Three-Day Quilting Workshop offered through The 3rd Space in Monterey


Those interested in learning to quilt will have the opportunity to learn from Shellie Gum during a 3-day workshop that begins on July 18. This is a part of a full summer workshop series provided at The 3rd Space, a Highland County non-profit organization dedicated to providing art education and support to the community. 


Gum has been quilting for around 30 years, and takes every opportunity to continue to learn and grow her skills.


“Well I was a stay at home mom when my children were young and I had an aunt who started quilting and I decided it looked like fun. So I went and bought a book and taught myself how to do it. Even today, after teaching classes for over 9 years, I still take the opportunity to learn from other quilters when I can.”


Gum fell in love with Highland County while spending time with her Husband and his family on their family farm in the Blue Grass area, vacationing and spending time there throughout the year.


Students will be learning in the star pattern style. Giant Star is a modern quilt pattern in the popular star shape that goes together quickly and easily. This quilt goes together using large blocks and half square triangles. The pattern includes four sizes for the  quilter to choose the size that is perfect for them. Choosing your own fabrics allows the quilter to suit their unique color combination and taste. Each participant should be able to leave the workshop with a  finished quilt top ready to be quilted. The workshop will discuss quilting options and how to apply binding to finish the quilt. Students will need to bring their own machines and materials. A supply list will be sent out prior to the class in plenty of time.


“I would say advanced beginners would be best. Someone that knows how to use their sewing machine fully and understands quilting terms.”


Cost for the 3-day class is $150 and tickets are available at The summer workshop series will continue with offerings such as stained glass at the end of July, and broom making and basketry in August.

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Brit Chambers

Brit Chambers is a resident of Highland County, Virginia and a news reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio. She loves living in a small town and relishes the outdoor adventures and community feeling that Highland has to offer. Brit has a background in journalism, marketing, and public relations and spends her free time reading good books, baking sourdough bread, and hiking with her family.

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