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Hi, this is Laura Wirkkala, I am leaving Arlington after living and working here for several decades.

I love living here, and have met so many wonderful people from teaching in this community. Unfortunately, I can no longer afford to live here. So, I am returning to my home town, of Ashland, Wisconsin.

I still have a good number of friends/connections there, on the south shore of Lake Superior. And, one of those people owns the local quilt shop. Joe has outgrown his current space, and he just purchased a building. I am going to rent space inside his shop. I've known him for a number of years, from when he and his mom ran the business. She is no longer with us, but he has done an amazing job at expanding what they started together.
I will miss being here in New England. Yet, it will be nice to be much closer to my family.

Please check the Facebook page for updates. Thank you.

If you'd like to take a tour, I have made a video so you can see the changes to the school.

In person classes will be limited to…
Adults and youth who have can show proof of vaccination against Covid.

You may ask why so limited?  Laura has an autoimmune disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis.  To control the condition, she takes a number of immune suppressant medications.  This puts her at high risk during the pandemic.  This is a non-negotiable situation.  Please respect that and we appreciate your understanding.

We are going to try to offer instruction to those who cannot attend in person classes.  
1. Laura has a YouTube channel called SewInGenius
    A good number of videos on how to make PPE are already loaded on the channel. 
    We are trying to upload videos on a regular basis, now that we are resuming classes.
    These videos are a way to communicate basic sewing techniques.  The following are already uploaded and available to watch:
    How to wind a bobbin
    How to thread a sewing machine
    How to clean out the fuzz under your throat plate, and oil the bobbin area
    How to sew a pillow cover with an invisible zipper   
    How to sew a button on a blouse/shirt
    How to make shirring with elastic thread
And, there are more, but this is just a little teaser.  

2. We are exploring formats, such as Zoom, Livestreaming, and Pantheon or Vimeo.  We will send out announcements of our offerings via email and on our facebook page.