Modern Domestic is also hosting a free social hour May 17 following the first day of the International Quilt Market Portland

BERNINA of America, the world's premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce that Modern Domestic, a BERNINA Dealer in Portland, Ore., is offering a series of quilting classes May 18 - 20 by national instructors. Additionally, Modern Domestic is hosting a free social hour on Friday, May 17, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., after the first day of the International Quilt Market Portland, which runs May 17 - 19. All events are taking place at the recently expanded Dealer store, located at 1408 NE Alberta St.

The social hour will offer light snacks and drinks, and a chance to meet with aspiring designers, authors and members of Modern Domestic's talented quilting and sewing community. The event is being supported by the Portland Modern Quilt Guild (PMQG) and Pendleton® Woolen Mills.
The classes being offered include:

  • “Values Quilt Class,” with Cheryl Arkison, Saturday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A beginners class focusing on determining value, regardless of color, in a pile of fabric. Students will also get a lesson in easy half-square triangle construction, values determination and quilt design basics. Class fee: $65. Cheryl is a writer, quilt designer and teacher. For more information about Cheryl, visit
  • “Olive Wall Hanging,” with Carolyn Friedlander, Monday, May 20, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. This class is perfect for students with some paper-piecing experience who are ready to try a more challenging project. Carolyn will walk them through each step of creating their own graphic trees, while also offering tips on fabric and color strategy, working with directional fabrics, maximizing scraps and other tips for finishing an Olive quilt top. Class fee: $75. Carolyn is a designer of modern quilt and sewing patterns. For more information about Carolyn, visit
The International Quilt Market is a trade show started in 1979 for retailers to find quilting supplies, fabrics, decorative crafts, textile art and needlecraft/dollmaking materials. This year's market will feature more than 1,000 booths and feature dozens of business seminars and

Take & Teach classes. For more information about the International Quilt Market, please visit

Modern Domestic recently tripled its original space to 3,858 square feet after another spot opened up adjacent to the Dealer. This was the second expansion in three years, and allowed the Dealer to add a new area for selling fabric. Modern Domestic is a certified BERNINA Dealer that offers the full line of BERNINA sewing machines, software and accessories, and provides top-quality service. The Dealer also offers two fully equipped classrooms for people of all ages and skill levels. The store's staff is warm and knowledgeable, and a community of creative makers. For more information about Modern Domestic, visit

Founded in Switzerland more than 100 years ago, BERNINA is the world's premier manufacturer with a proven reputation for offering state-of-the-art sewing and embroidery systems, sergers and embroidery software. BERNINA's leadership is marked by an impressive number of industry leaders, influencers and artisans who chose to partner with the company. BERNINA products are sold in the United States through a network of approximately 450 fully trained independent dealerships. In 2008, the company introduced the revolutionary BERNINA 830, a machine designed to change the home sewing industry. To learn more and to find a dealer, visit or call (630)978-2500.