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Great Classes, Clubs, & Events at Threads of Time

207 S. Buchanan, Danville, IL  61832

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Hoop-Dee-Doo Club: Delve into the dazzling world of machine-embroidery with our new, Anita Goodesign Club. Come in and work with Ila as she showcases the 3 newest designs each month.  You'll work in small groups around our Janome or Elna machine so you don't even have to lug your heavy machine! Each club member gets a CD with 3 different designs each month.  $15.00 each class.

  •  4th Monday of each month, 9:30-12:00

 4th Saturday of each month, 9:30-12:00


BettyBetty’s Sew-Alongs:  Join any time, start a new project whenever you’re ready, and enjoy the camaraderie of other seamstresses.  You’ll work at your own pace and choose your own projects, but you’ll always have the guidance of Betty, our instructor if you need any help. 


  • 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month 2:00 – 7:30 No Charge

Bus Hop: Ride in comfort on a chartered bus and leave the driving to us! Bus trip includes: transportation, one night lodging (double occupancy), meals, and snacks all for only $150. Besides you own “Home” Shop, this great 2-day trip will give you the opportunity to visit 7 fabulous Quilt Shops, all with a different flair. The shops we will be visiting are: Thimbles, Lockport IL; Cotton Cottage, Valparaiso, IN; The Scarlett Thread, Twelve Mile, IN; Back Door Quilts, Greenwood, IN; Threads of Time, Danville IL; The Quilt Corner, Morton, IL; Quilting in the Valley, LaSalle, IL; Quilters General Store, Rockford, IL.


•    April 1st and April 2nd

Claudia’s Creations: Through the Woods: Claudia Dinnell of Claudia’s Creations will be back at Threads of Time on August 8 & 9th, 2017. The workshop this year will be a stunning rendition of a winter scene called “Through the Woods.” Beautiful in-depth embroidery designs done in the classic “redwork” style. Over a two day period, Claudia teaches you machine embroidery techniques that you have not seen before.: “Virtual Positioning,” Stitch Sequence Control,” “Rotating for Precision Placement,” and a Bonus technique for perfectly straight ¼” borders. Because legacy embroidery work is not inexpensive, and because you will be making a complete quilt, we are announcing this way ahead of time and allowing participants to pay in six payments beginning in February. You will receive a COMPLETE kit in your choice of two color ways, two days of instruction, two breakfasts and two lunches, and all embroidery designs. You can pay in six payments of $86.67 which includes everything but your room. Payments will be taken by credit card on the 8th of each month.

•    August 8 & 9

Creative Covers: This group meets each week to create quilts for children in need.  Distributed to local agencies, these blankets made with love go to our local children.  Anyone who wants to help, can!  Led by Barb Monson, this group meets on the 2nd Friday of each month, from 12:30-3:00.


Digging Digitizing: Learn how to use the phenomenal Digitizer Version 5.0 software in a group led by Ila Hillard.  You must have Version 5.0 to participate, and the group will meet once a month to explore the power of this program.  Bring your computer with software already loaded.  Sign up one quarter at a time beginning in April. Second Wednesday of each month, 9:00-11:30 am. $30.00 for the quarter.

Create-A-Class: Get together FOUR people and give us a topic, and we'll arrange an instructor and the supplies. You can plan the time. Just let us know what you want. Remember that we're here to serve you!

IlaEmbroidery Club: Led by our award-winning embroidery instructor, Ila Hillard, this club does a different project each month, learning new techniques, experimenting with various materials,  and creating amazing items.  Meets in either an afternoon or a morning session.

2nd Tuesdays, 9:30-12:00 or 1:00-3:30.

3rd Mondays, 9:30-12:00

Register 3 months at a time for $30.00.  Registration in the club for 3 months means that you are committing to purchasing the supplies and/or kits required for each of those 3 month projects.

Embroidery Garden Workshop: Threads of Time is hosting an Embroidery Garden party! This two-day workshop shows you new embroidery techniques while making six different projects. Bring your machine and enjoy the company of other embroiderers. You’ll be making cute, clever projects while you learn in-the-hoop techniques. Anyone coming a long way or who does not want to bring their own machine can rent a 500 E during the event. Cost = $280 which covers 2 embroidery designs, and 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. Class is limited to 30 people. Call us to reserve your spot!

•    May 1st and 2nd Monday and Tuesday

Ellen does Sarah’s Four-Patch Sampler Quilt: The project is a lovely lap size sampler quilt with eighteen different blocks using half square triangles in a four-patch setting. Sound simple? It really is! This class will help you perfect your skills at making half square triangles, which are used in a multitude of quilts and projects. The best part of this class? We are allowing you to choose between four color ways which we will kit for you prior to class. Class will meet Thursday afternoons 12:30-3:30.

•    February 23, March 9, March 23, April 6

embroideryHappy Hoopers Heyday: Ila will be there to help embroiderers with whatever they are working on.  UFO's, class projects, gifts for others… Work on whatever floats your fancy, but we'll be there to help you if you have questions. We'll give prizes and demonstrations, and yes, there will be lots of fun.  Come join the group and hoop away.  $10.00 

LogoPlay Day: Remember when you were a kid and you got to go somewhere to play all day?  Well, no one said there's an age cut-off date for having fun. We'll have a free pattern or project idea every hour, mini-demos, and door prizes at 10:00, 12:00 and 2:00. You’ll have lots of time to get projects under way, to visit with friends, and get new ideas.



Sadie’s Dream for a Cure: Every year, thousands of families receive the devastating new that their child has cancer. The emotional and financial toll is overwhelming. Not only must families confront a new reality which includes words like “chemotherapy,” “transfusions,” and “surgical procedures,” but they must often deal with time away from work and family. Our goal is simple. To make their lives a little easier, by providing support in a time of crisis, and to let these families know that they are not in this alone. But we can’t do it without your help. Please join us in helping these little warriors.
You can help children with cancer. Sadie’s Dream for a Cure makes fabric tote bags for children with cancer, and then the organization fills each bag with games, toys, treats, and toiletries. Join us a Threads of Time when we will band together to make as many bags as we can possibly make in one day. Sadie’s Dream for a Cure will donate kits for the bags, and once you have the pattern, we hope you will make more bags on your own. This day will be a great event for a very worthy cause. We’ll do a potluck lunch, so bring something to share with other volunteers. Let’s pack the house and help kids with cancer. No charge, but call us to let us know you’re coming so we have enough bags ready for you to sew.
•    May 18th 9am-3pm

Serger Boot Camp: Over the course of one great weekend, Trisha Horner will guide you through all the wide and wonderful options that owning a Serger can provide you.  After you check in between 3 and 6 pm on May 19 the fun will begin and will keep going until you check out on May 21.  The projects that will be used to help you learn your machine will be pajama pants, table runner, place mat & napkin, couched necklace, pillow case, button, lunch bag and layette set.  $300 will pay for the class itself, the two night stay at Threads and Beds, and the kits for all the projects!  Alternatively you could just get the class and kits for $250.  Supplies you will need to bring are your Serger, in good working condition, a 3 ring binder with 10 page protectors and some basic sewing supplies.You will be responsible for your meals.  The limit on this class is 10 people.

Sew Batik Boutique II: Our friends, Bruce and Diane, of Sew Batik Company, will be bringing their wares to Threads of Time once again! This is a greatchance to find batiks of all types, sizes, and precut shapes.
•    April 10th 9:00am-4:00pm

Sip and Sew: Want a fun way to relax with girlfriends on a Friday night? Grab your wine and come to our first "Sip and Sew." You'll make some cute and clever fabric baskets while "sipping and sewing" and letting the stress of the week evaporate with each stitch. Lots of laughs. $10.00 plus supplies of around $15.00. Space is limited, so call now to be in on our first of many "Sip and Sew" events where you can learn beginning sewing with Patti. 217-431-9202
•    March 31 6:00pm-9:00pm

Summer Dreams by Hoop Sisters: Do this beautiful machine-embroidered quilt called "Summer Dreams" by Hoop Sisters. Each class session, Ila will illustrate the project step-by-step, giving you clear directions through a demonstration. You come, watch, ask questions, take notes, but you don't have to bring your sewing machine. The fabric selection is up to you so you can choose the colors that call to you. This is an "Embroidrablock" format, and you get to choose the final quilt size by choosing the size of each block ranging from 5" blocks ending in a quilt that's 39" x 39", all the way up to a 70" x 70" made with 9" blocks. Six sessions of instruction and the cost of the design disk. $160 + supplies to be purchased from Threads of Time. Second Monday's starting September 12, 10:00am - 12:30pm

Summer Dreams by Hoop Sisters: Do this beautiful machine-embroidered quilt called Summer Dreams, Ila will illustrate the project step-by-step, giving you clear directions through a demonstration. You come, watch, ask questions, take notes, but you don’t have to bring your machine. The fabric selection is up to you so you can choose the colors that call to you.
This is an “Embroidablock” format, and you get to choose the final quilt size by choosing the size of each block ranging from 5” blocks ending in a quilt that’s “39 x 39”, all the way up to a “70 x 70” made with 9” blocks. Six sessions of instruction and the cost of the design disk $160 + supplies to be purchased from Threads of Time.
•    Second Mondays starting September 12, 10:00-12:30pm

Sunday Sew with Mary: Want to learn to sew? Do you just need some motivation to get going with your projects? Join us for our Sunday Sews on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, from 12:30pm-3:00pm. Mary Stahl will be working on a project, and you are welcome to do what she’s doing or to do your own thing. Either way, she’ll be on hand to answer questions or guide you if need be.

Time for Technique: Do you have decorative stitches on your machine that you don’t know how to use? Do you do any twin-needle sewing? How many of those fancy feet that came with your machine have you actually used? Take this “Time for Technique” class with Ila to learn how to utilize the FULL potential of your Janome machine! This class is for owners of Janome sewing machines or embroidery machines. You will create eight unique quilt blocks, each block showcasing the effect created using decorative stitching, different feet, or needles. Blocks can be made into pillows, table runners, purses, garments, or you may decide to put them all together into a quilt. Eight month class, once a month. We have set up two separate classes so that more people will be able to benefit from this fabulous class. Cost of instruction is $80.00. Cost of pattern and kit is $110.00. Payment of either $80 or $110 reserves a spot in class. Balance due February 7th.
•    February through September, on the first Tuesday of each month, 10am-12:30pm. February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 4 (subject to change), August 1, September 5.
•    February Through September, on the third Tuesday of each month
10am-12:30pm. February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19.

Winnie ReidWednesdays with Winnie: Every Wednesday, 12:00-4:00.

Get help with any project, learn fundamentals and new techniques, get ideas for your next project.  Learn from a master!

No Charge.