Classes, Lectures, Instruction & Shows

Classes taught by Fern at Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics

Stonemountain and Daughter Fabric Store, 2518 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704

Quilt Labs

All levels: Bring your project and/or ideas and spend four hours focused on your work with teacher support. $35

Friday, May 20, 10am-2pm

Sunday, May 22, 11am-3pm

Friday, June 3, 10am-2pm

Sunshine and Shadow Amish quilt - Quilt Lab sample: September 28, November 4 or December 16

Sunshine and Shadow Amish quilt

More Quilt Labs!

At Textile Dreams Studio, 2525 8th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

Saturday, June 11, 11am – 4pm

Saturday, July 16, 11am – 4pm

Saturday, August 20, 11am – 4pm

Contact Fern at to enroll


  Beyond Cotton

Sunday, June 26, 3-6pm

Yes, you can use fabrics other than cotton in quilts! Learn how to use silk, wool, t-shirts and photo transfers in this 3 hour demo/lecture.

T-shirt memory quilt made from t-shirts and pictures

T-shirt memory quilt made from t-shirts and photos


Wool Quilt in Straight Furrows Variation Setting: Making Wool Quilts, October 7,14,21

Wool Quilt in Straight Furrows Setting

Silk and Cotton Quilt sample for Beyond Cotton Class at Stonemountain and Daughter : November 11, December 2 and 9

Silk and Cotton Quilt wallhanging and/or table runner






Quilting Without a Pattern

“Be adventuresome and open to taking chances” -Gwen Marston from Collaborative Quilting

Friday, May 6, 10am – 1pm or Sunday, June 12, 4 – 7pm

Learn how to take an inspiration or idea and create a quilt that is unique and original. Whether you work with traditional blocks or design as you go, “process” quilting will let you translate your inspiration into a quilt that only you can make while keeping you engaged from start to finish.

Kato's Quilt - 2014 - by F & C

Wool Improvisational Quilt

Finished top

Willy Nilly Triangles

What If? quilted

What If?




Strings Theory

Sunday, July 17, 12-4

New Pieces Quilt Shop

766 Gilman Street Berkeley, CA 94710

(510) 527 6779

“The best scrap quilts are ones truly made from scraps” Gwen Marston

A scrap class based on Gwen Marston’s “liberated” quilting technique focusing on making quilts from strings or narrow strips of fabric -a popular style of quilt made during the Great Depression when the motto was “use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” Historically it was often made on a paper or cloth foundation. This is a based on Gwen’s “paperless” method from her book Liberated String Quilts – 20 Foundation-Free Projects.

DSCN0249-002Liberated Wedding Ring - quiltedString Theory - red center stripe




Oh My Stars!

Learn to piece stars in the Liberated fashion. Class will include star making directions and instruction for making “parts” and putting it all together in the Gwen and Freddy tradition from their books Collaborative Quilting and Freddy and Gwen Collaborate Again.


Scrappy Liberated Batik Stars

Scrappy Liberated Batik Stars

Liberated Star and Shoo Fly Quilt



Explore the Square

Sunday August 21, 12-4 

New Pieces Quilt Shop

766 Gilman Street Berkeley, CA 94710

(510) 527 6779

Explore the array of quilt patterns made with only a square, from 1-patch, 4-patch, 9-patch to square in a square. This is a perfect beginning quilting class but even experienced quilters may be surprised at the variety of patterns that can be created with just one shape.

front of 16 patch

16 Patch

Design Opportunity

1 Patch

Large vintage 9-patch

9 Patch








Fern is available to teach the classes listed above to groups, guilds or at shops, retreats

Student Comments:

“I love taking quilting classes from Fern. She can work with students of any skill level and has infinite patience. She is a skilled quilter and provides classes that move beyond “traditional” quilting.  She also offers quilting labs that provides her students with uninterrupted blocks to time to work on projects with her assistance.” KB

“Last fall (2014) I took an extraordinary quilting class from Fern Royce at Stonemountain and Daughter. Fern is exceptionally knowledgeable about a variety of quilting techniques including those using silk, one my favorite fabrics. She goes to great lengths to ensure her students are provided with ideas and skills they require to move forward with their quilting projects. Her imagination is incredible. Her thinking out-of-the-box is fun to observe. Her preparedness for her classes is good. And, of course, her sense of humor is superb. I recommend her quilting classes to those who are interested in learning new techniques, interested in improving their skills, and enjoying a fun night out.” NR

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