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Desert Sky Beginner Quiltworx

Learn the basics of making a Quiltworx quilt with this beginner-friendly Desert Sky pattern! The options for this quilt are endless and uses nothing but Fat Quarters. Pair contrasting fabrics for a stunning, yet simple quilt while learning Judy Niemeyer’s paper-piecing methods, including simple curves. This class will teach you how to read Quiltworx patterns, how to cut your papers and organize the process from start to finish and leave you more confident to start your next Quiltworx project!

Class attendees will receive a 15% discount on class supplies!



  • Desert Sky Pattern -- Please Note: this pattern can be expanded to larger sizes with the purchase of additional foundation papers and additional Fat Quarters. If you think you may like to expand your quilt, Sweet Home Quilting can order additional papers for you, and you should plan accordingly with your fabric. For this class, however, we will stick to working on the original sized quilt.
  • 24 Fat Quarters: 12 light to medium and 12 medium to dark. Please have these selected prior to class. Please note that Sweet Home Quilting has a wonderful selection of individual Fat Quarter should you need any for this project! 
Basic Quilting Tools
  • Sewing machine with ¼” foot
  • Medium sized cutting mat (18”x24”)
  • Mini-Iron and ironing mat to have by your machine. For this process, it’s easier to have access to a small iron as you press your sections open. We will have a few large irons and ironing boards available if needed and you cannot bring a mini-iron.
  • Size 70/10 Mircrotex Sharp needles for your machine
  • Rotary cutter 45mm and 60mm loaded with fresh blades
  • Thread scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • 50wt or 60wt thread in your machine – I use Aurifil 50wt or Quilters Select 60wt
  • Quilting Ruler to cut your Fat Quarters, ideally:  6 x 24” or 3 x 18”

Quiltworx-specific Tools:

Organization Supplies:
  • 1” Binder and 5-6 Page protectors (for this pattern, small presentation binders with page protectors also work)
  • (4) 1-Gallon sized Ziploc bags
  • Large paper clips
  • Pen/pencil
  • Scotch Tape

**72 hour cancellation notice required for a full refund**

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Advanced Beginner
Requirements: Basic Skill Requirements: You must know how to use your sewing machine and have basic knowledge of quilting/sewing including sewing an accurate 1/4" seam.
Instructor: Wendy Groszkiewicz
Instructor Bio: Wendy Groszkiewicz, is a homeschooling mom of 3 and in her pre-mom life she was a Financial Auditor and is a CPA. She has always had an affinity for arts/crafts, she has dabbled in Drawing, Scrapbooking & Stamping, Fondant Cake Decorating, and Sugar Cookie Decorating over the years! She currently works part-time at Sweet Home Quilting (in the back office) as their Website and Product Manager. She has only been quilting for the past two years, however she has a knack for jumping in the deep end so to speak and constantly challenges herself with difficult quilts (she loves Kim Diehl and tiny-piecing and quilting on her Innova Longarm!). She has completed over 35 quilts during those two years, including 7 Quiltworx Quilts (including this one) and one Quiltworx Table Runner! She also has around 2-3 Quiltworx projects currently in process! She aspires to become a Certified Quiltworx Instructor once her middle/high school aged kids are out of the house. In the meantime, she loves to share her passion of all things Quiltworx!

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