Classes at Girties

There are smiles galore and exciting techniques to master for those who enroll in classes at Girtie's cozy studio. The aim of our highly qualified instructors is to modernize traditional quilting methods through a wide variety of quilt projects. As one of Girtie’s students, you’ll have lots of fun and cultivate new friendships with fellow quilters.

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Online class registration is now available! Please call us if you have any questions on classes or work sessions.

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Meet the Teachers

  • Susan F. - Classroom Mgr./Teacher

    My sewing career began when I was 11 and very expensive fabric was $2 a yard. As a college student I worked for a seamstress in Mansfield, PA during the school year and for Vince DiAugustine, a talented local tailor during summers. I took my first quilting class in 1976 at the local high school. As quilters like to share what they’ve learned, my quilting wisdom has been enriched by their lively exchange of ideas. I was able to stay in touch with the textile world through my career as a family and consumer science teacher (home economics) while teaching my high school students. Susan says, "Like quilters everywhere, I find there are not enough hours in the day to do all the quilting I desire and enjoy my quilting friends."

  • Shirley B. - Office Mgr./Teacher

    Since my 2005 retirement, quilting has become my passion. A home economist by trade, I adapted my sewing skills to the art of quilting. As a lifelong learner, I regularly take classes to enhance my skills and learn new techniques to share with others. For the past six years I taught interested beginners the basics of quilt construction, paper-piecing and applique at J and B Fabrics. With my quilting peers as judges, my work has received prizes in four Quilters in Bloom challenge competitions, and a third place in Best of Show at the Cranberry Quilt Show in 2013. Stars Ablaze: Pyro-techniques, was accepted and exhibited at the March 2012 AQS juried show in Lancaster. “I find it rewarding to see students develop their talents and complete quilted projects,” says Shirley.

  • Cathy E.Cathy E.

    Cathy is a 37 year resident of Bloomsburg. A wife, mother of two grown children, and grandmother of 3, she has been sewing most of her life but only discovered the huge satisfaction of quilting in the last 15 years. Cathy has a degree in education and works part time for PPL as a public educator, tour guide, and test proctor. She also tutors dyslexic children in her home. Cathy started to teach quilting classes a few years ago to “share” quilting techniques that she truly enjoys.

  • Kate S.Kate S.

    In my career as an RN, I put my training to work in cardiac care, the emergency department and as one of the first Life Flight nurses at Geisinger before following my husband in his work across the U.S. For one special as-signment, I traveled and lived in Honolulu, HI. While there, I "whiled away" my Saturday mornings sitting under a banyan tree, beside the Mission Museum, with a very unique and talented native Hawaiian quilt-artist. I became “hooked” on this special art-form on the islands – and have persisted in adapting many of the skills of Hawaiian Quilting to my work since returning to Central PA seven years ago. Kate says she is delighted to share her growing perspective of colors, applique, and skills through classes at Girtie’s Studio.

  • Kathy B.Kathy B.

    I have been doing some kind of needlework or crafts since I was a little girl. My two passions are needlework and quilting. I like to do handwork so I enjoy applique and English paper piecing. But I also like getting things done quickly so I do not do much hand quilting. I like to try many different techniques and enjoy learning new things. I have had people ask me what my favorite technique is and I usually say, the one of working on. I hope I can share some of the things I enjoy with you.

  • Kelly F.

  • Trudy F.Trudy F.

    "To everything there is a season." My season to do mental health therapy has ended. Now I have gladly rejoined the teaching staff at Girties. I love helping people learn new techniques, become more confident in their sewing skills and to explore their own world of creativity. I enjoy doing smaller projects that can be finished quickly, items for self, home and gifts.

  • Janet L.Janet L.

Class FYI

  1. Don’t wait, classes fill up quickly! Registrations are accepted until the course reaches its enrollment limit.
  2. Class payments can be made in person by cash, check (payable to Girtie’s Long arm Service) or by credit card ($25 min)
  3. Because the studio has limited space, half of all class fees must be paid to secure a spot in the class. The total fee must be paid to receive instructions or supply lists.
  4. If a student cancels 2 weeks prior to a class, 50% of the deposit will be refunded unless there is a waiting list of students and your space can be filled; then 100% will be refunded.
  5. If a teacher should need to cancel a class, a student will receive a 100% refund. Fees can also be applied to the rescheduled class or toward another scheduled class.
  6. When all day classes are held, you may bring a lunch or order out from one of the area restaurants that deliver (Chinese, Pizza, or Italian). Hot and cold beverages are available at the studio. You may also bring snacks.
  7. Cozy is our aim so bring your slippers and get comfy, settle in and enjoy yourself
  8. Weather cancellations coincide with closures and delays of Central School District. Listen to WNEP TV16, WYOU TV22, WBRE TV28, or WKRZ 98.5FM, WHLM 103.5 and WHLM 930AM if weather is ques-tionable. Students will be notified by phone or email when a makeup class will be offered.

Our Contact Details !

  • Girtie's Long Arm Quilting Service, LLC.
  • Quilter's Companion Unique Gifts
  • 69 McDowell Hill Rd.
  • Bloomsburg, PA 17815
  • Tel: (570) 380-9672
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