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Project Overview

Thank you to those who participated in The Shop's first Community Quilt Project this past summer! 

A community quilt is a collaborative sewing project where each block is created by a different member of the community. This past summer we asked quilters of all skill levels to participate by designing and sewing a 6.5" square unfinished block of 100% cotton fabric, either at home or in The Shop and we got amazing submissions. Shop staff pieced them all together and the final result is displayed at The Shop. Other display information coming soon!

In coordination with our 2022 Summer Reading Program, this quilt's theme was Oceans of Possibilities.


To get started quilting check out the templates, instructions, and resources below.

Instructions & Templates

A quilt is a multi-layered textile, traditionally made up of two layers of fabric with a filler material. These layers commonly include a woven cloth top, a layer of batting or wadding, and a woven back combined using the techniques of quilting.

To participate in this community quilt we asked you to submit blocks that will be part of the cloth top.

To get started sewing and designing blocks check out the lesson plans from our Introduction to Quilting classes and other resources below.

Shop Tools and Supplies

​​​​​​During Open Lab the following are available for public use:

  • Five Brother Model CS6000i Sewing Machines with 60 built-in stitches.
  • One Brother SE400 embroidery machine with 67 built-in stitches, 5 lettering fonts, and 70 built-in embroidery designs for a 4” x 4” embroidery area. You can also upload your own designs to this machine.
  • One Brother 1034D Serger for finishing the edges and hems of a wide range of fabrics.
  • Shears and rotary cutters, assorted cutting mats and quilting rulers, pins, seam rippers, bobbins, and assorted presser feet (including walking feet).

Resources and Inspiration