #700

Eagan, MN, 55122

651-340-6503

651-340-6503

pagej@thequiltingpage.com

Private Quilting classes

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Quilting in New York

Brooklyn Craft Company

165 Greenpoint Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11222

646-201-4049

hello@brooklyncraftcompany.com

Beginner Quilting 2022 – Brooklyn Craft Company

Gotham Quilts

40 W 37th St

New York, NY 10018

212-220-3958

Keaton Quilts

Meetings by Arrangement

Contact — Keaton Quilts

Teaching — Keaton Quilts

The New York Sewing Center

246 W 38th Street, 9th Floor #9A

917-856-3021

New York, NY 10018

thenewyorksewingcenter@gmail.com

Classes / The New York Sewing Center

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Quilting in New York

Brooklyn Craft Company

165 Greenpoint Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11222

646-201-4049

hello@brooklyncraftcompany.com

Beginner Quilting 2022 – Brooklyn Craft Company

The New York Sewing Center

246 W 38th Street, 9th Floor #9A

917-856-3021

New York, NY 10018

thenewyorksewingcenter@gmail.com

Classes / The New York Sewing Center

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Quilting in Philadelphia

Butcher’s Sew Shop

800 S 8th St

Philadelphia, PA 19147

butcherssewshop@gmail.com

All Classes – Butcher’s Sew Shop

Cut & Sew Studio

1747 Chislett Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

(412) 865-6565

hello@cutandsewstudio.com

2022 Classes – Cut and Sew Studio

Pamoja Co Sewing Service

5516-B Rising Sun Avenue

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19120

(267) 279-9601

Quilting and Sewing Classes for 2022

The Old Country Store

3510 Old Philadelphia Pike

Intercourse, PA 17534

(717) 768-7101

info@theoldcountrystore.com

The Old Country Store Upcoming Classes & Events

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Quilting in Philadelphia

Pamoja Co Sewing Service

5516-B Rising Sun Avenue

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19120

(267) 279-9601

Private Sewing Lessons for 2022

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Quilting in Phoenix

Quilter’s Store Sedona

3075 W. State Route 89A

Sedona, AZ 86336

928-282-2057

info@quiltersstoresedona.com

2022 Class Descriptions

Sewing Nuts

4250 N Scottsdale Rd

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-659-1222

Quilting Classes Phoenix Scottsdale

The Other Quilt Shop

4233 West Thunderbird Road

Phoenix, AZ 85053

602-843-1554

sherri@theotherquiltshop.com

Classes | The Other Quilt Shop | Phoenix Arizona 85053

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Quilting in Phoenix

Sewing Nuts

4250 N Scottsdale Rd

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-659-1222

Quilting Classes Phoenix Scottsdale

The Other Quilt Shop

4233 West Thunderbird Road

Phoenix, AZ 85053

602-843-1554

sherri@theotherquiltshop.com

Classes | The Other Quilt Shop | Phoenix Arizona 85053

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Quilting in San Francisco

Always Quilting

4230 Olympic Avenue

San Mateo, CA 94403

650-458-8580

2022 Class Schedule

Hello Stitch Studio

1708 University Ave

Berkeley, CA 94703

510-982-6549

HELLO@HELLOSTITCHSTUDIO.COM

Sewing Classes & Meet-ups | Hello Stitch Studio | Berkeley, CA

New Pieces Quilt Store and Gallery

766 Gilman Street

Berkeley, CA 94710

510.527.6779

info@newpieces.com

Quilting Classes for All Levels.

Sew Little Time Quilting

By Arrangement

686-6067

Contact Sew Little Time Quilting 

Workshops, classes and Presentations 2022 @ Sew Little Time Quilting

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Quilting in San Francisco

Jane Foster Sewing and Design

East Bay Area

Walnut Creek, CA

925-323-9932

jane@janefosterdesign.com

Jane Foster Sewing and Design Classes in Walnut Creek, CA

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Quilting in Seattle

Pacific Fabrics

2230 4th Avenue South

Seattle, WA 98134

206.628.6237

shopping@pacificfabrics.com

Current Classes at Pacific Fabrics

Quality Sewing and Vacuum

1205 Andover Park W

Tukwila, WA 98188

800-687-5175

info@qualitysewing.com

Quilting Classes & Clubs – Quality Sewing & Vacuum

Quilting Mayhem

1011 Second Street

Snohomish, WA 98290

(425) 533-2566

info@quiltingmayhem.com

2022 Quilting Classses | Quilting Mayhem | Snohomish, WA

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Quilting in Seattle?

Okan Arts

By Arrangement

Patricia Belyea

206-571-7668

patricia@okanarts.com

Victoria Stone

206-795-1010

victoria@okanarts.com

Online Workshops – Okan Arts

Thanks so much for reading my article! I hope that this guide to the best resources for learning how to quilt has been helpful, and that you have found what you are looking for – whether it be a great quilting class in your area, a great online learning platform for learning how to make beautiful quilts or the best quilting books.

And please let me know if you have your own favorite local class – in one of our featured cities or anywhere else – or if there are any online resources or books that you like, so I can expand this article and make it even better and more useful!

You might also be interested in our other articles in this series, which follow the exact same format in listing the best local crafting classes, the best online crafting courses and the best books for several other types of creative hobbies. You can access any of them simply by clicking the links below, or by visiting our website – Art Side of Life. Thanks again, and good crafting!

Hi, I am Marian (pronounced |mar·e·ahn|). I am a crafter, tech & business manager, and the founder of Art Side of Life™. I've been doing all kinds of crafts since I was a kid, testing different tools and supplies. I love the process of creating something out of nothing and through the articles on our website I want to contribute to your creative journey.

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