Aristotle was the first to write that what separates man from beast is not our ability to reason but rather our ability to use thread and needles to quilt our own books. Craft your own copy of Poetics with today's Groupon: for $32, you get a six-hour quilting workshop at Alice Wilhoit Designs in McKinney (a $65 value). Workshops run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A published author with the American Quilting Society, Alice Wilhoit employs decades of teaching experience to impart the intricacies of quilting to students of all skill levels. The schedule of classes offers six hours of practice in an array of quilting techniques, teaching pupils to master the basics of fabric ornamentation in an Intro to Appliqué class or harness the quilting abilities of an unfettered subconscious in a Crazy Patchwork session. Silk Ribbon Embroidery lessons leave guests with a handsome needle holder, and Basics of Hand Embroidery courses hone skills in beautiful and efficient stitching. Like flash-mob ribbon-cutting ceremonies, classes require participants to arrive with at least one or two pairs of small, sharp scissors, and all other materials are provided.