America has enjoyed a long tradition of textile manufacturing, from Betsy Ross cross-stitching the Constitution to Neil Armstrong knitting Apollo 11. Honor patriotic fabrics with todays Groupon: for $60, you get a four-hour beginners sewing class (a $30 value) with fabric of your choice (a $32 value) and a sewing kit (a $58.50 value) at The Quilted Garden in Edwardsville (a $120.50 total value). Click here for a list of available dates and times.
Coverlet queen Jenice and her four-person staff of master quilt-creators lead a patchwork of classes and retreats in a 176-year-old home deemed a local historic landmark. The beginner-adult sewing class teaches novice sewing-machine owners how to properly use their device, and the included materials kit further sets up students with scissors, thread, straight pins, a cushion, a seam ripper, a sewing basket, and a helpful booklet. Equipped with said tools, a fun fabric of their choice, and a saturated noggin sponge, students have everything they need to make two personalized pillowcases during the course of a four-hour session. With a maximum class size of eight students, instructors offer plenty of assistance, providing a cozy blanket of knowledge in response to any questions or confusion. Once students have learned the basics, they can continue to test their sewing mettle with one of Jenices personally designed patterns (not included with this Groupon) or peruse The Quilted Garden's impressive collection of antiques, including an uncommon assortment of bedpans and children's humor-proof potty chairs.
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