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Two adult quilting classes will be offered in November and December hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and taught by professional quilter, Margaret Smith.  The first class will be taught using regular home sewing machines and featuring the “Pretty Please” quilt pattern.  The second class will include learning to use the commercial long arm quilting machine. 
The Pretty Please Quilting class will be conducted from 5 to 7 pm, November 13, 15, and 27 at the Shelby County Extension office, 266 Nacogdoches Street, Center.   Sewing machines are available for participant use.  Cost for this 3-session course is only
$30 per person. Supply list will be provided at registration or you may purchase a complete quilt kit at first session.  Registration and fee due by November 9th.


The Long Arm Machine Certification Quilting class will be conducted from 5 to 7 pm, November 29th at the Extension office.  Cost for this group class and one-on-one session is only $40 per person.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to load the machine with quilt pieces, care and maintenance,  threading, and free motion quilting.  After completion of the group session, participants will schedule a 2-hour one-on-one class to practice free motion quilting on their own quilt top.  After completion of this class, participants may rent use of our long arm quilting machine on an hourly basis for their personal use.  Registration and fee due by November 26th.

Both classes are limited to 10 adult participants, and registration and fee(s) by check are required in advance.  


Ms. Smith is a master quilter and has professionally quilted for the past 50 years and created over 500 quilts, many of which have been showcased in quilt shows such as East Texas Poultry Festival in Center, Pineywoods show in Carthage, and in the South Padre Island show.  She has taught numerous sewing classes in Alaska and Hemphill and belongs to the Busy Quilter and Panola Squares quilt guilds in Carthage.


To register for this class or for additional information, contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Ph.D., County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health at 598-7744 or




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