Classes at Gathering Friends

 All classes require a sewing machine and basic sewing kit.  

 Please call store to register 320-365-4670

Payment is required to hold your spot in class.

Some of classes require precutting, come in to get your fabric ahead of time.

Beginning Quilting  

 Thurs, Feb 8 & Feb 22 1:00-4:00 pm
Always wanted to learn how to quilt…join us to learn the basics in quilting. Have fun while learning a new skill!! You’ll have homework in between classes.  Come pick out fabric ahead of time.                                                                          

Class fee: $45.00, includes pattern

Twister         Wed, Jan 10 & 24, 12:00-4:00 pm 
Come try your hand at this easy, festive way to add a twist to your basic fabric squares. You can choose any size Twister tool to work with. We’ll show you basic tips to easily master the Twister method. Precutting required.

Required: Twister tool  Class fee: $20.00

Charity Sew Day        Fri, February 23 and March 23, 9:30-4:30 pm 
We’d like to give back to our community by honoring our local veterans. We’ll be working on patriotic quilts to present to them. Bring a lunch or visit one of our local restaurants. If you’d like to donate fabric or towards supplies, call the store. Must sign up to reserve your spot!                 
Class fee:  FREE

French Seam Pillowcase    Wed, Jan 31, 10-12 pm 
Make a pillowcase using the french seam method. no more pillowcase with seams that ravel. Learn this sweet technique for the perfect seam every time!  

Class fee:   $20.00, incl.fabric for 1 pillowcase

Bargello Tablerunner    Fri, Feb 9, 9 am-4:00 pm
Many of you have asked for this so here it is!! We will have kits available for this class unless you want to pick out your own fabric ahead of time. Precutting of strips required before class.

Required: Book     Class fee: $25.00

Deer Mountain       Wed, Feb 12,  9:30-3:00 pm  
Make this stunning 49″ x 65″ wall hanging for the nature lover in your life! Kits are available at the store. Some precutting required. 

Class fee: $20.00 

Feather’s   Fri, Feb 16   9:30-12:30 pm
Make a modern X-long twin size quilt perfect to send with your student to college. Perfect fit for their dorm bed! This quilt takes 1 jellyroll, background and binding. Required:  Book                                                                                       Class fee:   $15.00

After Beginner’s     Wed, Feb 21   10 am -3 pm
So you’ve taken beginning quilting…now what?!?  We will be working with a jelly roll and 60 degree triangle ruler for this class! Quilt is on display in the shop, so come on in and pick out your favorite jelly roll. We will break for a short lunch on your own. Required:   60º Ruler                                                       Class fee:   $20.00, includes pattern

Spin Cycle   Mon, Feb 26,  1-5 pm             
Lots of fun to make and a true stash buster! Finished size of this quilt is 57″ x 83″.  You will learn the basics of this curved technique, using a ruler designed for this purpose.  Along with your stash, Creative grids OVAL ALL WAYS Ruler is required.                                                                                                                            Class fee:   $25.00, includes pattern 

Double Dip   Fri, Mar 2, 9:30-12:30 pm
Contrast in value~light, medium and dark, makes this quilt seem dimensional. Super easy strip quilt!                                                                                                      Class fee: $15.00


3D Pinwheel Quilt Sat, Mar 3, 9:30-12:30 pm
Learn this sweet technique to create 3D pinwheels from your stash or favorite charm pack. Adorable look for a precious baby quilt, runner or wallhanging!  

Class fee: $20.00

Beginning Machine Quilting Mon, Mar 5, 9:30-11:30 am
This class will start you on the right path for machine quilting! You’ll need a freehand embroidery or darning foot.                                                    
Class fee: $35.00, includes all supplies

Paper Piecing    Sat, April 14, 9-12 pm
Learn a new technique or just brush up on your skills, take the frustration out of paper piecing. Get on track so you can finish up those adorable paper piecing projects!                                                                                                                            Class fee: $20.00


Valentine Gift-Intermediate  Tues, Feb 6,  3:15-4:45 pm

Create this adorable project just in time for Valentine’s Day! This is geared for the intermediate sewer.   Includes all materials.                                   

Class fee: $25.00

Valentine Gift-Beginners Wed, Feb 7, 3:15-4:45 pm

Create this adorable project just in time for Valentine’s Day! This is geared for the beginner sewer.   Includes all materials.                                                     

Class fee: $25.00

Rotary Cutting 101
Another step in learning how to quilt is using a rotary cutter. This class is offered on a one to one basis and can be scheduled privately. Call the store for more details.                                                                      

Class fee: $20.00


 Events / Retreats




Learn, laugh and have a great time at Gathering Friends classes and trips.  Visit our site often for the latest events, classes, Shop Hops, trips and other events

Gathering Friends Spring Retreat
Green Lake Bible Camp

Spring Quilt Retreat at Green Lake Bible Camp is March 11-14th, 2018.  Four days and three nights, meals included ($220.00)…or stay one extra day and leave on Thursday, March 15th. ($275.00) (we will need a minimum of 10 quilters to stay one day longer)  By popular demand, we’re offering a 5 day for those who want to stay longer. 

Laughs & giggles……FREE!! 


Gathering Friends Fall Retreat
Green Lake Bible Camp

Sign up for Fall Retreat is Friday, June 1st, 2018 at 9AM. In store sign ups from 9-10.  Phone sign ups will start at 10 if there are any remaining spots! Mark your calendar to be here to sign up, spots go fast!!

Fall Quilt Retreat at Green Lake Bible Camp is November 11th-14th/15th, 2018.  Four days and three nights, meals included…or stay one extra day and leave on Thursday, November 15th. (we will need a minimum of 10 quilters to stay one day longer)  By popular demand, we’re offering a 5 day for those who want to stay longer. 

Laughs & giggles……FREE!! 

 Call the store for details -320-365-4670  

The Stockings Were Hung Shop Hop
November 10 & 11  9 am – 5 pm


Minnesota Row by Row Experience-2017 

Beginning June 21, 2017, visit any of the participating shops and receive a free pattern for a row in a quilt. Combine your rows in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling to the stores. Travel with friends, discover new quilt shops and have fun collecting rows!

New in 2017: Row by Row Junior – just for kids! Introduce a child to the fun of sewing and quilting. Row by Row Junior patterns are designed and written just for them. It’s designed for kids ages 6 to 14. They travel along with an adult. They collect free row patterns designed just for them to make and they learn to sew at home with family help and support from

Row by Row Junior follows the same rules and time schedule as adult Row by Row Experience, June 21 through Labor Day. Kids need to be in the shop to get the free pattern handout, but anyone can buy a kit. Grandmothers and travelling family can bring them home as gifts or souvenirs.

Row by Row Junior designed the five different row patterns so you can be sure they are kid-friendly. Make it an adventure traveling to collect all five and seeing how different shops make up their row. Our row is [your row choice and why].

We’ll be awarding “I Made This!” ribbons to the first five kids who return with something made using a Row by Row Junior pattern. Any sewing effort will be celebrated, not just quilting. Find Row by Row Junior’s free online activities, kids’ journal pages, support for learning to sew at home, and more at this summer.

“We want our kids to learn how to sew and carry on this craft that’s so dear to us,” explains Janet Lutz, Row by Row’s founder. “Travelling to new places, collecting something just for them, visiting Grandma, summer vacation…this is all part of the wonder and excitement of Row by Row Experience. Please join us.”

Enjoy hopping and shopping through the finest Quilt Shops in Minnesota. Pick up a free pattern for a row.

Have fun traveling, shopping and collecting all the different patterns. Have more fun making the rows and designing your own original quilt. Visit other participating areas outside of Minnesota and add those rows to your quilt, too!

It’s the easiest shop hop ever! Just visit any of the participating quilt shops throughout the summer. Each shop is giving away a pattern for one row in a row quilt. Pick up as many as you can, then mix and match your rows to create a fun and unique quilt. No passports and no fees!  It’s a freebie!

 Be the first person to bring a finished (quilted, bound, labeled) quilt using at least 8 different rows in to a participating quilt shop and receive a bundle of 25 beautiful fat quarters. Include the shop’s row in your quilt and receive a bonus prize! Limit one prize per quilter or quilt.
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