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Embroidery Sampler Block of the Month

Embroidery Sampler Block of the Month


First Saturday of Every Month: August 1, September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5, January 2, February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, and July 3: 9AM-10AM


Fifteen years ago, Gayle designed this embroidery sampler quilt as a teaching tool to guide an aspiring machine embroiderer through the steps necessary to become an expert.

You will learn everything from how to hoop, what stabilizers to use, changing thread colors, using multiple software programs and even using sewing accessories to enhance your embroidery designs.

The project is also quilt as you go, so you will be encouraged to try various machine quilting techniques through out the year.

The class registration fee includes the OESD Design CD, Rugs to Riches by Linda Lee. These designs will be what we pull from each month for our project.

The monthly sessions start at 9AM, where you will receive your instructions and download code for each month's block. This class is for all machine embroiderers regardless of the brand sewing machine you have :)

PLEASE NOTE: The images below are from Gayle's quilt from 2005. We are making a modern sample with a purple and lavender palette. Those fabric kits are available for purchase:

Month 1: Saturday, August 1, 9AM - 10AM

Learn how to Embroider a large and dense design with a fancy fill, plus use the BERNINA Eyelet attachment or other sewing enhancements. Finally you will learn how to use monofilament thread for simple outline quilting.

Block 2: September 5, 9AM - 10AM

Learn how to embroider patches and applique them for a 3D effect and master couching and fringe using your sewing machine. You will also learn how to stabilize material for delicate decorative stitching. Finally simple free-motion outline quilting.

Block 3: October 3, 9AM - 10AM

Learn how to hoop a singular design four times to create a motif, tying it all together with decorative stitches on your sewing machine with metallic thread. Then you will learn how to ruler work and micro stipple.

Block 4: November 7, 9AM - 10AM

Learn how to build your own motif right in your embroidery machine (In addition to other tips and tricks to having it stitch out in a jiffy)! You will also learn how to use the Wreath, Mirror Merge and Array tools in the BERNINA Embroidery Software 8. Finally some more quilting with your favorite free-motion technique.

Block 5: December 5, 9AM - 10AM

Learn how to multiple hoop a design that doesn't fit quite in your hoop. You will also get to see another application of the BERNINA Embroidery Software and other design tools. More Quilting with your favorite Free-motion quilting method.

Block 6: January 2, 9AM - 10AM

All of the skills you learned in Block 3 and 4 are put to good use for our largest block yet! Plus we will play around with pattern end and mirroring options on your sewing machine. Finally you'll get to stipple and straight line quilt with your favorite method.

Block 7: February 6, 9AM - 10AM

Wanna try a larger hoop? Now's the time to break out the Mega, Maxi and Jumbo hoop if you're a BERNINA owner. Don't seat it if you only have one hoop, we can make that work too. Plus we will quilt with metallic thread!!! We can feel the excitement already.

Block 8: March 6, 9AM - 10AM

Pick a hoop. This month's block can be hooped 9, 3, or 2 times depending on your hoop size. Plus we will free-motion couch, quilt and use experimental thread. Ooh... Can't wait!

Block 9: April 3, 9AM - 10AM

For those of you with super large space, this is a one hooper! Learn how to alter an embroidery design to create your own trapunto, quilt with decorative stitches, add sparkle hone your free-motion quilting skills.

Block 10: May 1, 9AM - 10AM

Lasso a portion of an existing embroidery design and save it as its own design, make your own entredeux insertion trim, free-motion couch and stipple quilt. Now breathe, we are in the home stretch...

Block 11: June 5, 9AM - 10AM

Use the Persian Bud design to create a raw edge covering for a beautiful frame to feature our latest embroidery motif creation. You will also use rulerwork quilting to add texture and class :)

Block 12: July 3, 9AM - 10AM

All of the things combine to finish the best Block of the Month Ever! 


We are limiting our hands-classes to 6 people per session and our lectures to 10. In addition, we will be strictly enforcing some guidelines.

  • You must wear a face covering.
    • If you are unable to wear a face covering, we have a growing list of online instructional videos you may watch from home.
    • In addition, we offer facetime support through video texting and email Monday through Saturday, 10AM - 5PM
  • You must bring your own sewing machine, for your own safety and well being.
  • You must bring your own notions, tools, accessories, and equipment
    • BERNINA of Naperville has put together a sewing box for purchase to carry your supplies in
  • If you are ill, please stay home.
  • Please stay 6 feet (that’s 2 yards) away from fellow students during class